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The Alling Family of Oyster Bay, NY

So I forgot to pay the lousy mortgage! What are you gonna do about it! or Why Oyster Bay had a blacksmith and Marblehead lost one


Generation No. 1

1. ABRAHAM1 ALLING was born 1635-1645 in England or New England, and died Aft. 1711 in Oyster Bay, NY. He married MARY (GATCHELL?) c. 1670 in Marblehead Mass..

Notes for ABRAHAM ALLING:
Where Abraham was born is not known, nor is his parentage. It seems logical that he might have been somehow connected to the family of Roger Alling of New Haven Connecticut, although he was not a descendant or sibling. Perhaps he could have been a nephew. The spelling of the name Alling is unique to this family, and many of them, including Roger and his father, followed the Blacksmith's trade, as did Abraham.

It is guessed that Abraham was born around 1635-1645, either in England or in New England. His first recorded appearance is in 1670, in Marblehead Massachusetts, a small fishing village.

More About ABRAHAM ALLING:
Religion: Protestant
Occupation: Blacksmith

Notes for MARY (GATCHELL?):
Mary was probably born around 1640-1650, in England or New England nothing is known of her. I suspect she may have been a member of the Gatchell family of Marblehead.

The progenitor of this family was John, who with his wife Wybro (some say she was a native American) were in America as early as 1637, when John was fined 10 shillings for building on the towns land without permission. The court said that the fine would be cut in half if he would "cut of ye long har off hys head into a sevil frame". John refused, and is said to have worn his hair long until his dying day. In 1674 he deposed that he was 64 years of age. In March 1684, John, his wife, and their son Thomas were found guilty as accessories in a burglary.

This son Thomas and Abraham Alling were closely associated, as will be seen from later records, and Abraham appears on several documents concerning the Gatchell family. From all this it seems possible that Mary and Thomas were siblings. There is, however, no proof of any kind, nor is there even a record of John Gatchell having a daughter named Mary.

More About MARY (GATCHELL?):
Religion: Protestant
Occupation: Probably Housewife

Marriage Notes for ABRAHAM ALLING and MARY (GATCHELL?):
Abraham Alling and Mary were probably married around 1670 at Marblehead Massachusetts. It was a hard time to start out. The land at Marblehead was poor, as were the inhabitants, especially after the bad fishing season of 1667.

On February 14, 1670, "Robert Hoober [was] fined 10 groats to the county and pay for healing of Abraham Allen's hand". Perhaps he had injured it in his work. A few months later, on April 4, "the Town haveing granted to Abraham Allin A House lott or place to sett his house on wher now his House is and the Townsmen being to lay out the ground and agree for the Price with said Allin they did accordingly and the said Allin is to pay the Town for the said ground ffive pounds onlie he is to have so much on the Rock behind Thomas Dods House as to sett a [blacksmith] Shop: as to be laid out by the Townesmen".

On June 30, 1671 "Abraham Alling of Marblehead, blacksmith" received a mortgage deed from William Browne Sr. of Salem for 75 pounds, 12s. and 11 and 1/2d. The property was described as "his new dwelling house and shop in Marblehead and ground belonging to them, standing near a new shopp Mr. Riddan now posses & by mr. Francis Johnsons dwelling house...". The paper was signed and sealed by Abraham, indicating he was probably literate, and at the very least could write his name.

Due to the hard times and low population of Marblehead, business was quite probably slow for Abraham, and he could not pay Mr. Browne what he owed him. In June 1672, Abraham's house and land were taken away from him as payment for the debt. But he was apparently allowed to remain in possession of them. Things only got worse. On May 15, 1673, a parcel of coal and charcoal (no doubt intended for use in the forge) were seized by the Marshall for the same Mr. Browne. Included in the writ of attachment was "a chest of joiners work of his" Shortly afterward, Mr. Browne presented a list of things for which he was owed money by Abraham- "nutmegs, sope indian [corn one would assume], Pease, searge 22 doezen butt., tiking, silk, sugar, earthen ware, nailes, Iron, blue linin, brickes pd to John Mason, pots, stockings, malt, sea coles, holland and fine canvas". Abraham was also charged for the use of a boat to carry coals to Marblehead. Abraham paid Mr. Browne with two Anchors that he had made. On June 7th, 1673, he also gave over his interest in the iron works at Topsfield.

Two days before this, on June 5, Browne had foreclosed on the mortgage, and taken "the house, shop and land and a joiner's work chest...".

This was too much for Abraham- everything he had had been taken away. On June 10, 1673 he sued the Marshall and Nathaniel Mighill, who resided with Mr. Browne for trespass, declaring that they had broken open his house, abused his wife "by forcibly turning her out of the house and locking the door, nailing up the said Allens shop, taking away the key of his house, thereby depriving him of the use of his household goods."

After this, Abraham returned to live in his "old house", which he had occupied before 1670. It was probably about this time that Abraham began to think of moving. He would, however, stay in Marblehead for several more years.

