Monday, April 7, 2008

The Elusive Sarah Grande (ca 1691-???, wife of Thomas Allen)

I am posting some of my most elusive women ancestors in hopes that someone will Google their name and find my post. Ideally, the Googlers will provide me with more information about my elusive female ancestor's ancestry. Realistically, they will commiserate with me about the lack of records and wonder why no researcher has figured the problem out yet.


Family of Sarah (Grande) Allen

Sarah Grande was born about 1691 in MA. She married Thomas Allen 27 June 1711 in Sudbury, Middlesex County, MA, (VR, 163), son of Benjamin Allen and Frances Rice. He was born 1690 in Sudbury, Middlesex County, MA, and died about 1777 in Sudbury, Middlesex County, MA.

Notes for Sarah Grande:

The parentage of Sarah Grande remains a mystery. The surname may be Grande, Grandy, Grunde, Grundy, or some other variant.

The most likely father was Robert Grande who resided in Roxbury in the 1650 to 1700 time frame.

Notes for Thomas Allen:

Thomas Allen was a farmer, and lived in Sudbury.

The birth of the children of Thomas and Sarah (Grande) Allen were recorded in the Sudbury town records, and are in the published Sudbury vital Records to 1850 book.

There are no probate records available for Thomas or Sarah Allen in the Middlesex County Probate Records.

Children of Sarah Grande and Thomas Allen are:

i. Thomas Allen, born 06 September 1713 in Sudbury, Middlesex County, MA (VR, 11).

ii. Daniel Allen, born 05 October 1715 in Sudbury, Middlesex County, MA (VR, 11).

iii. Sarah Allen, born 04 May 1717 in Sudbury, Middlesex County, MA (VR, 11); died 10 May 1796 in Concord, Middlesex County, MA. She married Jeremiah Knowlton 24 July 1735 in Sudbury, Middlesex, MA, (VR, 163); born before 02 August 1713 in Ipswich, Essex, MA (baptism); died 1752 in Concord, Middlesex, MA.


My own ancestry is through Sarah Allen, who married Jeremiah Knowlton.

If anyone has additions or corrections to this family data, please, please, please, please (shades of James Brown, eh?) email me at

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