|Birth: ||Aug. 5, 1890|
|Death: ||Dec. 31, 1980|
David was born in Balleycastle, Northern Ireland in 1890, the 3rd of 9 children to David and Hessie Allan. (His last name was changed to the spelling Allen at Ellis Island when he immigrated to America). His older sister Mary (1886) and brother Charlie (1888) were also born in Northern Ireland.
In the early 1890s the family moved to Port Glasgow, Scotland where 6 other children would join the family. (Nelly 1893, Barney 1895, William 1897, Annie 1901, Lizzie 1902 and James 1904). David Sr worked in the shipyards there. At some point druing the turn of the century, they moved to Condorrat where David Sr as well as a number of the sons worked in the coal mines. David Jr, at a young age, started to work in the coal mines. He would get up early and work the coal mines for a few hours and then go to school. After school he would go back to the coal mines for a few more hours. One morning when he was late to school, the teacher told him that he could not be late any more or he would not be allowed back in the class without a licking. David decided enough was enough and quit school that day. He was about 13 at the time.
He worked hard in the coal mines and would marry his father's best friend daughter Mary Jane McCann in 1913. This would take place in Port Glasgow where they had met. They would have 4 children Jane, David III, James and Charles during their time in Condorrat with the other Allen families surrounding them.
In Sept of 1923 David Jr had saved enough to go to America aboard the Columbia. He would join some of his siblings in Redondo Beach and work in the Shell Oil Fields to bring over the rest of his family. That took 2 years, but in October of 1925 his immediate family along with his parents came on the Cameronia thru Ellis Island. (During the course of 1919 to the mid 20s every one one of the 9 siblings would not only move to America, but settle in Redondo Beach, CA).
David Jr, or Granda as his 10 grandchildren called him, loved to race his homing pigeons with his brothers and he would take them up to Taft CA and let them go. Then he would see if he could beat them back home. On several occasions he had birds waiting for him when he returned.
He also loved to grow cactus which grew well in the sandy soil of Redondo.
He and Mary Jane bought a house on Juanita St in Redondo Beach in the early 1930s, which he still owned on his passing in 1980. At that time, there were still cages for his pigeons in the backyard.
David Allen (1862 - 1940)
Hessie Ann McKay Allen (1863 - 1943)
Mary Jane McCann Allen (1891 - 1971)
Jane Allen Sanford (1914 - 1972)*
David Allen (1916 - 2003)*
James Allen (1919 - 1995)*
Charles Allen (1922 - 1990)*
Mary Allan Harkins (1886 - 1970)*
Charles Allan (1888 - 1965)*
David Allen (1890 - 1980)
Ellen Allen Doherty (1893 - 1992)*
Bernard Allen (1895 - 1976)*
William Allan (1897 - 1973)*
Ann Allen Mulgrew (1900 - 1985)*
Elizabeth Allen McFarlane (1902 - 2001)*
James Allen (1904 - 1978)*
Holy Cross Cemetery
Los Angeles County
Created by: Chris Forest
Record added: Jul 20, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 39693826
Added: Jul. 20, 2014
Happy Grandfather's Day Granda! Remembering you and your love of cactus plants at your home in Redondo Beach.|
Added: Jun. 17, 2012
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