D.A.R. Project Cont…

The lineage of the Allen family who first settled in the Town of Day, Saratoga County, New York in 1802 includes a Revolutionary War soldier by the name of Humphrey Allen. David Allen, the son of Humphrey Allen came from Rhode Island and settled on a farm near Conklingville, New York.

Henan Hamilton Allen (b. 1865) —> John Humphrey Allen (b.1833) —> Daniel S Allen (b.1805) —> David Allen (b. 1775) —> Humphrey Allen (b. 1754) —> Daniel Allen (b. 1729)

Ancestry.com. Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.

Humphrey was born 17 Dec 1754 in Dartmouth Bristol County, Massachusetts and died on 17 Feb 1842 in Westport Bristol County, Massachusetts. His parents were Daniel Allen & Elizabeth Seabury. Elizabeth was born on 2 Feb 1729 to Joseph Seabury and Mary Ladd. (According to the Mayflower Births and Deaths database on Ancestry, Elizabeth is a descendant of Mayflower passenger John Alden. It looks like I will be doing another post later on confirming one’s ancestry from the Mayflower!)

Humphrey was married to Phoebe Burgess on 7 Jul 1775 in Dartmouth, Bristol County, Massachusetts

Humphrey and Phebee had the following children:

Ancestry.com. Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.

o David Allen (b. 7 Oct 1775 – d. 16 May 1871)

o Susanna Allen (b. 18 Apr 1777 – d. 24 Dec 1866)

o Betsey Allen (b. 12 Nov 1778 – d. 15 May 1876)

o Green Allen (b. 30 Sep 1782 – d. 7 Mar 1864)

o Jacob Allen (b. 24 Nov 1783 – d. 21 Jun 1853)

o Rachel Allen (b. 29 May 1786 – d. 7 Oct 1856)

o Judith Allen (b. 7 Nov 1787 – d. 10 Sep 1874)

o Olive Allen (b. 24 Jan 1789 – d. 2 Mar 1873)

o Daniel Allen (b. 10 Sep 1794 – d. 4 Sep 1876)

o William Allen (b. 13 Oct 1795 – d. 30 Sep 1879)

o Ruby Allen (b. 31 Jan 1800 – d. 17 Sep 1847)

Revolutionary War Service

Humphrey was a private under Captains William Hicks and Benjamin Wilcox; Colonels Thomas Hampton and Nathaniel Freeman. He is listed as Ancestor No. A001574 in the DAR records. His service source is MA Sols & Sails, Vol 1, P 152; Pension of Thomas Brightman, *W23708. According to this record Humphrey enlisted on 29 Sept 1777 and was discharged 29 Oct 1777. He served 30 days on a secret expedition to Rhode Island. He was sworn to in Suffolk County.

MA Sols & Sails, Vol 1, P 152; Pension of Thomas Brightman, *W23708

Settlement in Westport

The Allen family settled along the west bank of the east branch of the Noquochoke/Acoaxet River in Westport. Noquochoke, a Native American description meaning “the land at the fork.” On the 21 Nov 1710, Joseph (b.1667 d. 1734) (Great Great Grandfather of Humphrey) & and his brother John Allen (b. 1669 d. 1754) are found living on 269 acres of land next to Jacob Soule’s homestead. This land was given to them their father Joseph Allen’s. Joseph Allen (b. 1667 then gives this property to his son Joseph Allen Jr. (b 1704 – 1782) in his will.

Retrieved from David C. Cole, Richard Gifford and Betty F. Slade “New Revelations from Old Deeds: The Property Holdings of Cuff Slocum, Paul Cuffe, and Michael Wainer. 2019, Westport Historical Society

At some point between 1725 and 1750 this property now includes Philip Allen (b1717- d1778).

Retrieved from David C. Cole, Richard Gifford and Betty F. Slade “New Revelations from Old Deeds: The Property Holdings of Cuff Slocum, Paul Cuffe, and Michael Wainer. 2019, Westport Historical Society

According to (Cole, Gifford, and Slade, 2019), Joseph and John Allen are referred to J & J Allen in the Crane records. “They owned a large 800-acre tract on the west side of the Acoaxet or East Branch of the Westport River running from Main Road to the river, lying between two large tracts of Jacob Soule to the south and Joseph Peckham to the north, and opposite Cadman’s Neck”.

Today the river is called Westport River, but we can still clearly see on Google Maps where the property was. For a lovely write up about the history of this area please visit the Westport Historical Society’s webpage.

Maps of Bristol County 1871

The Allen family farm land sounds quite the prime realty of the area. As Joseph (b. 1667) describes in his will that the property contains several buildings, cows, sheep, swine, orchards, wheat, peas and meadows. He of course, ensures that his wife is properly taken care of and provided a home on the land, and will be given food, firewood, and other gifts by her sons.

Probate Records 1687-1916; Index, 1687-1926 (Bristol County, Massachusetts) for Joseph Allen

As time moves on, the property is recorded on various censuses between 1790 and 1830 as shown below.

1790; Census Place: Westport, Bristol, Massachusetts; Series: M637; Roll: 4; Page: 701; Image: 758; Family History Library Film: 0568144

1800; Census Place: Westport, Bristol, Massachusetts; Series: M32; Roll: 19; Page: 604; Image: 107; Family History Library Film: 205612

In the early 1800’s Humphrey is found living on his Father’s property along with Green Allen, Weston Allen, David Soal, and Sarah Soal. They were northern neighbors of Paul Cuffe’s boatyard.

1810; Census Place: Westport, Bristol, Massachusetts; Roll: 17; Page: 398; Image: 00369; Family History Library Film: 0205625

1820 U S Census; Census Place: Westport, Bristol, Massachusetts; Page: 592; NARA Roll: M33_47; Image: 323

1830; Census Place: Westport, Bristol, Massachusetts; Series: M19; Roll: 59; Page: 50; Family History Library Film: 0337917

Year: 1840; Census Place: Westport, Bristol, Massachusetts; Roll: 178; Page: 231; Family History Library Film: 0014675

Records for Humphrey Allen and his children in Westport, MA

Connection to Saratoga County, New York

Mayflower Families Fifth Generation Descendants, 1700-1880

Sometime around 1793, we find that Humphrey (a carpenter) and Pardon Allen (a blacksmith) appointed as the attorneys for their brother Joseph Allen in Galway, Saratoga County, New York.

Further research needs to be done to determine who exactly is Joseph Allen of Galway (and how/when he got there). Which will be done in a future post!

On a side note, I came across this little gem from July 15 1863 The Times-Picayune from New Orleans, Louisiana.

Hopefully, the Turtle didn’t suffer as a result of their behavior! Please do not get any ideas and go out carving turtles. Thank you.

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