Francis Allen

31 August 1844–
Freetown, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States

The Life of Francis

When Francis Allen was born on 31 August 1844, in Freetown, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States, his father, Peleg Russell Allen, was 25 and his mother, Salome M. Pittsley, was 20.

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Family Time Line

Peleg Russell Allen
1819–1889
Salome M. Pittsley
1824–1905
Son Allen
1843–1843
Abigail Allen
1843–
Francis Allen
1844–
Caleb Allen
1850–1917
James Allen
1854–1854
Peleg R Allen
1858–1931
John Allen
1864–1938

Parents and Siblings

siblings

(7)

    Son Allen

    Male1843–1843Male

    Abigail Allen

    Male1843–Male

    Male1844–Male

    Male1850–1917Male

    Male1854–1854Male

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World Events (3)

1846

Age 2

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.
1863

Age 19

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1863 · The Battle at Gettysburg

Age 19

The Battle of Gettysburg involved the largest number of casualties of the entire Civil war and is often described as the war's turning point. Between 46,000 and 51,000 soldiers lost their lives during the three-day Battle. To honor the fallen soldiers, President Abraham Lincoln read his historic Gettysburg Address and helped those listening by redefining the purpose of the war.

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 (2)

  • Francis Allen, "Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001"
  • Francis Allen, "Massachusetts, Births and Christenings, 1639-1915"

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