William A Allen

1843–1900 (Age 56)
Tyler, West Virginia, United States

The Life of William A

When William A Allen was born on 16 May 1843, in Tyler, West Virginia, United States, his father, Barnes Allen, was 22 and his mother, Nancy A. George, was 24. He married Nancy Julia Lyons in 1861, in Tyler, West Virginia, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 4 daughters. He lived in Doddridge, Virginia, United States in 1850. He died on 14 February 1900, in Tyler, West Virginia, United States, at the age of 56, and was buried in Tyler, West Virginia, United States.

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William A Allen
Nancy Julia Lyons
Marriage: 1861
Sarah Jane Allen
Elisabeth Allen
Absalom Allen
Zilpha Allen
William Bee Allen
Samuel Preston Allen
Vilena Allen
Martin V. Allen

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Tyler, West Virginia, United States


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  • Nancy A. George




World Events (8)

1844 · Lumpkin's Jail

Age 1

In 1844 when Robert Lumpkin bought land in Virginia, this would be the spot of the Infamous Slave Jail (or Lumpkin’s Jail). The slaves would be brought here during the slave trade until they were sold. Lumpkin had purchased the land for his own slave business.

Age 3

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.
1861 · The Battle of Manassas

Age 18

The Battle of Manassas is also referred to as the First Battle of Bull Run. 35,000 Union troops were headed towards Washington D.C. after 20,000 Confederate forces. The McDowell's Union troops fought with General Beauregard's Confederate troops along a little river called Bull Run. 

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)

  • William A Allen in household of Barnes Allen, "United States Census, 1850"
  • William A Allen, "United States Census, 1880"
  • William Allen, "West Virginia Marriages, 1780-1970"

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