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Allen, Ivy Twyman

 Collection — Container: Ivy Twyman Allen Folder
Identifier: KUMA-02-367

Scope and Contents

Folder 1. Pastor's Personnel Record (undated, covers through 1967) Newspaper clippings from The Christian Advocate (1949-1953) Minister's Service Record (undated, covers through 1939) Life History of Minister (1967) Letter to Kansas West Conference from Mrs. David Meall, Downs, Kansas, requesting information on location of Esther, daugher of Rev. and Mrs. I. T. Allen (undated) Response to Mrs. Meall's letter from Joanne Black (April 20, 1988) Appointment and salary history for I. T. Allen (undated; covering years 1928-1955)


  • Existence: 1890-1967


Biographical or Historical Information

Ivy Twyman Allen was born June 19, 1890, in Hodgenville, Kentucky, the son of William Henry and Harriet Allen. His education included some work at Kentucky Wesleyan; correspondence courses with Emory University; five spring terms at Vanderbilt University in Nashville. He was first united with the church (M. E. South) in 1909 in Level Woods Methodist Church, Attilla, Kentucky.  Before becoming a minister, he worked as a farmer.  He was admitted on trial to the Louisville Conference in 1920 and was admitted to full membership in 1922. He was ordained Deacon on September 24, 1922, and ordained Elder on September 28, 1924. He served at the Kentucky churches of Pellyton (Case Creek Circuit) (1916-1918), Knifley (1918-1920), Bear Creek Circuit (1920-1922), Mill Spring Circuit (1922-1927), Albany (1927-1928). He then transferred to the Northwest Kansas Conference, where he was appointed to Jamestown (1928-1931), Grand Avenue Salina and Mentor (1931-1932), Hill City (1932-1936), Cawker City (1936-1939). In 1939 he became a charter member of the Central Kansas Conference, serving the churches of Ellis (1939-1944), St. Francis (1944-1949), Plains (1949-1950), Harper (1950-1953), College Hill in Wichita (1953-1955). Rev. Allen retired October 7, 1955, after 39 years of service.  He continued to serve as minister (not under appointment) in Colorado Springs, in the Rocky Mountain Conference, until his death in 1967. He was the associate at Trinity (1955-1957); he organized and built Stratmoor Hills Methodist Church (1957-1960); he served as chaplain at the Salvation Army (1960-1967). Rev. Allen married Bettie M. DeSpain (1896-1985) in Vincennes, Indiana, on December 10, 1910. Children were:         Hattie Mabel (born May 25, 1913)         Ezra Leo (born June 16, 1915)         Edith Genevieve (born February 27, 1917)         Esther Keen (born June 30, 1920) Rev. Allen died April 13, 1967.  He is buried in the Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Colorado Springs, Colorado.  His memoir can be found in the 1967 Central Kansas Conference minutes (page 1168).  His wife's memoir is in the Kansas West minutes (1986), page 346.

Note written by Sarah St. John


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This collection contains information on Rev. Ivy Twyman Allen, who served in the Louisville (Kentucky) Conference of the M. E. South Church, the Northwest Kansas Conference, and the Central Kansas Conference, in which he was a charter member. After his retirement, he served without appointment several years in Colorado Springs, where he died in 1967.  He was the father of Rev. Ezra Leo Allen, whose collection can also be found in this archives.

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Allen, Ezra Leo (son)

Other Descriptive Information

Information from Kansas West card file (discarded): 1890 - born June 19 in Hodgenville, KY to William Henry and Harriet Allen 1910 - married Betty M. DeSpain on December 10 1920 - on trial, Louisville Conferene (ME, South) children: Mabel, E. Leon, Edith, Esther 1928 - entered the Northwest Kansas Conference from the ME, South 1939 - Central Kansas Conference 1967 - died April 13 in Colorado Springs, buried Memorial Gardens, memoir Central Kansas Journal (p.1168) 1986 - wife's memoir, Kansas West journal (p.346)

Sarah Pembrook, Sarah St. John
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Repository Details

Part of the Baker University and Kansas United Methodist Archives Repository

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