Hey there, Allen person!I'm excited because I believe we may have pieces of each other's puzzles -- if we can just figure out how they hook together.
I've spent a good deal of time trying to find evidence in support of my belief that Young Stokes married an Elizabeth Allen early in the 1700s in Virginia.There was a Robert Allen, Sr. born in 1675 in St. Paul's Parish, VA, who married an Elizabeth Walker born somewhere around 1675 in New Kent County, VA, and the couple made their home in Henrico County, which is where Young Stokes was living at the time of his marriage to an Elizabeth (last name undetermined).They named one of their sons Allen Stokes, and the name was carried on down for several generations thereafter.[Another son, of course, was named Silvanus Stokes.]
In idle meandering, I happened by this Allen forum and found your post seeking a Silvanus Allen.Do you have any idea where that unusual first name came from?
Young Stokes' father was the first (of a great many subsequent) Syl/Silvanus Stokes, born in or near 1636 to William Stokes, the son of immigrant Christopher Stokes in the early 1600s.It had not been a family given name before this, so I spent untold hours trying to locate its source.I could find NO OTHER Syl/Silvanus of ANY SURNAME in the Virginia (or any other) area prior to 1636, but I did eventually unearth family links to a Sylvanus Hyde, whose will was probated in London in 1658 -- after whom I believe my first Sylvanus Stokes to have been named.
Does any of this seem to fit for you?I'd be ever so happy to trade you my Sylvanus Stokes for an Elizabeth Allen living in Henrico in the early 1700s.