According to family Bible records, my husband's gggrandmother, Mary Ann (ALLEN) Matthews, was b. in Broome, Schoharie, NY, on 24 Apr 1807, but there is no mention or clue as to who her parents were.It has been suggested that I look for ALLEN in Dutchess County and I've found two possibilities, pieced together from various census and other sources:
William and Mercy (STEVENS) ALLEN came to Schoharie and Greene Counties in 1803 from Dutchess County and lived first at Broome and then on a 100 acre farm near Greenville.They had 11 children, the eldest, Darius ALLEN, was b. 19 Jun 1804 at Broome.A daughter, possibly the youngest, Almira ALLEN, was b. abt 1823.I don't know the names of the others.Was Mary Ann ALLEN one of them?William ALLEN was a native of MA and his wife, Mercy, a native of CT.
Jacob ALLEN, b. abt 1775, (and possibly his first wife, Phebe) came to Schoharie County from Dutchess County in 1794.In the 1855 NY State Census, Jacob and wife, Anna (who could not have been Mary Ann's mother) lived in Conesville, ages 80 & 70.Jacob was b. in Dutchess County and his wife (if indeed Phebe was his first wife) was a native of VT.
If anyone is familiar with either of these ALLEN families of Schoharie and Greene Co,NY and can tell me if one of them included a dau named Mary Ann, please respond.