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William Arthur Allen

Current Location:: Huntsville, Muskoka, Ontario, Canada
Birthplace: Thessalon, Algoma District, Ontario, Canada
Immediate Family:

Son of William Worden Allen and Olive Isabel Allen
Husband of Private
Brother of John David Allen and Private

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About William Arthur Allen

After I undertook DNA testing in 2017 GENI posted the results of my DNA markers. The marker which identifies my male line of ancestry (Y chromosome halplogroup) is Haplogroup I-M253. Dating to 2000 to 3000 years ago, this I-M253 Haplogroup is the original paternal lineage of Nordic Europe. I-M253 is known as a single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP). I-M253 is a mutation which rose from Haplogroup I-M170, which appears in ancient Europe. In short, it is highly likely that the ancestors in my male line came from Sweden and western Finland but spread over the centuries to Scotland, England and Ireland and, by the 1630's on to colonial New England. Call me Nordic Bill. For more information see . For a map of the distribution of Haplogroup I-M253 see the media section of my profile.

35 year career in education, classroom teacher (4 years), vice principal (3 years), principal (28 years). In 21st year of retirement as of 2017. Editor of 3 different journals. Life member Ontario Historical Society. Life member Ontario Genealogical Society. Holder of Ontario Avocational Archaeology licence 2001 to 2014. Author and co-author of multiple journal papers and environmental science policy documents (eg. Species at Risk) . Extensive relationships with Indigenous people. Quaternary geology/geography researcher of ancient post glacial lake shores and lake outlets.

One of my interests is relationships with Indigenous people of North America. I have been featured in various public television programs and radio broadcasts. Sample TV clips are at the following links.

1. "The Land Between, Sparrow Lake Clochette" at

2. "The Land Between: Great gathering Places" at

3. "The Land Between: Arthur Emes of Thorah island" at &hsimp=yhs-adk_sbnt&hspart=adk&p=Land+Between+Clochette+Bill+Allen#id=3&vid=49ee43b1f902cd9b4937f8cc177027c6&action=view

The earliest personal Geni relationship path which I have found to date to an Indigenous personality is to Henri Sachem Membertou, Chief of the Mi'kmaq of Acadia (born c1510. d. Sept. 18, 1611) . Chief Membertou is not my direct relative but Geni reports that he is my 8th great uncle's sister's husband's brother's wife's third great grandfather Henri Sachem Membertou Chief of the Mi'kmac. This relationship path goes back to Captain John Heard, my 7th great grandfather, and through his sister Katherine Woodin by several steps to Chief Membertou.

I have a relationship to Chief Pontiac (Obwandiyag) (c1720-1769) as outlined at Chief Pontiac. That relationship stems from my 8th great grandfather Francis 'the elder' Littlefield (1617-1712) who died in Wells, Maine per Francis 'the Elder' Littlefield Chief Pontiac is my second cousin 8 times removed's husband's great nephew's wife's father. William Arthur Allen

  →  William Worden Allen 

your father → George William Allen his father → Edwina Maud Allen his mother → Hannah Jordan Richardson her mother → Sarah Bartlett Wentworth her mother → Samuel Solley Wentworth her father → Sarah Wentworth his mother → Shuah Bartlett her mother → Phoebe Heard her mother → Francis 'the Elder' Littlefield her father → Capt. John Littlefield his brother → Mary Austin his daughter → "Mary" Marie-Elizabeth Gibault her daughter → Étienne Gibault her husband → Marie-Angélique Gibault dite Poitevin his sister → Marie-Angélique Lacelle her daughter → Antoine Louis Descompts dit Labadie her son → Marie Mannon le Sauvagesse de Sauteuse his wife → Chief Pontiac her father

I also have an interest in Tecumseh (c1768-1813) who Geni reports is my fifth great aunt's sister's husband's grandson's wife's first cousin once removed. Tecumseh . Geni reports my relationship as follows: You

  →  William Worden Allen

your father → George William Allen his father → William Henry Allen his father → Lucy Ann Allen his mother → Leonard Woodworth her father → Mary "Marcy" Woodworth his mother → Jonathan Pineo her brother → Esther Pineo (Libby) his wife → Mary Libby her sister → Amos Boynton her husband → Lucy Gooch his daughter → <private> Gooch her son → Sarah Elizabeth Gooch his wife → RAWLEY Rollo Ice her father → David Gallion Ice his father → Federick Ice, II his father → Methotasa his daughter → Tecumseh her son

In the Upper Great Lakes Region (Wisconsin & Michigan) I follow a more recent chief, Chief-Beautifying-Bird-or-Dressing-Bird-Nay-naw-ong-gay-be ((1794-1855). Chief Nenaa'angebi . Geni documents that Chief Nay-na-ong-gay-bee is my 8th great uncle's third great nephew's wife's father. You

  →  William Worden Allen 

your father → Irene Agnes Allen his mother → Charles Otis Ward her father → Louisa M Ward his mother → Lewis Paine her father → Thomas Storrs Paine his father → Thomas Storrs Paine his father → Mehitable Paine his mother → Mehitable Storrs (Joyce) her mother → Mary Gorham / Lathrop her sister → James Gorham, Jr. her husband → Ebenezer Gorham his brother → Hannah Gorham his daughter → Elizabeth Tainter her daughter → Deacon Ezekiel Wood "Zeek" Tainter her son → Capt. Andrew Tainter his son → "Poskin" Mary Goose Tainter his wife → Chief Nay-na-ong-gay-bee her father

To date the earliest personality who lived in the Georgian Bay Watershed where I live and know the land is Roch Manitouabeouich (1590-1629), a Wendat from Wendake who Geni reports is my first cousin 8 times removed's husband's sister's husband's wife's great grandfather per Chief Roch Abenaki Manitouabeouich . Again, this relationship goes back to Captain John Heard, my 7th great grandfather and his mother Anne-Shuah Otis (Conley) of the Massachusetts Bay Colony (c1638-1685), my 8th great grandmother Anne-Shuah Otis .

Another early 1600's Wendat cousin is Cécile Arenatsi (c1610-1662) per Cécile Arenatsi . Once again my relationship pathway goes through Anne Shuah-Otis, my 8th great grandmother who has two grandsons who were abducted from Dover, Massachusetts during the Concheco Massaccre of June, 1689 and were brought to Canada where they lived out their lives. Details at

To determine a personal relationship with modern Canadian Indigenous people sometimes I have to reach well back into European history. For instance my interest in Canada's Métis people goes to Louis David Riel, Jr (1844-1885) who Geni reports is my 18th cousin twice removed per Louis David Riel. But my relationship pathway to Riel goes back to Italy and our common ancestor (my 19th great grandfather) Bernabò Visconti, Lord of Milan (1323-1385). Bernabò Visconti, signore di Milano

Because I live in Northern Ontario I have first hand knowledge of places and stories covered in projects such as the Potawatomi Migration from Michigan and Wisconsin to Canada in the 1830's. That research about several hundred Potawatomi personalities is a GENI special project available at

My research about the fur trading era in Canada includes specific details about personalities involved in the Hudson Bay Company fur trading era and its competition with the American Fur Trading Company, the Northwest Company and several independent operators.