Robert Allyn, of Norwich

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Robert Allyn, of Salem & New London

Also Known As: "Robert "the immigrant ancestor" Allen"
Birthplace: departed from, Manchester, Lancashire , England
Death: Died in Ledyard, New London, Connecticut
Immediate Family:

Husband of Sarah Allyn and Sarah Allyn
Father of Hannah Rose; Mary Allyn or Parke; Sarah Greer; Dorothy Allyn; John Allyn and 3 others

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About Robert Allyn, of Norwich

  • Born: Estimated 1609 in England (Estimate based on age 60 at 1669, when he was "freed from training")
  • Immigration: By 1636. It's unknown if he had his family on immigration, or came single. Although we do not have any firm evidence of when his children are born, they are all thought to have been born in America, so it is possible he came single and married in the New World.
  • Residences: Salem, 1636 > New London, Conn 1651
  • Occupation: I've not seen him associated with a trade. Likely landowner, stockraiser, farmer.
  • Spouse: Sarah, identity, birth and death data unknown. Probably mother of all of his children. Survived Robert.

Anderson, in The Great Migration Begins, speculates he may be the brother of William Allen of Salem and Manchester: "probably the brother of Robert Allen of Salem, Manchester and New London (based on joint grant of land on 25 January 1642/43, and the simultaneous residence in Manchester [see Granberry 146 and Essex Ant 2:135]." (TGMB, p 35).

Robert Allyn, the first of that name in this country, was probably born in England about 1608. He is known to have lived in Salem. Massachusetts, in 1636, and was admitted to the church there in 1642. He was a proprietor at Jeffery's Creek in 1638 and a constable there in 1648. In March, 1651, he emigrated with the Glouster Company to New London, Connecticut, and was allotted land on Cape Ann Lane. He later, in 1656, obtained a large tract of land on the east bank of the Thames, then called the Pequod river, at a place still called Allyn's Point. This was then in the town of New London but by changes in boundaries it soon became the town of Ledyard. He was one of a company which purchased land in Norwich or "New Norridge" where he was a constable in 1669. He died in 1683 in Ledyard leaving five children by his wife Sarah--a son John, and four daughters--Sarah, wife of George Geer; Mary, wife of Thomas Park; Hannah, wife of Thomas Rose; Deborah, who afterwards married John Gager Jr.

Source: New England Families Genealogical and Memorial: Volume IV Pg 1905-6

Of New London, CT.

Robert Allyn departed from, Manchester, Lancashire.

History of New London, Connecticut, by Frances Manwaring Caulkins, 1895, Pg 157-58.

"Robert Allyn, before coming to New London, had resided at least twelve years in Salem; he was there in 1637, a member of the church in 1642, and had three children baptised there, John, Sarah, and Mary. After the settlement of Norwich, he had a house-lot in that plantation, was constable in 1669, and in deeds is styled "formerly of New London, bot now of New Norridge." After a time, relinquishing his house-lot to his son John, he returned to his farm, at the time of his death was once more an inhabitant of New London. He died in 1683, being probably about seventy-five years of age. He was freed from training in 1668, an immunity not usually granted to a man under sixty. The heirs to his estate were five children, viz., John, Sarah, wife of George Geer; Mary, wife of Thomas Parke; Hannah, wife of Thomas Rose; and Deborah, then unmarried.

John, the only son of Robert Allyn, married Dec 24, 1668, Elizabeth, daughter of John Gager. After the death of his father, he left Norwich and returned to the paternal farm where he built a house and warehouse near the river, at a place since known as Allyn's Point."

