John Alling of Guilford, Connecticut, husband (as of 1652) of [[Bradley-988|Ellen Bradley]], is currently shown as a son of [[Allen-4674|James Allen]] of Kempston, Bedfordshire. This is incorrect: James's son John did not follow his brother Roger and sister Joan to Connecticut; au contraire, he is still in England in 1656 and is named as executor of James's will _in which he is given a house in Kempston_. The 1905 "History and genealogical record of the Alling-Allens of New Haven" (https://archive.org/stream/historygenealogi00alle/historygenealogi00alle_djvu.txt
, p. 250) makes it clear that while Roger of New Haven and John of Guilford were close, they were (at best) cousins -- not brothers. Unfortunately, it does not reveal John's parents or birthplace.
By tradition, John is believed to have been born in England in about 1627. My strong suspicion -- given the closeness of the two men -- is that they are likely to have grown up together, as cousins, in Kempston. For example, one first-glance possibility appears to be that James Allen, born at Kempston in 1587 to John & Joan Allen, might have been elder brother of Richard Allen, born in Kempston in 1603... to a father also named John (see https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J7MP-F38
). Richard becomes the father of a son named John, born in Kempston in January of 1628 (see https://www.familysearch.org/search/ark:/61903/1:1:J7MP-D4S
)... awfully close to that traditionally-stated 1627 birth year for John of Guilford.
This scenario would make Richard's son John a younger first cousin to James's son Roger. John is believed to have emigrated about a decade later than Roger, which would fit the age difference. That the two were very close is testified to in the 1905 "History" thus:
"[T]here can hardly be a doubt but the tradition that Roger and John were cousins, is true, and that it was a mutual agreement with them to change the English form of their name from Allen to Alling... they are the only known emigrants who thus spelled their name..."
Is John, son of Richard, the Guilford man?? It's a tidy theory, anyway... If anyone can find Richard's will, and if he -- like James -- makes note of children who have emigrated to New England, that would be awfully convenient...