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Jedediah Allen

Birthplace: Sandwich, (Present Barnstable County), Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts, (Present USA)
Death: Died in Shrewsbury, Monmouth County, Province of New Jersey, (Present USA)
Immediate Family:

Son of Ralph 'Stonemason' Allen, of Sandwich and Esther Swift
Husband of Elizabeth Allen and Elizabeth Allen (Howland)
Father of Rachel Hilliard; Esther Adams (Allen); Experience Field; Judah Allen; Ralph Allen and 11 others
Brother of Esther Allen of Newport; Experience Allen; Ralph Allen and Ephraim Allen
Half brother of John Allen, of Sandwich

Occupation: Member New Jersey Assembly; Justice
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About Jedediah Allen

Jedediah Allen, the Quaker, was the son of Ralph Allen and Esther Swift Allen. He was born 3 January 1646 at Sandwich, Barnstable County, Mass. His father and many uncles, and his grandmother Esther Swift, all were early followers of the Quakers. He was about 13 years old at the time of the persecution of the Sandwich, Massachusetts Quakers. Many were fined and/or imprisoned for their beliefs. Many of the family and other Friends of the Quaker sect included the Allens, Swifts, Howlands, Newlands, Tiltons, and others many of whom were connected by marriage to the Allens.

The county history, "This Old Monmouth of Ours" of Monmouth County, New Jersey states that Jedediah Allen had three wives: 1. Unknown. 2. Mrs. Hannah Carpenter Ellet, daughter of Preston Carpenter. 3. Elizabeth Howland. It is believed she was the mother of at least 10 of the 13 children of Jedediah Allen. It is not known when she died; sometime after 1689. They were married in 1668.

The children of Jedediah and Elizabeth Howland:

1. Experience Allen born 30 August 1669 at Sandwich; died ca.1704. Married Benjamin Field ca 1692.

2. Ephraim Allen, born 30 December 1670, Sandwich. died ca. 1727. Married Miss West, daughter of William West; No. 2, Hannah Johnson Holden Leonard; No.3 Elizabeth Maddocks Denn Powell. He died 1727.

3. Eliashib Allen, born 17 October 1672 Sandwich. Conveyed land to his brother, Nathan Allen, at Burlington, New Jersey in 1711. No further record.

4. Nathan Allen born 2 February 1673, Sandwich, died ca. 1738/39. Wife: Margery Brunet; No. 2 Martha Newbury Davenport, widow of Francis Davenport; No. 3 Miss Debowe. He died ca 1738/39. He was the founder of Allentown, Pennsylvania.

5. Juda Allen, born 17 October 1775, Sandwich; died 1731; wife Deborah Adams.

6. Esther Allen, born 26 March 1677, Sandwich; married James Adams 1695.

7. Ralph Allen, born 7 January 1678/79 Sandwich; died 1718; wife Margaret Dunn 1707.

8. Henry Allen, born 24 March 1679/80, Sandwich; died 1748; wife Hannah Crolies 1702. She died before 1715; No. 2 Abigail Adams, daughter of John and Elizabeth Adams, who was born 1682, and died 1759. Member of Burlington Friends Monthly Meeting.

9. Mary Allen, born 15 November 1681, Sandwich; 1st husband Daniel Wells. #2 Thomas Smith. See Smith line.

10. Patience Allen, born 8 May 1683, Sandwich died 1748. Married Samuel Tilton 1705.

(Note: these ten children were all listed in the Sandwich, Massachusetts records before they moved from Plymouth colony in New England in the Quaker records of the Sandwich monthly meeting.)

Jedediah Allen moved his large family to Monmouth County, New Jersey about 1683.

Their arrival in New Jersey was recorded in the Shrewsbury Monthly Meeting as " having been transported to this place." the above named children were also listed in the Allen family bible, with the following three children added later:

11, Meribah Allen born 12 November 1686 Shrewsbury, N. J.; married William Thorne 1708.

12. David Allen (twin) b. 16 October 1689 Shrewsbury, died 1735; wife Mary Powell 1711; #2 Hannah Champneys.

13. Jonathan Allen (twin) b. 16 October 1689 Shrewsbury died 1748; married Mary Corlies. 1715-16.

When Jedediah Allen moved his large family to New Jersey ca. 1683, they became known as the "Neversink" Allens. Neversink was actually the Nevisink highland on the Atlantic coast, in the township of Middleton, in Monmouth County, New Jersey. The area along the coast is 300' to 400' feet in altitude, covered with trees, and a well-known landmark for sailors. The Nevisink river flows between the towns of Middleton and Shrewsbury, in a northeasterly direction, and ends with a wide estuary in Sandy Hook Bay. (Fisher's Statistical Gazatteer of the United States, published in 1853.)

Jedediah Allen purchased lands there, and was considered quite well-to-do. He was influential in public as well as private life. He was a member of the New Jersey assembly 1686 to 1703. He was deputy to the general assembly of New Jersey in 1692. And, member of the first "joint assembly" of East and West Jersey in 1703. And, a justice of the court for many years. As a member of the Friends Society (Quakers) he made many tours off the colonies from New Jersey to Massachusetts, as minister of that faith. He represented the Shrewsbury Monthly Meeting at the Philadelphia Annual Meeting of 1685.

Ralph Allen and Esther Swift Allen. He was born 3 January 1646 at Sandwich, Barnstable County, Mass.

D. January 12, 1720.  


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Jedediah Allen's Timeline

January 3, 1646
Sandwich, (Present Barnstable County), Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts, (Present USA)
September 16, 1666
Age 20
Boston, Suffolk, Ma
September 16, 1666
Age 20
Boston, Suffolk, MA
August 30, 1669
Age 23
Sandwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts, USA
December 30, 1670
Age 24
Sandwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts, American Colonies
August 17, 1672
Age 26
October 17, 1672
Age 26
Sandwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts, USA
February 2, 1673
Age 27
Sandwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts, USA
February 4, 1675
Age 29
October 17, 1675
Age 29
Sandwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts, USA