Mary Jean Allen

1820–1868 (Age 48)
Little York, Warren, Illinois, United States

The Life of Mary Jean

When Mary Jean Allen was born in 1820, in Little York, Warren, Illinois, United States, her father, Zachariah Allen, was 60 and her mother, Elizabeth Law, was 38. She married Thomas Jackson Caldwell on 18 April 1844, in Warren, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 3 daughters. She lived in Sumner Township, Warren, Illinois, United States in 1860. She died on 29 July 1868, in Warren, Illinois, United States, at the age of 48, and was buried in Little York, Warren, Illinois, United States.

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Family Time Line

Mary Jean Allen
Thomas Jackson Caldwell
Marriage: 18 April 1844
Andrew Franklin Caldwell
Sarah Elizabeth Caldwell
Rufus Anderson Caldwell
John Orr Caldwell
Mary Margaret Caldwell
Matilda Jane Caldwell
Sherman Ellsworth Caldwell

Spouse & Children

18 April 1844
Warren, Illinois, United States


  • Andrew Franklin Caldwell


  • Sarah Elizabeth Caldwell


  • Rufus Anderson Caldwell


  • John Orr Caldwell


  • Mary Margaret Caldwell


+2 More Children

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+16 More Children

World Events (8)

1820 · Making States Equal

Age 0

The Missouri Compromise helped provide the entrance of Maine as a free state and Missouri as a slave state into the United States. As part of the compromise, slavery was prohibited north of the 36°30′ parallel, excluding Missouri.
1832 · Black Hawk War

Age 12

"The Black Hawk War was a brief conflict between the United States and Native Americans led by Black Hawk, a Sauk leader. The war erupted soon after Black Hawk and a group of other tribes, known as the ""British Band"", crossed the Mississippi River, into Illinois, from Iowa Indian Territory in April 1832. Black Hawk's motives were ambiguous, but records show that he was hoping to avoid bloodshed while resettling on tribal land that had been given to the United States in the 1804 Treaty of St. Louis."
1836 · Remember the Alamo

Age 16

Being a monumental event in the Texas Revolution, The Battle of the Alamo was a thirteen-day battle at the Alamo Mission near San Antonio. In the early morning of the final battle, the Mexican Army advanced on the Alamo. Quickly being overrun, the Texian Soldiers quickly withdrew inside the building. The battle has often been overshadowed by events from the Mexican–American War, But the Alamo gradually became known as a national battle site and later named an official Texas State Shrine.

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)

  • Mary Caldwell in household of Thomas J Caldwell, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Mary Allen in entry for Mary M Shoemaker O'Connor, "California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994"
  • Mary Allen in entry for Major Andrew F. Caldwell, "Idaho Death Certificates, 1911-1937"

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