Bill,Thank you for the response.My information came as a combination of 1. The Ide Family Book published in June 1940 of which Allen is an an allied line.A Lucy Ide married an Otis Allen in 1809. The book refers back to James Allen (son of Samuel Allen of Braintree)and his decendants of which this Otis Allen was an 8th decendant of Samuel. I am 12th decendant and my name is James Allen Houston. The record is from "The History of Woodstock, Conn." Clarence Withrop Bowen, Genealogies of Woodstock Families. And Vital Records Town of Pomfret, Windham County, Conn.This was my original dead end was with James Allen who was born in Colby, Norfolk, England Abt. 1614.My Ide book says he came to Mass. in 1639 but I think he came over with his father the Deacon Samuel Allen in 1630 on the "Mary and John" from Devonshire England and landed in Nantasket Mass. on May 30, 1630. (your, Orrin Peer Allen in the Allen Memorial) and (Broderbund Family Archive #354, Ed. 1, Passenger & Immigrations Lists Index)[Virkus, Frederick, editor. Immigrants to America before 1750. Compiled from Official and other records. Surnames, A through Battles' Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. 1965, 220p.]
I have had trouble with who actually was James Allens mother, either Ann Amy or Ann Wetmore but there is also considerable reference to Samuel Allen having married perhaps 3 or 4 times.I get Ann or Anne Whitmore or Wetmore, Katherine Starkes, Margaret French and Ann Amy.Most of his children (other than James) were born in this Country.(Ref. Individual Record Samuel Allen, (AFN:303D-17) Salt Lake, LDS) Their records are rather confusing but can give you a lot to work with and send you in a lot of directions, some of which provide documented sources.
The interesting part is this reference to Samuels "brother" a "Thomas of Middletown" who is referenced as "Deacon".I came across the reference some time ago that "Deacon Samuel Allen" was born Abt 1588 in Braunton, Devon, England (not proven as another source claims Braintree, Essex County, England) and died April 28, 1648 in Windsor Conn. (that is documented in Vital Records) and that he came to the New World as part of of a group called "Mr. Hookers Company". who proceeded their minister, "Thomas Hooker" to the Massachusetts Bay Colony. They settled in Newtown and Dorchester where they farmed for several years. However, there were concerns over land limitations and secure titles and a desire for a more open conception of the church than most Puritans in Mass. accepted.In 1635 people from three towns followed Hooker to Connecticut. Samuel Allen and others from Dorchester founded the community of Windsor.(I keep thinking that this brother "Thomas of Middletown" is in fact Thomas Hooker his minister and leader.) (there is a reference, that I do not have that has these additional connections in "Hooker" the descendants of Reverend Thomas Hooker. [By Edward and Margaret Hooker.] And I do not find on several lists any reference to a Thomas as a brother to Samuel in the family lists with the LDS or Rootsweb. I think that Samuels father is "Reginald Allen of Colby Norfolk England" (also refered to as "Richard".There is also the ongoing (or age old) debate of who George Allen is the father of.But I do know that our Samuel Allen came to this country in 1630 and eventually settled and was part of founding the town of Windsor Conn. And his first son was "James Allen" who married Anna Guild on March 16, 1638 in Dedham, Mass. That is my direct line via their son Joseph who married Hannah Sabin. (One of a number of Sabins in Rehoboth and Medfield, Mass at that time.)That line I have well documented to Pennsylvania and then to Seattle in 1906.(my family).
Also of interest to Allens is the letters of a Charles E Banks of New York who wrote a number of letters in 1901 concerning his research on the early Allens and makes clear reference in Vital records to Samuel of Braintree and his son James Allen in reference to his will on Sept. 16, 1669 bequeathed to his son James Allen four pounds to be paid and to (2)Lt. Josiah Standish (son of Miles Standish and
Samuels son in law) who married Sarah Allen James sister)10 pounds.He goes on to write that a "Mr.Frederick Olcott Allen of Philadelphia wrote me some years ago that he almost wished nothing had been printed of the Allens as he had spent years of time and large sums of money simply on proving the falsity of printed statements".!
So what is your direct line from Samuel? Are you one of the Pennsylvania Allens? or Ohio, NewYork, or North Carolina?I have ordered several additional books from New England on the Allens and hope to have better information on Samuel and who he married.
It is always a pleasure to meet another Allen doing research.