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Samuel Allen (abt. 1597 - 1669)

Samuel Allen
Born about in Englandmap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married about 1630 in Braintree, Massachusetts Bay Colonymap [uncertain]
Husband of — married 1650 in Braintree, Norfolk, Massachusettsmap
Descendants descendants
Died at about age 72 in Braintree, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Colonymap
Profile last modified | Created 29 Nov 2008
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The Puritan Great Migration.
Samuel Allen migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1621-1640). (See The Directory, by R. C. Anderson, p. 5)
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Disputed Origins

A record of Samuel Allen's birth has not been discovered, nor have his parents been identified. The occasionally cited birthplace of "Bridgewater, Somerset, England"[1] is as yet unconfirmed. Samuel Allen was long thought to have been the son of George Allen, but it is now known that George's son was a much younger Samuel Allen.

Disputed Spouse

Ann Whitmore d/o John Whitmore it is reported married George Farrar



Birth: about 1597 (estimate)


First marriage: by 1632, possibly at Braintree, Massachusetts.[2]
Wife: Ann (possibly Whitmore); Ann died 29 Sep 1641.
Children with Ann:[3]
  1. Samuel Allen, born 10 Nov 1632, possibly in Braintree or Duxbury, Massachusetts; married Sarah Partridge, daughter of George.
  2. Mary Allen, [born 1634?] married Lieut. Nathaniel Greenwood[4] [in 1636?]
  3. James Allen, [born in 1636?] married Elizabeth Perkins?
  4. Sarah Allen, born 30 Mar 1639, married Lieut. Josiah Standish, son of Myles Standish[5]
  5. Abigail Allen; may have been the Abigail who married John Cary.[3] (Versus Abigail Penniman.)
Second marriage: by 1650, at Braintree, Massachusetts.[6]
Wife: Mrs. Margaret (____) Lamb, widow of Edward Lamb.
Children with Margaret:
  1. Joseph Allen, born 15 May 1650.[7]


Death: 5 Aug 1669, at Braintree, Massachusetts[8]


Date: 2 Aug 1669
Witnesses: Francis Elliot, Thomas Holbrook, John French
Inventory taken: 27 Aug 1669, by Francis Elliott, John French. £228 12 09.
Will proved: 16 Sep 1669
Executors: wife, Margaret Allen, and son, Joseph Allen
People named as beneficiaries:
  1. Son, Samuel Allen
  2. Son, James Allen
  3. Son-in-law, Jonah [Josiah?] Standish
  4. Son-in-law, Nathaniel Greenwood
  5. Daughter, Abigail, when she reaches age 21
  6. "Beloved wife"
  7. Son, Joseph Allen

Will of Samuel Allen[9]

August 2, 1669. The last will and Testament of Samuel Allen, of Braintry, in the County of Suffolke in New England, being uery weake in Body, yet of perfect memory and vnderstanding.
What debts I owe, be paid with as much speed as may bee conuenient.
I Giue vnto my sonn, Samuell'Allen, £20, to bee paid him or his out of my Estate, £10 within one yeare after my decease, and £10 within three yeares after the first payment bee made.
Vnto my sonn James Allen, £5, to be paid him or his within three yeares after my decease.
Vnto my sonn-in-law, Jonah Standish, £10, to bee paid him or his, £5 within one yeare after my decease, and the other £5 within two yeares after the first payment bee made.
Vnto my sonn-in-law Nathaniel Greenwood, £5, to bee paid him or his within three yeares after my decease.
Vnto my dau. Abigail, £30, to bee paid vnto her when shee shall bee at the Age of 21 yearea.
The rest of my Estate, as House and land and what Else remains, I leave betweene my beloved wife and my sonn, Joseph Allen, that is to say, that my wife shall haue halfe the bennifit of House and land and what Euer Estate may bee left after the discharge of the legacies, during her life, and the other halfe to my sonn Joseph. Prouided they both joyne together in what is necessary for the support of such as are left in the family.
My will is, that if my sonn Joseph shall marry where his thoughts haue first binn, that what Estate hee hath shall remaine to his Children. If it please God hee die without issue, his Estate, after his wiues Death, shall returne to my Children. My will is, that my wife shall haue liberty to Giue vnto any of her Children to the whole uallue of £10, where she shall see need.
I make my wife, and my sonn Joseph, my Executrix and Exocuto' of this my will—wittnes the hand of Samuel Allen.
Wittnes: Francis Elliot, Thomas Holbrook, John French.
16 Sept., 1669. Francis Elliot and John French deposed.
Inventory of the Estate taken 6th mo. 27th day, 1669, by Francis Elliott, John French. Amt. £228 12 09.
16 September, 1669. Margaret Allen Executrix, and Joseph Allen the eldest sonn, Executor to the last will of Samuel Alien, deposed.


