Stafford Allen (1806 – 14 October 1889) was a British industrialist, abolitionist, Quaker and philanthropist. He founded the company Stafford Allen and Sons. He supported a number of causes and after fifty years of support he was made a Vice-President of the British and Foreign Anti-Slavery Society.
Abraham Beaumont, Stafford Allen and William Beaumont at the World Anti-Slavery Convention
Witham, Essex, England
|Died||14 October 1889 (aged 82–83)|
Upper Clapton, England
|Known for||Abolitionist and philanthropist|
|Spouse(s)||Hannah Hunton (born Ransome)|
Allen was born in Witham, Essex in 1806. He was the son of two Quakers, Phebe (born Lucas) and Samuel Allen. He married Hannah Hunton Ransome of Ipswich in 1839 and they had a large family. Including Francis Allen of Cockley Cley Hall who had business interests in Egypt.
He started a pharmacy company named Stafford Allen and sons in 1833 which created large profits. The company created a wide range of products but specialised in derivatives from Cedar wood and cloves. Allen also possessed an iron foundry but this was of secondary interest. His business interests initially involved his brother George and another partner called George May.
In 1840 he attended the World Anti-Slavery Convention at Exeter Hall in London. This convention was organised by Joseph Sturge and the British and Foreign Anti-Slavery Society. Allen was one of the patrons of this organisation. When the commemorative picture was painted the major delegates were included in the painting including several bankers, Richard Tapper Cadbury and Stafford Allen.
Allen continued to get involved with the condition of the slaves after they were freed. After many years of remote support he visited the United States to see the conditions that the freed people of the United States faced following the end of their civil war. In the same year Harriet Jacobs who was a former slave and activist visited Britain to raise funds for orphans and freed, but poverty stricken, people in Savannah, Georgia. Jacobs published her appeal for funds in the Anti-Slavery Reporter and asked for them to be sent to Clementia Taylor, Robert Alsop or Stafford Allen.
Allen was involved in more philanthropy during the Franco-Prussian War of 1870. Allen sat on a committee of the Society of Friends (Quakers) who tried to mitigate the suffering. The committee sent assistance including medicines donates by Allen's company. In the same year he visited Egypt and Palestine.
- Green, Joseph Joshua (1890). The Annual Monitor for or Obituary of the Members of the Society, 1890. London. pp. 6–7.
- The County Families of the UK, page 46, retrieved 28 August 2015
- The Anti-Slavery Society Convention, 1840, Benjamin Robert Haydon, 1841, National Portrait Gallery, London, NPG599, Given by British and Foreign Anti-Slavery Society in 1880
- Junius P. Rodriguez (26 March 2015). Encyclopaedia of Emancipation and Abolition in the Transatlantic World. Routledge. pp. 20–21. ISBN 978-1-317-47180-6.
- BFASS Convention 1840, List of delegates, Retrieved 29 August 2015
- Kathryn Kish Sklar; James Brewer Stewart (2007). Women's Rights and Transatlantic Antislavery in the Era of Emancipation. Yale University Press. pp. 170–174. ISBN 0-300-13786-9.
- Chemist and Druggist: The Newsweekly for Pharmacy. Benn Brothers. 1889.