Stafford Allen

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.

Stafford Allen
Abraham Beaumont, Stafford Allen and William Beaumont.jpg
Abraham Beaumont, Stafford Allen and William Beaumont at the World Anti-Slavery Convention
Witham, Essex, England
Died14 October 1889 (aged 82–83)
Upper Clapton, England
Known forAbolitionist 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[1] and they had a large family. Including Francis Allen of Cockley Cley Hall who had business interests in Egypt.[2]

Isaac Crewdson (Beaconite) writerSamuel Jackman Prescod - Barbadian JournalistWilliam Morgan from BirminghamWilliam Forster - Quaker leaderGeorge Stacey - Quaker leaderWilliam Forster - Anti-Slavery ambassadorJohn Burnet -Abolitionist SpeakerWilliam Knibb -Missionary to JamaicaJoseph Ketley from GuyanaGeorge Thompson - UK & US abolitionistJ. Harfield Tredgold - British South African (secretary)Josiah Forster - Quaker leaderSamuel Gurney - the Banker's BankerSir John Eardley-WilmotDr Stephen Lushington - MP and JudgeSir Thomas Fowell BuxtonJames Gillespie Birney - AmericanJohn BeaumontGeorge Bradburn - Massachusetts politicianGeorge William Alexander - Banker and TreasurerBenjamin Godwin - Baptist activistVice Admiral MoorsonWilliam TaylorWilliam TaylorJohn MorrisonGK PrinceJosiah ConderJoseph SoulJames Dean (abolitionist)John Keep - Ohio fund raiserJoseph EatonJoseph Sturge - Organiser from BirminghamJames WhitehorneJoseph MarriageGeorge BennettRichard AllenStafford AllenWilliam Leatham, bankerWilliam BeaumontSir Edward Baines - JournalistSamuel LucasFrancis August CoxAbraham BeaumontSamuel Fox, Nottingham grocerLouis Celeste LecesneJonathan BackhouseSamuel BowlyWilliam Dawes - Ohio fund raiserRobert Kaye Greville - BotanistJoseph Pease, railway pioneerW.T.BlairM.M. Isambert (sic)Mary Clarkson -Thomas Clarkson's daughter in lawWilliam TatumSaxe Bannister - PamphleteerRichard Davis Webb - IrishNathaniel Colver - Americannot knownJohn Cropper - Most generous LiverpudlianThomas ScalesWilliam JamesWilliam WilsonThomas SwanEdward Steane from CamberwellWilliam BrockEdward BaldwinJonathon MillerCapt. Charles Stuart from JamaicaSir John Jeremie - JudgeCharles Stovel - BaptistRichard Peek, ex-Sheriff of LondonJohn SturgeElon GalushaCyrus Pitt GrosvenorRev. Isaac BassHenry SterryPeter Clare -; sec. of Literary & Phil. Soc. ManchesterJ.H. JohnsonThomas PriceJoseph ReynoldsSamuel WheelerWilliam BoultbeeDaniel O'Connell - "The Liberator"William FairbankJohn WoodmarkWilliam Smeal from GlasgowJames Carlile - Irish Minister and educationalistRev. Dr. Thomas BinneyEdward Barrett - Freed slaveJohn Howard Hinton - Baptist ministerJohn Angell James - clergymanJoseph CooperDr. Richard Robert Madden - IrishThomas BulleyIsaac HodgsonEdward SmithSir John Bowring - diplomat and linguistJohn EllisC. Edwards Lester - American writerTapper Cadbury - Businessmannot knownThomas PinchesDavid Turnbull - Cuban linkEdward AdeyRichard BarrettJohn SteerHenry TuckettJames Mott - American on honeymoonRobert Forster (brother of William and Josiah)Richard RathboneJohn BirtWendell Phillips - AmericanM. L'Instant from HaitiHenry Stanton - AmericanProf William AdamMrs Elizabeth Tredgold - British South AfricanT.M. McDonnellMrs John BeaumontAnne Knight - FeministElizabeth Pease - SuffragistJacob Post - Religious writerAnne Isabella, Lady Byron - mathematician and estranged wifeAmelia Opie - Novelist and poetMrs Rawson - Sheffield campaignerThomas Clarkson's grandson Thomas ClarksonThomas MorganThomas Clarkson - main speakerGeorge Head Head - Banker from CarlisleWilliam AllenJohn ScobleHenry Beckford - emancipated slave and abolitionistUse your cursor to explore (or Click "i" to enlarge) 
1840 World Anti-Slavery Convention.[3] Move your cursor to identify delegates or click the icon to enlarge. Allen is in the top left quarter.

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.[4] 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.[1]

In 1840 he attended the World Anti-Slavery Convention at Exeter Hall in London.[5] This convention was organised by Joseph Sturge and the British and Foreign Anti-Slavery Society. Allen was one of the patrons of this organisation.[4] When the commemorative picture was painted the major delegates were included in the painting including several bankers, Richard Tapper Cadbury and Stafford Allen.[3]

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.[1] 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.[6]

Bush Boakes Allen was a company formed from Stafford Allen and Sons

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.[4] In the same year he visited Egypt and Palestine.[1]

Allen's wife died in 1880. After fifty years of support he was made a Vice-President of the British and Foreign Anti-Slavery Society.[1] He died in Parkfield, Upper Clapton in October 1889.[7]


Stafford Allen and Sons became part of the company Bush, Broake Allen which was acquired by International Flavors and Fragrances in 2000.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d e Green, Joseph Joshua (1890). The Annual Monitor for or Obituary of the Members of the Society, 1890. London. pp. 6–7.
  2. ^ The County Families of the UK, page 46, retrieved 28 August 2015
  3. ^ a b 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
  4. ^ a b c d 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.
  5. ^ BFASS Convention 1840, List of delegates, Retrieved 29 August 2015
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ Chemist and Druggist: The Newsweekly for Pharmacy. Benn Brothers. 1889.