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Benjamin Allen
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Birth: May, 1824
Oxfordshire, England
Death: Sep. 7, 1878
Prince William County
Virginia, USA

Benjamin Allen was born in Ambrosden, Oxfordshire, England to John and Sarah (Foster) Allen. He was the youngest of four children. His siblings were: Edward, Henry and Anne.

His maternal grandparents were John and Martha (Preston) Foster. His paternal grandparents were Benjamin and Mary (Hopcraft) Allen.

In December of 1846, Benjamin married Mary Knapton, daughter of William and Rebecca (Stanford) Knapton of Ambrosden.

Benjamin and Mary had three daughters and one son;

Mrs. Ann E. "Annie" Sayers
Mrs. Sarah Haines
Mr. John Allen (died at the age of 2 on his way to America.)
Ms. Mary Allen (died at age 8.)

The family immigrated to Prince William County, Virginia around 1857.

On 4 March 1859, his wife Mary died from Dysentery.

Not long after her death, he met another recent widow, Harriett Penn, whom was also born in England. On 1 November 1860, they married.

This gave Benjamin two stepchildren; John William Austin and Margaret Austin.

Benjamin and Harriet would have three children together;

Mrs. Charlotte Oliver
Mr. Edward Allen (died at 3 months.)
Mr. Henry Allen

In 1865, tragedy struck the family. In March, baby Edward died from Consumption. The following month, Harriet also died from Consumption. Then in October, Benjamin's 8-year-old daughter Mary, died from Diptheria.

Benjamin raised the remaining children with the help of his eldest daughter, Ann.

He was an extremely loving father and grandfather.

He passed away after a short illness at the age of 54.

Family links: 
  Mary Knapton Allen (1824 - 1859)
  Harriett Penn Austin/Allen (1832 - 1865)*
  Ann Elizabeth Allen Sayers (1849 - 1899)*
  Sarah Allen Haines (1852 - 1921)*
  John Allen (1854 - 1856)*
  Mary Allen (1857 - 1865)*
  Charlotte Virginia Allen Oliver (1859 - ____)*
  Henry Charles Allen (1862 - 1925)*
  Edward Allen (1864 - 1865)*
*Calculated relationship
Created by: Shonda Sayers Feather
Record added: Dec 31, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 32527545

My 3x Great Grandfather. Thank you for the wonderful information. I was trying to learn more about him and was excited to learn how close I lived to his American home location.
- Kelly G.
 Added: Sep. 5, 2014
Rest in peace GGG Grandfather, Benjamin.
- Shonda Sayers Feather
 Added: Dec. 31, 2008

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