Thursday, April 10, 2014

Born this day - Charles Edward Allen born 10 Apr 1878

Charles Edward Allen was born 10 Apr 1878 in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, USA.  He was the son of Romeo Elvaro Allen and Abbie Rebecca Green.

When I started this write-up the only source for this info that I had was 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 H Bent, published in 1896.

Ancestry.com had 8 Historical Record hints for me to review.  

Two of the hints were for birth records for Charles Allen on 10 Apr 1878 in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts.

In the 1880 US census Charles was living with his parents in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts.

In the 1900 US census Charles was living with his parents in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts.  

In the 1910 US census Charles was living with his parents and his wife Helen and their son Charles E Allen.

In his WWI draft registration he is a farmer, listed with blue eyes. His nearest relative is Helen Allen.

In the 1930 US census Charles was living with his wife Helen and their sons Charles E Allen and Stuart H Allen.

In his WWII draft registration he indicated he was born 10 Apr 1878 in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts.  He lists himself as self-employed.  He is living at 385 South St in Shrewsbury.  He was 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighed 160 lbs, with gray hair and brown eyes.

Interesting the two different eye colours....I wonder, were they blue or brown?

Ancestry also offered a hint to the AGBI. (a 9th hint appeared as I accepted the original 8)

To get more info I had to "Search Records" at Ancestry, which gave me a marriage record for Charles E Allen to Helen E Harlow on 25 Dec 1902 in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts.

I was also able to find a 1920 US census entry which listed Charles living with his wife Helen and their sons Charles E and Stewart H Allen.

Charles Edward Allen died in 1953 and was buried in Mountain View Cemetery in Shrewsbury, Worcester, Massachusetts.

Charles was my 7th cousin 5 times removed.  I am primarily interested in him because he is a descendant of Edmund Rice.  My research indicated 2 children for him which is important in my research as I wish to find all descendants of Edmund Rice.