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Thomas Allen (1650) / Mistress (unknown surname) Allen

Name: Thomas Allen (Allyn, Allin)

Birth: England; location & date unknown

Emigration: From England, date unknown. Possibly in Wethersfield by 1636(SAV). To Middletown with the first group of settlers c. 1650(FFS).

Death: Oct. 16, 1688, Middletown, Conn.(MVR, BCVR)

Occupation & Public Service: "In 1656 he was appointed the grave digger, and two years later the town leased the burying ground to him for ten years, reserving the right of burial therein. He held the office of Fence Viewer; was three times chosen Townsman, and was Deputy to the General Court. He was one of the persons who organized the First church in 1668, and in 1670 was elected one of the Deacons. In 1685 he was named as one of the persons to receive a patent of the town from the Colonial authorities."(FFS)

Marriage: m.(1) unknown, d. after 1668 (FFS); m.(2) Martha (unknown surname) Gipson (widow of Roger Gipson)(FFS), d. 1690, Middletown, Conn.(FFS)

Children: None


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The First Meeting House, Middletown, Conn. The engraving below by W.C. Butler was a fanciful illustration for David Field's Centennial Address published in 1853. In 1939 the image was used on the title page of The Log Cabin Myth by Harold R. Shurtleff. Surrounding the engraving are signatures of some of the first settlers as found on wills and deeds by Charles C. Adams in preparation of Middletown Upper Houses (1908).