ALLEN James, Sr.[1]

Male 1636 - 1714  (78 years)


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  • Name ALLEN James 
    Suffix Sr. 
    Born 1636  Braintree, Norfolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    _UID 5873B84DB5B94CF1ABC5E7462D68D055D27A 
    Died 25 Jul 1714  Chilmark, Dukes, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Buried Aft 25 Jul 1714  West Tisbury, Dukes, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Address:
    West Tisbury Village Cemetery 
    James Allen gravestone
    James Allen gravestone

    HERE LYES THE
    BODY OF JAMES
    ALLEN ESQR.
    AGED 78 YEARS
    DIED JULY ye 25th
    1714

    Notes 
    • James Allen, son of Samuel Allen and his first wife Ann, born on or after July 26, 1636 prob. at Braintree, Mass. He d. July 25, 1714 at Chilmark, Mass., Æ 78. He is interred at adjoining West Tisbury, Mass. at that town's Village Cemetery (g.s.), the land for which he granted in 1701 partly for the town's burying ground [Recs. of the Town of Tisbury, Mass. (Boston, 1903), partly for the town's burying ground.

      Know all men by thes preasants that I James Allen of Chillmark do give and grant unto the Town of Tisbury an acker of Land Lying within abigall peses [Pease's] fence for Ever for a burying place and to set a meeting house on free from me my heirs or assigns for Ever. october 2d: 1701.

      Confusion abounds regarding the origins of James Allen of Tisbury, Mass. Joshua Allen's 1882 edited work "A Genealogy of the Allen Family," first compiled by William Allen, materially errors in calling James Allen's father Samuel the son of George Allen and his wife Katherine, latter early settlers of Sandwich, Mass. George Allen d. testate and was buried at Sandwich May 2, 1648. His will mentions wife Katharine, his sons Matthew, Henry, Samuel and William plus "my five least children" who are unnamed [NEHGS Register, 4:284]. Subsequent deeds indicate George Allen's son Samuel was a resident of Boston, whereas James Allen's father Samuel was a longstanding resident of Braintree, Mass.

      The same work errantly claims James Allen's wife was Elizabeth Perkins when she was Elizabeth Partridge. Charles Banks in his "History of Martha's Vineyard" (1925, vol. 3, p. 4) adopted the foregoing 1882 claimed identity of James Allen's wife as Elizabeth Perkins, noting such identity was "according to family tradition, although it cannot be definitely determined whether it is worthy of acceptance," and ultimately was not worthy of acceptance.

      That James Allen's wife was the daughter of George Partridge and Sarah Tracy of Duxbury, Mass. is proved by the Duxbury, Mass. will of the widow Sarah (Tracy) Partridge, dated 1702 probated in 1708:

      I bequeath to my eight daughters, Sarah Allien [Allen], Triphosa West, Elizabeth Allien [Allen], Ruth Thatcher [Thacher], Mary Scif [Skiff], Rebeckah Fisher, Lidia Bruister [Brewster], Mercy Coburn [q.v., Colburn],...
      Ye sheep at ye vineyard [Martha's Vineyard] are my son [in-law] James Allein's by bargain.

      Alternately, some writer's claim without justification that James Allen was one of George Allen's "five least children" when George had no documented son James.

      By late 1662 (eldest child b. August 1663), James Allen m. Elizabeth Partridge, dau. of George Partridge and Sarah Tracy, b. on or aft. Aug. 9, 1643 at Duxbury, Mass. James' older brother Samuel had previously married Elizabeth's older sister Sarah. Elizabeth d. Aug. 8, 1722 at Chilmark, Mass., Æ 79, and is also interred at West Tisbury's Village Cemetery (g.s.).

      James Allen and Elizabeth Partridge had twelve known children, the eldest three b. of record at Sandwich, Mass., the rest at the Town of Tisbury on the Island of Martha's Vineyard, at the time part of the Province of New York, now Dukes County, Mass.

      The claim by Banks [History of Martha's Vineyard] that by 1686 James moved from Tisbury to Chilmark is not supported by the Tisbury Town records, as he was still a resident of Tisbury in 1692 if not still later:

      Voted that James Allin & peter Robinson are Chosen and impowrd, by the town of tisbury, to goe and discovr the Indian Steven and Joseph Skeetup, & theire Company who have dwelt in seconquot & ye necks agasent [adjacent]. And to agree with said Indians, so, that thay, said Indians do quit Claim of said neeks, to the town of tisbury And yeld pesable possesion to the English, as Resonable as thay Cann to be under stood to agree with Steven, Joseph skeetup, sam nahommon & Joseph potobppan, as Resonable as thay Cann. date febrary 2: 1691-92: pr me Beniamin: Skiff: [town] clark.
    Person ID I109542  Noyes Family Genealogy
    Last Modified 27 Mar 2015 

    Father ALLEN Samuel,   d. 1669 
    Mother WHITMORE Ann,   d. 1641 
    Married CA 1632  [3
    Family ID F43961  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family PARTRIDGE Elizabeth,   b. 14 Feb 1643, Duxbury, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Aug 1722, Tisbury, Dukes, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Married 1663  Duxbury, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Children 
     1. ALLEN Ruth,   b. CA 1670, Tisbury, Dukes, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Jun 1738, Harwich=>Brewster, Barnstable, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 68 years)
    Last Modified 22 May 2020 
    Family ID F43960  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S3808] Internet-Find A Grave, Find A Grave Memorial #5843893.

    2. [S175] Book-Torrey; NE Marriages Prior to 1700, p.10.

    3. [S175] Book-Torrey; NE Marriages Prior to 1700, p.12.