William Allen

8 January 1798–7 May 1873 (Age 75)
Virginia, United States

The Life of William

When William Allen was born on 8 January 1798, in Virginia, United States, his father, Col. James Allen, was 26 and his mother, Elizabeth Tate, was 22. He married Caroline Poage on 15 May 1819, in Botetourt, Virginia, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 6 daughters. He lived in Pocahontas, Virginia, United States in 1850 and Jackson Township, Daviess, Missouri, United States in 1860. He died on 7 May 1873, in Daviess, Missouri, United States, at the age of 75, and was buried in Jameson, Daviess, Missouri, United States.

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William Allen
Caroline Poage
Marriage: 15 May 1819
Mary Elizabeth Allen
George Poage Allen
Margaret Maria Allen
Harriet Price Allen
Sarah Poage Allen
William Kyle Poage Allen
Martha Janetta Allen
James Tate Allen
Caroline Catherine Isabella Allen

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15 May 1819
Botetourt, Virginia, United States


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World Events (8)

1800 · Movement to Washington D.C.

Age 2

While the growth of the new nation was exponential, the United States didn’t have permanent location to house the Government. The First capital was temporary in New York City but by the second term of George Washington the Capital moved to Philadelphia for the following 10 years. Ultimately during the Presidency of John Adams, the Capital found a permanent home in the District of Columbia.
1812 · Monumental Church Built

Age 14

The Monumental Church was built between 1812-1814 on the sight where the Richmond Theatre fire had taken place. It is a monument to those that died in the fire.
1819 · Panic! of 1819

Age 21

With the Aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars the global market for trade was down. During this time, America had its first financial crisis and it lasted for only two years. 

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)

  • Wm Allen in household of Jas W Miller, "United States Census, 1860"
  • William Allen in household of James W Miller, "United States Census, 1850"
  • William Allen in entry for John A. McCartney, "Virginia Marriages, 1785-1940"

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