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Matthew Allen, I

Birthdate: (44)
Birthplace: Sandwich, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA
Death: October 17, 1701 (44)
Chester, Burlington, New Jersey, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Jedidiah Allen
Husband of Rachel Sharpe and Widow Conaroe
Father of Matthew Allen, II; Mercy Lippincott; Mary Mickle and Thomas Allen

Occupation: Tax Assessor
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About Matthew Allen, I

ID: I9

Name: Mathew ALLEN

Surname: Allen

Given Name: Mathew

Sex: M

Birth: 1645/1655 in Chester Twp., Burlington Co., New Jersey

Death: 17 Oct 1710 in Chester Twp., Burlington Co., New Jersey

Ancestral File #: GK6J-P3

_UID: 5027229F17F3D411A8020080AE0000010025


Ancestral File AFN:GK6J-P3

Marriage is also listed in Individual File AFN: 1H59-5FC

Isaac & Jacob Conoroe were bequeathed money in Mathew's will. Mathew purchased 320 acres of land in Delaware in 1680.

Page: 11 Name: Matthew Allen Date: 07 Sep 1701 Location: Chester Calendar of New Jersey Wills, Vol. I 1670-1730. Part I Calendar of New Jersey Wills. will of. Wife Rachel; sons--Matthew, Thomas; daughters--Marsy and Mary; legacies to Isaac Conorow and his daughter Alinor, to Jacob Conorow and Anthony Frier. Land on John Adams' path and on Northampton River, personal property. Executors--the wife and son Mathew. Witnesses--Abraham Heulings and Isaac Conarroe. Proved 17 Oct 1701.

Calendar of New Jersey Wills, Vol. I 1670-1730. Part I Calendar of New Jersey Wills. 09 Oct 1701 Inventory of the estate (£743.7.8), made by John Pain, Tho. Eves and Abr. Heulings. Calendar of New Jersey Wills, Vol. I 1670-1730. Part I Calendar of New Jersey Wills. 17 Oct 1701 Bond of Rachel, widow, and Mathew, son of dec'd, as executors, Richard French and Charles French, all of Burlington, sign also the bond. Calendar of New Jersey Wills, Vol. I 1670-1730. Part I Calendar of New Jersey Wills. 18 Feb 1708-9 Allen, Thomas, son of Mathew, of Burlington Co., placed under the guardianship of Hugh Sharp, who has married his mother, Rachel, the widow of Mathew. Calendar of New Jersey Wills, Vol. I 1670-1730. Part I Calendar of New Jersey Wills. Lib. 1, p. 226 Calendar of New Jersey Wills, Vol. I 1670-1730. Part I Calendar of New Jersey Wills. 11 Apr 1709 Bond of Hugh Sharp, of Burlington, gent., who has married Rachel, widow of Mathew Allen, as guardian of Thomas Allen, the 11 years old son of Mathew and Rachel; Thos: Napier, of the same place, blacksmith, and Obadiah Hierton, fellow bondsman. Calendar of New Jersey Wills, Vol. I 1670-1730. Part I Calendar of New Jersey Wills. Burlington Wills Calendar of New Jersey Wills, Vol. I 1670-1730. Part I Calendar of New Jersey Wills.

Printed from Family Tree Maker, CD182 Family History:New Jersey Genealogies #1, Genealogies of New Jersey Families, Volume II, A Genealogical Dictionary of New Jersey, Allen (see also Alling), Copyright, March 28, 2003.

