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Samuel Allen II (abt. 1633 - 1705)

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Samuel Allen II
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Husband of — married about 1659 in Duxbury, Plymouth Colonymap [uncertain]
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Died in Bridgewater, Plymouth County, Province of Massachusetts Baymap
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Samuel Allen II migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640).
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Note: This is not the profile for (1) Samuel Allen of Northampton, who married Hannah Woodford, (2) Samuel Allen, the son of George Allen of Weymouth and Sandwich, or (3) Samuel Allen of Salem

Contents

Biography

Parentage

Samuel Allen of Bridgewater was the son of Samuel Allen of Braintree and his first wife Ann (Unknown) Allen.[1][2] His parentage is confirmed by a deed recorded in November 1672 in which [his step-mother] Margaret Allen "the Late wife of Samuell Allen now deceased" and [his half-brother] Joseph Allen "both Of the Town of Brantry in the Government of the Massachuset's" conveyed 12 acres of land in Braintree to Samuel Allen of Braintree "for & in consideracon of Twenty pound's, given & appointed to bee Paide, by the abovesaide Samuell Allen deceased, to his sonne Samuell Allen of Bridgewater in the Government of New Plimouth."[3]

Date of Birth

Samuel's date of birth is uncertain. Mitchell[1] and later secondary sources, including Savage[2] and Vinton,[4] probably in reliance on Mitchell, state that Samuel died in 1703 at the age of 71. Apparently based on this proposition, Mitchell[5] and many other secondary sources[6][4][7] state that Samuel was born in 1632. The probate records for Samuel's will and estate, however, clearly show that, although he made his will in 1703, he died on November 2, 1705.[8] Therefore, if Samuel was 71 when he died, he would have been born in 1634, not 1632. Savage splits the difference and states that he was probably born about 1633.[2] Based on the date of birth of his first known child (1660), Samuel's date of birth would be expected to most probably be sometime in 1631-1636 (based on a marriage date of 1659 and an age at marriage of 23-28), so a date of birth of 1632, 1633 or 1634 are all reasonable.

Oakes' 1905 Genealogy and Family History of the County of Jefferson, New York and many family trees state that he was born November 10, 1632.[9] However, no reliable source has been found that supports that date of birth. The November 10, 1632 date also appears in many family trees as the date of birth for Samuel Allen of Northampton.

Place of Birth

Samuel's place of birth is uncertain. Since Samuel's father was in Braintree by 1635 and perhaps as early as 1632[2] and was probably in England before then, and since Samuel was most likely born sometime in 1632-4, Samuel could have been born in either Braintree or England.

Residency in Braintree; Removal to Bridgewater

Since Samuel's parents lived in Braintree, Samuel probably lived there at least until he reached maturity. According to Mitchell[1] and other secondary sources after him,[6][4][7] Samuel was living in the part of Bridgewater that later became East Bridgewater, as early as 1660. According to The Bridgewater Book, Samuel was, in fact, the very first settler in Bridgewater's East Precinct and built his house on the east side of the Matfield River.[10] His 1660 date of residency in Bridgewater is probably based on the fact that the birth of Samuel's eldest child, Samuel Jr. in December 1660, was recorded in Bridgewater's town records.[11] Since Samuel met and married Sarah Partridge of Duxbury sometime before that date, it is probable that Samuel moved from Braintree to the Duxbury-Bridgewater area sometime in 1656-1660.

Marriage

Samuel married Sarah Partridge, daughter George Partridge of Duxbury.[1][2][12] Their marriage is confirmed by a 1680 deed by George Partridge to his son John Partridge of a 50-acre lot in Bridgewater on the westerly side of the 50-acre lot of Samuel Allen, which "he had of me George Partridge his father-in-law"[13] and is further supported by George Partridge's 1682 will, which contains a bequest to his granddaughter Bethiah Allen[14][15] and the 1702 will of George Partridge's widow Sarah which refers to her daughter "Sarah Allien."[15]

The date of Samuel and Sarah's marriage is uncertain. Savage states that they were married about 1658;[2] Partridge[16] and Vinton[4] state that they were married in 1658; while Anderson just states that they were married by 1660.[12] All estimates of their date of marriage appear to be based on the date of birth of their eldest known child, Samuel Jr. Since Samuel Jr. was born on December 4, 1660, Samuel and Sarah could have been married as late as February 1660, but were most likely married sometime in 1659.

