William Wallace Allen

Brief Life History of William Wallace

When William Wallace Allen was born on 11 May 1884, in Coalville, Summit, Utah, United States, his father, Thomas Lonsdale Ferguson Allen Sr., was 34 and his mother, Sarah Rankin McCarthy, was 39. He married Eva Knight on 29 May 1913, in Utah, Utah, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 1 daughter. He lived in Utah, Utah, United States in 1920 and Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, United States in 1950. He died on 4 November 1976, in Provo, Utah, Utah, United States, at the age of 92, and was buried in Provo City Cemetery, Provo, Utah, Utah, United States.

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William Wallace Allen
Eva Knight
Marriage: 29 May 1913
Barbara Susan Allen
Bruce Wallace Allen

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  • William W Allen, "United States 1950 Census"
  • W W Allen, "Utah, County Marriages, 1887-1940"
  • William Wallace Allen, "United States World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942"

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Name Meaning

English and Scottish: from the Middle English, Old French personal name Alain, Alein (Old Breton Alan), 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. From 1139 it was common in Scotland, where the surname also derives from Gaelic Ailéne, Ailín, from 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. Saint Alan(us) was a 5th-century bishop of Quimper, who was a cult figure in medieval Brittany. Another Saint Al(l)an was a Cornish or Breton saint of the 6th century, to whom a church in Cornwall is dedicated.

English: occasionally perhaps from the rare Middle English femaje personal name Aline (Old French Adaline, Aaline), a pet form of ancient Germanic names in Adal-, especially Adalheidis (see Allis ).

French: variant of Allain , a cognate of 1 above, and, in North America, (also) an altered form of this.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Death of William Wallace Allen

The Magna Times Magna, Utah 11 November 1976 (Thursday) William Allen Granger – William W. Allen, 92, Granger, died Nov. 4 1976, in Salt Lake City. Born May 8, 1884, Coalville to Thomas L. and Sar …

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