Zachariah Allen

1760–1838 (Age 78)
Belltown, Greene, Illinois, United States

The Life of Zachariah

When Zachariah Allen was born on 8 January 1760, his father, Erasmus Withers Allen, was 47 and his mother, Sarah Streshley, was 44. He married Sarah Bryan before 1783. They were the parents of at least 12 sons and 4 daughters. He died on 12 July 1838, in Belltown, Greene, Illinois, United States, at the age of 78, and was buried in Belltown, Greene, Illinois, United States.

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Family Time Line

Zachariah Allen
Sarah Bryan
Marriage: before 1783
John Allen
Mary Allen
Jane Allen
Elinor Allen
John Allen
Robert Allen
John Squire Allen
James Martin Allen
Thomas S. Allen
William Allen
Zachariah Allen
John Allen
Sally Nance Allen
Samuel Allen
George Washington Allen
Joseph Farrar Allen

Spouse & Children

before 1783


+11 More Children

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+5 More Children

World Events (8)


Age 16

Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.
1776 · The Declaration to the King

Age 16

"""At the end of the Second Continental Congress the 13 colonies came together to petition independence from King George III. With no opposing votes, the Declaration of Independence was drafted and ready for all delegates to sign on the Fourth of July 1776. While many think the Declaration was to tell the King that they were becoming independent, its true purpose was to be a formal explanation of why the Congress voted together to declare their independence from Britain. The Declaration also is home to one of the best-known sentences in the English language, stating, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."""""""
1781 · The First Constitution

Age 21

Serving the newly created United States of America as the first constitution, the Articles of Confederation were an agreement among the 13 original states preserving the independence and sovereignty of the states. But with a limited central government, the Constitutional Convention came together to replace the Articles of Confederation with a more established Constitution and central government on where the states can be represented and voice their concerns and comments to build up the nation.

Name Meaning

English and Scottish: from a Celtic personal name of great antiquity and obscurity. In England the personal name is now usually spelled Alan, the surname Allen; in Scotland the surname is more often Allan. Various suggestions have been put forward regarding its origin; the most plausible is that it originally meant ‘little rock’. Compare Gaelic ailín, diminutive of ail ‘rock’. The present-day frequency of the surname Allen in England and Ireland is partly accounted for by the popularity of the personal name among Breton followers of William the Conqueror, by whom it was imported first to Britain and then to Ireland. St. Alan(us) was a 5th-century bishop of Quimper, who was a cult figure in medieval Brittany. Another St. Al(l)an was a Cornish or Breton saint of the 6th century, to whom a church in Cornwall is dedicated.

Possible Related Names

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

Sources (3)

  • Zachariah Allen, "United States Census, 1820"
  • Zachariah Allen, "United States Census, 1830"
  • Zachariah Allen, "Tennessee, County Marriages, 1790-1950"

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