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ALLAN, JOHN MUNN (1848-1914)

ALLAN, JOHN MUNN, Presbyterian minister, St John's Church, Chatham, 1873-76; b. Brigus, Nfld, 1848, s/o William Allan, MD, and Susanna Ann Munden; m. 1877, Elizabeth Cunard Kerr, d/o George Kerr and Agnes Swayne; d. Bay of Islands, Nfld, 12 Aug 1914.

John M. Allan was educated at the Presbyterian college in Truro, N.S., and the universities of Dalhousie (1863-65; 1872-73) and Edinburgh. A BA was conferred on him by Dalhousie in 1873 prior to his ordination and induction at St John's Church, Chatham, and he was granted an MA in 1876. He was reputed to be "a kindly and self-sacrificing pastor and the most genial and companionable of men." He stayed only three years in Chatham, however, citing health reasons as the cause of his resignation in 1876.

Soon after their marriage in the summer of 1877, Allan and his wife, Elizabeth C. Kerr, set sail for Scotland. During the next eight years a number of children were born to them in Edinburgh, but they were not living there at all times. In the fall of 1880 they were on the island of Madeira, 300 miles off the west coast of Morocco, where Allan was preaching to a Presbyterian congregation in both English and Portuguese.

After he and his family returned to Canada in 1885, Allan served as minister of several churches in Nova Scotia. He did not have a church between 1897 and 1899, and in that period he preached again from time to time at St John's in Chatham. His last charge was at Cornerbrook, Nfld. He was survived in 1914 by his wife, Elizabeth C. Kerr, two daughters, and a son.


[b] Telegraph 12 Sep 1914 [m] Harbour Grace (Nfld) Standard 23 Jun 1877 [d] Harbor Grace (Nfld) Evening Telegram 17 Apr 1914 / Advance 18 May 1899; Advocate 06 Dec 1876, 17 Nov 1880; Betts (FF); Chronicle (Nfld) 14 Sep 1878; DCB (re. William M. Allan); Harbour Grace Evening Telegram 23 Jul 1910, 17 Aug 1914; Harbour Grace Standard 23 Jun 1877, 30 Jul 1880, 21 Apr 1883, 07 Feb 1885; Walkington