William Allen, of Sandwich (c.1627 - 1705) MP

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Birthplace: Of, Weymouth, Dorchestshire, England
Death: Died in Sandwich, Barnstable, MA
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About William Allen, of Sandwich

William Allen, believed to be the son of George Allen and his second wife, Katherine, was born in about 1629 in England. Although William was shown as being eight years of age in the list of passengers departing Weymouth, England on 20 March 1635, he was not shown on the list of men from Sandwich who were between the ages of sixteen and sixty and able to bear arms in the New Plymouth Colony of Massachusetts. His brother, Matthew, was not listed, however. This list had been compiled in 1643 and is believed to be more accurate than the passenger list. As such, the ages of William (8) and his brother, Matthew (6), are believed to have been reversed on the passenger list.

William was latter married to a woman named Priscilla Brown in the New Plymouth Colony of Massachusetts on 21 March 1650. Priscilla was the daughter of Peter Brown, a signer of the Pilgrim Compact, and his wife, the widow Martha Ford. William and Priscilla resided at Sandwich in the New Plymouth Colony of Massachusetts (now within Barnstable County, Massachusetts) for the remainder of their lives.

Both William and Priscilla were very active and outspoken supporters of the Quaker movement, and over the years they were often fined for holding meetings and for entertaining visiting Quakers in their home. Aside from the monetary fines, William and Priscilla also had property seized, and on several occasions William had to endure whipping. In one instance in 1661, Sheriff George Barlow of Sandwich went to William's home while William was in jail in Boston. Having already seized the majority of William and Priscilla's moveable property, Sheriff Barlow went into their home and took Priscilla's last cooking pot and bag of meal. Upon doing so he sneered; "Now Priscilla, how will thee cook for thy family and friends, thee has no kettle." Priscilla then replied; "George, that God who hears the young ravens when they cry will provide for them, I trust in that God, and I verily believe the time will come when thy necessity will be greater than mine."

William subsequently died without issue on 1 October 1705 at Sandwich in what had become Barnstable County, Massachusetts. His will, which had been written on 17 February 1697/98, was later probated in Barnstable County on 26 October 1705. Although Priscilla is believed to have died in Barnstable County also, the date of her death has not been determined.

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William Allen, of Sandwich's Timeline

1600
March 12, 1600
Of Sandwich, Barnstable, Mass.
March 12, 1600
Of Sandwich, Barnstable, Mass.
March 12, 1600
Of Sandwich, Barnstable, Mass.
March 12, 1600
Of Sandwich, Barnstable, Mass.
1627
1627
Of, Weymouth, Dorchestshire, England
1649
April 21, 1649
Age 22
Sandwich, England
1705
October 1, 1705
Age 78
Sandwich, Barnstable, MA
1932
December 31, 1932
Age 78
December 31, 1932
Age 78
December 31, 1932
Age 78