Orval Allen

1824–1875 (Age 51)
Seneca Falls, Seneca Falls, Seneca, New York, United States

The Life of Orval

Orval Allen was born in 1824, in Seneca Falls, Seneca Falls, Seneca, New York, United States as the son of Allen. He married Abigail Cordelia Brim about 1849, in New York, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 daughters. He lived in Waterloo, Seneca, New York, United States in 1850 and New York, United States in 1870. He died on 21 January 1875, at the age of 51.

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Family Time Line

Orval Allen
Abigail Cordelia Brim
Marriage: about 1849
Emily Allen
Addie Allen
Frances Allen

Spouse & Children

  • Male1824–1875Male

  • Abigail Cordelia Brim


about 1849
New York, United States


Parents & Siblings

  • Allen




  • Male1824–1875Male

  • Charles Allen


World Events (7)

1825 · The Crimes Act

Age 1

The Crimes Act was made to provide a clearer punishment of certain crimes against the United States. Part of it includes: Changing the maximum sentence of imprisonment to be increased from seven to ten years and changing the maximum fine from $5,000 to $10,000.
1827 · Slavery Becomes Illegal in New York State

Age 3

During the years 1799 to 1827, New York went through a period of gradual emancipation. A Gradual Emancipation Law was passed in 1799 which freed slave children born after July 4, 1799. However, they were indentured until 25 years old for women and 28 years old for men. A law passed 1817 which freed slaves born before 1799, yet delayed their emancipation for ten years. All remaining slaves were freed in New York State on July 4, 1827.

Age 22

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

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.

Possible Related Names

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

Sources (2)

  • Orville Allen, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Orville Allen, "United States Census, 1850"

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