Martha Allen

1759–
Leinthall Starkes, Herefordshire, England, United Kingdom

The Life of Martha

When Martha Allen was born in 1759, her father, Thomas Allen, was 38 and her mother, Editha Howells, was 34.

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Family Time Line

Thomas Allen
1721–
Editha Howells
1725–
James Allen
1744–1759
Thomas Allen
1747–
William Allen
1749–1828
Samuel Allen
1751–1835
Richard Allen
1754–1798
Mary Allen
1756–
Martha Allen
1759–
Edward Allen
1762–1762
Edward Allen
1763–
Phillip Allen
1765–

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World Events (7)

1770 · Boston Tea Party

Age 11

Thousands of British troops were sent to Boston to enforce Britain's tax laws. Taxes were repealed on all imports to the American Colonies except tea. Americans, disguised as Native Americans, dumped chests of tea imported by the East India Company into the Boston Harbor in protest. This escalated tensions between the American Colonies and the British government.
1775 · The Shot Heard Around the World

Age 16

"On April 18, 1775, a shot known as the ""shot heard around the world"" was fired between American colonists and British troops in Lexington, Massachusetts. This began the American War for Independence. Fifteen months later, Thomas Jefferson penned the Declaration of Independence. The Treaty of Paris was signed in September 1783 which ended the war. The colonies were no longer under British rule. Many who fought for the British fled to Canada, the West Indies, and some to England."
1801 · The Act of Union

Age 42

The Act of Union was a legislative agreement which united England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland under the name of the United Kingdom on January 1, 1801.

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)

  • Martha Allen, "England, Herefordshire Bishop's Transcripts, 1583-1898"
  • Martha Allen, "England, Herefordshire Bishop's Transcripts, 1583-1898"
  • Martha, "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975"

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