John W. Allen

26 April 1850–28 December 1935 (Age 85)
Boone Township, Porter, Indiana, United States

The Life of John W.

When John W. Allen was born on 26 April 1850, in Boone Township, Porter, Indiana, United States, his father, George W. Allen, was 25 and his mother, Mary E. Shirley, was 21. He married Elma A. Brody on 20 March 1873, in Porter, Porter, Indiana, United States. He lived in Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States for about 10 years and Hebron, Porter, Indiana, United States in 1930. He died on 28 December 1935, at the age of 85, and was buried in Hebron Cemetery, Hebron, Porter, Indiana, United States.

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John W. Allen
Elma A. Brody
Marriage: 20 March 1873

Spouse and Children


    Elma A. Brody


20 March 1873
Porter, Porter, Indiana, United States

Parents and Siblings



    Nancy J. Allen


    Eliza A or Annaliza Allen




    Frank H Allen


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World Events (8)

1855 · Lager Beer Riot

Age 5

The Lager Beer Riot came at a time in Chicago's history where large waves of Irish and German immigrants moved to the city. The Riot was started because the Mayor of the city renewed enforcement of an old liquor ordinance mandating that taverns be closed on Sundays and to raise the cost of a license to sell liquor from $50 to $300 each year. This didn't sit well with the German immigrants because they felt like it was directed towards them and their heritage. There was only one death throughout the time of the riot, though protesters claimed that it was more.

Age 13

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1875 · A Treaty with Hawaii

Age 25

In the Mid 1870s, The United States sought out the Kingdom of Hawaii to make a free trade agreement. The Treaty gave the Hawaiians access to the United States agricultural markets and it gave the United States a part of land which later became Pearl Harbor.

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.

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

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Sources (3)

  • John W Allen in household of George W Allen, "United States Census, 1870"
  • John Alen in household of George W Alen, "United States Census, 1860"
  • John W Allen in household of George W Allen, "United States Census, 1850"

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