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Joseph Allen (abt. 1642 - 1704)

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Joseph Allen
Born about in Sandwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts Baymap
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Husband of — married 1 Jul 1662 in New Plymouth Colony, Massachusettsmap
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Died in Dartmouth, Bristol, Massachusetts Baymap
Profile last modified 17 Feb 2020 | Created 13 Dec 2010 | Last significant change: 17 Feb 2020
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The English ancestry and New England descendants of Joseph Allen have been treated in several works, but the conclusions drawn have not been consistent or complete. The most recent work is the book "Ancestral Lines, Third Edition" by Carl Boyer, 3rd, published by the author, Santa Clarita, CA, 1998.
Joseph Allen was probably born in Sandwich in Plymouth Colony.
He married, first, Sarah Holloway, his first cousin, who died between 1675 and 1680. He married second to Sarah Hull (or Hall), who was born in Yarmouth in March 1650, and died possibly in Shrewsbury, New Jersey after 1705.
They were Quakers, and members of the Rhode Island Monthly Meeting of Friends. At one time he owned a 1/34th share of Dartmouth. He acted as agent for the Dartmouth proprietors in a dispute with the towns of Little Compton and Tiverton between 1695 and 1700. He bought lands in Monmouth County, New Jersey in 1697, and moved there later. In May 1703, he was of Freehold when he deeded to his son Trustrum half of his 1697 purchase.
On 28 July 1692, John Watson and Henry Gardner of Kings Town alias Rochester, yeomen, sold land for 77 pounds fifteen shillings in Currant money of New England paid by Josph Allen of Dartmouth in Massachusetts, yeoman. The land was two thirds of a tract of land of 612 acres in Pittiguamscott purchase in Kingstown, lying on the back side of the ponds, so-called. This tract is 177 rods in width and is bounded east by land of Thomas Mumford, south by the pond, west by land belonging to the heirs of Samuel Wilson, and north by undivided lands. Also, two thirds of lands in Motonuck Neck of 312 acres, bounded east by lands of Benedict Arnold, south on Point Judith ponds so-called, west by lands of Captain Samuel Sowell, north partly by land laid out and partly by undivided lands, with all trees, swamps, beaches. The deed was signed by John Watson and Henry Gardner, and witnessed by William Gardner, George Gardner and Ephram Gardner ("Rhode Island Land Evidences, Volume I, 1648-1696, Abstracts," published by Genealogical Publishing Company, Baltimore, 1970, page 235).
On 19 September 1693, Christopher Allen of Little compton, yeoman, sold land for 140 pounds of Currant money paid by Joseph Allen of Dartmouth, yeoman. The land was all of his farm in the Pittiquomcott Purchase on the west of the second sugar hill, comprising 500 acres, and bounded west partly by a highway and partly by land not yet laid out, north by land formerly laid out to John Gould, east by lands laid out, and south partly by a pond and partly by undivided lands. Christopher Allen signed the deed, which was witnessed by William Fleetwood, Joseph Devell and John Smith ("Rhode Island Land Evidences, Volume I, 1648-1696, Abstracts," published by Genealogical Publishing Company, Baltimore, 1970, page 236).
On 11 November 1693, Joseph Allen of Dartmouth in the County of Bristol, yeoman, sold land for 217 pounds fifteen shillings of Currant money of New England paid by Joseph Hull, late of Socomesett but now of Kings Town alias Rochester, yeoman. The land was his right in the Pittiquamsett purchase, two thirds of a tract of 612 acres, lying on the back side of the ponds so-called, also two thirds of a tract of land in Motonuk Neck containing 312 acres, both of which were bought of Henry Gardner and John Watson by deed of saler in parchment dated 20 July 1692. also, all land westward of the second Sugar Lofe hill in Pitticomcott which contains 500 acres which he bought of Christopher Allen of Little Compton by a deed of sale in parchment. The deed was signed by Joseph Allen, and was witnessed by Abraham Anthony, Thomas Wait and John Smith ("Rhode Island Land Evidences, Volume I, 1648-1696, Abstracts," published by Genealogical Publishing Company, Baltimore, 1970, page 235).
His occupation is given as wheelwright, husbandman and yeoman in deeds dated 1678 and 1679.
Joseph Allen died in Monmouth County, New Jersey, while building a home, in September 1704.
He left two wills, which were probated by Governor Cranston of Rhode Island on 11 October 1704. The first will was written in Dartmouth in 1696, and the second one in Shrewsbury, N.J. on 26 June 1704. The inventory of his estate at Dartmouth accounted to 335 pounds, 17 shillings, 10 pence, while his holdings in New Jersey were worth 186 pounds, 18 shillings.
The first will, written in Dartmouth in 1696, was presented to the Bristol County Probate Court. It reads (transcribed from Bristol County (Massachusetts) Probate Records, Volume 2, Pages 111-113, on FHL Microfilm 0,461,882):
"To all People to whom these presents shall reme I Joseph Allen of the township of Dartmouth in the County of new Bristoll in New Plymouth in New England in America send Greeting Know Yee that I the said Joseph Allen being by the grace of God in health of Body & of sound Memory & good understanding Doe make & constitute this my Last will & Testament in manner & form following.
"Imp-s. My will is that all my Just Debts be payd by my Executors and that they Receive all Just Debts Due to me.
"Item. I give & bequeath to my Loveing wife Sarah Allen all that parcell of land that belongs to me at Sarronosset in the County of Barnstable in New England to Possess & Enjoy the benefits thereof Dureing her widowhood and allso all the Stock that is upon it, as allso four Cowes two oxen & half the Sheep that are mine in the township of Dartmouth, three Beds with beding & Blankets thereto belonging with all the Rest of my other household stuff for the bringing up of my Children which I had by her my said wife Sarah Allen.
