Mary Esther Allen

6 July 1822–26 August 1896 (Age 74)
Trois-Rivières, Francheville, Quebec, Canada

The Life of Mary Esther

When Mary Esther Allen was born on 6 July 1822, in Trois-Rivières, Francheville, Quebec, Canada, her father, Sylvester Allen, was 27 and her mother, Johannah French, was 24. She had at least 1 son with Dr. Horace Porter Blair. She lived in Minnesota, United States in 1870 and Osakis, Douglas, Minnesota, United States in 1885. She died on 26 August 1896, in Little Sauk, Todd, Minnesota, United States, at the age of 74, and was buried in Lakeside Cemetery, Osakis, Todd, Minnesota, United States.

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Sidney R Smith
Mary Esther Allen
Horace Emmett Blair
Annette Evaline Smith
George Allen Smith
Frank Smith
Elbert Smith

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World Events (8)

1825 · The Crimes Act

Age 3

The Crimes Act was made to provide a clearer punishment of certain crimes against the United States. Part of it includes: Changing the maximum sentence of imprisonment to be increased from seven to ten years and changing the maximum fine from $5,000 to $10,000.
1827 · Slavery Becomes Illegal in New York State

Age 5

During the years 1799 to 1827, New York went through a period of gradual emancipation. A Gradual Emancipation Law was passed in 1799 which freed slave children born after July 4, 1799. However, they were indentured until 25 years old for women and 28 years old for men. A law passed 1817 which freed slaves born before 1799, yet delayed their emancipation for ten years. All remaining slaves were freed in New York State on July 4, 1827.

Age 24

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

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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Mary "Esther" Allen was first married to Horace Blair, M.D. She married Sidney R. Smith in 1847. Her son from that first marriage--Horace Emmett Blair was living with Esther and Sidney on the 1850 and …

Sources (3)

  • Ester Smith in household of S R Smith, "Minnesota State Census, 1885"
  • Esther Smith in household of S R Smith, "Minnesota State Census, 1875"
  • Esther Smith in household of Sidney R Smith, "United States Census, 1870"

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