Robert Wolsey Allen

1905–1965 (Age 59)
Omagh, County Tyrone, Ireland

The Life of Robert Wolsey

When Robert Wolsey Allen was born on 30 December 1905, in Omagh, County Tyrone, Ireland, his father, John Woolsey Allen, was 33 and his mother, Anne Armstrong, was 31. He died on 14 February 1965, at the age of 59.

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John Woolsey Allen
Anne Armstrong
William John Allen
George Allen
Ernest Samuel Allen
Robert Wolsey Allen
Cecil Norman Allen
Daisy Geurtrude Allen

Parents & Siblings

  • John Woolsey Allen


  • Female1874–1948Female



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World Events (8)


Age 14

Irish War of Independence against Britain ending in the Anglo Irish Treaty.

Age 15

In the Government of Ireland Act 1920, Ireland was partitioned, with the unionist-dominated north east becoming Northern Ireland.

Age 17

Irish Civil War between the Free State army and IRA.

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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