Allen Family

Source: Genealogical & Family History of Northern, NY, William Richard Cutter, A. M., Lewis Historical Publishing Company, Inc., 1910, pages 210-212

ALLEN. Abraham Allen, according to the history of Milford, Massachusetts, was the progenitor of this family. His son Joseph settled in Mendon, Massachusetts, but no record of Abraham has been found there. Milford was set off from Mendon. Sons: 1. Joseph. 2. Jonathan. Perhaps others. Jonathan was a soldier in the Crown Point Expedition in 1759 under Captain John Furness from Mendon.

(II) Joseph, son of Abraham Allen, was born about 1710, died in 1802. He settled in Mendon when a young man, and was a Quaker. His name appears frequently in the public records. He married Lydia Aldrich, of one of the old Quaker families of Mendon and Uxbridge. His will was dated April 9, 1792, and filed for probate April 6, 1802. He bequeathed to wife Lydia, sons Alvin, Ahaz, Moses, Ezra and Joseph, and to Caleb, son of his son Caleb. Children: 1. Caleb, mentioned in the will, died before 1792; married March 2, 1769, Lucy, daughter of Oliver Mann. 2. Moses, mentioned below. 3. Ezra, born October 18, 1747; married Lucy Aldrich. Children: Ruth, born June 22, 1770, and Lydia, at Richmond, New Hampshire, December 13, 1772.4. Joseph, mentioned in will, perhaps the eldest. 5. Alvin, born October 21, 1756; lived in Milford. Two others, according to the Milford history, must have died before 1792.

(III) Moses, son of Joseph Allen, was born at Mendon, Massachusetts, November 30, 1745. He and his brother Ezra settled near each other at Richmond, New Hampshire, with many other Quakers from Mendon. Joseph, another brother, settled in the southeast part of the town of Richmond. All came there about 1767. Moses remained and the others brothers moved away. He died there in 1824. His farm was on lot 9, range 5, and he built the house which, at last accounts, was still standing. The place was afterwards owned by Amos Martin. He married (fist) November 5, 1767, Comfort, born December 10, 1745, died October 28, 1804, daughter of Joseph Buffum. He married (second) at Richmond, Phebe McIntyre, who died in 1829. Children of first wife, born at Richmond, and the first seven recorded in the records of the Friends at Smithfield, Rhode Island, to the Monthly Meeting of which Moses Allen and other Mendon Quakers belonged: Abraham, September 25, 1768, probably at Mendon, for his is the only birth of the family not recorded at Richmond; mentioned below. 2. Jerathmeel, May 11, 1770. 3. Moses, May 25, 1772. 4. Comfort, July 12, 1774; married Silas Boyce. 5. Hannah, September 24, 1776. 6. Abigail December 5, 1779. 7. Martha, June 3, 1781. 8. Margaret, August 11, 1783. 9. Sally, June 30, 1786. 10, Lydia, May 2, 1788.

(IV) Abraham (2), son of Moses Allen, was born at Mendon, Massachusetts, September 25, 1768, and is recorded in the Friends Church, at Smithfield, Rhode Island; died at Brushton, New York, about 1836. He resided at Richmond, New Hampshire, on the place between Tully Brook and Danvers martin, on the north side of the road. a few old apple trees mark the site of the old dwelling house. He removed to Croyden, New Hampshire, about 1800, and afterward to Brushton, New York. He married, at Richmond, December 30, 1790, Keziah Potter (by Henry Ingalls). Children; 1. Senah, born at Richmond, November 9, 1791. 2. William Porter, born at Richmond, January 5, 1795. 3. Osborn, October 13, 1797, mentioned below. 4. Abraham.

(V) Osborn, son of Abraham (2) Allen, was born at Richmond, New Hampshire, October 13, 1797, died at Rochester, New York, about 1848. He came to northern new York in 1825 with his father and located at Fort Covington, where he followed farming until 1837. For two years he was a general merchant there and for two years conducted a hotel. He engaged in the boot and show business at Rochester, New York, and continued there the remainder of his days. He married Elizabeth Hunt, born at Lyman, New Hampshire, 1792, died 1837. Children: 1. Gerard B. 2. Joseph Osborn. 3. Orren I. 4. Luther B. 5. Reuben. 6. Marcia A. 7. Emily M.

(VI) Joseph Osborn, son of Osborn Allen, was born in Lyman, New Hampshire, November 12, 1822, and is now living in Brushton, New York. He came to Fort Covington with his father and grandfather when he was about three years of age, and was educated in the public schools of that town. He worked in his father's store and hotel at Fort Covington, and also learned the trade of blacksmith. He worked at blacksmithing at Bombay, Cato landing, Canada, and opened a shop afterward at Fort Covington on his own account. Later he was in business in Brushton. He enlisted in 1861 in the Civil War from Durham, New Hampshire. At that time he was working at his trade in the adjacent town of South Berwick, Maine. He served two years and nine months in the Sixth New Hampshire Regiment and took part in the battles of Petersburg, Cold Harbor, Wilderness, Weldon Railroad, Knoxville and in many other less important engagements. He became a corporal and when he was mustered out had the rank of sergeant. He worked at his trade as blacksmith in concord, New Hampshire, after leaving the army, until January, 1766, then at Fort Covington and Bombay, New York. Since 1870 he has made his home at Brushton, where he conducts a prosperous business for many years. He is a member of Aldrich Post, No. 363, Grand Army of the Republic, Brushton, and of the Christian Church of that town. He married (second) August 1, 1650, Christiana Scott, born at Fort Covington, daughter of Gershom and Sally (Mills) Scott. Her father was born at Cornwall, Vermont; her mother at Middlebury, Vermont. Children of second wife: 1. Cornelia, born march 30, 1851, died aged twenty years. 2. Osborn, died in infancy. 3. William, died in infancy. 4. Henrietta, married Benajah Hines, of Canton, New York; two children. 5. William Durham, November 17, 1857,. 6. George Curren, February 20, 1850; married Jennie Dustin. Children: Mabel, Ruth, Arthur, Elizabeth, Lester, Marion. 7. Joseph Osborn, mentioned below. 8. Walter, November 18, 1867, married Hattie Bucklin. Children; Nellie, Neva, and Christiana. 9. Frederick Henry, January 15, 1870; married Mabel Manning; children: Grant, Kenneth, Henrietta, Marjorie and Nellie.

(VII) Joseph Osborn (2), son of Joseph Osborn (1) Allen, was born in Moira, New York, September 12, 1862. He was educated in the public schools of Brushton. He learned the trade of painter and paper hanger and was in the business as a contractor for many years, employing several men. He bought the Brushton House in 1907 and has conducted it since then. In politics he is a Republican. He was constable of the town of Moira for twelve years and was deputy sheriff under Sheriff's Douglas and Wilson. He was nominated for high sheriff twice, but his party was in the minority. He has been state officer of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals for seven years and still holds that position. He was active in organizing the First national Bank of Brushton recently. He is a member of the local organization of the sons of Veterans and member of the Modern Woodmen of America. He married, in 1887, Florence N., born May 8, 1865, daughter of Asa Wilson, of Bangor, New York. they have one son, Milton Wilson, born July 12, 1897.