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- ↑ Bridgewater, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States. Vital records of Bridgewater, Massachusetts, to the year 1850. (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1916), 30.
ALLEN, Samuel, ch. Samuel Sr., (born) Dec. 4, 1660.
- On p. 92, Source:Mitchell, Nahum. History of the Early Settlement of Bridgewater, in Plymouth County, Massachusetts says (in abstract) that Samuel Allen, s/o Samuel Allen and Sarah Partridge, b. 1660, m. (1) 1685 Rebeckah, d/o John Cary, m. (2) 1700 Mary ["perhaps" d/o Joseph Alden]. It adds, "There was a Samuel Allen who m. Jane Turner, of Weymouth, 1728, and d. 1750, and called Jr., probably the son".
This is a mess.
First, the identification of his second wife as Mary Alden was done with no apparent evidence. Mary Pratt is a much more likely identification, as discussed on Family:Samuel Allen and Mary Pratt (1).
Weymouth VRS, p. 2:12, do show the marriage of a Samuel Allen to Jane Turner: "Allen, Samuel of Bridgwator [int. Bridgwater], and Mrs. Jane Turner, June 12, 1728". And there is a death record in 1750 in the Bridgewater VRs, p. 2:429: "Allen, Samuel Jr., h. Mary, June 28, 1750". These do not appear to belong to the same man, one marrying a wife Jane, and the other having a wife Mary. One would assume that the husband of Mary is the father Samuel, since he and his wife are the only Samuel and Mary Allen that appear in the records around this time, but it would be odd for him to be "Jr." at the age of 90?
The son Samuel was born 1686, and a death in 1750 would be a reasonable life span of 64 years, but would require discovering a marriage to somebody named Mary to confirm it is him.
Some websites suggest that Jane Turner was the third wife of the father. The Jane Turner might be the Jane Vining who married Deacon Jacob Turner and became a widow in 1723. If this is so, she was born 2 Jul 1672, d/o John Vining and Mary Reed, and would of an appropriate age to marry the father. This is presented "probably" by Source:Porter, Joseph W. Genealogy of the Descendants of Richard Porter, Who Settled at Weymouth, Massachusetts, 1635, and Allied Families, p. 208, but that only suggests that this web of speculation isn't directly contradicted. There are still many loose ends and many pieces of the puzzle yet undiscovered. More information is needed.