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Moses Allen (1748 - abt. 1779)

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Moses Allen
Born in Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts Baymap
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Husband of — married [date unknown] (to 17 Jan 1779) [location unknown]
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Died about in Tybee Island, Chatham, Georgia, United Statesmap
Profile last modified 30 Jan 2020 | Created 22 Jun 2011 | Last significant change: 30 Jan 2020
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"Moses, the fifth son, came to Sheffield in this county, was educated at Princeton in the same class with James Madison, and became a clergyman, settled at Medway, Ga. He was driven from that place by the British troops under Gen. Prevost from St. Augustine in the latter part of 1778, who scattered his society and burned his meeting house. He became chaplain to a Georgia brigade and was made prisoner at the surrender of Savannah to the British. Other prisoners were admitted on their parole, but he was not. In attempting to escape the hardships of the prison ship Nancy, he was drowned Feb. 8, 1779, and his body was found on the beach near Tybee. A Mr. Sheftol, a Jew, who was his friend, offered the captain of the ship a guinea for boards to make a coffin, but he could not obtain them for the rebel minister, and so he was buried without a coffin by the crew of the ship Toucy, Feb. 10, 1779, who were on shore cutting wood. He was admired for his popular talents, his courageous devotion to American liberty and his many virtues. His brother, the Rev. Thomas Allen, braving all the dangers of the journey at such a time, leaving Pittsfield early in Nov. 1779, travelled on horseback all the way to Georgia, reaching there about the middle of December to bring home the widow and infant son. He returned to Boston by sea and reached that city after a voyage of twenty days. I find the following entry in his pocket almanac for 1780:

  • Saturday, Feb. 12, 1780, reached Boston in safety.
  • Saturday, Feb. 19, reached Northampton
  • Tuesday, Feb. 22, 1780, reached Pittsfield after an absence of 3 months and 14 days, and found my family in good health, blessed by God. Having experienced many great and special mercies myself. Though my honored father and beloved brother, Jonathan, have died since my absnece, yet I have abundant occasions to bless God for His goodness.

Twenty-one years thereafter, viz.: Oct. 1801, the nephew thus rescued, bearing the name of his father, being on his return to Georgia, was seized with the yellow fever in New York, and died at the age of twenty-five, and his reverend uncle, Thomas, Oct. 24, 1801, delivered a funeral sermon on his death in the family of Elisha Lee, Esq., a lawyer of Sheffield, which was published. The widowed mother of this young man having married Mr. Lee, revisited Georgia, accompanied by Samuel L. Allen, a son of Rev. Thomas Allen, in 1806."[1]


  • WikiTree profile Allen-3666 created through the import of Travis Family Tree.ged on Jun 22, 2011 by Roger Travis. See the Changes page for the details of edits by Roger and others.
  • Source: S-1938228914 Repository: #R-1938398764 Title: U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 Author: Yates Publishing Publication: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2004.Original data - This unique collection of records was extracted from a variety of sources including family group sheets and electronic databases. Originally, the information was derived Note: APID: 1,7836::0
  • Repository: R-1938398764 Name: Address: Note:
  • Source: S-1938262097 Repository: #R-1938398764 Title: Family Data Collection - Individual Records Author: Edmund West, comp. Publication: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2000. Note: APID: 1,4725::0
  • Source: S-1938396353 Repository: #R-1938398764 Title: Ancestry Family Trees Publication: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Original data: Family Tree files submitted by Ancestry members. Note: This information comes from 1 or more individual Ancestry Family Tree files. This source citation points you to a current version of those files. Note: The owners of these tree files may have removed or changed information since this source citation was created. Page: Ancestry Family Trees Note: Data: Text:
  1. Collections of the Berkshire Historical and Scientific Society (1894), pg. 58

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