On November 1, 1675, the town allowed to "Abraham Allin & Thom: Gatchell: 18s." On August 18, 1676, Abraham was paid "by bill to the Cunstable" 2 pounds, 15s. On April 2, 1677 "To [be?] left in Abraham Allins and Thomas Gatchell ['s hands]" 1 pound. But it appears that Abraham's debts only increased.

It was no doubt for this reason that Abraham moved to Oyster Bay, on Long Island, New York. The first record of him there is on May 7, 1677, when he received a land grant from the town. This land, which consisted of four acres near the millstream, was laid out on September 4, 1678. On May 21, a town meeting voted that the land granted to Job Wright "being forfitt is given & granted to Abraham Aling ye smith". The town confirmed this land to Abraham on September 4, 1678, and encouraged him to set up and follow his trade "for ye supplying of ye inhabitants with all such tolles and Nesessaries needful, According to his Capassitie". Included in this grant were 20 acres of woodland and grazing and timber rights on the town common.

The final mention of Abraham in the Marblehead records is on May 2, 1678, when, not surprisingly, perhaps, his remaining house and land in that town were seized in payment of a debt. They were valued at 13 pounds. If Abraham had led a hard life at Marblehead, and was forced to leave, the exact opposite was true at Oyster Bay where he seems to have done quite well. At least none of his possessions were seized!

On March 10, 1678, he received a gift from the Indians of land on Unkaway neck, for a cattle pasture. Abraham sold this land on February 2 1679, to Henry Townsend Sr. A year later, On February 21, 1680, he received another Indian gift for land on Unkaway Neck. On April 5, 1681, he was granted lot number 26 on the west side of Unkaway Neck. On February 27, 1682, he purchased 6 acres on Cedar Point from Caleb Wright. Perhaps he had begun to farm as well as being a blacksmith? In 1683, he was assessed at 32 pounds.

He further enlarged his holdings in the following years, buying 3.5 acres in 1688 on Cedar Point from William Thornycroft, and also some meadowland. In 1692, he purchased 26 acres on Huckelberry Point. On November 22, 1695, he acquired 4 more acres from William Buckler. On March 26, 1696, he was granted 50 acres near Huckleberry Point, on Mill River Neck.

On April 27, he disposed of some of his lands, selling his home lot near the mill and the four acres around it that had been part of his original grant. On that same day, he sold his 26 acres of land on Huckleberry Point. Both parcels were sold to John Townsend. On April 26, 1698, he and his "now wife Mary" disposed of the rest of the land, selling to their son Thomas the Wright parcel of land and one half the other land, as well as Abraham's smith's tools, and also selling to their son Abraham, described as the "youngest" the Thornycroft and Buckler parcels, as well as one half the other land, each son paying 30 pounds. Abraham reserved for himself and his wife the rights to use the land during their lifetimes. Mary died sometime after the 1698 conveyance. Abraham died sometime after July 1, 1711, when his name is on a list of those holding provisions that could be used to supply an expedition against Canada.

Children of ABRAHAM ALLING and MARY (GATCHELL?) are:
2. i. THOMAS2 ALLING, b. c. 1670, Marblehead, Mass.; d. Aft. March 09, 1723, Hempstead, NY.
3. ii. ABRAHAM ALLING, b. c. 1672, Marblehead, Mass.; d. 1736, Oyster Bay, NY.
4. iii. MARY ALLING, b. c. 1675, Oyster Bay, NY; d. Aft. 1698, Oyster Bay NY.
5. iv. SUSANNAH ALLING, b. c. 1682, Oyster Bay, NY; d. Bef. March 1744.
6. v. PENELOPE ALLING, b. c. 1693, Oyster Bay, NY; d. Aft. 1726, Oyster Bay, NY.

 

Generation No. 2

2. THOMAS2 ALLING (ABRAHAM1) was born c. 1670 in Marblehead, Mass., and died Aft. March 09, 1723 in Hempstead, NY. He married ELIZABETH WEEKS Bef. 1698 in Oyster Bay, NY.

Notes for THOMAS ALLING:
SOURCE-NYGBR, April 1998 and following issue.

More About THOMAS ALLING:
Religion: Protestant
Occupation: Blacksmith

Children of THOMAS ALLING and ELIZABETH WEEKS are:
i. THOMAS3 ALLING, b. c. 1699.

ii. SARAH ALLING, b. c. 1702.

iii. ISABELLA ALLING, b. c. 1705.

 

3. ABRAHAM2 ALLING (ABRAHAM1) was born c. 1672 in Marblehead, Mass., and died 1736 in Oyster Bay, NY. He married MERIBAH HARCOURT 1698-1699 in Oyster Bay, NY.

Notes for ABRAHAM ALLING:
SOURCE-NYGBR, April 1998 and following issue.

