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This biography is from HEROES OF ALBANY, by Rufus W. Clark, D. D.

Jacob Van Allen
of Bethlehem

Jacob Van Allen, son of John Van Allen, was born in Bethlehem, and in youth received a good education, at the district school of his native town. He was also connected with the Normal School at Albany, and with the Princetown Seminary. Afterwards he taught school in the winter and worked on the farm in the summer.

In July, 1862, when President Lincoln issued his call for three hundred thousand volunteers, he enlisted as a private in Company E, Capt. N. H. Moore, in the One Hundred and Thirteenth Regiment of Intantry N. Y. State Volunteers. He was, at that time, thirty-one years of age, and a patriot in principle.

Mr. Van Allen was a firm believer in American liberty, and was a sincere patriot. He went with his regiment to Washington, D. C, where they were assigned the duty of guarding the approaches to that city. He died, while in the service of the United States, at Fort Reno, near Washington, November 13th, 1862, of typhoid fever. His remains were brought home and interred in the cemetery of the Dutch Reformed Church at Fura Bush, Albany county, N. Y. He left a widow and two children to mourn his loss.

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