The location of Samuel and Sarah's marriage is also uncertain. Based on the residency of Sarah's parents in Duxbury at the probable time of their marriage and the fact that, after their marriage, they resided in Bridgewater, they were probably married in Duxbury or Bridgewater, with the former being somewhat more likely of the two.

Children

Samuel and Sarah had the following children, all except Mehetabel born in Bridgewater:

  1. Samuel, b. December 4, 1660,[11][1] m. December 2, 1685 Rebeckah Cary in Bridgewater,[17][1] d. 1736[1]
  2. Essiel/Elliel, b. March 1, 1662/3,[18][1] living but unmarried in June 1703 (based on a bequest by Samuel to daughter Elliel Allen)
  3. Mehitabel, b. January 20, 1664/5 "in Duxborugh,"[19][1] m. December 2, 1685 Isaac Alden in Bridgewater[20][1]
  4. Sarah, b. April 14, 1667, m. 1st about 1687 Jonathan Cary in Bridgewater, m. 2d October 25, 1705 Benjamin Snow in Bridgewater, d. after September 1738 in Bridgewater (for sources, see Sarah's profile)
  5. Bethiah, b. May 12, 1669,[18][1] m. John Pryor[1]
  6. Nathaniel, b. February 10, 1672,[19][1] m. 1st December 14, 1696 Bethiah Conant in Bridgewater,[17][1] m. 2d Abigail ______[1]
  7. Ebenezer, b. October 14, 1674,[18][1] m. October 11, 1698 Rebeckah Scate in Bridgewater[21][1]
  8. Josiah, b. April 21, 1677,[22][1] m. December 25, 1707 Mary Read in Bridgewater[20][1]
  9. Elisha/Elishah, b. February 8, 1678/9,[18][1] m. December 3, 1701 Mehitabel Byram in Bridgewater[21][1]
  10. Nehemiah, b. January 5, 1680/1,[19][1] m. January 3, 1706/7 Sarah Wormel in Bridgewater[17][1]

Public Life

Samuel held a number of prominent positions in Bridgewater. He was town clerk from 1683 to 1702.[23] In 1687, Samuel was chosen as commissioner for taking a list of Bridgewater males 16 and older and valuing their estates;[24] in 1691 he was selected as Bridgewater's Representative to the General Court of Massachusetts;[25] and in 1694 he was chosen, together with Thomas Hayward, John Haward, Deacon Brett and Thomas Snell, to assign the seats to each person in the town meeting house.[26] According to Mitchell[1] and subsequent secondary sources,[6][4][7] Samuel was a deacon in the local church.

In 1676, during King Philip's War, Samuel and his son Samuel Jr. were among a group of 22 men from Bridgewater led by Ensign John Haward who came upon the enemy, fought them, and took 17 of them alive.[27]

Will; Death

Samuel made his will on June 9, 1703. In his will, he made bequests to his wife Sarah, sons Samuel, Nathaniel, Ebenezer, Josiah, Elisha and Nehemiah and daughters Elliel Allen, Mehitable Alden, Sarah Cary and Bethiah Prior, and appointed his wife Sarah and son Nathanial as executors. The will was witnessed by John Partridge, Samuel Seabury and James Partridge and was proved on December 21, 1705 before Nathaniel Thomas, Judge of the Probate Court on the oaths of all three witnesses.[8]

The inventory of Samuel's estate states that he died on November 2, 1705.[8] Since both his will and the inventory of his estate state that he was "of Bridgewater," he almost certainly died there.

