Samuel Allen - from the western part of England came to the USA to MA on the ship MARY AND JOHN - not proven, but the Society has pretty much proof. He then moved with the others to the area of what is now Windsor, CT and was one of the founders. Where he lived is now the Public Library.Some of his family moved to VT and then to WI - My great-grandfather Dennis Collins Allen was born in WI. then his father and he and the family moved to Iowa, where some descendants live today.My great-grandfather Dennis Collins Allen was a construction engineer and moved around - he settled in what is now Atlanta, GA and built several big buildings, but he also lived in Tallapoosa, GA where he helped build a big resort hotel called Lithia Springs - because of the springs in that area. Tallapoosa was on the railroad and horse drawn carriages used to carry people from the station up the hill to the hotel.My grandmother was born in Tallapoosa - and she hated that name! She was a strange little lady - delightful, but full of strange ideas! Her mother died when my mother was only a week old - and Dennis Collins Allen re-married a year later to a woman he had met in Fitzgerald, GA where he was building.they had 3 children. So there are a lot of descendants of Dennis Collins Allen. He had 13 children by his first wife and three by the second.He finally ended up in Miami, FL during the 1920's and built Musa Isle - a tourist attraction with the first skating rink in that area....I have pictures of it taken by family members -
Samuel Allen of Windsor, CT Jonathan Allen of VT Walter Jonathan Allen of WI and Iowa Dennis Collins Allen of WI, Iowa, GA and FL Lula Genevieve Allen, my grandmother, born GA, lived FL,GA. Ethyl Genevieve Baker (my mother) b. Cincinnati,OH (where my grandfather James Buren Baker, Sr. was studying to be a jeweler until he got rheumatic fever and the doctor told him to get to the south so they moved to FL) Me - Jean Coleman (my mother married Kinsey McColl and then Silas Benson Bright, Jr.)
I have a copy of Dennis Collins Allen's wedding certificate when he married Orpha Eldora Heath - and none of his children wanted to be named after her! The closest was my grandmother's sister Velora and she wanted to be called 'BO" all the time! I never met some of the Allen boys because they moved to TX before I was born - My grandmother was born on Valentines Day in 1888. And she was a sweetheart - my "second mother" and I loved her dearly - and my grandfather too - being a descendant of Maurice Baker one of the founders of Anne Arundel County, MD, but the family moved to NC and then GA and my grandfather's family suffered much during the Civil War just west of Atlanta.
Well, that is all about me and mine - a fascinating story of real Americans - those who pioneered and then spread out all over the place - my own McColl's came from Glasgow, Scotland to VT with a group of pioneers and then moved everywhere - including my g.grandfather who went to early San Francisco! And that is where my grandfather was born - although edcuated in the east.Everyone is deceased now except me and my husband - and we love genealogy - he has a lot of interesting stories on his side too!Light-house keepers, Civil War soldiers who survived prison camp in MD, etc, etc.
Tell me about your family of Allens - I can't imagine what it was like being born in MO during Civil War days - imagine!
PS my husband's grandfather was Franklin James Anders - a twist on your Allen's name -