William Elmer Allen

10 January 1866–17 October 1940 (Age 74)
Riverdale, Weber, Utah Territory, United States

The Life of William Elmer

When William Elmer Allen was born on 10 January 1866, in Riverdale, Weber, Utah Territory, United States, his father, Rufus Allen, was 51 and his mother, Mary Ann Phelps, was 34. He married Polly Ann Child on 16 March 1887, in Logan, Cache, Utah, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 7 daughters. He lived in Burch Creek, Weber, Utah, United States for about 40 years. He died on 17 October 1940, in Riverdale, Weber, Utah, United States, at the age of 74, and was buried in Ogden City Cemetery, Ogden, Weber, Utah, United States.

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William Elmer Allen
Polly Ann Child
Marriage: 16 March 1887
Clara Lucina Allen
Elnora Allen
William Arthur Allen
Mary Emeline Allen
John Dean Allen
Isabelle Allen
Gertrude Allen
Myron Elmer Allen
Herbert Rufus Allen
Lillian Allen
Lois Cynthia Allen

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16 March 1887
Logan, Cache, Utah, United States


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World Events (8)

1867 · Sorry Mr. President, You can't do that.

Age 1

This Act was to restrict the power of the President removing certain office holders without approval of the Senate. It denies the President the power to remove any executive officer who had been appointed by the president with the advice and consent of the Senate, unless the Senate approved the removal during the next full session of Congress. The Amendment was later repealed.
1868 · Impeach the President!

Age 2

Caused by many crimes and breaking the Tenure of Office Act, Many Senators and House Representatives became angry with President Johnson and began discussions of his Impeachment. After a special session of Congress, the Articles of Impeachment were approved by the House and then the Senate. Making Andrew Johnson the first President to be Impeached.

Age 20

Statue of Liberty is dedicated.

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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Biography of William Allen

William Allen was the son of Rufus Allen, one of the original Utah pioneers of 1847, and Mary Phelps. He was born 10 Jan 1866 at Riverdale, Weber Co. Utah in the old family log house built by his fath …

Sources (3)

  • William Allen, "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Church Census Records (Worldwide), 1914-1960"
  • William Allen, "Utah, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Church Census Records, 1914-1960"
  • William Allen, "United States Census, 1940"

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