Jacob Allen

18 December 1726–1727
Manchester, Essex, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America

The Life of Jacob

When Jacob Allen was christened on 18 December 1726, in Manchester, Essex, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America, his father, Josiah Allen, was 23 and his mother, Margaret Hilton, was 20. He died in 1727, at the age of 1.

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Family Time Line

Josiah Allen
1703–1758
Margaret Hilton
1706–1744
Josiah Allen
1725–1730
Jacob Allen
1726–1727
Margaret Allen
1728–1799
Josiah Allen
1730–1777
Amos Allen
1734–1770
Abigail Allen
1735–

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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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