Bertha Jeanette Allen

1863–1918 (Age 54)
New York, United States

The Life of Bertha Jeanette

When Bertha Jeanette Allen was born on 15 September 1863, in New York, United States, her father, Charles H. Allen, was 33 and her mother, Almira Heaton, was 29. She married Gardner Burdick Henigan on 21 March 1885, in Lake, Michigan, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 1 daughter. She lived in Tallmadge, Ottawa, Michigan, United States for about 10 years. She died on 8 August 1918, in Michigan, United States, at the age of 54, and was buried in Wexford, Michigan, United States.

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Bertha Jeanette Allen
Gardner Burdick Henigan
Marriage: 21 March 1885
Pearl Bertha Henigan
William Henry Henigan
Homer Gardner Henigan
Charles Henry Hennigan

Spouse & Children

21 March 1885
Lake, Michigan, United States


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World Events (8)


Age 2

Abraham Lincoln is assassinated by John Wilkes Booth.
1865 · The Assassination of a President

Age 2

"While attending the play ""Our American Cousin"" in Ford's Theatre, actor John Wilkes Booth climbed up the stairs to the suite that President Abraham Lincoln and his wife resided. Once inside the suite Booth pulled out his pistol and shot The President in the head. In critical condition The President was carried out of the theatre for urgent medical attention. Unfortunately, Lincoln died the following day. Abraham Lincoln was the first American president to be assassinated, and his death caused a period of national mourning both in the North and South."
1879 · New State Capitol Building Dedicated

Age 16

After the second state capitol had been destroyed, Michigan Governor Henry P. Baldwin initiated the passing of a bill that would cover the costs for a new building. The bill was adopted and raised over $1 million by a six year state income tax. Architect Elijah E. Myers' design named Tuebor, or I will defend, was selected and he was commissioned to design the new capitol building. The renaissance revival brick and sandstone building soared 267 feet from the ground and was dedicated on January 1, 1879.

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)

  • Bertha Allen in household of C H Allen, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Berthie Allen in household of Charles Allen, "United States Census, 1870"
  • ...rtha Allen in entry for Homer Henigan and Laura Hammer, "Michigan Marriages, 1868-1925"

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