Samuel Allen, of South Windsor

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Samuel Allen

Birthplace: of, Braintree, Essex, England
Death: April 24, 1648 (35-44)
South Windsor, Hartford County , Connecticut Colony, Colonial America
Place of Burial: Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Immediate Family:

Husband of Ann Hurlburt
Father of Samuel Allen, of Windsor & Northampton; Nehemiah Allen, of Salisbury & Northampton; John Allen, of Windsor & Deerfield; Rebecca Allen; Mary Allen and 4 others
Brother of Dea. Thomas Allen, of Middletown

Immigration Year: 1630
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About Samuel Allen, of South Windsor

Samuel ALLEN-382 was born in 1588 in Braintree, Essex County, England. He died on 24 Apr 1648 in S. Windsor, Hartford County, Ct, Usa. He was buried on 28 Apr 1648 in S. Windsor, Hartford County, Ct, Usa.

"Samuel Allen, from Braintree, Essex County, England, came to this country, and settled first at Cambridge, Mass.; thence to Windsor, Conn., about 1635, where he died April, 1648, leaving his wife, Ann, and six children. She removed to Northampton, Mass., and married again." (1)


  1. Samuel, m., 1650, Hannah Woodford, find went to Nortlinmpton;
  2. Nehemiah, in., 1664,Sarah Woodford;
  3. John, m. Mary Hannum, and settled in Deerfield;
  4. Rebecca
  5. Mary
  6. Abigail; (?)
  7. Obadiah, married 1) Elizabeth Sanford 2) Mary (Savage) Whetmore
  8. unknown child

Samuel Allen, progenitor of our line of the Allen family in America, is reported to have come to Dorchester, Mass, in the ship "Mary and John", in 1630. It is assumed that he came from Essex, in England, as those with whom he was associated, were from there. He later removed from Dorchester to Windsor, Conn in 1636, and was allotted land there in 1640. The Windsor Public Library now stands on what was his home lot. He was also allotted in 1640, four acers in the Plymouth Meadow, ninteen acres along the Connecticut River, and also a tract east of the river.

But little has come to us of Samuel Allen, except that he was a man of public spirit. He served as a juryman March 9th, 1644. He was beried in Windsor, April 26th, 1640, when he was 60 years of age, which shows his year of birth as 1580. His widow Ann Allen (her maiden name unknown) married William Hurlburt, who also settled in Windsor, becoming his second wife. They removed to Harford, Conn, and in 1655, again removed to Norhhampton, Mass, taking the Allen children with them. Hurlburt became one of Northhampton's formost citizens and churchmen. He died April 17th, 1664. She died April 18th, 1687. --Clark F. Allen


"The Allen Memorial: Second series. Descendants of Samuel Allen of Windsor, Conn., including Gen. Ethan Allen of Vermont, Judge Samuel Hitchcock and Dr. Jabez Penniman." by Orrin Peer Allen, Palmer, MA. (Palmer, MA: the author, 1907).:

Introduction. Were Samuel and Col. Matthew Allen Brothers?

For may years very misleading views have been entertained, claiming kinship between Samuel Allen of Windsor and Col Matthew Allyn of Hartford and Windsor, Conn. (The latter spelled his name with a y, although his father did not so spell it.) Also a confusing of the names of Thomas Allyn of Barnstable, Mass., and Dae. Thomas Allyn of Middletown, Conn.

It is only recently that these matters have been sifted and set right. First then, the patient investigations of Mr. Francis Olcott Allen of Philadephia have conclusively shown that Samuel and Col. Matthew Allyn of Barnstable, MA., were not brothers, , but that Col. Matthew of Windsor, CT, and Thomas Alyn of Barnstable, Mass., bore that relationship adn were the sons of Richard and Margaret Allen of Braunton, Co. Devon, England, no Samuel Allen being found on the registers there. (Vide N. E. Gen. Register, vol 51, p 212)

The foregoing relationship of Thomas and Matthew has been further identified by the will of Richard Allen of Braunton, proved May 10, 1652, which fully establishes the fact beyond controversy. (Vide N.E. Gen. Register, vol 50, p 505.)

