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Samuel Allen

  • Birth 1588 Essex, England
  • Death 28 Apr 1648 Windsor, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA
  • Burial Enfield, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA
  • Plot Section A, Row 33
  • Memorial ID 13568597

Samuel Allen 1588-1648 was one of the original settlers of Windsor, Connecticut, and he is the eighth great-grandfather of this writer. He is said to have arrived here in 1635. On a large plaque decorated with a beautiful bronze ship in the middle of Windsor his name can be seen along with many other original Windsor settlers. It is known that he came from England (as all the settlers did) but whether he came from the English towns of "Braunton," or "Braintree" or "Chelmsford" or "Dorchester" or "with the Dorchester Company" or "with the Mr. [Rev Thomas] Hooker 's Company" or "on the Mary and John" and so forth - is not known, because although all these have been authoritatively suggested— they really are only conjectures found in various historical resources. He most likely arrived with his own brother Deacon Thomas Allen. There is a suggestion that his parents also came, as the death dates of "Ould Mr. Allen" and "Ould Mrs. Allen" are listed with Windsor CT vitals. Orrin Allen's report strongly suggests that he was connected with the religious group who had settled in Dorchester, MA at first and then followed Rev. Hooker to Windsor, CT. There is another early "Allyn" in Hartford—Matthew, but it has been shown that he was the brother of one of the Braintree, MA Allens, and not related to Samuel and Dea.Thomas.

Samuel Allen's wife was named Ann. Her maiden name is unknown, although sometimes she is mistakenly given the maiden name (Whitmore) of the wife of the "Braintree, MA - Samuel Allen" — her name was also Ann—one factor of which has made understanding the Allen genealogy very difficult.

[For those of you who have come to this memorial to do your genealogical work, be it known that the children and some further descendants of the early Allen families, particularly that of this Samuel Allen d 1648, of Windsor,Hartford County,CT and that of Samuel Allen d.1669 of Braintree, Norfolk County MA, and also of Allens from Sandwich, Barnstable County, and sometimes Allens from Ipswich, MA, are frequently mixed together on the online family trees that this writer has seen. On such trees one can see {FOR EXAMPLE} children born one year in Windsor, CT, the following year in Braintree, MA maybe in a couple of years in Sandwich, MA, and then in Windsor, CT again. But his would not have been at all likely, as Windsor, CT and Braintree, MA are over 100 miles apart—and you know how the roads were then (what roads? this writer likes to point out.) The hope is that tree owners will awaken and choose one particular Allen ancestor for the founder of their own Allen dynasty out of the several original English Allen family groups, and abandon the idea of putting as many Allen "ancestors" as possible on their tree. And perhaps some people will take it upon themselves to do a thorough study on their own Allen ancestral background. Possibly out of this could come models of the various configurations of Allen ancestors that could be copied. What is largely being copied now seems thoroughly inaccurate.]

Samuel Allen of Windsor, CT had six children who lived into adulthood (and possibly one/some that died young.) The name Allen was spelled in various ways at various times in various records: e.g. Allen, Allyn, Allin, Alling. How the name was spelled may or may not have been meaningful to those families.

The children were: Samuel, Nehemiah, John, Mary, Rebecca, and Obadiah.
Children of Samuel Allen 1588-1648 of Windsor, CT, and Ann Allen [later Hulbird/Hulbert]

• Samuel - b 1634, Windsor, CT - d.1718 - Northampton, MA
m. Hannah Woodford 1642 Hartford, CT - d. 18 Oct, 1719, Northampton,
9 living children: Hannah, Thankful, Sarah, Joseph, Chloe, Samuel,
Thomas, Mindwell.
• Nehemiah - b.1 Jan 1636 Windsor, CT - d. 27 Jun 1684 - Northampton,
MA, m. Sarah Woodford (sister of Hannah) b. 1649 - Hartford, CT d. 1713
Northampton, 6 living children, Samuel, Nehemiah, Sarah, Hannah, Ruth,
• John, b. 5 Apr 1638 Windsor, CT, d. 18 Sep 1675, in an Indian attack
at a fort in S. Deerfield, MA m. Mary Hannum of Northampton, 1650-1704
3 children, John, Jr, (no middle name) Samuel, and Hannah.

• Mary - b. 11 Dec 1641 in Windsor, CT, d. 7 Apr 1712, Northampton, MA

• Rebecca - b. 1643 in Windsor, CT, d. 6 May 1697, Northampton, MA

• Obadiah b. 1646 Windsor, CT, adopted by uncle Thomas Allen c. 2 y.o.
moved to Middletown, CT, d. there 1712. He had children with 1st wife
Elizabeth Sanford, who had been bp Milford, CT 1648, d. before 1700,
Middletown, CT.

