Person:Samuel Allen (7)

m. abt 1631
  1. Samuel Allen1632 - 1703
  2. Mary AllenAbt 1635 -
  3. James Allen, Esq.abt 1636 - 1714
  4. Sarah Allen1639 - aft 1690
m. AFT 1641
  1. Deacon Joseph Allen1650 - 1726/27
  2. Abigail Allen1651 -
  • HSamuel Allen1598 - 1669
  • WMargaret
  1. Abigail Allen - Bef 1729/30
Facts and Events
Name Samuel Allen
Gender Male
Alt Birth? 1596 Bridgewater, Somertshire, England
Birth? 1598 Bumpstead, Steeple Par, England
Alt Birth? ABT 1612 Steeple Parish, England
Marriage abt 1631 Englandto Anne Whitmore
Marriage AFT 1641 to Margaret French
Death[1] 5 Aug 1669 Braintree, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States

Origins

Very likely not the son of George and Katherine Allen. The only records known to refer to Samuel son of George are a 1656 deed and George’s will. The 1656 deed lists Samuel “of Boston” (he’d been in Braintree for over 20 years), and he signs with a mark (he signed his own 1669 will). Also, Samuel is named along with George’s 4 youngest children in his will, while other older children are omitted. If the men were the same, Samuel’s inclusion would be odd.[2]

Life in New England

Town Clerk, Selectman, Surveyor of Highways, Constable and Deputy. Listed as a freeman in 1632. Was one of the first settlers of Braintree, MA

"Samuel Allen ... was Town Clerk, Selectman, Surveyor of Highways, Constable, and served as Deputy three times. He and his son Samuel, who settled in Bridgweater in 1660, both fought in King Philips War. For eight generations this family has been identified with the best political and religious life of New England." [3]

Legacy

His will is dated Aug. 2, 1669 and proved Sept. 16 1669 and recorded in Suffolk Probate. It names wife Margaret, sons Samuel and James, sons-in-law Josiah Standish and Nathaniel Greenwood, daughter Abigaio, son Joseph (unmarried). The inventory is dated Aug. 27, 1669 and valued at £228 12s 9d. [4]

Nice article in NEHGR "The Allen Family in New England" p 225

References
  1. Bates, Samuel. Records of the town of Braintree, 1640 to 1793. (Randolph, Massachusetts : D.H. Huxford, 1886).
  2. George Allen, in Anderson, Robert Charles; George F. Sanborn; and Melinde Lutz Sanborn. The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635. (NEHGS, 1999-2011).
  3. John Cary, the Plymouth Pilgrim by Seth C. Cary. Cary also says that Samuel "came from Bridgewater, Engl;and, to Braintree in 1630; in 1635 he took the Oath of Allegiance." However, according to the Great Migration project, Samuel was not the son of George Allen (who is often said to have come from Bridgewater); nor can he be connected to the Samuel Allen who was a freeman in 1635; and moreover there is no evidence that any Samuel Allen came over in 1630 (see discussion in GMB)
  4. Vinton, John Adams. The Venton Memorial, Comprising a Genealogy of the Descendants of John Vinton of Lynn, 1648”, (Boston: Private Printing, 1858), p. 303