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Elnathan Allen was born 7 January 1666 in Lancaster, Worcester County, Massachusetts to Daniel Allen (1635-1706) and Mary Wilder (c1634-) and died 1 October 1735 in Shrewsbury, Worcester County, Massachusetts of ox-cart accident. He married Mercy Rice (1670-1727) in Massachusetts.


Biography

Elnathan Allen was born on 7 January 1666/67 at Lancaster, MA, (literally 7.11.1666, given as February 11 per Ward).4,5 He was the son of Daniel Allen and Mary Sherman. Elnathan Allen married Mercy Rice, daughter of Henry Rice and Elizabeth Moore. Elnathan Allen died on 1 October 1735 at Shrewsbury, MA; "... died while standing on the hinder end of a cart load of stalks, his oxen started, whereby he fell off and was killed in his 69th year" (not found in the published records).

Citing letter from widow of late Rev. Wilkes Allen, "Elnathan Allen, with his brother, Obadiah, removed from Hopkinton to Shrewsbury ... Elnathan died, 1734, by falling from a load of hay". Ward goes on to suggest this is the son of Daniel and Mary Allen, but notes that Obadiah was actually a son. In 1736 Obadiah Allen quitclaimed in favor of "my brother, Israel Allen" land etc. "formerly my Hon. father's, Elnathan Allen, late of Shrewsbury, deceased".




Children


Offspring of Elnathan Allen and Mercy Rice (1670-1727)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Obadiah Allen (1694-1781) 19 January 1694 Watertown, Middlesex County, Massachusetts 1781 Shrewsbury, Worcester County, Massachusetts Susanah Pratt (1693-1740)
Jemima Weeks (1701-1739)

Anna Allen (1702-1801)
Israel Allen (1705-1783)
Elizabeth Allen (1705-1765)
Mary Allen (1708-1711)
Mary Allen (1711-)
Thankful Allen (1713-1801)
Mercy Allen (1715-)

Siblings


Offspring of Daniel Allen and Mary Wilder (c1634-)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Daniel Allen (1659-1662)
Rebecca Allen (1660-1660)
Mary Allen (1662-1662)
Samuel Allen (1664-1745)
Elnathan Allen (1666-1735) 7 January 1666 Lancaster, Worcester County, Massachusetts 1 October 1735 Shrewsbury, Worcester County, Massachusetts Mercy Rice (1670-1727)

Thomas Allen (1669-1671)
Abigail Allen (1672-)
Ebenezer Allen (1674-1770)
Elizabeth Allen (1679-)
Lydia Allen (1680-)

References

  1. Nourse, Henry Stedman. Birth, Marriage, and Death Register, Church Records and Epitaphs of Lancaster, Massachusetts, 1643-1850. (Clinton, Massachusetts: W.J. Coulter, 1890), 11. Elnathan sonne of Daniel Allen, & Mary his wife was born 7 . 11 . 1666. [In 1666, the 11th month was January of what we would consider 1667, but was then considered part of 1666.]
  2. "Memoirs [of Mrs. James Baldwin Swett (Rebecca Allen)]", in The New England Historical and Genealogical Register. (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society), 111:314, Oct. 1957. 'Elnathan [son of Daniel and Mary Allen], born in Lancaster, Mass., 27 Jan. 1667, died in Shrewsbury Mass., 1 Oct. 1735, married in 1694 Mercy Rice.' [This is a memoir of a descendant with no evidence given. The death date is not found in VR of Shrewsbury.]
  3. Torrey, Clarence Almon. New England Marriages Prior to 1700. (1963), page 10. 'ALLEN, Elnathan (1666-1735) & Mercy/Mary [RICE] (1670-1727); b 1695; Watertown/Sudbury/Hopkinton/Shrewsbury, NJ?'
  4. Ward, Andrew Henshaw. History of the town of Shrewsbury, Massachusetts: from its settlement in 1717 to 1829, with other matter relating thereto not before published, including an extensive family register. (Boston, Massachusetts: Samuel G. Drake, 1847), 26-28 (footnote).
  5. Elnathan Allen - Descendants of Edmund Rice Association #1481

Citing letter from widow of late Rev. Wilkes Allen, "Elnathan Allen, with his brother, Obadiah, removed from Hopkinton to Shrewsbury ... Elnathan died, 1734, by falling from a load of hay". Ward goes on to suggest this is the son of Daniel and Mary Allen, but notes that Obadiah was actually a son. In 1736 Obadiah Allen quitclaimed in favor of "my brother, Israel Allen" land etc. "formerly my Hon. father's, Elnathan Allen, late of Shrewsbury, deceased".




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