Nice to talk to you again.Like I said in my last letter:
I am looking for info on Orisson Allen, the first sheriff of Oakland Co., MI. Orisson Allen, sixth child of Gideon and Phebe (Beardsley) Allen, was born in Granville, Washington Co., NY 08 Mar 1784/5 and died 17 Jan 1871 in Oakland Co., MI, age 86.
Orisson married (1) Unknown in Granville, Washington Co., NY.
Orisson married (2)Catharine Todd, 01 Jan 1815 in Pembroke, Genesee Co., NY. Catharine Todd, daughter of Joseph and Julia (Johnson)Todd, Jr., was born 18 Aug 1796 in NY and died 18 Mar 1845 in Oakland Co., MI, age 48. She was buried in Oak Hill Cemetery in Oakland Co., MI.
Orisson and Catharine were parents of 7 children:
Marcenas Allen Louise O. Allen Charles/William Allen Catharine "Kate" Allen Mary Allen George P. Allen Julia Maria Allen
Orisson was a solderin the War of 1812 in the New York Light Artillery and was in the engagement between American and British troops at Black Rock. After the war he settled in Pembroke, Genesee Co., NY.
In the fall of 1818, Orisson Allen, with wife and two children and fathr-in-law, Major Joseph Todd, started for Michigan by way of Buffalo, NY. They shipped aboard The Red Jacket and, after a stormy and perilous passage, landed safely in Detroit. In November they reached Mt. Clemens, Michigan Territory and, on 16 Jan 1819, arrived in Pontiac. The Todds and the Allens were the very first settlers of Oakland Co., Michigan. Orisson was probably a land specutlator in early Michigan.
Orisson Allen was listed in the 1820 Federal Census of Oakland Co., MI, annotated by Mrs. E. B. Kresge (1 male under 10, 1 male 26-45, 1 female under 10 and one female `6-26). Orisson was a tanner and manufacturer of leather boots and shoes. He also held the office of Sheriff several times. He was a member of the First Baptist Church organized in Pontiac and was a deacon of the church.