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Samuel Allen, Gov

Birthdate: (70)
Birthplace: St Michael, London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom
Death: May 5, 1705 (70)
New Castle, Rockingham County, New Hampshire, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of NN Allen and NN Allen
Husband of Elizabeth Dowse
Father of Thomas Allen; Elizabeth Usher; Frances Allen and Jane Allen

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About Samuel Allen, Gov

On 2 Jan 1672/3 he was listed as aged 30 (born 1642). He was listed as aged 70 at his death (born 1735) which is probably an exaggeration.

A Henry Allen was also living in St Michael, Cornhill, London, England on 1638. Perhaps he was father of Samuel or a relative. More research is needed at St Michael, Cornhill, London.

Samuel Allen (1635–1705) was an English proprietor and governor of the Province of New Hampshire. Born in London, he was a successful merchant, who in 1691 purchased the proprietary claims of the heirs of the colony's founder, John Mason. He was commissioned governor of the province in 1692 by William and Mary, a post he held until 1699. He upset local landowners and the colonial bureaucracy in London with his pursuit of territorial claims, which were largely unsuccessful. He died in 1705, before his claims had been resolved.

Children

  1. Thomas, came with his father but returned; d. in 1715. 3 ch.
  2. Elizabeth, second wife of John Usher, Esq. 4 ch.
  3. Jane, m. 2 July 1708 Thomas Steel of Boston. 7 ch.
  4. Frances, m. in 1702 George Walton.
  5. Ann, m. 5 June 1723 in Boston Thos. Locklin. [In 1772 Anna Laughlin of Roxbury, widow, deeded to Samuel Laughlin of E. one-fifth of Gov. Allen’s Masonian title. Samuel bought out other heirs also and evidently conducted a successful speculation about 1786. (C. H. Batchelder.)]

Sources

  1. Chester, Joseph Lemuel, and Joseph Foster (ed.). London marriage licences, 1521-1869. (London: Bernard Quaritch, 1887), 20. link [1672-3 Jan 2] Samuel Allen of St Michael's Cornhill, London, Merchant Bachr, 30, & Elizabeth Dowes, Spr, 19, dau of Thomas Dowse, of Brooke par. King's Somborne, co, Southton, Gent., who consents; at King's Smborne, Little Somborne, or Upper Elde, co. Southton. page 125
  2. Martin Hollick, "The English Origins of Elizabeth Dowse, wife of Governor Samuel Allen of New Hampshire," The New England Historical & Genealogical Register 162(2008):164-73 SAMUEL1ALLEN, merchant, born either about 1643 (aged 30 in marriage license) or about 1635 (aged 70 at death in 1705). He married at London with license dated 2 January 1672/3 ELIZABETH1 DOWSE aged 19 (see note). He died at Newcastle, New Hampshire, on 5 May 1705. Elizabeth (Dowse) Allen died before 30 September 1708 at Charlestown, Massachusetts. The author provides several generations of her family. link
  3. Genealogical Dictionary of ME and NH by Sybil Noyes, Charles Thornton Libby, and Walter Goodwin Davis (Portland, 1939, reprinted Baltimore, 1988), p. 63.13 GOV. SAMUEL, Esq., a London merchant whose ambition led him to buy the Mason patent (by a conveyance eventually held to be illegal), lived here about 7 years, died 5 May 1705, in his 70th year, and was buried in the fort at Newcastle. Before coming he had been represented by lieutenant governors. His wife, Elizabeth Dowse, was an heiress. See Farmer’s Belknap and Wentworth Gen. Ch. Thomas, came with his father but returned; d. in 1715. 3 ch. Elizabeth, second wife of John Usher, Esq. 4 ch. Jane, m. 2 July 1708 Thomas Steel of Boston. 7 ch. Frances, m. in 1702 George Walton. Ann, m. 5 June 1723 in Boston Thos. Locklin. [In 1772 Anna Laughlin of Roxbury, widow, deeded to Samuel Laughlin of E. one-fifth of Gov. Allen’s Masonian title. Samuel bought out other heirs also and evidently conducted a successful speculation about 1786. (C. H. Batchelder.)]
  4. Appleton's Cyclopedia of American Biography edited by James Grant Wilson and John Fiske (New York, 1888) 1:55.
  5. The National Cyclopedia of American Biography (New York, James T. White & Co., 1906) 13:454.
  6. Biographical Directory of American Colonial and Revolutionary Governors, 1607-1789 by John W. Raimo (Westport, CT, 1980).
  7. Drake's Dictionary of American Biography by Francis S. Drake (Boston, James R. Osgood & Co., 1872, reprint Detroit: Gale Research, 1974).
  8. The Twentieth Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans ed. by Rossiter Johnson (Boston, Biographical Society, 1904, reprint Detroit, Gale Research, 1968).
  9. A short narrative of the claim, title and right of the heirs of the Honourable Samuel Allen, Esq.; deceased, to the province of NH. . . (Boston, 1939 reprint, Mass. Historical Society No. 93).
  10. "The Case of Samuell Allen of London Esq. Governor of New Hampshire” by Elwin L. Page, Historical New Hampshire 25 (1970):47-53.
  11. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samuel_Allen_(New_Hampshire)
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Samuel Allen, Gov's Timeline

1635
1635
London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom
1674
1674
Age 39
London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom
1677
1677
Age 42
Boston, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom
1681
January 26, 1681
Age 46
London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom
1681
Age 46
London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom
1705
May 5, 1705
Age 70
New Castle, Rockingham County, New Hampshire, United States