James Edward Allen

26 July 1889–14 December 1968 (Age 79)
Fergus Falls, Otter Tail, Minnesota, United States

The Life of James Edward

When James Edward Allen was born on 26 July 1889, in Fergus Falls, Otter Tail, Minnesota, United States, his father, Mathias Halvorson, was 50 and his mother, Ellen Mary Holte, was 35. He married Blanche Mae Inks on 14 April 1917, in Adams, Washington, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 1 daughter. He died on 14 December 1968, in Oakland, Alameda, California, United States, at the age of 79.

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Family Time Line

James Edward Allen
Blanche Mae Inks
Marriage: 14 April 1917
James Edward Allen Jr
Edith Margaret Allen
Dale Robert Allen

Spouse and Children

14 April 1917
Adams, Washington, United States


Parents and Siblings

    Mathias Halvorson


    Ellen Mary Holte




    Henry Halverson


    John Halverson


    Louis Olaus Halvorson


    Hannah Halvorson


    Molly Halvorson


+6 More Children

World Events (8)

1890 · The Sherman Antitrust Act

Age 1

This Act tried to prevent the raising of prices by restricting trade. The purpose of the Act was to preserve a competitive marketplace to protect consumers from abuse.
1891 · Angel Island Serves as Quarantine Station

Age 2

Angel Island served as a quarantine station for those diagnosed with bubonic plague beginning in 1891. A quarantine station was built on the island which was funded by the federal government at the cost of $98,000. The disease spread to port cities around the world, including the San Francisco Bay Area, during the third bubonic plague pandemic, which lasted through 1909.
1910 · The BSA is Made

Age 21

Being modeled after the Boy Scout Association in England, The Boy Scouts of America is a program for young teens to learn traits, life and social skills, and many other things to remind the public about the general act of service and kindness to others.

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)

  • James Allen, "United States Census, 1940"
  • James E Allen, "United States Census, 1930"
  • James E Allen in entry for Blanche M Allen, "California, Oakland, Alameda County, Newspaper Record Collection, 1985-2011"

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