William Robert Allen

Brief Life History of William Robert

When William Robert Allen was born on 1 January 1849, in City of London, England, United Kingdom, his father, Robert Masters Allen, was 21 and his mother, Leah Harmon, was 25. He married Mary Sims on 14 June 1874, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 4 daughters. He immigrated to Utah, United States in 1862 and lived in Utah, United States in 1870 and Kaysville, Davis, Utah, United States in 1880. His occupation is listed as bricklayer, architect in Kaysville, Davis, Utah, United States. He died on 11 October 1928, in Roy, Weber, Utah, United States, at the age of 79, and was buried in Kaysville, Davis, Utah, United States.

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Family Time Line

William Robert Allen
Mary Sims
Marriage: 14 June 1874
Leah Alice Allen
Minnie Irene Allen
Mary Septemma Allen
William Alfred Allen
Alfred George Allen
Frank Lester Allen
Vivian Priscilla Allen

Sources (34)

  • William Allen in household of Robert Allen, "England and Wales Census, 1861"
  • Robert William Allen, "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975"
  • William Allen, "Utah Death Certificates, 1904-1956"

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Historical Boundaries: 1849: Mexican Cession, United States 1850: Utah Territory, United States 1851: Davis, Utah Territory, United States 1896: Davis, Utah, United States


Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

1870 · The Fifteenth Amendment

Prohibits the federal government and each state from denying a citizen the right to vote based on that citizen's race, color, or previous condition of servitude. It was the last of the Reconstruction Amendments.

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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"More of Utah's Unknown Pioneer Architects: Their Lives and Works"

From Sunstone Magazine, spring 1976 William Allen 1870-1928 Kaysville William Allen talked with a nasal twang as he looked at the undulating lines in the new brick wall of Kaysville Elementary Schoo …

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