Marcus Blakey Allmond (17 Aug. 1851-7 Sep. 1909)

Marcus Blakey Allmond was an educator and a poet. He was born in Stanardsville, VA, and was the son of Alfred Dismukes Allmond (1818-1897) and his wife, Jane Allen Blakey (1826-1892). Alfred D. Allmond was the brother of Andrew Jackson Almond, another U.Va. graduate. To earn a living, Marcus Allmond taught school until 1869, then attended the University of Virginia in sessions 47-48 (1870-1872), from 1872-1873 worked as the principal of the high school in Paris, Missouri, then returned to the University for sessions 50-51 (1873-1875) to complete his education; he earned a Proficient in Literature and Rhetoric, and a Graduate degree in German. While at U.Va., Allmond became a member of Theta Delta Chi fraternity, was the secretary of the Jefferson Society, and in 1875, won the Magazine Medal.

After his graduation from U.Va., Allmond was the chair of Latin and German at Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia. He then became chair of ancient languages at the Louisville Male High School, in Louisville, KY, and later, the headmaster of the University School in Louisville. Allmond’s poetry includes “Agricola, an Easter idyl,” “Estelle, an idyl of old Virginia,” and “Fairfax, my lord, an historical poem,” among others.

In Louisville, Allmond met Virginia Cary Meade (1859-1921), also a teacher, and the couple married on 30 June 1879. Mrs. Allmond was the model for the heroine in the poet’s “Estelle.” They had eight children, of whom six survived to adulthood: Marcus Blakey Jr., James Boyce, Cary Meade, Allen Everard, Evelyn Nelson, and William Kidder Meade Allmond; a daughter, Bessie Randolph Allmond, and another unknown child died young. Allmond’s poem “In Quiet Cave Hill” describes the burial site of an unnamed male child.

Marcus Blakey Allmond died of a cerebral hemorrhage in 1909, and is buried in the family plot at Cave Hill Cemetery in Louisville, KY.

References:

  • Ancestry.com. Kentucky Death Index, 1911-2000 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2000.
  • Cave Hill Cemetery [website]. http://www.webcemeteries.com/cavehillcemetery/ (Accessed 5/8/2011)
  • Death Certificate, Marcus B. Allmond. Ancestry.com. Kentucky Death Records, 1852-1953 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2007.
  • Dickey, Fannie Porter. Blades o’ Bluegrass; choice selections of Kentucky poetry, biographical sketches and portraits of authors. Lexington, KY, University of Kentucky, Electronic Information Access & Management Center, 2002. Original source: Louisville, KY, 1892.
  • Griffing, Edward Stetson, ed. Sixth catalogue of [Theta Delta Chi]. New York, 1911.
  • Knight, Lucian Lamar, comp. Library of Southern Literature, v. 15. Atlanta, GA, 1907.
  • Michel, Nettie Leila. “Marcus Blakey Allmond.” Magazine of poetry; a quarterly review, v. 2, no. 1, (Jan. 1890), p. 81.
  • 1850-1930 U.S. Census. Virginia & Kentucky, in Ancestry.com. United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004.
  • University of Virginia. A catalogue of the officers and students of the University of Virginia, fifty-second session, 1875-1876. Richmond, VA, 1876.
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