Ralph Henderson Allen

Brief Life History of Ralph Henderson

When Ralph Henderson Allen was born on 16 September 1919, in Pocatello, Bannock, Idaho, United States, his father, William Hilton Allen, was 47 and his mother, Mary Williams Henderson, was 41. He married Audrey Petersen on 30 June 1950, in Salt Lake, Utah, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 daughter. He died on 26 November 1992, in Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California, United States, at the age of 73, and was buried in Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California, United States.

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Family Time Line

Ralph Henderson Allen
1919–1992
Audrey Petersen
1924–1986
Marriage: 30 June 1950
Mary Kathleen Allen
1951–2011

Sources (12)

  • Ralph Allen in household of William Hilton Allen, "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Church Census Records (Worldwide), 1914-1960"
  • Ralph Henderson Allen, "Idaho, World War II Draft Registration Cards,1940-1945"
  • Ralph H Allen, "United States Social Security Death Index"

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World Events (8)

1920

The Prohibition Era. Sale and manufacture of alcoholic liquors outlawed. A mushrooming of illegal drinking joints, home-produced alcohol and gangsterism.

1934 · Alcatraz Island Becomes Federal Penitentiary

Alcatraz Island officially became Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary on August 11, 1934. The island is situated in the middle of frigid water and strong currents of the San Francisco Bay, which deemed it virtually inescapable. Alcatraz became known as the toughest prison in America and was seen as a “last resort prison.” Therefore, Alcatraz housed some of America’s most notorious prisoners such as Al Capone and Robert Franklin Stroud. Due to the exorbitant cost of running the prison, and the deterioration of the buildings due to salt spray, Alcatraz Island closed as a penitentiary on March 21, 1963. 

1941

Japanese attack Pearl Harbor.

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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