John Allen (c.1595 - c.1650) MP

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Birthplace: Staines, Chestershire, England
Death: Died in of Springfield,, Massachusetts, USA
Managed by: Bjørn P. Brox
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Rev. John Allen, an English Puritan, had to flee from home in 1596, and settled in Massachusetts in 1639. The origin of the name Alling--which is, perhaps, even more ancient than Allen--cannot be demonstrated, it seems probable it came from the ’thelings or Athelings--contracted Allings--a dark brunette race of the Angles, who came with the Saxons from Germany to Britain in the sixth century; they drove out the Scots and took possession of the country, giving it the name Angle-land (England), and by their intermixture we have the Anglo-Saxon race Alling is the name of a very ancient town in Denmark, which indicates the origin of the name as German or Danish, while the ancient places, Allington, Allingham and Allingford, in England, render it probable that at one time this was not an uncommon name there, but it seems to have almost, if not entirely, disappeared in later times, while Allen has superseded it. Burke's Encyclopedia of Heraldy gives forty different crests for "Allen," four for "Allyn," and one for "Allin," but none for "Alling," indicating its rarity in comparatively modern times. The word ’theling means "a person of royal blood," and the Athelings or Allings were a hereditary aristocracy, a thoroughbred brunette race, unlike the other Angles and Saxons, who were "a light haired, fair complexioned people." These Allings located in the north of England, and were converted to Christianity by the Culdee Missionaries, while the other Angles and Saxons in the south and west were still heathen barbarians. This opened the way for the great success of St. Austin and his band of Roman missionaries, who came to England in the latter part of the sixth century. As the Allings were the first of the Anglo-Saxon converts, so the Allings and the Allens were among the leading Christians of England in early as well as modern times.

Source: A History and Genealogical Record of the Alling-Allens of New Haven, Connecticutt, Pages 6-7, Author: George P. Allen@S107@

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1595
1595
Staines, Chestershire, England
1616
1616
Age 21
Staines, Chestershire, England
1616
Age 21
Middlesex, England
1650
1650
Age 55
of Springfield,, Massachusetts, USA
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