1616c: Robert Allen was born in England, according to his testimony given in 1680 in the case of Edward Smith against his uncle John Smith's estate. (Descendants of Nehemiah Smith, p. 4I). "Blackman and Allied Families" by Alfred L. Holman; p. 40; privately printed; Chicago, Illinois; 1928 (CS71.B639 1928 CSL)

1624c: He arrived at Gloucester, Massachusetts with the Dorchester Company. "Blackman and Allied Families" by Alfred L. Holman; p. 40; privately printed; Chicago, Illinois; 1928 (CS71.B639 1928 CSL)

1640c; William and Robert Alien's name with fourteen others appear in a petition with reference to a removal to Jeffries Creek (now Manchester), from Salem. 1648c: Robert was a constable. 1651, March: He removed to the new plantation at first called Paquet, later New London, Connecticut with a band of emigrants from Gloucester, Massachusetts. Here he was granted one of the house-lots on New Street in the rear of the town plat; this street received the name of Cape Ann Lane, and was divided into nine lots of six acres each, extending . both sides of the narrow street. 1656ca: He moved to his quarter of in the the "Paquetannock Grants at the northeastern part of New London. 1659, June: On the settlement of the town of Norwich, Robert Allyn left his farm in the northeast part of New London, the part now Ledyard, and became one of the original proprietors. "Blackman and Allied Families" by Alfred L. Holman; p. 40; privately printed; Chicago, Illinois; 1928 (CS71.B639 1928 CSL)

1660c: The 85 original proprietors of that town were the Reverend James Fitch, the first minister of that place; . . . Robert ALLEN . . . Most of these original proprietors of Norwich were from Saybrook, and East Saybrook. . . he was from New London, Connecticut. "Hyde Genealogy" by Reuben H. Walworth; 1:3; J. Munsell and Sons; Albany, New York; 1864 HeritageQuest)

1669c: He was a Constable in Norwich, Connecticut and later removed to his farm in northern New London in the southwest corner of Norwich. "Blackman and Allied Families" by Alfred L. Holman; p. 41; privately printed; Chicago, Illinois; 1928 (CS71.B639 1928 CSL)

1682c: Robert Allen died. "New England Marriages Prior to 1700" compiled by Clarence Almon Torrey; p. 12; Genealogical Publishing Company, Inc.; Baltimore, Maryland; 1985 (974.0 NEa/Marriage SCGS)

1683, November 23: The inventory of the estate of Robert Allyn was exhibited, accepted and ordered recorded and the Court distributes the estate as followeth: To the widow £100-00-00 of the personal estate to her dispose and one third of the Reall; To John Allyn, £145-00-00; George Geares, £85-00-00; Thomas Roas, £60-00-00; Deborah Allyn, £70-00-00, Thomas Parkes, £72-00-00. The Court appoints Benjamin Brewster, Mr Christopher Christophers and John Allyn to administer the estate of Robert Allyn deceased and to bee helpful to the widow. (New London County Court Records) "Blackman and Allied Families" by Alfred L. Holman; p. 42; privately printed; Chicago, Illinois; 1928 (CS71.B639 1928 CSL)

1683. December 5: These may inform that myself, Mr. Christophers and John Allyn being appointed administrators on the estate of Robert Allyn deceased, we accordingly attended the work and made a Devision to the widdow and children Respectively. Deborah desired haife the farme which they then Lived upon which was granted her, her proportion being £66-06-00. the haife of the farme amounted to £85-009-00 which was £18-14-00 more than her due which was ordered her to pay to brother Geres and he accepted of it as witness our hands. Benjamin Bruster & Christopher Christophers. (Land Records, New London, 5-87) "Blackman and Allied Families" by Alfred L. Holman; p. 42; privately printed; Chicago, Illinois; 1928 (CS71.B639 1928 CSL)

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Robert Allyn, of Norwich's Timeline

Manchester, Lancashire , England
Age 27
Age 27
Age 30
Bridgwater, Somerset, England, United Kingdom
Age 31
Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
May 22, 1642
Age 33
Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
May 22, 1642
Age 33
Salem, (Present Essex County), Massachusetts Bay Colony
November 19, 1648
Age 39
Salem, Essex, MA, USA
July 26, 1650
Age 41
Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
Age 41
New London, New London County, Connecticut