John Shelby Allen

1885–1949 (Age 64)
Virginia, United States

The Life of John Shelby

When John Shelby Allen was born on 24 March 1885, in Virginia, United States, his father, John Thomas Allen, was 30 and his mother, Bettie Lewis Blanton, was 29. He lived in Madison Magisterial District, Caroline, Virginia, United States in 1900 and Beaverdam Magisterial District, Hanover, Virginia, United States in 1940. He died on 18 October 1949, in Richmond, Henrico, Virginia, United States, at the age of 64, and was buried in Franklin City, Accomack, Virginia, United States.

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John Shelby Allen
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World Events (8)


Age 1

Statue of Liberty is dedicated.
1894 · Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Monument

Age 9

On May 30, 18944 the Confederate Soldiers and Sailors’ Monument was unveiled. It is 73 feet high and over looks Libby Hill Park. the statue represents the 13 Confederate States.
1902 · So Much Farm Land

Age 17

A law that funded many irrigation and agricultural projects in the western states.

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 (3)

  • John S Allen, "United States Census, 1940"
  • John S Allen, "United States Census, 1930"
  • John S Allen in household of John Allen, "United States Census, 1900"

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