Phineas Allen

1801–1885 (Age 83)
Medfield, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States

The Life of Phineas

When Phineas Allen was born on 15 October 1801, in Medfield, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States, his father, Phineas Allen, was 37 and his mother, Ruth Smith, was 32. He married Clarissa Fiske in 1828, in Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 2 daughters. He lived in Massachusetts, United States in 1870 and Newton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States in 1880. He died on 25 May 1885, at the age of 83, and was buried in Vine Lake Cemetery, Medfield, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States.

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Phineas Allen
Clarissa Fiske
Marriage: 1828
Francis Eugene
Horatio Fiske Allen
Robert Alfred Allen
Clarissa Fiske Allen
George Edgar Allen
Charles Eugene Allen
Clara Everett Allen

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Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States


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World Events (8)


Age 2

France sells Louisiana territories to U.S.A.
1803 · The U.S doubles in size

Age 2

The United States purchased all the Louisiana territory (828,000 sq. mi) from France, only paying 15 million dollars (A quarter trillion today) for the land. In the purchase, the US obtained the land that makes up 15 US states and 2 Canadian Provinces. The United States originally wanted to purchase of New Orleans and the lands located on the coast around it, but quickly accepted the bargain that Napoleon Bonaparte offered.
1825 · The Crimes Act

Age 24

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.

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)

  • Phineas Allen, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Phineas Allen, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Phineas Allen, "United States Census, 1880"

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