"Mathew Allen of Burlington County. 301. Mathew Allen, b. about 1645-55 in England; d. Sept. or Oct., 1701, at Chester, Burlington County, N.J.; md. (I) in England, widow Conaroe, of who only her surname is known; (2) about 1687, Rachel French, dau. of Thomas and Jane (Atkins) French, b. Mar. 24, 1663/4, at Nether Heyford, Northants, England. She md. (2) Feb. 9, 1702/3, Hugh Sharp. (WJD B:657; Thomas French Gen., I:64; NJA 23:174; GMNJ 3:22; NJW I:226). The first mention of Mathew Allen is found in the records of the Upland (Chester, Pa.) Court, under date of Nov. 12, 1678, when "Upon the Peticon of mathew allin the Court doe grant him Liberty to take up 200 acres of Land, hee seating and Improoveing the same". (HSP-Memoirs 7:116). No further record has been found of him on the west side of the Delaware River, and he probably soon moved across to West Jersey, where he signed the "Concessions and Agreements", which had been drawn up at London and signed there under date of Mar. 3, 1676/7, by some of the prospective emigrants fo the Colony. Of the 151 signatures, some three-quarters had been affixed before Allen's, including those of many who were in America prior to the date of the "Concessions", so that there is no question but that Mathew signed his name in America. (NJA I:269). On Dec. 5, 1678, he signed a petition to the "Governor of Yorke" in support of the claim of one Henry Jacobs, who had been a tenant of Matiniconck Island "when wee first came into this Country". (N.Y.Hist.Mss. 21:36). In 1680 he bought of John Smith of Christeene Creek (Delaware), 3200 acres in Burlington County on Delaware River near Rancokus Creek, as well as 200 acres and some small lots in Burlington. Part of this land remained in possesesion of descendants as late as 1759. He took up his residence in Burlington, but sold his house and lot there in Sept. 1685. He may have moved at that time to his lare tract in what was set up as Chester township, but his residence is variously described in deeds as "near Burlington" in 1687, Molton Berry in Burlington County in 1689, (does this name perhaps furnish a clue to his English home?), and thereafter as Rancokus Creek and Chester Township. (WJD B:87,253,419,434; P:330; SHGM 2:1). Mathew Allen was called a carpenter in some deeds and yeoman in others. In 1695 he was Constable in Chester township, and under date of May 16, 1701, signed an address of the inhabitants of West Jersey to the King, (WJD B:304,536:WHBM: 254; NJA 2:384). His will, Sep. 17, 1701-Oct. 17, 1701, calls him of Chester township and names wife and four children. He left three shillings apiece to Isaac and Jacob Conorow (Conaroe) and to Anthony Frier (Fryer). The first two were sons of his wife. In 1699 Jacob Conaroe deeded land given him by his "father-in-law" (step-father) Mathew Allens and the Fryers is not clear. Anthony Fryer's will, 1744, names as executor Mathew Allen, and makes a bequest to the latter's son Anthony. (NJW-Unrec. 2:23; 3700C; SHGM 2:34; WJD B:657). Mathew belonged to the Newton (Haddonfield) Meeting of Friends, and the births of his four children appear in their records. (GSPM-Hdfld. :378). Children of Mathew Allen and Rachel French: Mathew, b. )Oct 23, 1688; md. Grace Jones; d. 1732-46. Mercy, b. Mar. 13, 1692/3; md. (1) 1710, Thomas Middleton; (2) 1730, John Hugg; (3) 1732 Thomas Lippincott; d. Feb 17, 1754. (GMNJ 3:23; HEQG 2:234: French Gen : 18;6). Mary, b. Oct 23, 1695; (i) Jarvis Stockdale; (2) 1741, John Mickle. (NJA 23:442; NJW: 3503C; HEQG 2:242). Thomas, b. Apr. 7, 1699; was of Wellingborough tp. 1737; bur. Chester, Apr. 10, 1758; umn. and an invalid. (WJD L:507; BuCt 2:212, 222; GSPM-NJCIE: 233, 583)."


Mathew Allen was married previous to his marriage to Rachel French. He had 2 step-sons by his marriage to the widow Conoroe. There were Isaac & Jacob Conoroe and both were bequeathed money in Mathew's will.

Mathew purchased 3200 acres of land in Delaware in 1680. He may have been more Rachel's father's contemporary than Rachel's.

When Mathew died he left his black dick to his wife to sell. Inventory of his property showed he owned 3 slaves, two men and a woman.

Was an original signer of the Concessions and Agreements. In NJ, he was reportedly wealthy. A farmer and landowner, he was elected Constable of Chester Co in 1699. When he died, he was a tax assessor.


Entered 12 April 2010:

MATHEW ALLEN A signer of the " Concessions and Agreements,"

Mathew Allen became one of the early English settlers of Burlington County, New Jersey. Apparently he was possessed of considerable means and had great faith in the future of the new country. In 1680, he bought of John Smith of " Christeene Creek" [Delaware] 3200 acres of land located along the Delaware near (p 84) Rancocas creek and extending eastward. Some 500 acres of the tract he conveyed to Isaac Conoroe in 1683, " out of good will and kindness which he hath and beareth unto the said Isaac Conoroe," also a further 500 acres to Isaac’s brother, Jacob Conoroe, under same conditions; and the descendants of these men have ever since lived in the same vicinity. Isaac and Jacob Conoroe were evidently the step-sons of Mathew Allen, as from contemporary records he appears to have been married to their widowed mother previous to his marriage to Rachel French in 1687. He is frequently referred to in old deeds as the " father-in-law " of Isaac and Jacob Conoroe ; a term synonymous in colonial days with step-father. Mathew Allen became a farmer resident of Chester township ; he was also a carpenter, and took an active interest in the affairs of the community. He was elected constable of Chester township in 1699 and served as tax assessor during part of 1701, the year of his death. In the month of May of that year, he was one of the signers of the address of the inhabitants of West Jersey to King William, asking his " Sacred Majesty " to assume the civil government of the Colony, many things having been suffered under proprietary control. This curious paper, so expressive of the characteristic loyalty of British subjects, concluded as follows

"That the great and glorious God who of his wonderfull Goodness & mercy hath sett you over his Great People will preserve your sacred Majesty from the wicked contrivances, of all those who shall endeavour to oppose your Majesty in the great workes which lyes before You is and shall be the fervent & Constant Prayers of Us who crave leave to subscribe Our Selves your Majestys most humble Suppliants."

