Benjamin Allen appears to have been the Benjamin Allen, b. August 9, 1734 at Scotland (Windham), Connecticut, a son of Benjamin and Mehitable (Cary) Allen. His Allen family had come to Southeastern Connecticut from Bridgewater, Plymouth Colony, MA with other families. In fact, the village of Scotland was named for the section of Bridgewater (Scotland) where the family had come from in Massachusetts. That village derived it's name from the Rev. James Keith, a minister there who had come from Aberdeen, Scotland originally.
The Allen family itself can be traced back to Bumpstead, Somersetshire, England, a village outside Bridgewater, Somersetshire, England. They were one of many Southwestern English families to emigrate to Mass-achusetts in the 1630's.
Benjamin Allen left Norwich, Connecticut for Kingston, Massachusetts where he was a tanner. There he met and married, Beza Delano of Duxbury and had two known sons by her, Benjamin and Oliver. It is said Benjamin enlisted in the militia, and served in Nova Scotia for seventeen days, after which he was discharged.
It appears that he got caught up in the Eddy Rebellion for a time, and when it had failed, fled into the woods near Cape Tormentine, New Brunswick. Fearing to return to Massachusetts, Benjamin took up residence in New Brunswick where he met and married Sarah Somers, the daughter of German emigrants from Pennsylvania who had settled near Moncton after receiving grants of land there. By her, he had a large family, of which I am a descendant via son Ephraim Allen (named for his paternal great-grandfather, Ephraim Cary) and first wife, Eliza Silliker of Prince Edward Island.