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Friday, March 19, 2010

Surname: Allen

The Allen surname comes to me via my grandpa, Rosmer Pettis Kerr. His seventh great-grandmother was:
  • Elizabeth Allen, second wife of Rev. Samuel Stone. She was born about 1604 in England. To date, I've been able to learn nothing about her parentage. She was living in Boston at the time of her marriage to Samuel, a widower with three daughters (Rebekah, Mary and Sarah) in July 1641. Together they had two children (Samuel and Elizabeth). Elizabeth outlived Samuel and she later married Lt. George Gardiner of Salem and Hartford. She died at Hartford in 1681. Elizabeth and Samuel Stone were my ninth great-grandparents.
Converse, Charles Allen. Some of the Ancestors and Descendants of Samuel Converse, Jr., Of Thompson Parish, Killingly, Conn.; Major James Convers, of Woburn, Mass.; Hon. Heman Allen, M. C., of Milton and Burlington, Vermont; Captain Jonathan Bixby, Sr. of Killingly, Conn. Boston, Mass: E. Putnam, 1905. In this source, see p. 710:
In reply to an inquiry as to the parentage of Elizabeth Allen, Mr. O. P. Allen, of Palmer, Mass., genealogist of Allen families, says: "Nothing to my knowledge, has come to light concerning the parentage of Elizabeth Allen who married Rev. Samuel Stone at Hartford about 1641; but from the fact that she came to Boston at the same time as Rev. Thomas Allen, and both joined the church at Boston at about the same time, in 1639, I am inclined to think she was in some way related to him — as a sister, or cousin. Rev. Thomas Allen was son of John, born in Norwich, Co. Norfolk, England, in 1608. Savage says Elizabeth Allen was a maiden; it does not seem reasonable that a woman would have come over alone, without some relative: so it is a very plausible theory that Elizabeth and Rev. Thomas were relatives."

1 comment:

Heather Rojo said...

Thomas Gardner and Margaret Frier were my 9x great grandparents. I'm descendded from George Gardner's sister Sarah who married Benjamin Balch.

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Our Family in Books: A Bibliography

  • My Ancestors in Books (a library of resources and notes pertaining to Reverend Samuel Stone, Major General Robert Sedgwick, Elder John Crandall, and other early Americans in the forest where my family tree was grown)
  • The Zahnisers: A History of the Family in America by Kate M. Zahniser and Charles Reed Zahniser (Mercer, Pa. 1906)
  • History of St. James Lutheran Church [full title: A little of this and a little of that in the 141 year (1861-2002) History of St. James Lutheran Church, Reynolds Indiana] by Harold B. Dodge, published at Reynolds, Indiana, 2002; 170 pages.
  • Lisbon, North Dakota 1880-2005 Quasuicentennial, published at Lisbon, North Dakota in 2005; 391 pages.
  • The Paschen and Redd Families of Cass County, Indiana by Alfred Paschen, c. 2005 (Gateway Press, Inc., Baltimore, MD); 322 pages.
  • Sheldon Community History: Sheldon Centennial 1881-1981, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 1981; 376 pages.
  • Sheldon, North Dakota 1881-2006 - 125th Anniversary: The Queen of the Prairie, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 2006; 498 pages.
  • A Standard History of White County, Indiana, written under the supervision of W.H. Hamelle, c. 1915 (The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago and New York).
  • The Roots of Coventry, Connecticut by Betty Brook Messier and Janet Sutherland Aronson, c. 1987 (Coventry 275th Anniversary Committee, Coventry, CT); 206 pages.
  • "Elder John Crandall of Rhode Island and His Descendants" by John Cortland Crandall; New Woodstock, New York, 1949; 797 pages.
  • "The Descendants of Robert Burdick of Rhode Island." Nellie (Willard) Johnson, Pd.B.: H & L Creations, LLC.

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