John Allen was born in Wilmot, Nova Scotia on 17 June 1784. He was the only son of Lieutenant Colonel Isaac Allen who commanded the 2nd Battalion, New Jersey Volunteers during the American Revolution. After the war, he moved his family first to Nova Scotia and then to New Brunswick where he received a grant of 2,000 acres of land at Kingsclear, just north of Fredericton.
This application is being made on behalf of St. Peter’s Anglican Church, Kingsclear, New Brunswick.
Lawrence Bradshaw Rainsford was the fourth son of Captain, the Honourable Andrew Rainsford, who was the Receiver General of His Majesty’s Quit Rents in West Florida from 1774 until it was captured by the Spanish in 1781. He was also active in military affairs serving as the Fort-Adjutant and Barrack-Master at Fort George. After the end of the revolution, he and his family came to New Brunswick as Loyalists. Andrew Rainsford held several public offices including Receiver General for the province and Deputy Barrack Master General. Five of his sons later served in the military.