  1. History of New Jersey, Vol. 4, p.1668.
  2. Torrey's New England Marriages, p. 25: "ALLEN, Samuel (-1669) & 1/wf Ann [?WHITMORE] (-1641); by 1632; Braintree".
  3. 3.0 3.1 History of Jefferson County, NY, p. 201.
  4. Families of the Connecticut River Valley, p. 544.
  5. Mayflower Births and Deaths, From the Files of George Ernest Bowman at the Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants by Susan E. Roser, Vol. 2, Geneological Publishing Co. Inc., for Sarah Allen, p. 324
  6. Torrey's New England Marriages, p. 26: "ALLEN, Samuel (-1669) & 2/wf Margaret (FRENCH) [LAMB], w Edward, by 1650; Braintree".
  7. Records of the Town of Braintree, p. 635: "Joseph Allen Son of Mr. Samuel Allen was born 15th of May, Anno Dom: 1650."
  8. Records of the Town of Braintree, p. 639: "Samuel Allin dyed the 6th mo. 5th. 1669."
  9. Abstracts from Suffolk County Wills, p. 310, Will of Samuel Allen (1669).
See also
  • Robert Charles Anderson, The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, Volumes I-III, 3 vols. (1995), 2:1151-1152 for Edward Lamb profile; digital images, (accessed 2014).
  • Clarence Almon Torrey, New England Marriages Prior to 1700.
  • Isaac John Greenwood, The Greenwood family of Norwich, England, in America, H. Minot Pitman and Mary M. Greenwood, eds. (1934), 16; Digital images from Hathi Trust, (accessed 13 Oct 2014). Refers to Samuel Allen and wife Ann; cites "Allen Family by Wm Allen, rev. by Joshua Allen, 1882." Calls Samuel the son of George and Catherine.
  • S. M. A. [?Stephen M. Allen], "A branch of the Allen Family in New England," New England Historical and Genealogical Register 10 (1856):225-227; digital images, Hathi Trust (accessed 2013). Calls the first wife, "Ann."
  • Andrew Roberts Lord, Holbrook and allied families, Annette Cummings Holbrook McMaster [Mrs. John Dennis McMaster], ed. (1942), 42-43; digital images, Hathi Trust (accessed 2013). Calls the first wife "Ann"; second is "Margaret."
  • Charles Henry Pope, The pioneers of Massachusetts, a descriptive list, drawn from records of the colonies, towns and churches and other contemporaneous documents (1900), 15 for Samuel .. Braintree; digital images, Hathi Trust (accessed 2013). Calls her "Anne"; second wife is "Margaret, widow of Edward Lamb." From the entry, one might be led to infer Samuel as a son of George.
  • Tenny Smith, Charles Smith and Rachel Amy Bryant, their ancestors and descendants (1938), 98-99 for "George Allen and his son Samuel Allen"; 253 for Standish entries; digital images, Hathi Trust (accessed 2013). At page 99, Calls Samuel's first wife "Ann Whitmore," without further reference; calls the second wife, "Margaret French, widow of Edward Lamb," also without further reference. Has Samuel born 1596 at England.
  • Charles Edward Banks, The history of Martha's Vineyard, Dukes County, Massachusetts 3 vols, 3 [Family Genealogies]:3 for "Allen Family"; digital images, Family History Library Catalog (accessed 2014). Writes, "Samuel^1 Allen, the first of this family, is not known to have been related to other emigrants of this name in New England." Referring to "Carey Genealogy," Banks writes further, "It is stated that he came from Bridgewater, Co. Somerset ... He was born about 1600." Calls the first wife "Anne -----" and the second, "Margaret (-----) Lamb, widow of Edward."
  • Alfred L. Holman, Blackman and allied families, compiled for Nathan Lincoln Blackman (1928), 39 for Allen; digital images, Hathi Trust (accessed 2013). He is "Samuel^1 Allen"; citing "Braintree Vital Records 1886, p. 639" reports Samuel died 5 August 1669; mentions will. Calls his first wife "Ann" and second "Mrs. Margaret Lamb, the widow of Edward Lamb." For the Allen entry, cites "Savages Genealogical Dictionary, 1-35"; "Pope's Pioneers of Mass., p. 15"; "Mitchell's Bridgewater, p. 92."
  • William Allen and Joshua Allen, A Genealogy of the Allen Family from 1568 to 1882 (1882), 5 for Samuel^2 Allen; digital images, Internet Archive (accessed 2014). The work reports Samuel (d. 1669) as the son of George Allen of Sandwich. Samuel's first wife is "Ann"; second if "Mrs. Margaret Lamb, widow of Edward Lamb."
  • Asa W. Allen, Genealogy of the Allen and Witter families: among the early settlers of this continent and their descendants (1872), 95-95 (in particular part); digital images, Hathi Trust (accessed 2014). Reports Samuel Allen "and Ann, his wife, of Bridgewater, Somerset County, England," with no further reference. Places their immigration at 1620. Reports Samuel's second wife as "Margaret Lamb."

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John Kermott Allen researched both George Allen and Ralph Allen and published his findings. He felt sure that George was not the father of this Samuel Allen of Braintree and felt there is circumstantial evidence pointing to Ralph Allen as father rather than George Allen. The name repetition in this family is really extreme. I do not understand the family well enough to evaluate his argument, but thought you all might like to see the two books if you haven't already seen them:

Ralph Allen of Sandwich, Massachusetts, and some of his descendants / compiled by John K. Allen.

