Northern Kentucky Writers

Frances Newton Symmes Allen (~1865, Missouri – Unknown)

Allen was born in Missouri to her mother Harriet and her father Major Anthony Lockwood Symmes. The family spent time in both Kentucky, where her mother was born, and Ohio, where her father was born. Allen trained and worked as a teacher while living in Cincinnati before she moved to Chicago to continue her career. She met and married James Allen and the two moved to his home state of Massachusetts. Allen wrote three novels during her lifetime, Her Wings, The Plain Path, and her most noted work, The Invaders. This last novel dealt with the topic of immigration and acceptance of people from various countries, in particular those from Ireland and Poland she was praised for her accurate depiction of Massachusetts and its social hierarchy of the time.

“Society – Covington (Author of Third Book is Former Covington Woman),” Kentucky Post, December 7, 1914, 3.

Year: 1900; Census Place: Chicago Ward 32, Cook, Illinois; Roll: 286; Page: 3B; Enumeration District: 1021; FHL microfilm: 1240286.


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