Staples, Allen, a Methodist Episcopal minister, was born at Cheshire, Mass., July 15, 1810. He was licensed to exhort in 1835, admitted on trial in the Michigan Conference in 1836, and was appointed to the Saline Circuit; 1837, Bean Creek mission; 1838, Marshall Circuit; 1839, ordained deacon and appointed to Grand Rapids mission; 1840, Lyons mission; 1841, superannuated; 1842, Albion Circuit; 1843, superannuated; 1844, ordained elder and appointed to Plymouth Circuit; 1845, Farmington Circuit; 1846, superannuated. He died Oct. 21, 1847. He was modest and unassuming; as a Christian, eminent; in his piety, more than in anything else, lay the secret of his usefulness. His zeal for the salvation of men was proverbial. See Minutes of Annual Conferences, 4, 279.