Son of Gideon and Rachel Allen. He was part of the 8th Company of Ten under the direction of Seth Taft. Rufus was a member of the 14th Quorum of Seventies. He also held the assignment to be one of the fifty men assigned to the Night Guard.
In 1850, Rufus lived in Weber County in Utah. His birth date and death date are confirmed by the inscriptions on his gravestone.