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Abraham Allee (Alyea)

Birthplace: Of Kinderkamack, Essex, New Jersey
Death: May 08, 1770 (76-84)
Kent Co., DE, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Jean D. Allee and Susanne LeRoux
Husband of Mary Allee
Father of Abraham Allee; Sabrah Tilton and Jonathan Allee
Brother of Jannetje "Jane" Alyea; Peter Alyea; Johannes Alyea; Susannah Alyea; Nicholas John Allee and 6 others

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About Abraham Allee

The Allee House at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge stands today, as it did in the eighteenth century, overlooking the fields and marshes of Kent County. It is one of the most handsome and best preserved examples of an early brick farmhouse in Delaware.

According to tradition, the Allee House was built about 1753 by Abraham Allee, the son of John Allee, a Huguenot refugee from Artois, France. John Allee arrived in Hackensack, New Jersey, in the 1680's and in 1706 he obtained from John Albertson and John Manford of New York a 600 acre tract in Delaware called "Woodstock Bower". By 1712 John Allee had bought two tracts adjacent to his original purchase; in his will, probated March 16, 1718, he left a large estate to his children. His son Abraham received the eastern half of the "home plantation" at Bombay Hook.

Abraham Allee served as a member of the Assembly in 1726, was appointed a Justice of the Peace in 1738, and was Chief Ranger for the county in 1749. He purchased tracts called "Hillyard's Adventure", "Barren Hope", and "Galway" and added them to his inherited estate.

The house Abraham Allee built at Bombay Hook features fine brickwork laid in Flemish bond with a few glazed header bricks. The interior of the house is distinguished by the handsome wood paneling of the parlor. The cornice in this room has a dentil course that is particularly well formed, and the splendid panels of the chimney breast are joined on either side by two striking recessed, arched china closets. These closets have paneled doors and graduated butterfly shelves against a barrel back with a fluted center post.

The kitchen of the Allee House was added some time after the original four rooms were built. The large brick fireplace has its original lugpole and trammel. The brick hearth laid in sand is typical of most Delaware houses in Kent and Sussex counties.

During the restoration of the Allee House it was discovered that much of the early wrought iron hardware was still in place. The colors used in the house were found by carefully removing successive layers of paint in each room until the original was uncovered. Excavations in the cellar, under the kitchen floor, and around the outside walls of the house unearthed a number of metal, glass, and pottery artifacts that suggested the Chinese porcelain, pearlware and pewter that are now displayed in the dining room and parlor.

The selection of typical Delaware and southeastern Pennsylvania furniture was guided by the inventory of the estate of Jonathan's inventory, date June 24, 1775, included: "1 Eight day clock, 15:0:0; 1 case of high mahogany drawers, 8:0:0; 1 ovel walnut dining table, 1 square ditto, 1:0:0; looking glass, 3:0:0; six walnut leathered bottom chairs, 4:0:0."


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Abraham Allee's Timeline

Of Kinderkamack, Essex, New Jersey
Age 40
Age 44
Age 50
May 8, 1770
Age 80
Kent Co., DE, USA
May 23, 1959
Age 80
June 10, 1960
Age 80
August 8, 1994
Age 80