However, Deacon Thomas Allen of Middletown WAS Samuel's brother.

jThomas Allyn, brother, lvied at WEstersfield in 1636. Both prominent in local politics.]

Kinship of Samuel and Dea. Thomas Allen.

Secondly, a careful search of the records has established the fact that Samuel Allen of Windsor, and Dea. Thomas Allen of Middletown were brothers, as will be seen in the following, furnished by Mr. James Allen Kibbe of Warehouse Point, Conn., who is a descendant of Samuel Allen;

"In 1673 the General Assembly of Connecticut granted to the town of Middletown a strip of land along its eastern border, west of the Connecticut River. (Vide Colonial Records of Conn., vol 1 p 395 and vol 2 p 199.) This strip of land thus became the property in common of the original proprietors of Middletown, of whom Dea. Thomas Allen was one. Dea. Thomas Allen's share in this land, not being provided for in his will, became the property of his legal heirs. The heirs quit-claimed their rights in this land to a few persons, some of whom were also legal heirs. These deeds begin about 1720, and continue to be given for many years, as heirs were found and bargains could be made."

Born about 1608 in England, not 1588.:Matthew Grant's Record of Windsor gives an accounting of the number of children born in Windsor, from the beginning to 1677. The last section of the list contains: some omitted in the former records being gone yet had children born here -- Samuell Alyen 6 children. Having six children in the span of time from his settlement in Windsor to his death in 1648 indicates that Samuel Allen came to Windsor as a young married man and that most of his children were born in Windsor. "As a corollary, it is unlikely that he was sixty at death and born 1588, as sometimes stated an more probably he was some twenty years younger.

Not the brother of Matthew Allen of Hartford and Thomas Allen of Barnstable as is frequently stated. Matthew Allen of Hartford and Thomas Allen of Braintree were brothers but their parents, Richard and Margaret (Wyott) Allen did not have a child Samuel. Confusion can be caused because Samuel probably was the brother of Deacon Thomas Allen of Middletown, Connecticut, who made Samuel's son Obadiah and his children heirs to his estate. Samuel Alyen was an early settler of Windsor Connecticut. Reference was made on 18 March 1638/9 to the house of Samuel Allen in Windsor. He served on a jury 5 Mar 1644/5. Samuel's wife was Ann. She was born about 1608. She deposed 7 July 1662 that she was 54 years. She married (2) William Hurlbut and had three additional children. She died Northampton, Massachusetts, 13 Nov 1687.

Samuel was buried 28 April 1648 in Windsor.

His Inventory was taken 8 Sep 1648. It consisted of his house and home lot, 4 acres of meadow, 15 acres over the Great River, 18 acres of upland valued at about £37. His goods were 3 beds and some furniture, a table cloth and napkins, his cloths, 3 iron pots, some pewter and brass items. The whole total being £76. 18. 08.

Samuel has a memorial stone in Enfield, Connecticut, where many of his descendants are buried.


  • Samuel m 29 Nov 1659 Hannah Woodford
  • Nehemiah m. 21 Sep 1664 Sarah Woodford,
  • John m. 8 Dec 1669 Mary Hannum
  • Rebecca d. Northampton 8 May 1697
  • Child died 1648.
  • Obadiah d. Middletown, Connecticut 7 Apr 1712. Obadiah was adopted as heir by his uncle Deacon Thomas Allen of Middletown Connecticut who died October 16 1688. Deacon Thomas Allen made Obadiah Allen, and his children his heir. It can be conluded that Thomas and Samuel were brothers.


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Samuel Allen, of South Windsor's Timeline

Braintree, Essex, England
Age 14
., Chelmsford, Essex, England
Age 14
., Chelmsford, Essex, England
Age 14
., Chelmsford, Essex, England
Age 14
., Chelmsford, Essex, England
Age 14
., Chelmsford, Essex, England
November 10, 1632
Windsor, Hartford , Connecticut
Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut
April 5, 1638
Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut, British Colonial America