I have very few facts on this man. He is listed in the 1850 Madrid NY census with parents Abel and Jane Allen and siblings:
According to this he was born about 1842.
Here is the info from U.S., Civil War Draft Registrations Records, 1863-1865:
Name: Asahel Allen
Birth Year: abt 1840
Place of Birth: New York
Age on 1 July 1863: 23
Marital Status: Unmarried (Single)
Residence: Brandon, New York
Congressional District: 17th
He claimed to be 23 in 1863, making his DoB about 1840.
From Iowa Deaths and Burials”
Name: Asahel Allen
Burial Date: 02 Nov 1908
Death Date: 31 Oct 1908
Death Place: Weldon, Iowa
Birth Date: 21 Dec 1842
Birthplace: New York
Occupation: Hotel Keeper
Marital Status: Married
Father’s Name: Able Allen
Father’s Birthplace: Vermont
May 29, 1919 The Leon Journal-Reporter from Leon, Iowa states “There are 105 soldiers buried in the Leon cemetery, who were participants in four wars, the Civil War, the Mexican War, the Spanish-American War, and the great World Wide War with Germany, which has terminated in victory.” One of those soldiers is Asahel Allen, Co. I, 91st N. Y. Inf.
Doing additional research on the National Park Service page Soldiers and Sailors Database I find that Asahel has been transcribed as “Allen, Aratel.”
Location: New York
Battle Unit:91st Regiment, New York Infantry
Alternate Name: Asahel/Allen
In census records, I find Asel Allen in 1900 in Stanberry, MO as a landlord with his wife Elizabeth and daughter Mabel (Mina King is listed as daughter but actually she is step-daughter.) This makes sense as his occupation in the Iowa Death Record was Hotel Keeper. This led me back to 1880 in Lindley, MO where Ashel Allen was living with his in-laws Eli and Mary Grandstaff and his wife’s three children, Ernest, Mina, and James King.
None of these are absolute proof that Asahel Allen is the same person in all these cases.
But everything fits and it is my best guess that this is his life story so far as my research leads. With more research, if I find info to support or refute this, I will add it to here.
Week 10: Strong Woman
March is Women’s History Month, so what better way to start than with the prompt of “Strong Woman.” What female in your family tree has shown remarkable strength (either physical or emotional)? Tell her story.
I have fallen behind on the original goal of 52 ancestors in 52 weeks. I now have updated my goal to write “something” as often as I can. I really struggle with some of the prompts.
I believe that every woman has remarkable strength in her own way so it’s difficult to pick out a specific one. Many times, I can’t find newspaper data on a specific woman because women’s names aren’t used. “Mrs. Allen is feeling sickly.” “Mrs. Smith died last week.” Obituaries often listed survivors as (for example) “a daughter and a son out west” with no mention of names.
And for many of them, I don’t have a story, only more questions. What happened between Richard Farley and Mary Jane Smith Farley that caused them to seek a divorce in the early 1900s after 52 years of marriage?
Mary Jane’s sister, Charlotte, fell in Graves Brook as a teen and used crutches or a wheelchair for the rest of her life. She lived on her own and became a successful business woman. How did she do that?
A lot of the women moved with their husbands to new places to start new lives. It could be the next town over or across the country. Hannah Shepard moved with Paul Merrill from New Hampshire to New York in the early 1800s. What could she bring with her? Would she ever again see the people she left behind? How difficult was it to leave what they knew to move to a new place whatever the reasons?
There are people like Adaline Kent Davis who lost a child in the fall of 1873 and then an infant in February 1874 on the same day she also died. What epidemic swept through the community?
Felicite Jodwin married a man who already had several children and then raised ten more of her own. What challenges did she face?
Many family trees show children born every couple of years. It saddens me when I see that a woman has given birth to 6 or 8 or 10 children but there are only 1 or 2 who live to adulthood. How does a woman survive that and keep going?
I think the fact that these women survived whatever was thrown at them is the point of this. Their sons went to war; some never returned. They worked with their husbands on farms or kept a home going and raised children.
Whatever the case, I am glad for these women who came before me. Their strengths may or may not be genetic but their stories inspire me.
I’m not having much luck searching for Asahel Allen so I switched my focus to Alvin Allen.
I took a class a few weeks ago and the most useful thing I learned was to put together charts from census records for the family you are working on.
Because I can’t find any of the Allens in 1860, it looks like there are two families. Alvin is listed with the family in 1850 and 1870 which gives this continuity. By 1880, Alvin was married to Sarah Finney (or Finley?), they had a child, Claude, listed as being born in 1873 in Canada, and were living in Westboro, Wisconsin. This census shows that Alvin’s neighbor was Albert Allen, possibly (probably?) his brother. This will definitely lead to more research.
