Mary Garnett Allen

1890–1968 (Age 78)
Caroline, Virginia, United States

The Life of Mary Garnett

When Mary Garnett Allen was born on 2 November 1890, in Caroline, Virginia, United States, her father, John Thomas Allen, was 36 and her mother, Bettie Lewis Blanton, was 35. She married Berkley Judson Smith on 2 January 1915, in District of Columbia, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons. She lived in Madison Magisterial District, Caroline, Virginia, United States in 1910 and Ashland Magisterial District, Hanover, Virginia, United States in 1940. She died on 15 December 1968, in Richmond, Henrico, Virginia, United States, at the age of 78.

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Mary Garnett Allen
Berkley Judson Smith
Marriage: 2 January 1915
Thomas Berkley Smith
Clifton Albert Smith
James Roger Smith

Spouse & Children

2 January 1915
District of Columbia, United States


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World Events (8)

1894 · Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Monument

Age 4

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.
1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 6

A landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities if the segregated facilities were equal in quality. It's widely regarded as one of the worst decisions in U.S. Supreme Court history.
1912 · The Girl Scouts

Age 22

Like the Boy Scouts of America, The Girl Scouts is a youth organization for girls in the United States. Its purpose is to prepare girls to empower themselves and by acquiring practical skills.

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)

  • Mary G Allen in household of John Allen, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Mary G Smith in household of Barkeley J Smith, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Mary G Allen in household of John T Allen, "United States Census, 1910"

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