p 84, 85

DEED, JOHN SMITH TO MATHEW ALLEN The following is an abstract of deed bearing date August 14th, 1680, of John Smith "of Christeene Creek in America (yeoman) to Mathew Allen of Burlington in West Jersey, in America (carpenter)." CONSIDERATION Three score & Tenne pounds in good Country pay — grants bargains, sells &c — unto said Mathew Allen his heirs & Assigns forever (in his Actual possession now being by vertue of a bargaine & sale to him made for one whole yeare by Indenture bearing date the day before the date hereof & by vertue of the statue for transferring uses into possession) All that his Lott or parcell of Land allready laid forth lyeing & being neare Rancokus Creek upon Dellaware River in America being comonly called the great Lott & was first laid forth conteyning by Estimacon Three Thousand Two hundred & odde Acres or thereabouts. And allsoe all ye his Lott or Lotts of Lands lyeing or being in the Islands of Burlington aforesaid Togeather alsoe with all such parte & parts share & shares as shall belong or appertayne to the said Lott or Lotts in Burlington Towne bounds when the said Town bounds shall be devided & laid forth with sll privileges &c to them apperteyning (except & reserved out of this present deed or grant, onto the said John Smith his heirs & assigns one Acre & an halfe of Land in Burlington Island aforesaid lyeing to the High Street there & adjoyning to a Lott of Land belonging to the said Mathew Allen and except alsoe one Lott or parcell of Land in Burlington aforesaid conteyning by estimacon Eight Acres, or thereabouts be the same more lesse in the tenure or occupacon of William Brightwell or of his affignes) — all deeds, writings coppies &c to be made at the charge of said Mathew Allen his heirs & Assignes, (The Some of one shillinge & Six pence comonly called three Guilders yearely to be paid by said Mathew Allen his heires & afsignes onto the said John Smith his heires & afsignes at the Feast dayes of St. John the Baptist, if lawfully demanded as a Cheife Rent or Qnitt Rent onlly excepted or (foreprised) &c John Smith Sealed & deliverded in presence of John White Tho: Revell Alsoe Sealed & Deliverded in the presence of William Emley Thomas Lambert, Tho: Fairman & Tho: Revelpages 85, & 86


In the Name of God Amen This being my last will and testament: by which I make void any other wills whatsoever: this sevententh of the seventh month and in the thirteenth year of his majesties Reign : and in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and one: I Matthew Allin of the Province of New West jersy and township of Chester being wake of body yet of a perfect memory and mind : I doe Constitute and ordeign my beloved wife Rachel Alin and my son Mathew Alin to be sole Executors: to performe my will as foloweth: I give to my son Mathew my plantation & all the land belonging to it except two hundred Ackers where Isaac Conorow now liveth (it fhall begin at the Run and so to John Adamses path so along the path half a mile so to the Run again) I give it to him when at age: to him and his heirs for ever also thirty pounds in Catle: I give to my son thomas Allin: the before mentioned two hundred Ackers and goshon lieing on Northhampton River: with thirty pounds in Catle: when at Age to him his heirs and assigns forever : I doe order that my wife or her Assigns pay to my two dafters Marsy [Mercy] and Mary Allin thre hundred pounds and my son Mathew or his heirs or Assigns shall pay one hundred pounds when they shall arive at the Age of twenty years to them and their heirs or Assigns for ever and if either Child, dye, its portion shall be devided equally between the Rest: the interest of the four hundred shall be for the bringing up of the Children — Also I give my wife the lot of land in burlington to her or her Assigns for ever and the remaining part of the stock I doe order my wife to pay Alinor Conorow, the daughter of Isaac Conorow five pounds when at Age : Also that Negro dick be sold for the use of the plantation allso I give Isaac Conorow three shilings. Also to Jacob Conorow three shilings Also to Anthony frier three shillings Sealed and delivered in the presents of Abraham heulings Isaac Conarroe

Octob' 17, 1701 Abraham Heulings and Isaac Conarroe appearing before us, two of the Justices in the County of Burlington upon their Solemn attestacon did declare that they were present and saw and heard the above Testator Matthew Allen signe Seal deliver Publish and declare tje above Instrument as his last will & Testamment & sett their hands thereto as Witnesses & further deposeth that to the best of their Understanding, the Testator was of sound and disposeing mind & memory at the Executeing thereof Tho: Gardiner Sam" Furnis

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Matthew Allen, I's Timeline

June 16, 1657
Sandwich, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA
August 23, 1688
Age 31
Evesham Township, Burlington County, Province of West Jersey
January 13, 1692
Age 34
Evesham Township, Burlington County, Province of West Jersey
October 23, 1695
Age 38
Haddonfield, Gloucester County, Province of West Jersey
February 7, 1699
Age 41
New Jersey, United States
October 17, 1701
Age 44
Chester, Burlington, New Jersey, USA