Sources

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 1.18 1.19 1.20 1.21 1.22 1.23 1.24 Nahum Mitchell, History of the Early Settlement of Bridgewater in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, 1840, p 94
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 James Savage, A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England, Showing Three Generations of Those Who Came Before May, 1692, on the Basis of Farmer's Register, Vol. I, Little, Brown and Company, 1860, p 35
  3. 3.0 3.1 Suffolk Deeds. Liber VIII City of Boston, 1896, pp 21-22
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 John Adams Vinton, The Vinton Memorial, Comprising a Genealogy of the Descendants of John Vinton of Lynn, 1648, 1858, p 303
  5. 5.0 5.1 Nahum Mitchell, "History of the Early Settlement of Bridgewater in Plymouth County, Massachusetts," 1840, p 93
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 A Branch of the Allen Family of New England, New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Volume 10 (1856), p 225
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 Asa W. Allen, Genealogy of the Allen and Witter Families, 1872, p 96
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Massachusetts, Plymouth County, Probate Records, 1633-1967, Docket 322, Book 2, pp 73-5
  9. 9.0 9.1 R.A. Oakes, Genealogical and Family History of the County of Jefferson, New York, Volume I, The Lewis Publishing Company, 1905, p 201
  10. 10.0 10.1 The Bridgewater Book, 1899, p 12
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Vital Records of Bridgewater, Massachusetts to the Year 1850, Volume I - Births, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1916, p 30
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 Robert Charles Anderson, The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635, Volume V (M-P), New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2007, p 378
  13. 13.0 13.1 Robert Charles Anderson, The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635, Volume V (M-P), New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2007, p 375
  14. 14.0 14.1 George Henry Partridge, Partridge Genealogy: Descendants of George Partridge of Duxbury, Massachusetts, 1915, p 2
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 Robert Charles Anderson, The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635, Volume V (M-P), New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2007, p 377
  16. 16.0 16.1 George Henry Partridge, Partridge Genealogy: Descendants of George Partridge of Duxbury, Massachusetts, 1915, p 4
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 17.3 Vital Records of Bridgewater, Massachusetts to the Year 1850, Volume 2 - Marriages and Deaths, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1916, p 29
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 18.3 18.4 Vital Records of Bridgewater, Massachusetts to the Year 1850, Volume I - Births, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1916, p 27
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 19.3 Vital Records of Bridgewater, Massachusetts to the Year 1850, Volume I - Births, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1916, p 29
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 Vital Records of Bridgewater, Massachusetts to the Year 1850, Volume 2 - Marriages and Deaths, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1916, p 28
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 Vital Records of Bridgewater, Massachusetts to the Year 1850, Volume 2 - Marriages and Deaths, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1916, p 26
  22. 22.0 22.1 Vital Records of Bridgewater, Massachusetts to the Year 1850, Volume I - Births, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1916, p 28
  23. 23.0 23.1 Nahum Mitchell, History of the Early Settlement of Bridgewater in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, 1840, p 35
  24. 24.0 24.1 Nahum Mitchell, History of the Early Settlement of Bridgewater in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, 1840, p 66
  25. 25.0 25.1 Nahum Mitchell, History of the Early Settlement of Bridgewater in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, 1840, p 36
  26. 26.0 26.1 Nahum Mitchell, History of the Early Settlement of Bridgewater in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, 1840, p 67
  27. 27.0 27.1 Nahum Mitchell, History of the Early Settlement of Bridgewater in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, 1840, p 40


