Person:William Allen (24)

William Allen
b.Est 1611 England
  • HWilliam AllenEst 1611 - 1686
  • WAnn GoodaleBef 1630 - Abt 1678
m. 31 May 1639
  1. Abigail Allen1639/40 - 1711
  2. Hannah Allen1642 - 1729
  3. Mary Allen1644 - 1703
  4. Martha Allen1646 - 1718
  5. John Allen1648 - 1696
  6. William Allen1650 - 1700
  7. Benjamin Allen1652 - 1723
  8. Capt. Joseph Allen1653 - 1724
  9. Richard Allen1655 - 1678
  10. Ruth Allen1658 - 1674
  11. Jeremiah Allen1658/59 - 1738
m. Abt 1684
Facts and Events
Name[1][2] William Allen
Gender Male
Birth? Est 1611 England
Alt Birth[3] Abt 1615 England
Marriage 31 May 1639 Salisbury, Essex, Massachusettsto Ann Goodale
Marriage Abt 1684 to Alice Reynolds
Death[1] 18 Jun 1686 Salisbury, Essex, Massachusetts

'History of the Wheeler Family in America', Albert Gallatin Wheeler, Jr., 1914, p 429.

Essex Antiquarian, The, 1899, Descendants of William Allen of Salisbury. The Essex Antiquarian, Salem, MA, v. 3, p. 17-25. "William Allen, who appears in Salisbury, Massachusetts, in 1639, was probably a very young man at the time of his emigration and, like most of the early settlers of Salisbury, he may have lived first in one of the older communities such as Newbury, across the Merrimac river, drawn to the new settlement by his marriage to Ann Goodale which must have taken place early in 1639. There is no documentary evidence of his age, but we can suppose that he was born about 1615. He lived in Salisbury until his death on June 18 1686. His wife Ann died 'about ye last of May,' 1678, and he married secondly Alice whose maiden name is not known but who had had two former husbands, John Roper and John Dickinson. She died, Allen's widow, on April 1 1687.

" Allen participated in the first division of Salisbury land in 1639 when the town was called Colchester, and in that of 1640 when it had become Salisbury. By trade he was a house carpenter, and, as he consistently signed documents by mark, it is probable that he could not write. He participated when the town divided the mowing of beach lots in 1654, and in 1657, he bought lot No. 35 of Mr. Hall's farm, which Hall had sold to the town for 1:18:2. His name appears on several church lists and petitions. He also bought and sold several small planting lots, ox commons, etc., between 1650 and 1667.

"Allen was sworn constable of Salisbury on April 9, 1650, and was on the Grand Jury in the Salisbury Court of December 2, 1666.

In 1677, Allen was twice in court. On July 4 he complained that Sarah Taylor, his servant, had departed in a disorderly way, accusing his wife of beating her cruelly. The court ordered Sarah's mother to place her in some godly family and in the meantime Sarah was 'to refrain from the company of Goodwife Houldredge and Sarah Buswell.'

Savage, Vol 1:30 :WILLIAM, Newbury, nam. by Coffin as of Salem 1638, but no support can be found for any other, so early, than him who had then occup. there for twelve yrs. and prob. he is more correct in placing him at Salisbury from 1639 to 50. had Ann, b. 4 Jan. 1640; Hannah, 17 June 1642; Mary, 29 July 1644; Martha, 1646; John, 9 Oct. 1648; William, 2 Oct. 1650; Benjamin, 1652; Joseph, 13 Oct. 1653; Richard, 8 Nov. 1656; Ruth, 19 Feb. 1658; Jeremiah, 17 Feb. 1659.

In Salisbury he is commonly nam. with prefix of respect, as Mr. and he d. 18 June 1686. His will, of 16 Sept. 1674, with codic. 7 Nov. 1676, names w. Ann, wh. d. end of May 1678, s. John, William, Benja- min, Richard, and Jeremiah; ds. Abigail Wheeler, Hannah Ayer, Mary Hewes, and Martha Hubbard. His wid. Alice d. 1 Apr. 1687. Hannah m. 8 Oct. 1659, Peter Ayer. William, Concord, d. Oct. 1659.

1 WILLIAM1 ALLEN(*) [or ALLIN] of Salisbury, "house-carpenter," received land in S. in the "first division" and in 1640. His name appears on the list of "townsmen and commoners" in 1650, and later lists. He m. 1st, ANN2 GOODALE (Richard1), who d. May, 1678[S]; 2d, ab. 1684, Alice (???) [wid. of John Roper and of JOHN DICKISON]. He d. in S., June 18, 1686 [S]. Will, in Boston, April 16, 1674; codicil Nov. 7, 1676; proved July 22, 1686. Wid. Alice d. April 1, 1687[S]. Will of Alice Allen, of S., March 24, April 20, 1687.(+)

  1. 1.0 1.1 Vital Records of Salisbury in Early Records of Essex County, Massachusetts. (Name: Orig. Pub. The Essex Institute, Salem, Mass, 1923. Search & ReSearch Publishing Co., Wheat Ridge Co.,1998 version;)
  2. Hoyt, David W. Old Families of Salisbury and Amesbury Massachusetts. (Name: Snow & Farnham. Providence. 1897; Electronic copy at;)
    Vol. 1:177.
  3. Davis,Walter Goodwin. Massachusetts and Maine Families in the Ancestry of Walter Goodwin Davis (1882-1966). (Name: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., Broderbund CD #194;)
    Vol. 1:6.
  4.   Davis, Walter Goodwin. The Ancestry of Abel Lunt 1769-1806, of Newbury, Massachusetts. (Portland, Maine: Anthoensen Press, 1963)
  5.   William Allen, in Anderson, Robert Charles. The Great Migration Directory. (Boston, Mass.: New England Historic Genealogical Society, Jun 2015)

    William Allen, origin and parents Unknown; arrived 1637 first at Newbury, then Salisbury [Newbury Town Records 21; Salsibury Town Records 4; Essex Institute Historical Collections 68:190; Moore Ancestry 101-5; Abel Ancestry of Abel Lunt 1769-1806, of Newbury, Massachusetts 91-94]

  6.   Leslie Mahler, FASG and Nathan W Murphy, AG, The English Ancestry of Alice Reynolds Wife of John1 Roper of Dedham, Massachusetts. , in The American Genealogist (TAG). (Donald Lines Jacobus,
    85:222-34, July 2011.

    The authors review the research published by Lyman Mower and Ella E Roper and note that they and Robert Charles Anderson find them unreliable. They state unequivocally that that the elder John Roper in their books was not only not the father of this John Roper but he did not exist! The immigrant was the John Roper who married Alice Reynolds. John Roper and Alice Reynolds were married 3 Oct 1633 in New Buckingham, Norfolk, England [parish records for New Buckingham]. The records include the baptism of 2 of their daughters: Alice 10 Sep 1634 and Elizabeth 25 Jan 1635/6. They include a deposition where John Roper states his desire to immigrate to New England dated 13 Apr 1637. He was named in the will of Simon Reynolds, etc. Alice Reynolds born say 1609 in New Buckenham, Norfolk, England daughter of Simon and Alice Reynolds married first 3 Oct 1633 New Buckenham, Norfolk, England to John1 Rober, married second 14 Apr 1681 John Dickinson who died 30 Dec 1683 and married three to William Allen of Salisbury who died 18 Jun 1686.

  7.   John Goodale of Great Yarmouth, in The American Genealogist (TAG). (Donald Lines Jacobus,

    link Richard Goodale bp 29 Jul 1594 Child Anne m by 1639 William Allen of Salisbury.