William Laverty Allen

1801–1863 (Age 62)
New Jersey, United States

The Life of William Laverty

When William Laverty Allen was born in 1801, in New Jersey, United States, his father, Jeremiah Allen, was 29 and his mother, Jane Lafferty, was 18. He married Harriet Ludlow on 26 April 1823, in Somerset, New Jersey, United States. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 1 daughter. In 1836, at the age of 62, his occupation is listed as owner of the john allen inn in Bridgewater Township, Somerset, New Jersey, United States. He died in 1863, in his hometown, at the age of 62.

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William Laverty Allen
Harriet Ludlow
Marriage: 26 April 1823
Henry Lafferty Allen
John King Allen
William Ludlow Allen
Daniel Ludlow Allen
Josiah Allen
Elias Lawrence Allen
Julia Ann Allen

Spouse and Children

26 April 1823
Somerset, New Jersey, United States


    Henry Lafferty Allen


    John King Allen


    William Ludlow Allen


    Daniel Ludlow Allen



+2 More Children

Parents and Siblings


    Jane Lafferty




World Events (8)


Age 2

France sells Louisiana territories to U.S.A.

Age 3

Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr had been political enemies with intense personal differences for quite some time. Burr accused Hamilton of publicly disparaging his character during the elections of 1800 and 1804. On the morning of July 11, the two politicians went to Weehawken, New Jersey to resolve the disputes with an official duel. Both men were armed with a pistol. Hamilton missed, but Burr's shot fatally wounded Hamilton, who would die by the following day. The duel custom had been outlawed in New York by 1804, resulting in Burr fleeing the state due to an arrest warrant. He would later be accused of treason, but ultimately be acquitted.
1819 · Panic! of 1819

Age 18

With the Aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars the global market for trade was down. During this time, America had its first financial crisis and it lasted for only two years. 

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.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • William L Allen, "United States Census, 1860"
  • William L Allen, "United States Census, 1850"
  • William I Allen, "New Jersey, County Marriages, 1682-1956"

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