Francis Thomas Allen Jr.

12 August 1926–18 June 2010 (Age 83)
Santa Rosa, Sonoma, California, United States

The Life of Francis Thomas

When Francis Thomas Allen Jr. was born on 12 August 1926, in Santa Rosa, Sonoma, California, United States, his father, Francis Thomas Allen Sr., was 17 and his mother, Lena Cordova, was 20. He married Dolores Mae Kanellopoulos on 21 May 1972, in Carson City, Nevada, United States. He lived in California, United States in 1972. He died on 18 June 2010, in San Jose, Santa Clara, California, United States, at the age of 83, and was buried in Susanville, Lassen, California, United States.

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Francis Thomas Allen Jr.
Dolores Mae Kanellopoulos
Marriage: 21 May 1972

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21 May 1972
Carson City, Nevada, United States

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World Events (8)


Age 1

Charles Lindbergh makes the first solo nonstop transatlantic flight in his plane The Spirit of St. Louis.
1934 · Alcatraz Island Becomes Federal Penitentiary

Age 8

Alcatraz Island officially became Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary on August 11, 1934. The island is situated in the middle of frigid water and strong currents of the San Francisco Bay, which deemed it virtually inescapable. Alcatraz became known as the toughest prison in America and was seen as a “last resort prison.” Therefore, Alcatraz housed some of America’s most notorious prisoners such as Al Capone and Robert Franklin Stroud. Due to the exorbitant cost of running the prison, and the deterioration of the buildings due to salt spray, Alcatraz Island closed as a penitentiary on March 21, 1963. 
1948 · The Beginning of the Cold War

Age 22

The Berlin Blockade was the first major crises of the Cold War. The Soviet Union blocked all access to the sectors of Berlin under Western control and offered to drop the blockade if the newly introduced Deutsche Mark was removed from West Berlin. The Berlin Blockade showed the different ideological and economic visions for postwar Europe. Even though there wasn't any fire fight during the cold war, many of these skirmishes arose and almost caused nuclear war on multiple occasions.

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)

  • Francis Allen in entry for Johnny Larry Allen, "California, Lassen County, State Board of Health, Burial Permits, 1931-1988"
  • Francis T Allen in entry for Steven Gary Allen, "California, Lassen County, State Board of Health, Burial Permits, 1931-1988"
  • Francis T. Allen in entry for Ronald David Allen, "California, Lassen County, State Board of Health, Burial Permits, 1931-1988"

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