Sunday, January 1, 2012

Born this day - Jan 1 Alvan Allan born 1784

Alvan Allen 

Alvan Allen was born 01 Jan, 1784 in Spencer, Massachusetts, USA, the son of Israel and Thankful (Greenwood) Allen.

Alvan married Mehitable Goodnow in Massachusetts on 10 Feb 1809.  The book "Walter Allen of Newbury, Mass., 1640, and some of his descendants : with a few notes on the Allen family in general" by Allen Herbert Bent. indicates they were married in 1800 but this is an error.  

In addition, the birth of their daughter Caroline is 5 May 1810 not 5 May 1801 as listed in the book, and the birth of their son Oshea was 8 Sep 1812 not 8 Sep 1802 as indicated in the book.  (Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850 has the correct birthdates)

Children of Alvan and Mehitable include:

1. Caroline, born 5 May 1810

2. Oshea, born 1812

3. Alvan, born 1815

4. David G, born 1816

5. Angelina, born 1818

6. Alvan, born 1821

7. Martha Ann, born 1823

8. Mehitable, born 1826

Alvan was listed in the 1810 census.

Alvan was listed in the 1820 census but Ancestry.com lists him as "Alwin Allen".

Alvan was listed in the 1830 census, but Ancestry.com has listed the household as having 7 people, when the image clearly shows 8.

Alvan died 12 Oct 1840 in Spencer, Massachusetts, USA.  His estate was administered in 1840 in Spencer.  There is some "guardianship" issue for Alvan in 1841, likely the guardianship of his youngest children .  Copies have not been obtained of the actual estate or guardianship files.

Alvan was an Edmund Rice Descendant, as was his wife Mehitable Goodenow.

Alvan's line: Alvan Allen-Israel Allen-Obadiah Allen-Mercy Rice-Henry Rice-Edmund Rice

Sources:

"Walter Allen of Newbury, Mass., 1640, and some of his descendants : with a few notes on the Allen family in general" by Allen Herbert Bent.

Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850 (Online Database: AmericanAncestors.org, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2001-2010)

1810 US Federal Census at Ancestry.com

1820 US Federal Census at Ancestry.com

1830 US Federal Census at Ancestry.com

Edmund Rice Assocation