Friday, April 24, 2020

52 Ancestors - Week 327: #538 Thomas Allen (1690-1777) of Sudbury, Massachusetts

Thomas Allen (1690-1777) is number 538 on my Ahnentafel List, my 7th great-grandfather, who married #539 Sarah Grande (1691-1723) in 1711 in Wayland, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.

I am descended through:

*  their daughter #269 Sarah Allen (1717-1796) who married #268 Jeremiah Knowlton (1713-1752)   in 1735.
*  their son #134 Jeremiah Knowlton (1745-1785) who married #135 Abigail Peirce (1750-1776) in 1771.
*  their daughter #67 Abigail Knowlton (1774-1855) who married #66 Nathan Gates (1767-1830)  in 1790.
*  their daughter, #33 Abigail Gates (1797-1867) who married  #32 Benjamin Seaver (1791-1825)  in 1817.
*  their son #16 Isaac Seaver (1823-1901) who married #17 Lucretia Townsend Smith (1828-1884) in 1851.
*  their son #8 Frank Walton Seaver (1852-1922) who married #9 Hattie Louisa Hildreth (1857-1920) in 1874.
*  their son #4 Frederick Walton Seaver (1876-1942) who married #5 Alma Bessie Richmond (1882-1962) in 1900.
*  their son #2 Frederick Walton Seaver (1911-1983) who married #3 Betty Virginia Carringer (1919-2002)  in 1942.
*  their son #1 Randall Jeffrey Seaver (1943-living)


1)  PERSON (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

*  Name:                     Thomas Allen[1–4]    

*  Sex:                        Male    

*  Father:                   Benjamin Allen (1661-1721)    
*  Mother:                 Frances Rice (1670-after 1721)  
2)  INDIVIDUAL EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

*  Birth:                    1690, Sudbury, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States    

*  Deed:                    2 February 1720/1 (about age 31), received 5 tracts of land in Sudbury from father, Benjamin Allen; Weston, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[3]    

*  Distribution:         29 August 1721 (about age 31), father's will proved; Weston, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[4]    

*  Death:                  about 1777 (about age 87), Sudbury, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States  

3)  SHARED EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

*  Spouse 1:           Sarah Grande (1691-1723)  
*  Marriage 1:        27 June 1711 (about age 21), Wayland, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[1–2]    

*  Child 1:             Thomas Allen (1713-    )    
*  Child 2:             Daniel Allen (1715-    )    
*  Child 3:             Sarah Allen (1717-1796)    
*  Child 4:             Grace Allen (1719-1785)  

4)  NOTES (with source citations as indicated in brackets):  

Thomas Allen was born in about 1690 in Sudbury, Massachusetts, the first child of Benjamin and Frances (Rice) Allen.  

He married Sarah Grande on 27 June 1711 in Wayland, Massachusetts[1-2].  Sarah may have been the daughter of Robert and Mary (Parker) Grande of Boston, although there is no birth record or other record for the relationship. 

The Wayland town record for this marriage says[1]:
"Thomas Allen & Sarah Grande were joyned in marrige June ye 27'th .....1711"
Thomas and Sarah (Grande) Allen had four children between 1713 and 1719, all recorded in Sudbury town records:

*  Thomas Allen (1713-????), married about 1740 to Beulah Stone (1718-1762).
*  Daniel Allen (1715-????).
*  Sarah Allen (1717-1796), married 1735 to Jeremiah Knowlton (1713-1752).
*  Grace Allen (1719-1785), married 1739 to John Bigelow (1715-1787).

His wife, Sarah, may have died after the birth of Grace in Sudbury, but there are no death records for her.  It does not appear in the records that Thomas Allen married again or had more children.

On 2 February 1720/1, Benjamin Allen, husbandman of Sudbury, gave five tracts of land to his dutiful son, Thomas Allen, husbandman of Sudbury, in consideration of his fatherly love, good will and affection.  The five tracts were: 21 and a half acres lying in Sudbury that he had formerly bought from Ephraim Rice; 3 acres of meadow in Sudbury; 3 acres of meadow in Sudbury on the west side of the river;  14 acres of upland on Ashen Swamp hill in Sudbury; an acre of land on Hoghouse Hill in Sudbury.  The deed was signed by Benjamin and Frances Allen, and was recorded on 2 February 1724[3].

In the will of his father, Benjamin Allen, husbandman of Sudbury, dated 21 August 1721, and proved 29 August 1721 in Middlesex Probate Court, Thomas Allen was bequeathed[4]:
"Item.  I give unto my son Thomas Allen Five Shill: He having already Rec'd a Deed of Gift of Lands in Sudbury in full of his portion."
Thomas Allen may have died in 1777 in Sudbury, but there are no town records or cemetery records for him.  There are no probate records listed for Thomas or Sarah Allen in Middlesex or Worcester Counties, Massachusetts. 


1. "Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988," indexed database and digital image, (, "Wayland Births, Marriages and Deaths," page 197 (image 101 of 1050.), Thomas Allen and Sarah Grande marriage entry, 1711.

2. Vital Records of Sudbury, Massachusetts to the year 1850 (Boston, Mass. : New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1903), Marriages, page 163, Thomas Allen and Sarah Grande marriage entry, 1711.

3. "Massachusetts, Land Records, 1620-1986," digital images, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, FamilySearch ( : accessed 23 April 2020), Middlesex County, "Deeds 1724-1727, Vol. 24-25," Volume 24, Pages 272-3 (images 144-145 of 760), Deed of Benjamin Allen to Thomas Allen, 2 February 1701/2, recorded 2 February 1723/4; citing original records in Middlesex County Courthouse.

4. "Middlesex County, MA: Probate Papers, 1648-1871," digital image, American Ancestors ( : accessed 23 April 2020), Probate Packet 302, Benjamin Allen estate (4 images); original records in Middlesex County Massachusetts Probate Court Records, Cambridge, Mass.


NOTE:  In 2014, Amy Johnson Crow suggested a weekly blog theme of "52 Ancestors" in her blog post  52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks on the No Story Too Small blog.  I have extended this theme in 2020 for a seventh year to 364 Ancestors in 364 Weeks.  The list of 52 Ancestors biographies from my great-grandparents to the 7th great-grandparents (in work) is in

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