William Harvey Allen Sr

2 February 1926–10 March 1953 (Age 27)
Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States

The Life of William Harvey

When William Harvey Allen Sr was born on 2 February 1926, in Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States, his father, Otis Harold Allen, was 21 and his mother, Katherine Marie Brown, was 19. He married Hazel M Petty on 1 May 1945, in Peoria, Peoria, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons. He lived in Peoria Heights, Peoria, Illinois, United States in 1930 and Peoria, Peoria, Illinois, United States in 1940. He died on 10 March 1953, at the age of 27, and was buried in Swan Lake Memory Gardens, Peoria, Peoria, Illinois, United States.

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William Harvey Allen Sr
Hazel M Petty
Marriage: 1 May 1945
William Harvey Allen Jr
Roger Michael Allen

Spouse and Children

1 May 1945
Peoria, Peoria, Illinois, United States


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World Events (8)


Age 1

Charles Lindbergh makes the first solo nonstop transatlantic flight in his plane The Spirit of St. Louis.
1927 · The World's Busiest Airport

Age 1

"Originally named Chicago Air Park, Midway Airport was built with one cinder runway mainly for airmail flights. The city then leased the airport and named it the Chicago Municipal Airport. By 1928, the airport had twelve hangars and four runways, lit for night operations. In 1931 the airport claimed to be the ""World's Busiest"" with over 100,846 passengers on 60,947 flights each week. In July 1949 the airport was renamed after the Battle of Midway."
1935 · The FBI is Established

Age 9

The Bureau of Investigation's name was changed to the Federal Bureau of Investigation to help citizens know that the Government is helping protect from threats both domestically and abroad.

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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Sources (3)

  • William H Allen in household of Otis H Allen, "United States Census, 1930"
  • William Allen in household of Otis Allen, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Mr William Harvey Allen, "United States, GenealogyBank Historical Newspaper Obituaries, 1815-2011"

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