I have been looking to the Benjamin Allen/Eunice Gale family and encountered various dates given for the death of Benjamin Allen.
All the data in this post comes from Town of Weston, Births, Marriages, and Deaths. On p. 314, quoting records of Rev. Samuel Woodward: Decemb: 5 1780 Died mr Benjamin Allen Aet: 70.
Yet several sources I respect (Bond's Watertown, Edmund-rice.org) give 1768. I suspect this date is wrong for the reasons outlined below, but would like to know if anybody can justify this date? Perhaps this has been cleared up previously and I just haven't found the explanation yet? If so, please point me to it.
As near as I can tell, the justification for 1768 would be Benjamin's wife Eunice marrying Abijah Steadman. I found records for this marriage:
p. 119: The Intention of marriage Between mr. Abijah Steadman and mr. [sic] Eunice Allen both of Weston Were Entered and Published in Weston Novr. the 13th 1767.
p. 124: Abijah Steadman and Eunice Allen Both of Weston Were Joyned in marriage by the Revd. Mr. Samuel Woodward Minister of the Gospel in Weston Decemr. 3, 1767.
However, this may not be Benjamin's wife. Notice the Minister is the same person who described Benjamin's death above. How could he make such a mistake unless these were different Eunice Allens? One possible candidate for wife of Abijah Steadman is Eunice Allen, daughter of John and Sarah Allen (apparently their second daughter named Eunice). She would be 23, old enough to marry, in 1767:
p. 437: March. 14. 1741. Eunice Daughter to John & Sarah Allen. Above a month old. Died Sepr. 27, 1743. Fr. & [H?] p. 61: Eunice Daughter of John & Sarah Allen Was born in Weston May 21, 1744. p. 450: May. 27. 1744. Eunice Daughter of John & Sarah Allen. B. last Lds. D.
Does anybody know any thing else about this particular Eunice? Did she marry somebody else?
Further, Abijah had some children. Specifically I found the following:
p. 316: June 18 1783 Buried a Still Born Child of Abijh. Stedman. p. 486: Sept. 4. 1768. Anna Daughr. Of Abijah & Eunice Stedman b. last w. p. 488: April. 8. 1770. Elijah Son of Abijah & Eunice Stedman b. w. bef:
As Eunice (Gale) Allen was born in 1711, it would make her 57 for the youngest of these, further suggesting a different Eunice Allen married Abijah Steadman.