More About ABRAHAM ALLING:
Religion: Protestant
Occupation: Weaver
Burial: 1736 Fort hill Cemetery, Oyster Bay, NY

Notes for MERIBAH HARCOURT:
A daughter of Richard and Elizabeth Porter Harcourt of Oyster Bay. She was the widow of George Townsend who died in the "great sickness" in the winter of 1697.

SOURCE- NYGBR, April 1998 and following issue.

More About MERIBAH HARCOURT:
Religion: Protestant
Occupation: Probably Housewife
Burial: 1736 Fort hill Cemetery, Oyster Bay, NY

Marriage Notes for ABRAHAM ALLING and MERIBAH HARCOURT:
Abraham made a will on January 21, 1732 at Oyster Bay. he mentioned his children, giving each 5 shillings, all movables went to his daughters, Abraham's great chair went to his son Abraham, and Meribiah was made executor. The will was proved March 9, 1736. As Meribiah had earlier that year, administration was granted to son John.

Children of ABRAHAM ALLING and MERIBAH HARCOURT are:
i. JOHN3 ALLING, b. c. 1700.

ii. PENELOPE ALLING, b. c. 1702.

iii. ABRAHAM ALLING, b. c. 1703.

iv. MARTHA ALLING, b. c. 1705.

v. FREELOVE ALLING, b. c. 1707.

 

4. MARY2 ALLING (ABRAHAM1) was born c. 1675 in Oyster Bay, NY, and died Aft. 1698 in Oyster Bay NY. She married DANIEL WEEKS c. 1690 in Oyster Bay, NY, son of FRANCIS WEEKS.

Notes for MARY ALLING:
SOURCE-NYGBR, April 1998 and following issue.

More About MARY ALLING:
Religion: Protestant
Occupation: Probably Housewife

Notes for DANIEL WEEKS:
SOURCE-NYGBR, April 1998 and following issue.

More About DANIEL WEEKS:
Religion: Protestant
Occupation: coffinmaker, soldier
Burial: March 26, 1698, Oyster Bay, NY

Marriage Notes for MARY ALLING and DANIEL WEEKS:
In 1689, Daniel was a soldier at Albany, but he returned to Oyster Bay sometime before his death.
Daniel made a will on March 21, 1698. Mary died sometime after this date, as she was named in the will.

Children of MARY ALLING and DANIEL WEEKS are:
i. ABRAHAM3 WEEKS, b. September 21, 1691.

ii. ROSE WEEKS, b. January 30, 1695.

7. iii. SOLOMON WEEKS, b. January 14, 1697.

5. SUSANNAH2 ALLING (ABRAHAM1) was born c. 1682 in Oyster Bay, NY, and died Bef. March 1744. She married HENRY WEEKS Bef. 1698 in Oyster Bay, NY.

Notes for SUSANNAH ALLING:
SOURCE-NYGBR, April 1998 and following issue

More About SUSANNAH ALLING:
Religion: Protestant
Occupation: Probably Housewife

Notes for HENRY WEEKS:
SOURCE-NYGBR, April 1998 and following issue.

More About HENRY WEEKS:
Religion: Protestant
Occupation: House Carpenter, Yeoman

Marriage Notes for SUSANNAH ALLING and HENRY WEEKS:
Signed a deed with their marks on November 18, 1700

Children of SUSANNAH ALLING and HENRY WEEKS are:
i. RACHEL3 WEEKS, b. c. 1700.

ii. JACOB WEEKS, b. 1702-1703.

 

6. PENELOPE2 ALLING (ABRAHAM1) was born c. 1693 in Oyster Bay, NY, and died Aft. 1726 in Oyster Bay, NY. She married SAMUEL YOUNGS c. 1714 in Oyster Bay, NY.

Notes for PENELOPE ALLING:
Mentioned in a will in 1726.

SOURCE-NYGBR, April 1998 and following issue

More About PENELOPE ALLING:
Religion: Protestant
Occupation: Probably Housewife

Notes for SAMUEL YOUNGS:
In 1715 he was a member of Dickinson's company of Queens County Militia. Had farm at Ropemakers hollow or Rope yard

SOURCE-NYGBR, April 1998 and following issue.

More About SAMUEL YOUNGS:
Religion: Protestant
Occupation: farmer

Children of PENELOPE ALLING and SAMUEL YOUNGS are:
i. THOMAS3 YOUNGS, b. c. 1716.

ii. DANIEL YOUNGS, b. c. 1718.

iii. ROASANNAH YOUNGS, b. June 15, 1725.

 

 

Generation No. 3

7. SOLOMON3 WEEKS (MARY2 ALLING, ABRAHAM1) was born January 14, 1697. He married MARY WATERS?.

Child of SOLOMON WEEKS and MARY WATERS? is:
i. GILBERT4 WEEKS, b. April 27, 1741; d. March 12, 1799, Fishkill, Dutchess Co., NY; m. JEMIMAH VAN AMBLER, c. 1770.

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