John W. "Sonny" Allen, Jr.

1931–2007 (Age 76)
Virginia, United States

The Life of John W. "Sonny"

When John W. "Sonny" Allen, Jr. was born on 2 June 1931, in Virginia, United States, his father, John William Allen Sr., was 38 and his mother, Margaret McCrea, was 29. He married Thelma Saunders Allen on 16 November 1951, in Westmoreland, Virginia, United States. He lived in Cople Magisterial District, Westmoreland, Virginia, United States in 1940 and Hague, Westmoreland, Virginia, United States in 1998. He died on 25 December 2007, in Virginia, United States, at the age of 76, and was buried in Carmel Church, Westmoreland, Virginia, United States.

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John W. "Sonny" Allen, Jr.
Thelma Saunders Allen
Marriage: 16 November 1951

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16 November 1951
Westmoreland, Virginia, United States

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Age 1

Amelia Earhart completes first solo nonstop transatlantic flight by a woman.
1941 · Pentagon is Built in Arlington

Age 10

The Pentagon was developed as the Department of Defense had outgrown the other buildings were it was previous located.The groundbreaking for the Pentagon was on September 11, 1941. When the Pentagon was being built, it was determined that it could be no taller than four stories high. Colonel Leslie R. Groves was the supervisor of the project, he would later become known for helping on the Manhattan Project.
1951 · The Twenty-Second Amendment

Age 20

Before the Twenty-second Amendment, the Presidency didn’t have a set number limit on how many times they could be elected or re-elected to the office of President of the United States. The Amendment sets that limit to two times, consecutively or not, and sets additional conditions for presidents who succeed to the unexpired terms of their predecessors.

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)

  • John W Allen in household of John W Allen, "United States Census, 1940"
  • John W Allen, "Virginia, Marriage Certificates, 1936-1988"
  • Mr John W Allen, "United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014"

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