|Death: ||Oct. 17, 1767|
1. Colonel John Allen was a Chilmark gentleman. As a wealthy man, he was a large land holder and a speculator. Actively involved in the community, he held the position of High Sheriff for the county from 1714 to 1733. The cause of independence kindled fire within his bones.
2-3. SOURCE: Appreciation for the following research goes to Janet and Robert Wolfe. Please see their website for updates and further details.
MOTHER: Elizabeth Partridge
(parents: George Partridge and Sarah Tracy)
b 14 FEB 1642/43, Duxbury, Plymouth, Massachusetts
d 7 AUG 1722, Chilmark, Dukes, Massachusetts
FATHER: James Allen
(parents: Samuel Allen and Anne Whitmore)
b 1636, Braintree (now Quincy), Norfolk, Massachusetts
d 25 JUL 1714, Chilmark, Dukes, Massachusetts
SPOUSE: At 34, Margaret Homes came into his life and they married on March 1, 1715/16, in Chilmark, Massachusetts. Together they had thirteen children. Margaret survived him in death by eleven years.
1. DAU: Jane Allen, b 28 AUG 1722, Chilmark, Dukes, MA
2. DAU: Katherine Allen, b 26 FEB 1716/17, Chilmark, Dukes, MA
3. DAU: Rebecca Allen, b 26 FEB 1716/17, Chilmark, Dukes, MA
4. SON: William Allen, b 6 MAR 1718/19, Chilmark, Dukes, MA
5. DAU: Elizabeth Allen, b 29 SEP 1720, Chilmark, Dukes, MA
6. DAU: Margaret Allen, b 17 SEP 1724, Dukes Co, MA
7. DAU: Abigail Allen, b 21 JUL 1726, Chilmark, Dukes, MA
8. DAU: Mary Allen, b 3 APR 1728, Chilmark, Dukes, MA
9. SON: John Allen, b 1 APR 1730, Chilmark, Dukes, MA
10. SON: Robert Allen, b 20 JUL 1732, Chilmark, Dukes, MA
11. SON: Jonathan Allen, b 2 SEP 1734, Chilmark, Dukes, MA
12. SON: Eleazer Allen, b 10 JUN 1739, Chilmark, Dukes, MA
13. DAU: Hannah Allen, b 23 JUL 1741, Chilmark, Dukes, MA
3. Handley Chipman wrote (NEHGR, v91, 159-176):
"My said Father in Law, John Allen, Esq'r, was as to the family as I think I have been informed, of Welch Extract. What led the ancient father of father Allen to Settle on the Vineyard I do not recollect that I ever heard, but the Allen family became very Noted and Potent on Said Island, as the family of the Mayhews was before them. My father in Law had one Brother in particular whom I knew when I was a boy and who died I believe about the year 1730 he did shear I have been told, Sometimes and own as well as I hear 2400 Sheep a Year, it being an Island on which vast numbers of Sheep was kept. he [Ebenezer Allen] Lived in great Splender, his wife was Minister Russels Daughter of Barnstable.
"As to my Father in Law he was a very stirring driving gentlemen for the World. he acquired a considerable Estate, was Sheriff in his younger years, then a judge of he Inferior Court, a Major, then Lieut Colonel, was of a very quick temper, but Soon over, very contrary to his dear wifes temper which was calm and Mild and She being endowed with much peity and prudence, could almost at any time be influencial in calming her husband when he got into a frett. He was a person that pushed on his Children in very early Life to work and transacting business.
"He was a man of small stature."
Janet and Robert Wolfe used the following source in their research:
Title: History of Martha's Vineyard.
Author: Charles Edward Banks.
Publication: Edgartown, Massachusetts, Dukes County Historical Society, 1966.
Page: Vol. 3, p. 6
Margaret Homes Allen (1696 - 1778)
Rebecca Allen Wass (1717 - 1790)*
Jane Allen Chipman (1722 - 1775)*
"Here lies the Body of
Col. JOHN ALLEN Esqr.
who departed this Life
October the 17th, 1767
in the 85th Year
of his Age."
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Originally Created by: Bev
Record added: Jun 23, 2004
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