John Allen was born circa 1631 in England to Walter Allen (1601-1681) and Rebecca Ward (1601-1678) and died 1 December 1711 Sudbury, Middlesex County, Massachusetts of unspecified causes. He married Sarah Ann Smith (1640-1674) 1652 in Newbury, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.


John Allen ( Oldest son of 1640 immigrant Walter) was born in England and probably about nine years old when he sailed to America with his family.

Hi lived in Newbury, Mass., until 1662, when he moved to Sudbury, where he died Dec. 1, 1711, probably about 80 years old. He was a tailor, perhaps the tailor of the town, though for a few years in the latter part of his life he had a competitor in Enoch Cleveland, youngest son of Moses Cleveland of Woburn, the first American ancestor of President Cleveland. John Allen also had a farm, where he lived, in the part of Sudbury now Way- land.

1676 King Philip's War

Sudbury was attacked by the Indians during King Philip's War in 1676, and John Alien was one of the sufferers, his loss on a petition to the General Court being estimated at £60. In 1688 he was one of those who took the public stock of ammunition into their hands, a sort of minute man.

1689 King William's War

It is probable that his son Thomas was killed during the first French and Indian War (King William's War, 1689), as John Allen's name appears on a petition of those " some of us for ourselves, others for our children and servants who were last winter impressed into dreadful service, where by reason of cold and hunger and in tedious marches many score of miles in snow and water, and laying on the snow by night, having no provision but what they could carry on their backs, beside hard arms and ammunition, it cost many of them their lives."

Will of John Allen

John left a will, dated Aug. 9, 1708, three years before his death, his son Benjamin being made executor. His first wife, Sarah, died Jan. 12, 1702, and his second wife, Mary Parmenter, is probably the Mary Allen who died in Sudbury, Aug. 30, 1727.

Marriage & Family

Several of the children are found listed in the Sudbury MA Birth Records:

Children of John and Sarah, i. to v. born in Newbury, vi. to viii. in Sudbury :

  1. Deborah, m. Joseph Dean.
  2. John, b. Aug. 28, 1656; died before his father.
  3. Samuel, b. April 8, 1658.
  4. Joseph Allen (1659-1725), b. March 18, 1660.
  5. Benjamin Allen (1662-1721) - , b. Jan. 80, 1662.
  6. Rebecca, b. May 20, 1664.
  7. Thomas, b. April 29, 1666; d. March 23, 1680. - probably died in King William's War (see above)
  8. Sarah, b. March 7, 1668; d. unm., Aug. 29, 1702.


Offspring of John Allen and Sarah Ann Smith (1640-1674)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Deborah Allen (1655-)
John Allen (1656-1711)
Samuel Allen (1658-1720)
Joseph Allen (1659-1725) 18 March 1659 Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts 1725 Sudbury, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Abigail Merrick (1661-1727)
Benjamin Allen (1662-1721) 30 January 1662 Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts, United States 12 August 1721 Weston, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States Frances Rice (1671-1721)
Rebecca Allen (1664-)
Thomas Allen (1666-1689)
Sarah Allen (1669-1702)


Offspring of Walter Allen (1601-1681) and Rebecca Ward (1601-1678)
Name Birth Death Joined with
John Allen (1631-1711) 1631 England 1 December 1711 Sudbury, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Sarah Ann Smith (1640-1674)
Mary Parmenter (1644-1727)
Daniel Allen (1635-1706) 1634 Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts 1705 Sudbury, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Mary Wilder (c1634-)
Joseph Allen (1638-1721)
Benjamin Allen (1647-1678)
Abigail Allen (1641-)



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