The Quaker Allen family was huge, and in several ways I descend from the branch that settled in and around Easton, New York. I ordered several Allen wills, seeking family information, and ended up with the will of Thomas Allen, who was apparently Captain Thomas Allen and who was recorded in some local histories on Washington County. Thomas was a very distant cousin of mine.
Jane Betsey Welling seemed sure that Captain Thomas Allen was the father of George, Stephen and Mary (Allen) Fish, but was unsure of the Allen lineage before Thomas (THEY WERE HERE TOO, Vol. III, p. 105). In all probability, Thomas Allen's line goes back to Ralph Allen; and Welling also seemed sure of that ultimate connection.
Some Rootsweb sources showed Benjamin as father to Thomas, and Ralph as father to Benjamin, but the number of generations in this line seems too few because Ralph probably lived between 1600 and 1698. A more probable line is Captain Thomas to Benjamin to John to Ralph. Allen research is very confusing with considerable use of the same first names and marriages among distant cousins, so it is hard to be definitive about any line.
Welling reported that "Capt. Thomas Allen was a gentle, quiet, reticent man, yet he lived in a tempestuous time with his fortune swept away by the tides of war. He was a whaling captain and shipmaster who was paid in Continental script which became so worthless that he burned it and came inland just after his sons George and Stephen with their sister, Mary [Fish Allen] and husband Isaac [Fish], came to Easton [in] 1799" (Jane Betsey Welling, THEY WERE HERE TOO, Vol. III, p. 105). During the 1800 census, a man named Isaac Fish was counted in nearby Cambridge.
Mentioned in Thomas’ will, Mary Fish had a son named Russell. "Russell S. Fish was born in Schaghticoke, Rensselar County, New York, September 25, 1808. His maternal grandfather, Captain Thomas Allen, was a sea-captain, formerly of New Bedford, Massachusetts. He [Thomas] settled early in the town of Easton, Washington county, where his descendants still remain. His uncle Stephen Allen, son of the captain, is now a resident of Easton, and is in his ninety-eighth year. Mr. Fish's ancestors were from Rhode Island. His grandfather, Benjamin Fish, was a Revolutionary soldier, and was among the early settlers of Schaghticoke. He [Russell] was a farmer . . . , and married Eunice Hammond, a native of Massachusetts. They had a family of nine children." (Crisfield Johnson's HISTORY OF WASHINGTON COUNTY, NEW YORK, 1878, reprinted, p. 281)
A man named Thomas Allen was listed in the 1800 census of Easton; he was 45 or over (p. 460). An equally old woman was also listed, probably his wife. Thomas' household had many younger people in it, so his home was probably some sort of extended family with children and maybe grandchildren in it.
The 1810 census of Easton counted an old man named Thomas Allen: 1-0-0-0-1//0-0-0-0--1. Other Allens were Stephen (2-0-0-1-0//0-0-0-2-0), George (2-0-0-1-0//1-0-0-2-0), and two men named Sheperd Allen, who appear unrelated to this family. John Fish was listed next to Richard Russell, who is my first recorded Russell ancestor.
Welling reported that Thomas' tombstone was moved to Elmwood Cemetery in Schaghticoke "when a town road was built and the Allen family burial ground on the north side of the Crandalls Corners-River Road near the farm of the Cars was dug up for use as a gravel pit" (Welling). Thomas was married to "Susannah Barker (Baker) called Lucy" and to Susannah Cornell. Their tombstones were likewise moved to Elmwood. It is true that many tombstones were taken to Elmwood Cemetery in Schaghticoke when new construction covered old cemeteries, but it is not certain that bodies were always moved with tombstones. I tend to doubt Welling's story of Thomas' stone being moved to Schaghticoke, although many such stones were moved.
In contrast to Welling's information about Thomas' tombstone, CEMETERY RECORDS, THE TOWN OF EASTON, WASHINGTON COUNTY, NEW YORK (Historical Data Services, p. 14) reported the stones for Thomas and his wife were located in the Easton Rural Quaker Cemetery, on Meeting House Road, now a combination of the Quaker Cemetery and the Easton Cemetery. Both stones were in the Quaker section, Row 6. A recent reading of "Capt. Thomas Allen's" tombstone reported that he died on July 17, 1831, in his 89th year and was married to Susan who died January 1, 1842, in her 82nd year.
Thomas left a simple will:
In the name of God amen. I Thomas Allen of the town of Easton and the county of Washington and the state of New York, considering the uncertainty of this mortal life and being of sound and perfect mind and memory, blessed be Almighty God for the same, do make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form following. That is to say, first I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Susanna Allen all my real and personal estate that I may be seized with at my death during her widowship all that my mesiage [?] or tenement [?], situated and being in the town of Easton and county and state aforesaid and to hold to her the said Susanna Allen during her widowship freely and clearly and after her the said Susanna’s widowship, I give and bequeath all my real and personal estate to my beloved son James Harvey Allen his heirs and assigns forever. That if the said James Harvey Allen should die before the expiration of the widowship of the said Susanna’s [sic], then at the expiration of the widowship of the said Susanna to be equally divided amongst my beloved sons and daughters. And I give and bequeath to my beloved daughter Silvester Sherman ten dollars in cash, and to my beloved son Ebenezer Allen I give and bequeath all my wearing apparel and ten dollars in cash. And to my beloved son George Allen I give and bequeath ten dollars in cash and to my beloved son Stephen Allen I give and bequeath ten dollars in cash, and to my beloved daughter Mary Fish I give and bequeath ten dollars in cash to be raised and levied out of my estate. And I hereby appoint and nominate Susanna Allen and James Harvey Allen, both of the town of Easton, executors of this my last will and testament, hereby revoking all former wills by me made in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this fourteenth day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand and eight hundred and thirteen.
Thomas Allen (L.S.)
Signed, sealed, published, and delivered by the above named Thomas Allen to be his last will and testament in the presence of us who have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses in the presence of the testator.
This will was filed in Washington County court on July 28, 1834. At first glance, the year of filing looks like 1824, but it is undoubtedly 1834. firstname.lastname@example.org