Amos Denison Allen, 1774– 1855



Alternate name(s)

Amos Dennison Allen


Windham, Connecticut


Amos Denison Allen was born in 1774 in Windham, Connecticut. In 1790 he entered into an apprenticeship with Ebenezer Tracy (1744–1803) of Lisbon, Connecticut. Following his apprenticeship, he established a cabinetmaking shop in Windham and married Lydia Tracy, daughter of Ebenezer. A surviving order book now at the Connecticut Historical Society records the many furniture forms that Allen produced. They range from sophisticated case pieces such as sideboards, chest-on-chests, desks, and secretaries, to more utilitarian forms such as the branded Windsor chairs that survive. He died in 1855 in Windham.(1)

Benjamin W. Colman

1. Houghton Bulkeley, "Amos Denison Allen, Cabinetmaker," Connecticut Historical Society Bulletin 24, no. 2 (April 1959): 60–61.