Henry Allen

1760–1776 (Age 16)
Spotsylvania, Spotsylvania, Virginia, United States

The Life of Henry

When Henry Allen was born about 1760, in Spotsylvania, Spotsylvania, Virginia, United States, his father, William Thomas Allen Jr., was 47 and his mother, Sarah Ann Keyes, was 36. He died in 1776, at the age of 16.

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Family Time Line

William Thomas Allen Jr.
1713–1793
Sarah Ann Keyes
1724–1798
Col. John Crooks Allen
1740–1831
Thomas Allen
1756–1781
Pitt Allen
1756–1800
Zachariah Allen
1756–1801
Sarah Allen
1758–
Henry Allen
1760–1776
Roger Allen
1762–1814
James Allen
1764–1814
Nancy Allen
1748–1802
Nathaniel Allen
1750–1812
Benjamin P. Allen
1760–1811

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1776

Age 16

Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.
1776 · The Declaration to the King

Age 16

"""At the end of the Second Continental Congress the 13 colonies came together to petition independence from King George III. With no opposing votes, the Declaration of Independence was drafted and ready for all delegates to sign on the Fourth of July 1776. While many think the Declaration was to tell the King that they were becoming independent, its true purpose was to be a formal explanation of why the Congress voted together to declare their independence from Britain. The Declaration also is home to one of the best-known sentences in the English language, stating, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."""""""

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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  • Legacy NFS Source: Henry Allen - Government record: birth: about 1760; Spotsylvania, Spotsylvania, Virginia, United States

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