Moses Allen

1848–1943 (Age 95)
Rockford, Winnebago, Illinois, United States

The Life of Moses

When Moses Allen was born on 6 June 1848, in Rockford, Winnebago, Illinois, United States, his father, Benjamin T. Allen, was 25 and his mother, Sarah Jane Dobson, was 21. He married Amanda M Whorton on 4 July 1872. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 2 daughters. He lived in Burritt Township, Winnebago, Illinois, United States for about 10 years and Wymore, Gage, Nebraska, United States in 1900. He died on 23 August 1943, in Rapid City, Pennington, South Dakota, United States, at the age of 95, and was buried in Winner, Tripp, South Dakota, United States.

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Family Time Line

Moses Allen
Amanda M Whorton
Marriage: 4 July 1872
William B. Allen
Charles A. Allen
Mabel Allen
Myrtle Allen

Spouse & Children

  • Male1848–1943Male

  • Amanda M Whorton


4 July 1872


  • William B. Allen


  • Male1877–1963Male

  • Mabel Allen


  • Female1892–1974Female

Parents & Siblings

  • Male1823–1910Male

  • Sarah Jane Dobson




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World Events (8)

1856 · The Largest Map Company in the World

Age 8

William Rand opened a small printing shop in Chicago. Doing most of the work himself for the first two years he decided to hire some help. Rand Hired Andrew McNally, an Irish Immigrant, to work in his shop. After doing business with the Chicago Tribune, Rand and McNally were hired to run the Tribune's entire printing operation. Years later, Rand and McNally established Rand McNally & Co after purchasing the Tribune's printing business. They focused mainly on printing tickets, complete railroad guides and timetables for the booming railroad industry around the city. What made the company successful was the detailed maps of roadways, along with directions to certain places. Rand McNally was the first major map publisher to embrace a system of numbered highways and erected many of the roadside highway signs that have been adopted by state and federal highway authorities. The company is still making and updating the world maps that are looked at every day.

Age 15

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1875 · A Treaty with Hawaii

Age 27

In the Mid 1870s, The United States sought out the Kingdom of Hawaii to make a free trade agreement. The Treaty gave the Hawaiians access to the United States agricultural markets and it gave the United States a part of land which later became Pearl Harbor.

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)

  • Moses Allen in household of Benjamin Allen, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Moses Allin in household of Benjamin Allin, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Moses Allen, "United States Census, 1900"

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