Thomas Allen (1608 - 1673) MP

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Nicknames: "Thomas Allyn"
Birthplace: Norwich, Norfolk, England
Death: Died in Norwich, Norfolk, England
Occupation: Clergyman, theologian
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About Thomas Allen

Allen, Thomas, a non-conformist clergyman of Norwich, was born in that city in 1608, and educated at Caius college, Cambridge. He appears to have been minister of St. Edmund’s, Norwich, where he was silenced by bishop Wren, in L636, for refusing to read the book of Sports, and other non-compliances peculiar to the times. Two years afterwards he went to New England, and was a preacher at Charlestown until 1651, when he returned to Norwich, and had the rectory of St. George’s, from which he was ejected for nonconformity in 1662, and during the same period he preached in a meeting called the congregational church. He afterwards preached in the latter place, as he had opportunity, and without molestation, till | the time of his death, Sept. 21, 1673. He published several pious practical treatises; but the work which obtained him most reputation, was his “Chain of Scripture Chronology, from the creation to the death of Christ, in seven periods,” 1639, 4to. One of his biographers compares him to Bucholtzer, who, being weary of controversy, betook himself to chronology, saying that he would rather compute than dispute. 1

Capt. Allen's brother, Rev. Thomas Allen of Norwich, England and Charlestown, Mass., was associate pastor of the Charlestown Church under Rev. Zachariah Symms. He m. 1) circa 1639 at Charlestown, Anna Sadler, widow of Rev. John Harvard, the namesake of Harvard University at Cambridge, Mass. and settled Harvard's estate, which included the bequest that Rev. Harvard's personal library be given to the then fledgling Harvard College. Rev. Allen returned to Norwich, England during the Commonwealth era of William Cromwell (1651-1658) where he m. 2) the widow Joanna (Blake) Sedgewick, widow of Maj. Gen. Robert Sedgewick. Sedgewick was also of Charlestowm, Mass. and had returned to England but d. on May 24, 1656 at Jamaica as Commissioner of Jamaica under Oliver Cromwell.



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Rev. Thomas Allen, of Norwich & Charlestown's Timeline

August 26, 1608
Norwich, Norfolk, England
August 26, 1608
Norwich, Norfolk, England
Age 30
Charlestown, Suffolk , Massachusetts
September 9, 1657
Age 49
Stepney, Middlesex, England
September 21, 1673
Age 65
Norwich, Norfolk, England