Martha Allen

1861–
Kentucky, United States

The Life of Martha

When Martha Allen was born about 1861, in Kentucky, United States, her father, Francis A "Frank" Allen, was 29 and her mother, Lydia Ann Bratcher, was 29.

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Family Time Line

Martha Allen
1861–
Pete Hohl
1857–

Spouse & Children

Parents & Siblings

  • Francis A "Frank" Allen

    Male1832–1896Male

  • Lydia Ann Bratcher

    Female1832–1905Female

siblings

(3)

  • William Henry Allen

    Male1855–1929Male

  • Female1861–Female

  • Wesley Marion Allen

    Male1864–1937Male

World Events (3)

1861

Age 0

Kentucky sided with the Union during the Civil War, even though it is a southern state.
1863

Age 2

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1863 · The Battle at Gettysburg

Age 2

The Battle of Gettysburg involved the largest number of casualties of the entire Civil war and is often described as the war's turning point. Between 46,000 and 51,000 soldiers lost their lives during the three-day Battle. To honor the fallen soldiers, President Abraham Lincoln read his historic Gettysburg Address and helped those listening by redefining the purpose of the war.

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.

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