Hi Leandra, thank you so much for looking into this.
I too am perturbed by Richard Allen describing his father as a gentleman. Josiah does seem to have been a prominent figure amongst the carpet workers in Kidderminster, getting toasted by the local MP on one occasion, and a leading member and clerk of one of the churches. Even so, allowing that a carpet worker's son might describe himself as a gentleman by virtue of an ecclesiastical career (and Richard does seem to have been an extremely successful charismatic preacher at a new church in Gipsy Hill), it is hard to imagine him extending the description to his dad. My interest in the family is through Richard's sister Elizabeth, whose illegitimate daughter was my great grandmother, but I'll set about creating profiles for the other members of the family and see if anything comes up in the process. I'll also see what I can dig up on other Allen families in the neighbourhood. (I already know that there is a risk of confusion with Josiah Allen, an important printer/publisher in Birmingham.)