Ralph William Allen

1882–1960 (Age 77)
Wilton, Franklin, Maine, United States

The Life of Ralph William

When Ralph William Allen was born on 4 November 1882, in Wilton, Franklin, Maine, United States, his father, Henry Allen, was 42 and his mother, Elizabeth McAlpine [Allen], was 26. He married Elizabeth Hattie Littlefield on 19 November 1903, in Newburyport, Essex, Massachusetts, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 3 daughters. He lived in Brewster, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States for about 10 years. He died in 1960, in Winsted, Winchester, Litchfield, Connecticut, United States, at the age of 78, and was buried in Forest View Cemetery, Winchester, Litchfield, Connecticut, United States.

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Family Time Line

Ralph William Allen
Elizabeth Hattie Littlefield
Marriage: 19 November 1903
Hazel B. Allen
Rhoda P Allen
Ralph Waldo Allen
Mary Elizabeth Allen

Spouse & Children

  • Male1882–1960Male

  • Elizabeth Hattie Littlefield


19 November 1903
Newburyport, Essex, Massachusetts, United States


  • Hazel B. Allen


  • Rhoda P Allen


  • Ralph Waldo Allen


  • Mary Elizabeth Allen


Parents & Siblings

  • Henry Allen


  • Elizabeth McAlpine [Allen]




World Events (8)


Age 4

Statue of Liberty is dedicated.
1898 · Sinking of USS Maine

Age 16

During the Cuban War for Independence, the USS Maine had been sent to Havana to look out for the interests of the United States. On February 15, 1898, at approximately 21:40, an explosion on USS Maine was caused by roughly 5 long tons of powder. The front of the ship was demolished and the remains quickly sunk to the bottom of the ocean. 260 men lost their lives in the explosion itself, with at least six more dying afterwards from related injuries. The event kicked off an atmosphere of contention that would eventually lead to the Spanish-American War.
1903 · Department of Commerce and Labor

Age 21

A short-lived Cabinet department which was concerned with controlling the excesses of big business. Later being split and the Secretary of Commerce and Labor splitting into two separate positions.

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)

  • Ralph W Allen in household of Henry Allen, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Ralph W Allen, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Ralph W Allen, "United States Census, 1910"

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