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The Allen Family
John Allen § m Ann Sparks § on 30th April 1786 in Sevenoaks, Kent. They had 11 children between 1786 and 1804, all baptised in Sevenoaks. They include George, baptised 18th Nov 1798 and Thomas baptised October 1800. We know that George Allen (below) had a brother, Thomas, and that these baptism dates tie in closely with the census information we have. George names two of his children John and Ann - another suggestion that this couple is indeed their parents. Thomas Allen's marriage certificate shows that his (and therefore his brother George's) father was John Allen, a weaver.
George Allen§born about 1799 son of John Allen §, a weaver, married to Mary Friend§ who was born about 1802.
1841 census: George (an ag. lab.), Mary and their 6 children are living at Dibden Bottom Sevenoaks
Mary died 28/12/1849 aged 47 years of placenta previa
1. Emily Allen baptised 3/11/1822, Sevenoaks, Kent
Two years after her mother's death, Emily appears on the 1951 census. She is living with her widowed father, still at Dibden Bottom, also with brothers Joseph (12), John (10) and Thomas (6). At the age of 29 she has full responsibility for the household. In 1855 she marries her widowed uncle, Thomas - a move which was - and still is - illegal. Forever afterwards their census returns are confusing!
2. George Allen baptised 1825, Sevenoaks, Kent
3. Ann Allen baptised. 3/8/1828, Sevenoaks, Kent
4. William Allen baptised Sevenoaks 6th Feb 1831
5. Eleanor/Ellen Allen § baptised Sevenoaks 23rd March 1834 (see full details below)
6. Jane Allen baptised Sevenoaks 1st Feb 1837
7. Joseph Allen born 25th January 1839 in Sevenoaks Kent, baptised Sevenoaks 7th April 1839
Joseph married Matilda Stow, born about 1835 in Polsted Suffolk, and he worked with horses as a groom in London.
Alice Allen born about 1861 Bloomsbury London, a dressmaker on the 1881 census
Arthur J Allen born about 1866 Bloomsbury London, a printer on the 1881 census
Edith M Allen born about 1871 Bloomsbury London, a dressmaker on 1891 census.
Frances A Allen born about 1863 Bloomsbury London
Fred William C Allen born about 1874 Bloomsbury London, a compositor printer on the 1891 census.
1861 census Joseph (a horse keeper) is living at 22 Brunswick Mews St Giles in London with his wife Matilda and his two brothers John and Thomas.
1871 census ?
1881 census Joseph (a cab driver) and family living at 4 Hunter Mews, St George Bloomsbury, London, England. Also with them is Sarah Stow, Matilda's mother. She was born about 1793 in Polsted, Suffolk
1891 census Joseph (a cab driver and groom), Matilda, Edith and Frederick living at 119 Harrison Street, Gray, St Pancras, London.Edith is a dressmaker and Frederick is a compositor printer. Also living there is Alice M Rice, aged 5, listed as Granddaughter.
1901 census: Joseph, Matilda and Edith living at 34 Wakefield Street, Gray's Inn Lane St Pancras London. Joseph is a cab driver and groom and Edith is a tailor's assistant.
8. John Allen DOB 23/9/1841
1861 census John (a 19 year old horse keeper) is living at 22 Brunswick Mews St Giles in London with his brothers Thomas and Joseph and Joseph's wife Matilda
9. Thomas Allen DOB 9/5/1844
1861 census Thomas (a 16 year old errand boy) is living at 22 Brunswick Mews St Giles in London with his brothers John and Joseph and Joseph's wife Matilda. Went to live in Battersea
10. Mary Allen DOB 23/7/1848 Died 4/7/1849
Eleanor / Ellen Allen§ (HAVE MARRIAGE AND DEATH CERTS)
Born JFM 1834 Sevenoaks Kent, christened 23/03/1834
1841 census: listed as Ellen, living at Dibden Bottom, Sevenoaks, with parents, plus siblings Emily, George, William and Jane.
1851 census: Two years after her mother's death, Eleanor appears to be living with her uncle, Thomas, and his first wife, Harriett, at 29 James's Yard, Wandsworth, although she is listed as their daughter.
Eleanor marries Joseph Alexander § on 24/12/1854. On their marriage certificate her address is 14 Brunswick Mews, St George, ST GILES
1861 census Eleanor is living at 2 Eden Place, South Street, Wandsworth, Surrey with husband Joseph plus children William, Emily and Sarah. NEXT DOOR at no 1 are her father, George Allen, a widower aged 62, a bricklayer's labourer, plus his sister Jane aged 23 (actually his daughter) and his niece Mary Ann, aged 3, plus a visitor (his son) George Allen aged 38, also a bricklayer's labourer. All born Sevenoaks, Kent. Interestingly, little Mary Ann also appears in her parents' household in Sevenoaks in the same census.
1871 census: living at Church Walk with family, including her uncle Thomas Allen aged 71 born 1800, Sevenoaks, Kent and his wife (her sister) Emily aged 48, born 1822, Sevenoaks, Kent
Eleanor died on 12th November 1875, aged 42, 7 days after the birth of her 9th child, Nelly, of puerperal fever (fever caused by uterine infection following childbirth). On her death certificate she is known as Ellen. Both she and her mother died young as a result of complications resulting from pregnancy.
Thomas Allen (brother of George Allen §) son of John Allen §, weaver.
1841 census: Not found
1851 census: Thomas, and his first wife, Harriett are living at 29 James's Yard, Wandsworth. Thomas is a miller and Harriett is a laundress. Also living with them are Eleanor Allen, their 16 year-old daughter (possibly their niece?) and a visitor, Harriett Webb, aged 19.
Thomas and Harriett had two (other?) children : William, b abt 1827 and Joseph, b abt 1829, Otford.
1871 census: Thomas and Emily living with the Alexander family at Church Walk, next to Lock Cottage.
1881 census: Emily & Thomas are described as 'lodgers', living with the Alexanders.
Thomas dies before the 1891 census; On the 1891 census Emily is living with her nieces and nephew, the Alexanders at Swingbridge House, a widow.
Many thanks to Chris Linard and Chriss Chatfield for help with the Allen family.