Dr. Joseph Olmstead Allen

1830–1915 (Age 84)
Clarkson, Monroe, New York, United States

The Life of Joseph Olmstead

When Dr. Joseph Olmstead Allen was born on 20 September 1830, in Clarkson, Monroe, New York, United States, his father, Isaac Allen, was 36 and his mother, Mary Polly Terry, was 32. He married Sarah A McLean on 24 September 1854, in Wright Township, Hillsdale, Michigan, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 3 daughters. He lived in Fayette, Fulton, Ohio, United States in 1880 and Ohio, United States in 1915. He died on 20 May 1915, in Fayette, Gorham Township, Fulton, Ohio, United States, at the age of 84, and was buried in Fayette, Fulton, Ohio, United States.

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Dr. Joseph Olmstead Allen
Sarah A McLean
Marriage: 24 September 1854
Lilly Allen
Rosa Allen
Donald Arthur Allen
Viola M Allen
Earl A Allen

Spouse & Children

24 September 1854
Wright Township, Hillsdale, Michigan, United States


  • Female1857–1949Female

  • Rosa Allen


  • Male1860–1946Male

  • Viola M Allen


  • Earl A Allen


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World Events (8)

1832 · The Black Hawk War

Age 2

Convinced that a group of Native American tribes were hostile, The United States formed a frontier militia to stop them in their tracks. Even though Black Hawk was hoping to avoid bloodshed while trying to resettle on tribal land, U.S. officials opened fire on the Native Americans. Black Hawk then responded to this confrontation by successfully attacking the militia at the Battle of Stillman's Run and then left northward. After a few months the militia caught up with Black Hawk and his men and defeated them at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. While being weakened by hunger, injuries and desertion, Black Hawk and the rest of the many native survivors retreated towards the Mississippi. Unfortunately, Black Hawk and other leaders were later captured when they surrendered to the US forces and were then imprisoned for a year.
1836 · Kirtland Temple Dedicated

Age 6

On March 27, 1836, the Kirtland Temple was dedicated.
1860 · Ohio supports the Union side of the Civil War

Age 30

Although divided as a state on the subject of slavery, Ohio participated in the Civil War on the Union's side, providing over 300,000 troops. Ohio provided the 3rd largest number of troops by any Union state.

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)

  • J O Allen, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Joseph Allen in household of Isaac Allen, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Joseph O Allen, "United States Census, 1880"

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