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2. JOHN ALLEN5 was born about 1631 in England.2 He died on 1 December 1711 at the age of 80 in Sudbury, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.1

[Estimated marriage date from age of children]

Lived in Newbury, MA until 1662 when he moved to Sudbury, where he died in 1711, probably about age 80. He was a tailor, but also had a farm where he lived. Sudbury was attacked by the Indians during King Philip's War in 1676 and he petitioned to the General Court for his loss estimated at 60 pounds. In 1688 he was one of the men who took the public stock of ammunition into their hands, sort of minute men. His son Thomas was likely killed during the first French & Indian War (King William's War of 1689). He left a will dated 9 Aug 1708; son Benjamin made executor.


History of Newbury, MA 1635-1902
By John J. Currier
Boston 1902
p. 101
List of the Freemen of Newbury
John Allen, March 29, 1659 From Ipswich Court Records, Book I, p.72

Newbury Vital Records: To the end of the Year 1849
Vol. 1 - Births
Essex Institute, Salem, MA 1911
p.21
ALLEN
John, s. John,, Aug. 28, 1656 [dup. has Aug 29]
Samuell, s. John, Apr , 1658
Joseph,, s. John, Mar 18, 1659/60
Benjamin, s. John, Jan 30, 1661

Sudbury Vital Records
To the year 1850
NEHGS, Boston, MA 1903

BIRTHS
p.11
ALLEN
Rebecca, d. John & Sarah, May 20, 1664
Sarah, d. Jon & Sarah, Mar 7, 1668
ALLIN
Thomas, s. John & Sarah, Apr 29, 1666

DEATHS
ALLEN
John, Dec 1, 1711
Mary, wid., Aug 30, 1727
Sarah, w. John, Jan. 12, 1701/2
Sarah, d. John, Aug. 29, 170_ 1702?
Sarah, d. John and Sarah, Feb. 5, 1714/15 [Two different Sarahs?]
Thomas, s. John and Sarah, Mar.2, 1688/9


The History of Sudbury, Massachusetts 1638-1889
Published by the Town of Sudbury, 1889
By Alfred Sereno Hudson

King Phillips War
p.218 Attack was on 21 Apr1676, from “The Old Petition
p.256 Part of the petition …11 Oct 1676
“losse sustenied by severall Inhabitants of ye towne of Sudbury by ye Indian Enemy ye 21st Aprill 1676: John Allen 60#'s.

King William's War or the Ten Years War
1688 Distribution of the stock of ammunition. List of those who agreed to taken the stock into their hands
Included John Allen

Another petition, undated, probably about 1690 Mentions hardships when we were impressed into dreadful service, marches of many score of miles in water and snow, no provision except what they could carry Many lost lives. Many died after returning home. Some compensation for our great burden. Signed by John Allen [May have been when John's son Thomas died]
Thought to be the ill-fated expedition of Sir William Phipps

Several petitions to divide the West Side & East Side inhabitants into two meeting houses. 29 Oct 1707 East Side: [signees included] John Allin, Samll Allin
East Precinct eventually formed 25 Jun 1722


JOHN ALLEN and SARAH [ALLEN] were married about 1654.1 SARAH [ALLEN] died on 12 January 1702 in Sudbury, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.1

JOHN ALLEN and SARAH [ALLEN] had the following children:

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Deborah ALLEN1 was born in Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts.2

Married Joseph Dean

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ii.

John ALLEN was born on 28 August 1656 in Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts.1,2 He died before 1711 at the age of 55.1

[This birth date in 1657 must be a misprint in Settlers of the Beekman Patent or problem with old time dating system. The birth dates of John and his brother Samuel are only 8 months apart. I later found another transcription that gave the birth of John in 1656.]

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SAMUEL ALLEN.

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Joseph ALLEN1,2 was born on 18 March 1659/60 in Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts.1,2 He died before 1725 at the age of 65.2

Moved to Rehoboth about 1707-09. His will dated Jun 9, 1709 in Rehoboth when he was about to enter into the Country's Service and only bequests are to the daughters Mercy, Ruth, and Elizabeth. Married (1) Abigail Myrick, daughter of John Myrick of Charlestown, 5 May 1687; Children Abigail, Mercy and Ruth.

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Benjamin ALLEN.

