ALLEN FAMILY PAPERS
SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE
Deeds and the records of land transactions comprise this collection. Original deeds describe the location of the parcels of land and relate the full names of the seller and purchaser. The papers range from 1722 to 1849 with a 1939 newspaper clipping.
The collection is open for research.
The Allen Family Genealogy Papers are the physical property of the Denver Public Library.
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John Grant Allen, a retired grocer from Peoria, Illinois, owned deeds dating back to the 1720s documenting land transactions. He used these papers to write Our Mayflower Lines, published in 1935. Allen's ancestor, James Allen, probably came to Dedham, Massachusett,s in 1637 as a Puritan. David Allen (1683-1746), his grandson, was one of the early settlers of Pomfret, which was then part of Massachusetts. In 1751, David Allen's land, lying both in Woodstock and Pomfret, was divided between his children, Jonathan, David, Joseph and James. The Woodstock and Pomfret land became part of Connecticut in 1755.
In 1816, Jonathan Allen, Jr., (1771-1826) moved his family to Dover Township, Athens County, Ohio because of tax problems in Connecticut. Wilmarth Allen (1798-1880) bought more land in Athens County, Ohio. John Woodbury Allen (1827-1903), John Grant Allen's father, was a farmer in Athens County. He purchased heavily wooded land to clear for farming.
Born in Ohio in approximately 1865, John Grant Allen moved to Illinois where he married Sadie Allen. Their son, Harold, was born in approximately 1898.
1 Boxes (.25 lf)
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The provenance of this collection is unknown.
Number of Boxes: 1 (.25 lf)
PROCESSED AND ENCODED BY:
- Allen family -- Archives.
- Allen, David, 1683-1746 -- Archives.
- Allen, John Grant -- Archives.
- Allen, Jonathan, 1771-1826 -- Archives.
- Allen, Wilmarth, 1798-1880 -- Archives.
- Land titles -- Connecticut. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Land titles --Massachusetts. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Land titles --Ohio. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- ALLEN FAMILY GENEALOGY PAPERS
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