In his book A History of the Wedgwood Family (London: St Catherine's Press, 1908), Josiah C. Wedgwood's gives a genealogy for John Bartlett Allen (1733-1803) [[Allen-20585]]. According to this genealogy, Allen was descended from Rowland Laugharne (c. 1607 - 1675), who was one of the leaders of the Parliamentary forces in Wales during the Civil War <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rowland_Laugharne> and Theodosia Wray, the daughter of Sir Christopher Wray, Kt. (1601 - 1646).
J.C. Wedgwood's source seems to be an 1891 book, The Royal Descent of our Noble and Gentle Families (principally Devonians), by John Foster, p. 953.
But this genealogy looks doubtful:
- Rowland Laugharne's wife's name according to many sources (such as the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography) is Anne Button, and there is no evidence that he was married twice.
- According to the genealogy, Theodosia Wray was baptised on 1 January 1644, and so she seems to be too young to have been the wife of Rowland Laugharne, who must have been born around 1607.
One possibility is that Theodosia Wray was the wife of the son of Rowland Laugharne, who was apparently also called Rowland, and seems to have died at some point before 1698.
However, the Wray family were a grand well-to-do family, and the Laugharnes became impoverished and disgraced after 1649. This makes it seem a little doubtful whether Theodosia Wray would have married either the elder or the younger Rowland Laugharne (although admittedly, it looks as if Theodosia's parents both died when she was a small child, and her uncles and aunts might not have made a big effort to find an eligible husband for her).
If anyone knows about whether there was any real connection between the Laugharnes and the Wrays, I'd be grateful if you could let me know!