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I am detaching the image that was added: https://www.wikitree.com/photo/jpg/Allen-21 . The image also shows up on a Geni.com profile, but for a different Deacon Samuel Allen. See https://www.geni.com/people/Deacon-Samuel-Allen-Jr-of-Northampton/6000000004089661349 That Samuel Allen is this profile on wikitree: https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Allen-615. However, I don't think it should attached to either unless we can figure out what the original source it. The style of dress looks early 1800s to me. None of the sites that use the image seem to provide a source.
posted by Chase Ashley
There is some interesting information about this Samuel Allen, the old town clerk, and his family in "Epitaphs in old Bridgewater, Massachusetts" by Williams Latham. Samuel Allen, his son Samuel Allen, and his grandson Capt. Matthew Allen all played different roles in the founding of Old Grave-Yard of East Bridgewater.

https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt/search?q1=samuel+allen&id=hvd.32044024594608&view=1up&seq=100&num=231

posted by R Adams
Allen-31314 and Allen-21 appear to represent the same person because: Parents and some siblings match; approximate same birth date.

Suggest we resolve the surname of mother's third husband, George Farrow or Farrar?, which would then allow further clean-up of mother Ann/e Whitmore and this Samuel's siblings.

But the son of Samuel Allen and Ann/e Whitmore should be represented by the Samuel Allen-21 profile.

posted by Bryan McCullagh
Allen-19527 and Allen-21 appear to represent the same person because: The father-and-son pair of profiles Allen-19527 and Allen-19526 are fairly new profiles that apparently were intended to represent the same father-and-son pair as existing profiles Allen-21 and Allen-1385. The Allen-21 profile has a mixture of life dates from at least two different Samuel Allens who have existing profiles. Please merge Allen-19527 into Allen-21, retaining the data from Allen-21.
posted by Ellen Smith
Allen-19527 and Allen-21 are not ready to be merged because: Allen-19527 has different birth location, death date and death locations - should be resolved before merging
posted by Lydia Vierson
Allen-19527 and Allen-21 appear to represent the same person because: These profiles need to be merged before the connected profiles intended to represent the son can be merged. The death information in Allen-21 should be kept. (The information in Allen-19527 comes from a different Samuel Allen.)
posted by Ellen Smith
Allen-17802 and Allen-21 appear to represent the same person because: Same name, parents (different spelling of mother's surname), and wife. Same birth year.
posted by Carole Partridge
Would it be appropriate to label this Samuel as 'Samuel Allen the Second', e.g., Samuel Allen II ?

His father was Samuel Allen I and his son was Samuel Allen III. This might help to further disambiguate the various Samuel Allens.

posted by Bryan McCullagh
Allen-4961 and Allen-21 appear to represent the same person because: Allen-4961 is a "floater"--unconnected to others. Lacking other insight, the notes below provide us with rationale to consider this Allen-4961 / Samuel Allen to have been the son of Allen-20, Samuel Allen. Ala, Allen-4961 would be a duplicate of Allen-21, Samuel Allen m. Sarah (Partridge) Allen.

Allen-4960, so one ID number down, redirects to the profile of Allen-20, Samuel Allen, who settled at Braintree, Mass, m. 1 Ann ____, m 2 Margaret French, widow of Edward Lamb.

Allen-4962, so one ID number up, redirects to the profile of Allen-893, Sarah Allen b. 1639, daughter of Samuel Allen and Ann.

posted by GeneJ X
Hoping to be helpful ...

Allen-4960, so one ID number down, redirects to the profile of Allen-20, Samuel Allen, who settled at Braintree, Mass, m. 1 Ann ____, m 2 Margaret French, widow of Edward Lamb.

Allen-4962, so one ID number up, redirects to the profile of Allen-893, Sarah Allen b. 1639, daughter of Samuel Allen and Ann.

Lacking other insight, the above provide us with rationale to consider this Allen-4961 / Samuel Allen to have been the son of Allen-20, Samuel Allen. Ala, Allen-4961 would be a duplicate of Allen-21, Samuel Allen m. Sarah (Partridge) Allen.

posted by GeneJ X

Samuel is 17 degrees from Katie Goodwin, 10 degrees from Wilbur Scoville and 10 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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