Dear Mr. Allen,
I found your website yesterday and have spent hours looking through it.You may have just broken down a MAJOR
brick wall for me.
In particular, I am interested in James T. Allen (number 1222 in your descendant report) who married Caroline
Smith.You show him as the son of James (8) Allen (no. 798) (Elnathan7, Ebenezer6, Samuel5, Nehemiah4,
Samuel3, Richard2 Allyn, Nicolas1) and Phebe Unknown.
My great-great grandfather was James T. Allen who was married about 1827 in Vermont to Caroline Smith Topliff,
daughter of Samuel Topliff and Anna Durkee.I show her date of birth as the same date you have.Smith was her
middle name - Anna Durkee's mother was Abiah Smith.
The 1850 FedCen shows James and Caroline living in Alexander Twp, Genessee County, New York
1850 FedCen: New York, Genesee County, Alexander Township, Family 348
ALLEN: James F., Head, 45 (1805), M, Clothier, $500, B: Massachusetts
ALLEN: Caroline, wife, 45 (1805), M, B: Vermont
ALLEN: J. Fayette, son, 22 (1828), sgl, Clerk, B: Vermont
ALLEN: Frances C., dau, 13 (1837), sgl, in school, B: New York
ALLEN: Lares, son, 4 (1846), sgl, B: New York
James states that he was born in Massachusetts about 1805.Their oldest child James Fayette was born on January
22, 1828 near Barre, Vermont (according to his obituary).His parents moved to Alden, NY about 1831.
The 1830 FedCen shows a James Allen (age 20-30) with a female (age 20-30) and one son under 5 living in Peacham
Twp, Caledonia County, Vermont.
The 1840 FedCen shows them living in Alden Twp, Erie County, New York.
The 1860 FedCen shows Caroline living in Alexander Twp. as a widow.There is a James T. Allen buried in the
Alexander Village Cemetery who died on 20 Feb 1851.
1860 FedCen:New York, Genesee County, Alexander Township, Family 47
ALLEN: Caroline S., Head, 51 (1809), Wdw, Housekeeper, B: Vermont
I am sure of my information back to James T. and Caroline Smith Topliff based on their children and where they
wound up.It appears that your James T. and his brothers and sisters might have been born earlier then my James T.
You also show a source reference for this family as "Newton, William Monroe, History of Barnard, VT, 1761-1927,
page 17"Would you have a copy of this page?
If I could connect my James T. and your James T. I would be extremely grateful.Happy to share any information I
have that would be helpful to you. Thanks for your time.