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James Allen (1756 - 1835)

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James Allen
Born in Medfield, Norfolk, Massachusetts Baymap
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Husband of — married 24 Jun 1779 in Medfield, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United Statesmap
Died in Medfield, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United Statesmap
Profile last modified 27 Jan 2020 | Created 24 Jan 2020 | Last significant change: 27 Jan 2020
03:10: Jillaine Smith added Polly (Allen) Kingsbury (1782-1855) as child for James Allen (1756-1835). [Thank Jillaine for this]
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James was born 13 Oct 1756 in Medfield, Norfolk, Massahusetts, son of John Allen and Huldah Hill. [1]

A previous version of this profile claimed he was born in Medway, Massachusetts, but there is no birth of James, son of John and Hulda, recorded in the Medway Vital Records.

He married Mary Cheney in Medfield on 24 Jun 1779.[2]

James' wife Mary died 10 Nov 1827, age 70.[3]

James died in Medfield, Massachusetts, on Feb. 5, 1835, at the age of 78. [4]

Children, recorded in Medfield, Massachusetts, vital records:

  1. Polly, b Mar. 3[?], 1782; might have been the Polly Allen who married John Kingsbury in Medfield, Feb. 12, 1807.
  2. Elexander, b Aug. 26, 1784; d Aug. 8, 1785.
  3. John, b Oct. 16, 1786.
  4. Olive, b Sept. 26, 1793.

A previous version of this profile claimed, without sources, that James also had a daughter Mary, who was somehow half Cherokee and lived in Georgia.

One previous edit on this profile claimed she was Mary "Polly" Allin/Allen, born 3 February 1781 and who married John M McDonald, a Scottish emigrant to Georgia, and that she died between 1830-40 in Jefferson County, Georgia. But as we see above, Polly was born 3? March 1782 in New England and likely married John Kingsbury in Medfield.


  1. Vital Records of Medfield, Massachusetts, Births, p 15
  2. Vital Records of Medfield, Massachusetts, Marriages p 114
  3. Vital Records of Medfield, Massachusetts, Deaths, p 192
  4. Medfield Vital Records, Deaths, p 192

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This profile looks like a real muddle. How did a man who lived and died in Medford, Massachusetts father a Cherokee daughter in Georgia?
posted by Kathie (Parks) Forbes
did some research into the Medfield data; found sources and added them.
posted by Jillaine Smith

James is 19 degrees from Danielle Liard, 13 degrees from Jack London and 14 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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