"Item. I give and bequeath to my five sons Benja- Trustram Ralph Daniel Ruben Allen all the abovesd Tract of land at Surronassett to them their heires or Assignes forever to be Equally divided amongst them or the Sirvivers of them, at the desc- of their abovesd mother Sarah Allen.
"Item. I give & bequeath to my two Daughters Sarah Allen & Hannah Allen both Twenty pounds money to be payd them within one year after their mothers decease.
"Item. I give & bequeath to my son Josias Allen to him his heires & assignes forever my Dweling house & land I now dwel in at Dartmouth & one quarter of one Thirty fourth share in Dartmouth, as allso Certain p-cells of meadow land which I bought of Cushenet men as appears by the Deeds.
"Item. I give & bequeath unto my son William Allen his heires and Assignes forever one quarter share of land in Dartmouth of one thirty fourth part being the land I bought of William Palmer.
"Item. I give & bequeath to my sons Joseph Allen & John Allen to them their heires and Assignes forever all the Remainder of my land in Dartmouth to be Equally divided betwixt them.
"Item. My will is that my four sons shall be at an Equal Charge to give out an Equal division of the land: Item I give Twenty pounds in money towards giving out the said Equall Partition.
"Item. I give and bequeath to my Daughter Rose Howland ten pounds to be payd within a year after my Decease = Item I give and bequeath to my Daughter Abigail Allen Thirteen pounds to be payd within a year after my decease.
"Item. My Will is that all the Rest of my Estate after Debts and Legacies be payd yt what is left be Equally divided amongst my four sons Joseph John Wm and Josias Allen.
"Lastly, I appoint & Constitute my Loveing sons Joseph and Josias Allen to be my Executors & my Loveing wife Sarah Allen Dureing her Widowhood to be my Executrix to this my last will and Testament And ordain & desire my friend William Sarle and my Loveing Brother Increase Allen to be my overseers. And in Testimony that this is my last will & Testament I have hereunto sett my hand and seale this one thousand six hundred ninety six.
"Signed sealed & owned to be my last will
& Testament in presence of Joseph Allen (seal)
Robert Carr
John Wilbur (his mark)
John Smith"
"Rhoad Island in her Majesties Collony of Rhoad Island & Providence Plantations Octob-r the 11th 1704 Capt. Robert Carr of Newport in the Collony aforesd personally appeared before me the subscriber Gov-r of the abovesd Collony & made oath that he did see Joseph Allen signe seal and declare the above written Instrument to be his Last will and Testament The said Allen to the Best of his judgement being then in perfect sense & memory and that at the same time he the sd Deponent did subscribe his name as wittness to the same, and to the best of his Remembrance John Wilbur & John Smith Did at the same time Subscribe their Names as witness. The abovesd Capt Carr being sick and weake and not able to Travil to Bristoll to the Cause of the takeing of the aforesd Deposition In Testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand & affixed my seal the day & year abovesaid.
Samuel Cranston"
"Bristoll : In Bristoll Novemb-r 20th 1704
Then Appeared John Wilbur of Little Compton and of the witnesses to the above written will of the late Dec-d Joseph Allen before Nathaniel Byfield Esq-r Judge of Probate of Wills within the County of Bristoll And made Oath that he was present And Did see the sd Joseph Allen signe seal & Declare the above written to be his last will & Testam-t and that he was of a Disposing mind when he so did And allso that he sd Wilbur Together with Robert Carr & John Smith did sett their hands as witnesses at the same time.
Jur-t Coram Natha-l Byfield."
"The Inventory of all the Estate of Joseph Allens in Dartmouth late Deceased some time in September Last 1704: We whose names are underwritten being desired by the Executors of the sd Joseph Allens will have taken this Inventory according to the best of Our Judgement in manner here set Down.
"Uplands and meadows one house & Orchards ........................ 200=00=00
Ten Cowes ...................................................................... ..... 020=00=00
Six Three year olds ............................................................... 009=00=00
Seven two year olds .............................................................. 008=00=00
Six year olds ...................................................................... .. 004=10=00
Nine Calves ...................................................................... .... 003=00=00
One Mare ...................................................................... ...... 003=00=00
Thre pounds of money ........................................................... 003=00=00
One Bedstead two Hives of bees ............................................ 000=18=00
Debts Mathew Haward .......................................................... 009=00=00
Thomas Waits Debt .............................................................. 055=12=00
Debt Thomas Cornwell .......................................................... 020=00=00
"That abovesd Inventory is all the Estate that was Brought to our vein or that we know of and we prised it according to the best of our judgm-t as witness our hands the 18th day of November 1704.
Increase Allen
Benjamin Allen
"Bristoll: Novemb-r 20th 1704 Then in Bristoll Appeared Joseph Allen & Josiah Allen Executors of the Last will & Testam-t of their late Deceased Father Joseph Allen Before Natha-l Byfield Esq-r Judge of Probate of Wills & within the County of Bristoll and did Solemly Declare that the above written was a true & just Inventory of the Estate their said Father dyed seized of within this County and that when they know of any more they will Reveale it that it may be herewith Entered.
Jur-t Coram Nathaniel Byfield"


