Jesse Allen

1808–1874 (Age 65)
Nashville, Davidson, Tennessee, United States

The Life of Jesse

When Jesse Allen was born on 9 June 1808, in Nashville, Davidson, Tennessee, United States, his father, Zachariah Allen, was 48 and his mother, Elizabeth Law, was 26. He married Mary Bell on 24 March 1831, in Greene, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 8 sons and 5 daughters. He lived in Greene, Illinois, United States for about 10 years and Belltown, Greene, Illinois, United States in 1870. He died on 5 April 1874, in White Hall, Greene, Illinois, United States, at the age of 65, and was buried in White Hall, Greene, Illinois, United States.

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Jesse Allen
Mary Bell
Marriage: 24 March 1831
Elizabeth Allen
Zachariah Franklin Allen
Jane Elizabeth Allen
Francis Henry Allen
Jesse Law Allen
Sarah A. Allen
Mary M. Allen
Martha Allen
Johnathan Allen
William Andrew Allen
Robert Allen
Lewis Allen
Albert Allen

Spouse & Children

24 March 1831
Greene, Illinois, United States


  • Elizabeth Allen


  • Zachariah Franklin Allen


  • Jane Elizabeth Allen


  • Francis Henry Allen


  • Jesse Law Allen


+8 More Children

Parents & Siblings



+16 More Children

World Events (8)


Age 4

War of 1812. U.S. declares war on Britain over British interference with American maritime shipping and westward expansion.

Age 10

Illinois is the 21st state.
1830 · The Second Great Awakening

Age 22

Being a second spiritual and religious awakening, like the First Great Awakening, many Churches began to spring up from other denominations. Many people began to rapidly join the Baptist and Methodist congregations. Many converts to these religions believed that the Awakening was the precursor of a new millennial age.

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)

  • Jessie Allen, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Jesse Allen, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Jesse Allen, "United States Census, 1850"

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