James Otha Allen

1898–1960 (Age 62)
Belle Plaine, Benton, Iowa, United States

The Life of James Otha

When James Otha Allen was born on 4 February 1898, in Belle Plaine, Benton, Iowa, United States, his father, James Monroe Allen, was 46 and his mother, Mary Catherine Wilson, was 37. He married Nellie Jean Smith on 18 August 1925, in Marshall, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son. He lived in Marshalltown, Marshall, Iowa, United States for about 15 years. He died in March 1960, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Oklahoma, United States, at the age of 62, and was buried in Des Moines, Polk, Iowa, United States.

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James Otha Allen
Nellie Jean Smith
Marriage: 18 August 1925
Craig Allen

Spouse & Children

18 August 1925
Marshall, Iowa, United States


  • Craig Allen


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World Events (8)

1900 · Gold for Cash!

Age 2

This Act set a price at which gold could be traded for paper money.

Age 9

Oklahoma is the 46th state.
1916 · The First woman elected into the US Congress

Age 18

Jeannette Pickering Rankin became the first woman to hold a federal office position in the House of Representatives, and remains the only woman elected to Congress by Montana.

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)

  • James Allen, "United States Census, 1940"
  • James O Allen, "United States Census, 1930"
  • James M Allen in household of James M Allen, "Iowa State Census, 1925"

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