George Allen of Weymouth, ... Lynn, and Sandwich, Mass. [1635]-48, together with some of his descendants.

posted by R Adams
Have proposed a merge of Wife Ann Whitmore (Whitmore-1910) into Ann Unknown (Unknown-438175).

See the 2014 G2G, "Should Ann Whitmore, b. ca. 1612, wife of Samuel Allen, be Renamed "Ann Unknown"

posted by GeneJ X
Another reference to the Bridgewater, Somerset place of birth.

History of Trumbull and Mahoning Counties with Illustrations and Biographical Sketches, Volume II, Cleveland, H. Z. Wiliams & Bro., 1882, pp. 108-109

Mr. Allen was the third son and fourth child of Enoch and Betsey (Witter) Allen, who were married in 1794. They had five children: Asa Witter, born 1795; John, 1797; Eliza, (died young); Martin, 1807; and David, 1809. Enoch Allen was born in Windham, Connecticut, May 23, 1768. His father, Asahel Allen, was born in the same place in the year 1742. The Allen family were among the earliest of the New England colonists. Martin Allen is a direct descendent of Samuel and Ann Allen, of Bridgewater, Somersetshire, England, who located at Braintree, Massachusetts, ten miles south of Boston, in the early part of the seventeenth century.
I will attempt to shed light on the question posed by Tom, below:

The Samuel Allen represented by this profile is often referred to as "Samuel Allen of Braintree". His son Samuel is seen as "Samuel Allen of Bridgewater (Massachusetts)" It has been conclusively demonstrated that they were father and son; see a discussion here:

This Samuel Allen is known - through DNA testing - to have been closely related to George Allen-958 of Sandwich (, although their precise relationship remains unclear. George of Sandwich also had a son Samuel (

But there is simply no evidence - circumstantial, suggestive, or otherwise - that this Samuel Allen had a father named George. This Samuel Allen's parents and origins remain unknown.

posted by Bryan McCullagh
Not meaning to argue nor offend but dispute are not proof and it is in my knowledge that dates and names can be inaccurate im not definitely sure if he is or isnt but i would need further proof there are more than one george so i leave that option open
posted by Tom Allen Hunter

Please read the Disputed Origins section at the top of the Biography. George is not the father of this Samuel.

posted by Deb (Lewis) Durham
So if i am Understanding this there is substantiated proof that George is Samuel father and no proof he isn't and than which George belongs were. Is this correct or am i missing some thing.
posted by Tom Allen Hunter
Re: death of Ann (Unknown) Allen: 7th month in 1641 = September; Old Style dating, before the 1752 switch from the Julian to the Gregorian calendar -- so March is month #1.
posted by Christopher Childs
Correction: The year for Anne's death was 1641, not 1644. But it looks to me like the 7th month, rather than the 9th month, or July rather than September, as written here under the "Marriage" title for Anne's month of death. The language is clearly 17th century, so sounds like an accurate record, no matter how many transcriptions from the original.
posted by Richard Bisbee
"Sarah, the daughter of Samuel Allen and Anne his wife, was born the 30th of the 1st month 1639.

Anne, the wife of Samuel Allen, died the 29th of 7th month, 1644. " "Boston Transcript of County Records, 1643-1660; Vol. 1 Births, Marriages Deaths from 1630-1666. " Someone must have transcribed these in neat script probably c. 1800-1900. This is proof that Samuel's first wife was "Anne"; at least in these two records it was so transcribed.--Richard

posted by Richard Bisbee
There has been a confusion of two Samuel Allens. One had a wife Ann (Whitmore) Hulbert, Hulbird. He was aka Samuel Allyn born 1588 in Braintree, Essex, England and died 28 Apr 1648 in Windsor, Connecticut. The second Samuel Allen or Bridgewater had two wives. The first one was said to have been “Ann” by Nahum Mitchell in his Bridgewater history. However, that may have been confused with the other Samuel. The second wife was Margaret (French) Lamb. A daughter (Abigail) of Samuel by his second wife, married a Cary, as did five grandchildren by his first wife. Six Cary siblings married Allen relatives. Nahum Mitchell calls him "of Braintree" [before Bridgewater?] His second marriage is said to have been in Braintree, so I don't know if he could have moved after his m. Richard
posted by Richard Bisbee
Changing Wetmore-276 back to Unknown. Whitmore-204 will be retained as the real (well maybe) Ann Whitmore. Whitmore-609 will be merged with Unknown
posted by Anne B
Samuel Allen married Anne (___) , Anne died in 1641; he married second Margaret, widow of Edward Lamb. TAG: 52: 1976: p. 90

Margaret (__) Lamb, widow of Edward, married Samuel Allen of Branitree c 1650 GM:

posted by Chris Hoyt
William Hulbird GM:1-3: p. 1038: married second Ann (___) Allen, widow of Samuel Allen. That Samuel Allen died in 1648 not the one who died in 1669. Ann ( ) (Allen) Hulbert died in 1687 at Northampton.


posted by Chris Hoyt