Person:James Allen (6)

m. abt 1631
  1. Samuel Allen1632 - 1703
  2. Mary AllenAbt 1635 -
  3. James Allen, Esq.abt 1636 - 1714
  4. Sarah Allen1639 - aft 1690
m. ABT 1662
  1. Amy Allen1663 - 1709/10
  2. Mary Allen1665 - 1725
  3. Abigail Allen1667 - 1733
  4. Ruth AllenAbt 1670 - 1738
  5. Ebenezer Allen1672 - 1733
  6. Lt. James Allen1674 -
  7. Ichabod Allen1676 - 1752
  8. Samuel Allen1678 - 1755
  9. Col. John Allen1682 -
  10. Lt. Joseph Allen1685 -
  11. Sarah Allen1688 -
  12. Rev. Benjamin Allen1689 -
Facts and Events
Name James Allen, Esq.
Gender Male
Birth[1] abt 1636 Braintree, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States(now Quincy)
Marriage ABT 1662 Martha's Vineyard, Dukes, MAto Elizabeth Partridge
Alt Marriage 1662 Braintree, Norfolk, Massachusettsto Elizabeth Partridge
Death[1][3][4] 25 Jul 1714 Tisbury, Dukes, Massachusetts, United States
Occupation? Massachusetts, United Statesa farmer and land speculator
Burial[3] West Tisbury Village Cemetery, West Tisbury, Dukes, Massachusetts, United States"God's Acre" (West Tisbury Village Cemetery)

James was an original proprietor of Tisbury, on Martha’s Vineyard, and was one of only two of those proprietors who remained as a settler. He married about 1662, possibly in Braintree if that’s where he’s fron. His first three children are recorded at Sandwich, from 1663 to 1667. He probably met James Skiffe and other Martha’s Vineyard proprietors in Sandwich. “Takemmy” was purchased from the Indians in the summer of 1669.

No more children are recorded at Sandwich after that, and James became one of the largest landholders on the Vineyard. He lived in Tisbury for about 20 years before moving to Chilmark. He began purchasing a large estate there in 1677, and moved there sometime before 1687. The estate eventually amounted to more than 250 acres. He gave the land to his sons Ebenezer, Samuel and Ichabod before his death, and did not leave a will.

James did not have many public offices, but he was prominent through his holdings in the area. He was the first to serve as a justice of the King’s Bench who was not related to the powerful Mayhew family. He held this position for six years or so.

In March 1699, James received 5 lots in what appears to be a re-division of lots granted in Tisbury in 1678, 1 with Israel Luce, 1 with John Manter, and 3 by himself. He was also involved in surveying the areas. (Records of Tisbury, where James' last mention is in 1704)

Banks also says James is the son of Samuel of Braintree, who died in 1669 and named son James in will.[6]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Torrey, Clarence Almon. New England Marriages Prior to 1700. (1963), page 10.
  2.   Ward, Azuba Ruth (Azuba Ruth Seaver). The Hatch Family: descendants of Lewis Hatch of Lee, Massachusetts and Granville, New York, from Thomas Hatch of Barnstable, Massachusetts. (Bellevue, Washington: A.R. Ward, c1985).
  3. 3.0 3.1 Tisbury, Dukes, Massachusetts, United States. Vital Records of Tisbury, Massachusetts, to the Year 1850. (Boston, Mass: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1910), 195.

    ALLEN, James Esq. [h. Elizabeth], (died) July 25, 1714, a. 78. [gravestone record, West Tisbury Village Cemetery].

  4. Savage, James. A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England: Showing Three Generations of Those Who Came Before May, 1692, on the Basis of Farmer's Register. (Boston: Little, Brown, and Co, 1860-1862), 1:32.

    JAMES, Sandwhich, perhaps s. of George the first, had Amey, b. 22 Dec. 1665; and Abigail, 28 Sept. 1667, and prob. sev. others, yet it may be that some were b. after rem. to Tisbury, had w. Elizabeth and d. 20 July 1714, aged 77, leav. many descend.

  5.   James Allen, in Find A Grave.
  6. Banks, Charles, History of Martha’s Vineyard, “Sketches of the Early Settlers of West Tisbury,”, Vol II: Annals of West Tisbury and Vol III: Family Genealogies.