Hulda Coffin Allen

1820–1902 (Age 82)
Goshen, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States

The Life of Hulda Coffin

When Hulda Coffin Allen was born in 1820, in Goshen, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States, her father, Deacon Matthew Allen, was 47 and her mother, Temprance Allen, was 40. She married Charles Randall in 1845, in Connecticut, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 2 daughters. She lived in Mexico, Mexico, Oswego, New York, United States in 1865 and Newton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States in 1880. She died on 14 March 1902, in West Tisbury, Dukes, Massachusetts, United States, at the age of 82, and was buried in West Tisbury, Dukes, Massachusetts, United States.

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Hulda Coffin Allen
Charles Randall
Marriage: 1845
Eliza Gertrude Randall
Gertrude E. Randall
Jerome Allen Randall

Spouse & Children

Connecticut, United States


Parents & Siblings



  • Bartlett Allen


  • Lucy Allen


  • Polly Allen


  • Polly Allen


  • Bartlett Allen


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World Events (7)

1820 · Making States Equal

Age 0

The Missouri Compromise helped provide the entrance of Maine as a free state and Missouri as a slave state into the United States. As part of the compromise, slavery was prohibited north of the 36°30′ parallel, excluding Missouri.
1827 · Slavery Becomes Illegal in New York State

Age 7

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 26

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.

Possible Related Names

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

Sources (3)

  • Hulda C Randall in household of Charles Randall, "New York State Census, 1865"
  • Huldah C Randall in household of Charles Randall, "New York State Census, 1855"
  • H C Randall, "United States Census, 1880"

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