John Allen

1816–1874 (Age 58)
Somerset, Pulaski, Kentucky, United States

The Life of John

When John Allen was born on 16 February 1816, in Somerset, Pulaski, Kentucky, United States, his father, Rial Allen, was 24 and his mother, Margaret Evans, was 32. He married Lavinia Black Evans in 1840, in Somerset, Pulaski, Kentucky, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 daughters. He lived in Calloway, Kentucky, United States in 1850 and Kansas, United States in 1870. He died on 19 November 1874, in Fredonia, Wilson, Kansas, United States, at the age of 58, and was buried in Fredonia, Wilson, Kansas, United States.

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Family Time Line

John Allen
Lavinia Black Evans
Marriage: 1840
Margaret Elizabeth Allen
Malinda J Allen

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Somerset, Pulaski, Kentucky, United States


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World Events (8)

1818 · Jackson Purchase

Age 2

The western part of Kentucky purchased by Andrew Jackson from the Chickasaw Indians in 1818. It became known as the Jackson Purchase. This included land that wasn't originally part of Kentucky when it became a state.
1819 · Panic! of 1819

Age 3

With the Aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars the global market for trade was down. During this time, America had its first financial crisis and it lasted for only two years. 
1832 · The Black Hawk War

Age 16

Convinced that a group of Native American tribes were hostile, The United States formed a frontier militia to stop them in their tracks. Even though Black Hawk was hoping to avoid bloodshed while trying to resettle on tribal land, U.S. officials opened fire on the Native Americans. Black Hawk then responded to this confrontation by successfully attacking the militia at the Battle of Stillman's Run and then left northward. After a few months the militia caught up with Black Hawk and his men and defeated them at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. While being weakened by hunger, injuries and desertion, Black Hawk and the rest of the many native survivors retreated towards the Mississippi. Unfortunately, Black Hawk and other leaders were later captured when they surrendered to the US forces and were then imprisoned for a year.

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.

Story Highlight

Becoming a Mormon

When John and his brothers lived in Kentucky they were taught about the restoration of the gospel buy missionaries traveling through. They determined to be baptized and traveled to Nauvoo, Illinois to …

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Sources (3)

  • J Allen, "United States Census, 1850"
  • John Allen, "United States Census, 1870"
  • John Allen in entry for John G. Allen, "Arizona Deaths, 1870-1951"

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