John Thomas Allen

1854–1912 (Age 58)
Caroline, Virginia, United States

The Life of John Thomas

When John Thomas Allen was born on 17 September 1854, in Caroline, Virginia, United States, his father, James O Allen, was 32 and his mother, Elizabeth Blanton, was 28. He married Bettie Lewis Blanton on 16 December 1880, in Virginia, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 4 daughters. He lived in Virginia, United States in 1854 and Madison Magisterial District, Caroline, Virginia, United States for about 10 years. He died on 4 October 1912, in Caroline, Virginia, United States, at the age of 58, and was buried in Ruther Glen, Caroline, Virginia, United States.

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Family Time Line

John Thomas Allen
Bettie Lewis Blanton
Marriage: 16 December 1880
George O. Allen
John Shelby Allen
Emmett Lewis Allen
Mary Garnett Allen
Lawrence Berkley Allen
Sallie Holladay Allen
William Earl Allen

Spouse & Children

16 December 1880
Virginia, United States


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Parents & Siblings

  • James O Allen


  • Elizabeth Blanton




  • Male1854–1912Male

  • William Littleberry Allen


  • Ann Maria Allen


  • Lelia V Allen


  • James Roy Allen


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World Events (8)

1861 · The Battle of Manassas

Age 7

The Battle of Manassas is also referred to as the First Battle of Bull Run. 35,000 Union troops were headed towards Washington D.C. after 20,000 Confederate forces. The McDowell's Union troops fought with General Beauregard's Confederate troops along a little river called Bull Run. 

Age 9

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1870 · The Fifteenth Amendment

Age 16

Prohibits the federal government and each state from denying a citizen the right to vote based on that citizen's race, color, or previous condition of servitude. It was the last of the Reconstruction Amendments.

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)

  • John Allen, "United States Census, 1900"
  • John T Allen, "United States Census, 1910"
  • John Thomas Allen in entry for Lawrence Berkeley Allen, "Virginia, Death Certificates, 1912-1987"

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