[Obadiah's will, written c 1706/7 proves that Elizabeth Sanford had already
died and he had married again by that time—to Mary Savage/Wetmore, who outlived him, so Elizabeth's death date could not have been 1712.] His children were Obadiah Jr., Thomas, Mary, Thankful, Sarah, Samuel, John, and Elizabeth.

One interesting tidbit is that the two oldest sons of both Samuel Allens married sisters. The two oldest sons of Samuel Allen of Windsor married Woodford sisters, and the two oldest sons of Samuel Allen of Braintree married Partridge sisters!

As well as being a "founding father," Samuel Allen is also touched by fame, being the direct ancestor of the Revolutionary War patriot Ethan Allen 1738-1789, [born in Litchfield, CT, died in Burlington, VT. (Find-a-Grave Memorial # 19 )] — through his second son Nehemiah Allen and Sarah Woodford. This writer is a descendant of Nehemiah's older brother Deacon Samuel Allen. Other descendants of Samuel Allen of Windsor, CT, also played a part in many aspect of the Revolutionary War. Joseph Allen's wife "Betty [Parsons] Allen"of Northampton, MA is famous for having "contributed six stalwart soldier sons" to the cause. (She had twelve children in all.) The Northampton, Massachusetts D.A.R. bears her name "The Betty Allen Chapter.) Among the descendants of Samuel and Ann Allen have been many prominent men and women, particularly pastors, deacons, and ministers. The last Allen to live in Northampton (d. 1951) may be have been Clara Channing Allen [# 120030433,] a maiden lady who was a court reporter/stenographer. She lived at 22 Paradise Rd., now part of Smith College.

Here is something that was written long ago about Samuel Allen 1588-1648: and contributed by # 47285538 "He was a farmer by trade. He was known as a man of public spirit, and was given positions of trust by his fellow citizens such as on March 5, 1644, when he served as a juryman. He died at age 60 and was buried on 5 March 1648 in the Enfield Street Cemetery in Enfield, Connecticut. At age 60 he was buried on April 28, 1648. Upon his widow's remarriage to William Hulbird [Hulburd/Hurlbut] she moved her family [except for the youngest, Obadiah, who at age 2 was adopted by his childless uncle Dea. Thomas Allen of Middletown, CT] to Northampton, MA [during its early founding years c 1657] where she died on November 13, 1687." One may run across conjectures such as that Samuel Allen could not have been 60 years old when he died, because his wife Ann was so much younger, marrying again and living 40 more years. And we really don't have any records of his birth thus far (not easy to get, in that he was born in England.) Samuel Allen's name is at the top of the list of Allen names and dates on the large memorial stone at the Enfield Street Cemetery, and next to his name it says 1588-1648. Being "carved in stone" and with no other record to go by, this writer will stick by those dates unless other evidence is provided. It has also been reported that they don't really know if Samuel Allen is actually buried there in that family plot, as that piece of land was not purchased for use as a cemetery until later.

In Northampton, Ann Allen & William Hulbird had either two or three children William, Anna and Abigail. (there was a suggestion that
"Anna" and "Abigail" were really just one person, due to some record problem.)

The oldest Allen son Samuel started an "Allen dynasty" in Northampton MA, one could say that it was in 1657, and it lasted three hundred years, until 1964 or so, and now is alive again, with this writer's having moved back here, following the lead of her 3 children!

Specific sources:
• "Genealogy of Samuel Allen of Windsor, CT, Some of His Descendants" by Willard Allen
• "Immigrants to America Before 1750" by Frederick Virkus. (not entirely reliable, as he mixes into "Windsor Samuel Allen's" family, children of "Braintree Samuel Allen.")
• "The Allen Memorials, Second Series, Descendants of Samuel Allen of Windsor, Conn. 1604-1907" by Orrin Allen.
[My 2nd great-grandfather William Allen is quoted in Orrin's report as saying that Samuel Allen "is supposed to have come from the West of England with the Dorchester people in the ship Mary & John in 1630." Orrin says, "Mr. Allen was greatly interested in the ancestry of his family and gave the subject much thought, so his testimony is the more valuable." Well, perhaps.]
• "North America Family Histories/Hitchcock," on
• "History and Genealogies of Ancient Windsor Connecticut 1635-1891" by Henry R. Stiles, A.M., M.D.

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  • Maintained by: Judith Lee Howard Shea
  • Originally Created by: bealgenealogy
  • Added: 8 Mar 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 13568597
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Samuel Allen (1588–28 Apr 1648), Find A Grave Memorial no. 13568597, citing Enfield Street Cemetery, Enfield, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA ; Maintained by Judith Lee Howard Shea (contributor 47962427) .