About Major Samuel Allen
Peter Allen had four sons, all Revolutionary soldiers. One son, General Amasa Allen, of the Revolution, settled in Walpole in 1792, leaving a large estate. Some of the rare old heirlooms from his home are now in the possession of Mrs. Lewis Averill, of Pomfret, a direct descendant.
Major Samuel Allen, a second son, built a mile west of his father's home, on land now owned by Frank Paine, at the corner of Route 44 and a cross road leading to Elliott.
The Samuel Allen house stood back from the highway, the foundations still visible. About 1800 the house was destroyed by fire, all but the ell, which was moved and the substantial upright now standing was built. It is a well preserved colonial house, few changes having been made in the interior. It is tradition that at the time of the burning of his house, his death was caused by drinking quantities of cold water from the well when he was overheated.