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Rebecca ALLEN was born on 20 May 1664 in Sudbury, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.1,2

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Thomas ALLEN was born on 29 April 1666 in Sudbury, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.1,2 He died on 23 March 1689 at the age of 22.1,2

Thomas was probably a casualty of the French and Indian wars. John Allen, his father, appears as a signee of a petition asking for aid because of those who had died in "dreadful service, by reason of cold and hunger and in tedious marches many scores of miles in snow and winter, and lying on the snow at night".
Genealogy and Family History of the State of Vermont; Hon. Hiram Carleton, Vol.1, Lewis Publihsing Co., 1903; Reprt Genealogy Publishing, 1998.

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Sarah ALLEN was born on 7 March 1668/9 in Sudbury, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.1,2 She died on 29 August 1702 at the age of 33.1,2

Sarah never married.

JOHN ALLEN and Mary PARMENTER were married after 1702.1 Mary PARMENTER died on 30 August 1727 in Sudbury, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.1,2
Probably the second wife of John Allen:
Mary's birth can be found in Sudbury vital records: Parmenter, Mary, daughter of John and Amy, June 10, 1644.

Mary Parmenter was first married to Richard Burke.
The earliest we know of her husband Richard was their marriage record from Sudbury vital records: Burke, Richard and Mary Parmenter. June 24, 1670. MR Previous to this marriage record, according to a family history written on the subject of Richard Burke and his descendants (The Burke and Alvord Memorial), nothing is known about Richard. He was probably born about 1640 (where?) and owned land in both Sudbury and Stow. He bought land in Sudbury in 1670 and in Stow in 1685. His family is listed on page 14 and 15, including six known children: Richard, John, Joseph, Mary, Jonas, and Thomas. After his death, John and his wife Mary were the administrators of his estate, and John was guardian to both Jonas and Thomas.
Three of their children's births can be found in Sudbury vital records:
BURK
Joseph, ch. Richard and Mary, Apr. 1, 1676.
Mary, ch. Richard and Mary, Sept. 25, 1680.
Jonas, s. Richard and Mary, June 11, 1683.

All the Burke children:
children;
1. Richard Burke born 16, Apr. 1671 died 13, Apr. 1731 married Abigail Sawtell.
2. John Burke born 1674 died 1695 married Rebecca.
3. Joseph Burke born 1, Apr. 1676.
4. Mary Burke born 25, Sept. 1680 married George Parmenter.
5. Jonas Burke born 4, Jan. 1683 married Hannah Johnson.
6. Thomas Burke born 1, Nov 1686 married Mercy Parmenter

Before her marriage to Richard Burke, Mary apparently had a baby out of wedlock.
Mary, who was unmarried at the time, had a son (see note below), Abigail b 24 Apr 1665, by Christopher Bannister before she married Richard Burke. [Sudbury VR] Mary and Christopher were never married. Mary's father's will stated in part; "...Dau Mary is to receive 15 pounds to be paid with last payment due me from Christopher Bannister (the results of a paternity suit)..." [Middlesex Co Probate Rec. #16930] [I am not sure the part about Abigail being a son is correct...] "On 26 Feb. 1665 Sergeant Parmenter of Sudbury sued Christopher Bannister of Marlborough for “trespess for defiling his daughter (Mary) and getting her with child.” In Sudbury vital records the birth is listed as follows: "Parminter, Abiel, ch. Mary, April 24, 1665." Mary's child Abigail is mentioned in Mary's Brother's will (Joseph) as "cousin Abigail daughter of my loving sister Mary Burt."
NOTE: there seems to be confusion about the baseborn child. I believe it could have been a son - named Abiel which is a male name. Apparently Mary also had a child named Abigail - she was probably Abigail Burke and born on some other date.


Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. Probate records 1648--1924. (Middlesex County, MA: Massachusetts Probate Court), FHL film 0386001, Middlesex Probate File 343: "Mary Allen 1727".
16 Sep 1727: Appraisors appointed 9 Oct 1727: "Jonas Burk of Stow husbandman" "admitted to administer on ye Estate of his mother Mary Allen late of Sudbury widow dec'd[,] his elder brothers having convey their right to Mr Burk".
16 Oct 1727: Inventory of "Estate of the wido Mary Allin of Sudbury dec'd Intestate", totaled £ 3.5.0. Sworn to 8 Jan 1727/28.