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Richard Allen (1564 - 1652)

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Richard Allen aka Allyn, Allin
Born in Braunton, Devon, Englandmap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married in Braunton, Englandmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Braunton, Devon, Englandmap
Allen-959 created 19 Oct 2010 | Last modified | Last edit: 7 Sep 2017
22:00: s Davenport edited the Biography for Richard Allen. (Added tag.) [Thank s for this]
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Disputed Parents

Some online family trees that claim that Richard Allen of Braunton, Devon was the son of Sir John Allen and Elizabeth Alabaster of Thaxton, Essex. There is no evidence to support this unlikely claim, although Sir John and Elizabeth Allen did have descendants (Bulkeley) in Puritan Massachusetts.[1]

It appears most likely that Richard was the Richard Allen, son of Matthew, baptized 15 Mar. 1563/4 at Braunton, Devon.[2]


He married Margaret Wyatt (or Wyott) in Braunton, Devonshire, England on 24 Sept 1583.[3][4]

Richard Allen married Margaret Wyatt (Wyott) on September 24, 1683 at Braunton, Devonshire.[5]

He was buried on 5 Aug 1651 at Braunton, Devon, [6] and his will was proved on 10 May 1652 in Cambridge, Middlesex, England.

Last Will & Testament[7]

In his will, Richard mentions:

  • sons Thomas and Mathew Allinge
  • Thomas's daughter Mary
  • Mathew's three children: John, Thomas and Mary
  • grandchildren Mary Tamling, Elianor Tamling, Obedience Garland, Elizabeth Tamling
  • daughter-in-law Elizabeth, wife of son Richard
  • grandchildren John Alling and Margaret, children of son Richard
  • John Rice of Barnstaple
  • Son Richard, to be the executor.

"Richard Allen the elder of Branton in Devon 29 November 1647, proved 10 May 1652. To my son Thomas Allinge five pounds. To my son Mathew Allinge five pounds. To Mary Allinge daughter of son Thomas twenty shillings. I give and bequeath unto my sonn Mathew's three children, to John the sum of twenty shillings, to Thomas, his son, twenty shillings, and to Mary, his daughter, twenty shillings. To my grandchild Mary Tamling five pounds, to my grandchild Elianor Tamling four pounds, to my grandchild Obedience Garland twenty shillings and to my grandchild Elizabeth Tamling twenty shillings. To my daughter in law Elizabeth, wife of my son Richard, twenty shillings in gold to buy her a ring. To my grandchild John Alling, son of my son Richard, three pounds. To my grandchild Margaret, daughter of my son Richard, three pounds. To John Rice of Barnstaple twenty shillings. To the poor of Branton three pounds, to be distributed to their houses within ten days after my decease. To Walter Catt (Cutt?) five shillings. To every servant in my house at the time of my death two shillings sixpence apiece. Son Richard Alling to be executor and residuary legatee. Bowyer, 108.


  1. Emmett (dau), christened 19 Dec 1584
  2. Wilmot (dau), chr 9 Jan 1590/1
  3. Thomas, chr 24 Dec 1597
  4. Rich, chr 6 May 1601
  5. Mathew, chr 17 Apr 1605


  1. The Royal, Titled, Noble, Commoner website, citing Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry. See also this G2G thread.
  2. "Allen and Wyatt Families of Braunton, Devon" by Douglas Richardson, in The American Genealogist (1982) 57:116. See also this Allen family website.
  3. Francis Olcott Allen, "Allen Family," in NEHGR 51(1896):214, citing Braunton parish records
  4. #S264 Douglas Richardson, Allyn and Wyatt Families of Braunton, Devon TAG 57:115-119
  5. #S264 TAG 57:115-119
  6. #S264 TAG 57:115-119
  7. Henry F. Waters, "Genealogical Gleanings in England," NEHGS Register, 50(1896):504-5
  8. #S264 TAG 57:115-119, records missing for April-June 15887

See also:

  • Hannah Louise MacNair Crawford, "Maternal Ancestry of Charles Whiting MacNair."
  • Source: S-275 Title: The American Genealogist. (TAG) New Haven, CT: D. L. Jacobus, 1937-. (Online database. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2009- .)
  • Source: S-274 Title: The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, Volumes I-III. (Online database:, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2010), (Originally Published as: New England Historic Genealogical Society. Robert Charles Anderson, The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, Volumes I-III, 3 vols., 1995). At p 41.

  • Source: S-624746663 Repository: #R-1097184332 Title: Millennium File Author: Heritage Consulting Publication: Operations Inc APID: 1,7249::0
  • Repository: R-1097184332 Name:
  • Source: S-624819537 Repository: #R-1097184332 Title: Ancestry Family Trees Publication: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Original data: Family Tree files submitted by Ancestry members. Page: Ancestry Family Tree Data: Text:


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On 3 Oct 2015 at 15:55 GMT Anne B wrote:

Allen-16552 and Allen-959 appear to represent the same person because: Same wife, Same death date (Will says Braunton) so more likely as a place. The birth dates are close enough - although there is a christening date of 1564. One bio says both born Goldington and bapt Braunton. The other says born Goldington. Perhaps a compromise of England is in order. Or one of you needs to come up with a source for Goldington. They aren't even near each other.

On 18 Dec 2014 at 16:48 GMT Bob Tonsmeire wrote:

Allen-959 and Allyn-239 appear to represent the same person because: Same name, both sets of parents in proposed merges

Richard is 15 degrees from Kevin Bacon, 20 degrees from Robynne Lozier, 11 degrees from Pocahontas Rolfe and 17 degrees from Queen Elizabeth II Windsor on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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