I have three photos of the "Allen" family. The family had at least eight children, including James Allen. One picture is of James and a bear he has shot. Another is of the Allen family; parents & children. The third picture is of Mr. & Mrs. Allen with a small child. On the back of two of the pictures is stamped "The Amateur Finishing Dept. of Stanton Studio." Under that is stamped London and (?) I can't make out the second place. It looks like it might start with an E or F. Possibly Essex? London has been crossed out in pencil.
I had made the assumption, based on the stamp on the back of the photos, that the family was most likely from Middlesex County. But now I wonder if they might have been from Essex County.
My husband's grandmother, Laura Alice Chaney, lived in Detroit, MI in the late 1920s. She met and married (?) a James Allen. They had a son, Billie James Allen b: 11 Aug 1929 (later went by William J. Allen). On Billie's birth certificate it lists James Allen as 24 yrs old, (b: abt 1905). Shortly after Billie's birth, due to the depression, James returned to his family in Canada & Laura returned to her family in Indiana. The story goes, that James died shortly after returning to Canada.
Laura Chaney always used the last name Chaney. She was very tightlipped about her relationship with James Allen. Little is known about him other than that he was from Canada and supposedly of Scottish ancestry. We have wondered if the two were ever really married. I searched in Detroit for any record of the marriage or of the couple having lived in the same home (the Detroit City Directories) and could not place them together. They either were not married or were married elsewhere (possibly in Canada).
Laura did not maintain any contact with the Allen's and my father-in-law (Billie James Allen) has never met any of his family.This has been a real "brickwall" in my research. I wonder if someone out their researching Allens might be the break I have been waiting for? Any help that you might provide would be greatly appreciated.