1 JUL 1662 New Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts
Wife: Sarah Holloway
Child: Rose Allen


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Allen-12334 and Allen-1296 appear to represent the same person because: Clear duplicate please merge
posted by Helen (Bowden) Edwards
Allen-12334 and Allen-1296 are not ready to be merged because: There were two Ralph Allens that lived in the same area st the same time. I need to verify that the Ralph Allen listed is the correct father for this Joseph Allen before confounding any errors that may have already been made on this profile.
posted by Jennifer Mandell
Correct mother for this Joseph should be Susannah ______ ?, second wife of Ralph Allen. Please see Allen-1296 for sources and references.
posted by Bryan McCullagh
From MacDonald, on Joseph's second wife:

"Joseph subsequently married for a second time, also in Massachusetts, to a widow named Sarah (Hull) Ridley in 1680. Sarah was the daughter of Tristram and Blanche Hull, and the widow of Mark Ridley."

Anyone know Blanche's maiden name? No, never mind. Different can o' worms....

posted by Bryan McCullagh
I believe we have the wrong mother for this Joseph.

According to Jack MacDonald, this Joseph's mother should be Susannah, maiden name unknown.

There is a profile for Susannah, Unknown-220494, wife of Ralph Allen Sr. Suggest we change the mother for this profile, as well as the rest of Joseph's siblings listed here.

Here is the salient extract from MacDonald:

"29. Joseph Allen, the son of Ralph and Susannah Allen, was born in about 1642 in Massachusetts. Joseph was apparently married twice during his life. He married his first wife, Sarah Holloway (also written Holway), on1 July 1662 in Massachusetts.

Sarah, who was born at Sandwich in the New Plymouth Colony, was the daughter of Joseph Holloway and Rose Allen."

posted by Bryan McCullagh

Rejected matches › Joseph Allen (abt.1869-)

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