Ann Allen

1850–1923 (Age 73)
Burritt Township, Winnebago, Illinois, United States

The Life of Ann

When Ann Allen was born on 6 July 1850, in Burritt Township, Winnebago, Illinois, United States, her father, Benjamin T. Allen, was 27 and her mother, Sarah Jane Dobson, was 23. She married Thomas Melzer Wells on 1 May 1870, in Winnebago, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 3 daughters. She lived in Lone Tree Township, Pottawatomie, Kansas, United States for about 30 years. She died on 23 June 1923, in Kansas, United States, at the age of 72, and was buried in Wheaton, Pottawatomie, Kansas, United States.

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Family Time Line

Ann Allen
Thomas Melzer Wells
Marriage: 1 May 1870
Anna Bell Wells
William E. Wells
Thomas Benjamin Wells
Etta May Wells
Charlie A Wells
Harvey S Wells
Sarah J. Wells

Spouse & Children

1 May 1870
Winnebago, Illinois, United States


  • Anna Bell Wells


  • William E. Wells


  • Thomas Benjamin Wells


  • Etta May Wells


  • Charlie A Wells


+2 More Children

Parents & Siblings

  • Male1823–1910Male

  • Sarah Jane Dobson




+7 More Children

World Events (8)

1856 · The Largest Map Company in the World

Age 6

William Rand opened a small printing shop in Chicago. Doing most of the work himself for the first two years he decided to hire some help. Rand Hired Andrew McNally, an Irish Immigrant, to work in his shop. After doing business with the Chicago Tribune, Rand and McNally were hired to run the Tribune's entire printing operation. Years later, Rand and McNally established Rand McNally & Co after purchasing the Tribune's printing business. They focused mainly on printing tickets, complete railroad guides and timetables for the booming railroad industry around the city. What made the company successful was the detailed maps of roadways, along with directions to certain places. Rand McNally was the first major map publisher to embrace a system of numbered highways and erected many of the roadside highway signs that have been adopted by state and federal highway authorities. The company is still making and updating the world maps that are looked at every day.

Age 13

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

Age 20

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)

  • Ann Allin in household of Benjamin Allin, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Anna Wells in household of Thomas M Wells, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Anna Wells in household of Thomas M Wells, "United States Census, 1880"

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