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|The Benjamin Allen Family Tree|
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| Benjamin Allen was born 1735 either in
Scotland or Connecticut. He was a soldier under British General
Wolfe at Louisburg in 1758 and at Quebec in 1759. In 1783 he
received a first land grant at Mispec, Saint John Co. New Brunswick,
Canada and a second land grant at Baie Verte, Westmorland Co. New
Brunswick. In 1771 at Fort Cumberland Nova Scotia (now Ft.
Beausejour, NB) he married Eva Magdalena "Sarah" Somers, a
daughter of Matthias Somers of Moncton NB.|
The story is told that Benjamin Allen was extremely shy, hence the name "Shy Ben". One night after returning from a long trip, he found a New Year's Eve dance in progress at Fort Cumberland. After suitable liquid fortification, he went to the center of the dance floor and said: "I am in dire need of a wife! Who will have me?" Up stepped a hearty lass of German descent, Sarah Somers, who said "I'll have you, Ben!". The happy couple were married on the spot by a minister who happened to be in attendance. It is said that any pugnacious tendencies in the Allen female descendants can be attributed to Sarah. [The male line may have certain tendencies too, as shown in the next paragraph.]
Stories are also told of their adventurous son Matthew Allen. In New Brunswick it is said of Matthew Allen that at the time of the Anglo-American War (1812) during a trip to the United States a press gang took him and a companion on board a man-of-war and induced them to enlist. One night as the ship was lying at anchor off one of the West India Islands, they jumped overboard with the hope of swimming ashore. Allen reached shore and expecting to be followed by a guard from the ship took refuge under an upturned boat on the shore. One of them suggested that the deserter might be hidden under the boat but no search was made and Allen escaped. After spending some days on the Island he found a friendly vessel that finally landed him at Halifax. His companion was never heard from and it is supposed that he was drowned in his attempt to desert from the man-of-war. [A History and Story of Botsford, by W. M. Burns, 1933]
version of this story is told in Pictou County, Nova Scotia:
In fact, Matthew Allen, who had been working in Pictou, finally returned to Cape Tormentine, NB about 1815 at age 32, married Mary Ann Dobson and settled down. They had a large family with many descendants, some of them shy, and some not.
This information presented here should be regarded as a guide only. It is based on a wide variety of sources, sometimes conflicting, and no claim can be made concerning accuracy. Some but not all of the sources are shown in the detailed family tree. Changes will be made from time to time; new information from readers is welcome, provided the source of the information is also given to assist in resolving differences.
Acknowledgement is made of contributions by the following people:
|BENJAMIN ALLEN FAMILY TREE - start
here for Benjamin "Shy Ben" Allen of New Brunswick (1735-
|- start here for MATTHIAS SOMERS (1720-1768) of Moncton New Brunswick|
LIST for 6,500 people connected to the Allen Family
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contains detailed information for some of the sources used in the
Trenholm & Allen Family Trees. The bibliography can be browsed
without reading the family tree. In the Family Tree source file, these
references are denoted by short names: [Cem.] for Cemetery;
[Census] for Census; [Coll.] for other large collections; [FBible] for
Family Bible; [FGEN] for Family Genealogy; [I] for information from
an individual; [LHG] for Local History and Genealogy; [VS] for Vital
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