Robert Bruce Allen

1869–1953 (Age 83)
Boone, West Virginia, United States

The Life of Robert Bruce

When Robert Bruce Allen was born on 18 December 1869, in Boone, West Virginia, United States, his father, James Henry Allen, was 28 and his mother, Mary Anna Dingess, was 30. He married Josephine D. Hopkins about 1885, in Monroe, West Virginia, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 1 daughter. He lived in West Virginia, United States in 1869 and Washington Magisterial District, Boone, West Virginia, United States for about 20 years. He died on 25 May 1953, in Boone, West Virginia, United States, at the age of 83, and was buried in Low Gap, Boone, Virginia, United States.

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Family Time Line

Robert Bruce Allen
Josephine D. Hopkins
Marriage: about 1885
Bethell L Allen
Vivian E. Allen

Spouse & Children

  • Male1869–1953Male

  • Josephine D. Hopkins


about 1885
Monroe, West Virginia, United States


  • Male1891–1948Male

  • Vivian E. Allen


Parents & Siblings

  • James Henry Allen


  • Mary Anna Dingess




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World Events (8)

1870 · The Fifteenth Amendment

Age 1

Prohibits the federal government and each state from denying a citizen the right to vote based on that citizen's race, color, or previous condition of servitude. It was the last of the Reconstruction Amendments.
1870 · Giving all the right to vote

Age 1

The Act was an extension of the Fifteenth Amendment, that prohibited discrimination by state offices in voter registration. It also helped empower the President with the authority to enforce the first section of the Fifteenth Amendment throughout the United States. Being the first of three Enforcement Acts passed by the Congress, it helped combat attacks on the suffrage rights of African Americans.
1894 · Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Monument

Age 25

On May 30, 18944 the Confederate Soldiers and Sailors’ Monument was unveiled. It is 73 feet high and over looks Libby Hill Park. the statue represents the 13 Confederate States.

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)

  • R Bruce Allen, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Robert Allen in household of James A Allen, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Robert Bruce Allen, "West Virginia Deaths, 1804-1999"

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