As I was trying to research Asahel, I came across Civil War records for him and his brother, Amos, that list their parents as Abel Allen and Jane Cox. Since this was a transcribed record, I could not see the original to find out what it actually said. This threw me way off. Had I been wrong in all my previous research and connected my Abel and Jane Allen to a different family with the same first names? I did a lot of backtracking and didn’t find much that proved that my 3rd great aunt, Jane Holt, was actually the mother of the Allens I was researching.
Alvin’s 1900 census record for Lincoln, Wisconsin puts me back on track.
Alvin’s widowed uncle, Chester Bosworth, is living with the family. He is listed in Levi Holt’s probate records as the husband of Maria Holt, a sister to Jane (Holt) Allen and Mary (Holt) Smith.
The 1904 marriage record for Leon Chester Allen, age 23 (so born about 1881), lists his parents as Alvin Allen and Sarah Allen. The Allen after Sarah is crossed out and Finney written above.
There aren’t a lot of mentions of Alvin in nyhistoricnewspapers.org but I did find a few.
Frank and his wife Lottie named their son for Uncle Alvin. He is mentioned many times in the Saint Lawrence County newspapers.
Perhaps the fire precipitated the family’s move to Wisconsin?
Alvin died at Sandpoint Idaho in 1908. Some records say Sarah died in 1953. The stone shown on Find a Grave is very difficult to read. To me, it looks like it says:
Father Alvin, 1847-1908
Mother Sarah 1856-1923(8?)
Sister Vera M 1881-190?
Looking at the 1900 census record again shows us that Alvin and Sarah were married for 30 years and had three children, all still living. None of them were named Vera. So who is she? Or does this stone not belong to this Allen family?
Last week while I was researching Alfred Allen, the doctor from Parishville, I came across a newspaper blurb that mentioned his mother was ill. Then a couple weeks later another notice that she had been buried.
I decided that I would see what I could find about East Part cemetery. It didn’t take long to find a pic of the stone on findagrave.com . Allen
Granted, there aren’t a lot of documents that list Jane Allen using her first name but this is the only one I have found that calls her “Mary Jane.” And this is where I found Harriet. “Hattie” died in 1876 at 20 years old, the wife of CTH Riggs. I searched NYnewspapers.org but found nothing under Riggs for 1876. I changed the search to “Hattie” and found this:
I did a bit of research on CTH Riggs. (Why did he have so many names?) Mr Riggs was from Stockholm NY also. He is found on US census records there in 1850, 1860 and 1870 as Calvin Riggs. By 1880, he had remarried to Henrietta (Ettia) Johnson, moved to Wisconsin and had a daughter. There were three more children by 1895. His daughter, Ivy’s, birth certificate in Cook County, Illinois, lists his full name as “Calvin Tilden Hulbert Riggs.” Ettia died in 1903 and Mr Riggs married again in 1905. He was married in Potsdam, NY to Kate Riggs. They both went back to Wisconsin. (I don’t know if or how Kate Riggs might be related to Calvin Riggs.) Kate Riggs died in 1918. Calvin outlived three wives and himself died in 1926.
One of CTH Riggs hints on Ancestry.com was a pic from “Naomi’s Bible.” One of the entries shows the marriage date for CTH Riggs and Hattie Allen as Oct 13, 1872.
Recap Harriet Allen:
It makes me sad that her life was so short. But I am glad that I was able to find even this little bit of information about her.
One of Abel and Jane (Holt) Allen’s sons became a doctor and lived in Parishville, NY. In 1870, he was 13 and still living in Stockholm with his parents. I am having a hard time finding him in 1880 census records because there are several Alfred Allens and I have no way to distinguish them. In 1900, he lived in Parishville with his wife Minnie and her parents. They had been married 12 years and had no children. (According to the newspaper, they were actually married in 1884.) My search in NYhistoricnewspapers.org. is intriguing.
Norwood news., January 24, 1882
Courier and freeman., February 27, 1884
This one, I don’t really understand:
St. Lawrence Republican and Ogdensburgh weekly journal., December 31, 1884
Courier and freeman., February 18, 1891
Jane Allen was still alive in February 1891.
but she died a short time later:
The Ogdensburg advance and St. Lawrence weekly Democrat., March 05, 1891
And here is Hattie Seaver, niece of Alfred and Amos Allen; which person is the mother of Hattie? The Ogdensburg journal., January 23, 1894
There are many notes through the 1880’s and ’90s about Dr Allen being called for various ailments,including diphtheria, broken bones, lumber accidents and sick children. Finally, I found this one, a little more personal, about the doctor’s summer home.
St. Lawrence Republican and Ogdensburgh weekly journal., May 06, 1896
Courier and freeman., August 01, 1900
The Massena observer., October 04, 1900
The Massena observer., October 11, 1900
The St. Lawrence herald., November 02, 1900
The Northern tribune., September 25, 1901
Norwood news., October 01, 1901
Courier and freeman., October 02, 1901
Finally, with this article, we get an idea of what it was all about:
And sad news:
The Massena observer., October 10, 1901
Sometimes in my research, when I get stalled I try to add info by seeing if the person’s name is mentioned in the local newspapers. I usually use nyhistoricnewspapers.org, sometimes Fulton County Postcards fultonhistory.com .
I found this interesting note in “The Ogdensburg advance and St. Lawrence weekly Democrat” May 28, 1891. Amos was my great grandfather’s first cousin through their mothers. There was only one uncle there and he was still alive so this had to be on his father’s side. I have no clue about this uncle or if this was a true story.
Amos was the oldest son of Abel Allen and Jane Holt (sister to my great-great-grandmother, Mary Elizabeth Holt Smith). He was born in Ellenburg in 1840. By 1850, the family had moved to Madrid in St Lawrence County. I can’t find any of the family in the 1860 census, YET.
Records show that Amos enlisted in Company G, New York 83rd Infantry Regiment on 14 Jul 1863 from Brandon NY in Franklin County. His residence was listed as Stockholm. His occupation then was farmer and he was single. Using Ancestry.com and Fold 3.com I found several documents about Amos’ service to our country.
The Ogdensburg journal., July 08, 1890 has this blurb:
which indicates that Amos and Mary (?) were married in July but we don’t know which year. This also shows that his wife was still alive in 1890.
However by August 13, 1890, the Ogdensburg Journal states that “Mrs Amos Allen is very sick.” and the Saint Lawrence Herald Aug. 15,—”Mrs. Amos Allen, who has been very sick during the past week, is improving.”
The Ogdensburg journal., November 04, 1890 says “Another blacksmith shop has been opened at the old stand on Water street by Amos Allen.”
Courier and freeman., September 09, 1891 says, “Mr. Amos Allen, our wheelright and blacksmith, is over run- with work. There is also two other blacksmiths in our village kept very busy.”
I have found from other records that Amos’ wife was Mary. Since she was 49 when she died in 1896, she was born approximately 1847. According to census records, they had two children: Frank born in 1864 and Mina born 1870 who married the William Couglar mentioned above.
I am still working on figuring out who this niece is. Is this a misspelling of Seaver? as Hattie Seaver has been listed several times as visiting her uncle Amos Allen. Or could it be a different girl? Sevey, Sirvis, Siwiz or Seaver?
Norwood news., October 17, 1899 reports that
and The Ogdensburg journal., October 25, 1899
Now, a mention of a brother: The Massena observer., October 17, 1901
Another sale:He was obviously an esteemed citizen of the town: The Ogdensburg journal., August 23, 1905
The Ogdensburg advance and St. Lawrence weekly Democrat., November 15, 1906 announces the death of Amos’ son:
Courier and freeman., March 06, 1907
The Ogdensburg journal., March 06, 1907:and in the same paper
and finally some mention of his Civil War service:
An interesting side note: Amos’ son, Frank, married Charlotte Stearns (the Lottie who is mentioned a couple times in these clippings.) Amos’ daughter, Mina, died in 1909. Her husband, William Couglar remarried to Charlotte Stearns Allen.
Finding details of Amos’ life through the newspaper articles and census & military records makes a story of his life rather than a recitation of facts of birth, death and family members.
I intend to follow the same process and find out what I can of the Allen siblings. There were six brothers and two sisters:
Asahal Allen, 1842–
Albert Allen, 1844–
Alferd Allen, 1846–
Harriet Allen, 1856–
Alfred Allen 1857–1901
Aaron Allen, 1863–
Abbie Allen, 1865–
It always strikes me as odd that all children have names starting with “A” except Harriet.
NEW Information: Amos wife Mary Allen:
Name: Mary L. Allen
Burial Place: Chase Mills
Death Date: 02 Aug 1896
Death Place: Vermont
Birth Date: 1847
Father’s Name: Chas. Woodard
Father’s Birthplace: Vt
Mother’s Name: Mary Woodard
Indexing Project (Batch) Number: B00039-6
System Origin: New York-EASy
GS Film number: 1311929
Reference ID: item 1 rn 137
Citing this Record:
“New York Deaths and Burials, 1795-1952,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FD18-F5C : 10 February 2018), Mary L. Allen, 02 Aug 1896; citing Vermont, reference item 1 rn 137; FHL microfilm 1,311,929.
I’m not sure why it would have death place listed as Vermont.