MYRA WOOD ALLEN (1800-1831)
Myra Wood Allen was born in Westminster, Massachusetts, the daughter of Col. Abel and Mrs. Phoebe Wood. After attending school at New Ipswich, she worked as a teacher. In 1827, she married long-time acquaintance David O. Allen, a recent graduate of the Andover Theological Seminary whom the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions had appointed as a missionary to the Marathi in Bombay, India. At the time, the American Board had a policy of only sending married couples to missionary stations. Ten days after their marriage, the Allens set sail. In 1831, Myra Allen gave birth to a son and died shortly thereafter. The following year, the Massachusetts Sabbath School Society published a memorial volume which contains excerpts from her journals.
Myra Allen wrote the following on her experience joining her church: