All my information stops at John Allen, Dublin Friend (one says Kilmore, Co. Armagh), b. 1694, etc. I have a net reference for this from the Friends’ records: http://home.sprynet.com/~jrichmon/alln0010.htmhttp://home.sprynet.com/~jrichmon/alln0010.htm This same information is in a large Allen reference book by Lester M. Allen. I am in this book as well. http://www.wisecomp.com/ccl/BooksLofC.htmhttp://www.wisecomp.com/ccl/BooksLofC.htm
I cannot seem to trace him much farther out of the country other than his parents were called Thomas and Sarah. The “John Allen, Ireland 1694-1771” that appears in places on the Web is the one to whom I am referring. I have seen references to earlier Allens in Ireland and England. There was even a Dr. John Allen that was Bishop of Dublin that was murdered under Henry VIII’s rule -http://indigo.ie/~kfinlay/Lucania/_vti_cnf/Lucania12.htmhttp://indigo.ie/~kfinlay/Lucania/_vti_cnf/Lucania12.htm and a site that says the first Allens in Ireland were from Holland – http://indigo.ie/~kfinlay/ball1-6/Ball1/ball1.6.htmlhttp://indigo.ie/~kfinlay/ball1-6/Ball1/ball1.6.html
However, I cannot directly link any other these Allens to John above. I have heard various general Allen histories that suggest it is a Celtic name (from Eilean, or Ailin) and an Anglo-Norman name (from, Alain, Alan, e.g.). These are fairly easy to come by and Allen is 1. Such a simple name, and 2. Quite common, that one would expect much overlap and variation in spelling. I have heard of mostly Irish references for the origins of the Allens, also being a sept of several clans in the west of Scotland, e.g. MacFarlane, MacDonald Clanranald. Several relatives that settled with John’s small Quaker community at the same time, and intermarried, were English Quakers that moved to Ireland, e.g. Simon Hadley: http://www.hadleysociety.org/index11.htmlhttp://www.hadleysociety.org/index11.html If you go to that site, scroll down to Hannah Hadley, b. 16 November 1709, Co. West Meath, his 5th child. If you compare, she and her family were contemporaries in the same community at New Garden Meeting, PA. She married Thomas, and their son Simon Dixon (on same page, 1728-1781) married John Allen’s (as above) son sister, i.e. his daughter, called Elizabeth Allen. You can follow the Sprynet URL as above for this connection. Interestingly, this Dixon-Allen couple is the one featured each summer in the Sword of Peace outdoor drama in Snow Camp, NC. The point being here is that Simon Hadley was English. Much of his family was brought up in Ireland. Therefore, this would suggest a certain fluidity per the origin of the Allen family name, i.e. it could be Irish (Celtic) or English (Anglo-Norman).
Again, I have nothing concrete so far beyond the 1694 date and that John Allen, other than this one site that says his parents were called Thomas and Sarah. I have never seen that before, but it could be so. http://greene.xtn.net/~billiam/000Intro.htmlhttp://greene.xtn.net/~billiam/000Intro.html Go “Nutshell A-B” for the Allen references. However, I would love to hear of anything direct going back from this line per familial history, settlement, occupation, ethnicity, etc. Moreover, have you heard of Thomas and Sarah Allen? Or can confirm or deny that they came either from Dublin (as I would gather) or Kilmore, Co. Armagh in the North? If I could go before these people, I could perhaps help fill in some the gaps, i.e. 1352-1625, in future. I am curious as well.