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THE ALLEN FAMILY OF HILL
I am indebted to Judith and Andrew Sayers for all their help with this family
Thomas Allen (1751c-1823) and Sarah Shipway (1754-1837)
Joanna Allen (1791-1833) and Henry Woodward (1795-1873)
Yeoman of Hill
Sarah Woodward (1833-1880) and Thomas Smith (1830c-1884)
Ellen Smith and Henry Terrett
William Edward Terrett and Grace Margaret Eley
THOMAS ALLEN, Great IV Grandfather of Richard Barton
Husband of Sarah Shipway
Father of Joanna Woodward
Also Father of Thomas, Daniel, Hester, Robert, Joseph and John
Thomas Allen was born in about 1750.
On 13th July 1778 he married Sarah Shipway at Stone. He was described as ‘of Rockhampton’. Thomas and Sarah had at least seven children. The eldest, Thomas, was baptised at Stone in 1778; Daniel and Hester were baptised at Rockhampton in 1780 and 1782 and the four younger ones at Hill between 1785 and 1793. Of the children, Thomas became a Mariner of Oldbury-on-Severn and Daniel was a Gardener of Rockhampton.
Thomas Allen died on 16th June 1823 and was buried in the churchyard at Hill and his tombstone records that he died aged 72 years.
SARAH ALLEN, Great IV Grandmother of Richard Barton
Daughter of Thomas Shipway and Ann (nee Pagler)
Wife of Thomas Allen
Mother of Joanna Woodward
Also Mother of Thomas, Daniel, Hester, Robert, Joseph and John
Sarah Shipway was the daughter of John and Anne Shipway of Stone and she was baptised at Stone on 9th March 1754/5.
Sarah Shipway married Thomas Allen at Stone on 13th July 1778. The groom was described as of the parish of Rockhampton and neither could sign their name. Thomas Allen was born in about 1751 and the newly weds later settled at Hill.
Thomas and Sarah had at least seven children. The eldest, Thomas, was baptised at Stone in 1778; Daniel and Hester were baptised at Rockhampton in 1780 and 1782 and the four younger ones at Hill between 1785 and 1793. Of the children, Thomas became a Mariner of Oldbury-on-Severn and Daniel was a Gardener of Rockhampton.
Sarah Allen died on 5th August 1837 at Hill Pile in the Parish of Hill. On the death certificate she was described as an eighty-three-year-old Widow and the cause of death was given as ‘Stoppage’. James Darke, Registrar, registered the death on 6th August and the informant was Joseph Allen of Hill, the Son, who made his mark.
The Burial register would indicate that she was buried on 9th August 1837 and the age given was 83 years.
Thomas Allen was baptised on 8th November 1778 at Stone. He was a Mariner of Oldbury-on-Severn and produced a will on 18th March 1839.
In 1841 Thomas Allen was a beer house keeper of Oldbury-on-Severn. He was described as sixty-two-years-old and born in the county. With him was Mary Sharp, aged thirty-five, his housekeeper and eight others. These included James Allen, a mariner aged twenty-one-years.
He died on 11th June 1846 aged 68 years at Hill and a monument was erected. The will was proved on 26th October 1846 and the property was valued at less than £300. He made bequests to James Allen, his nephew; John, Joseph and Robert, his brothers; Hester his sister; Harriet Allen, his niece, Hannah his niece; the children of Joanna Woodward his sister; and Daniel Allen his nephew. His property included he share and interest of and in the Sloop “Mary” of the Port of Gloucester, his property at Oldbury, his clock and other monies. Mary Sharp, single woman, who resided with him, had use of the property at Oldbury during her lifetime.
Letter from Judith and Andrew Sayers 22nd July 2004:
‘We have studied the tithe map and found the properties owned by Thomas Allen, the mariner, and they are still there, one we believe was a cider house, picture enclosed. Which is next to the Memorial hall, near the Ship Inn. The other is a cottage set a little way back, behind that, and with land adjoining, which would probably have been a cider apple orchard.’
Re plan of Hill churchyard at GRO: ‘A grave between Thomas Allen the Mariner and his parents is marked S. Woodward, and is smaller, so could be a child, (Samuel?), and another next to it is V. Allen, possibly Virtue, wife of Joseph, son of Thomas and Sarah. H. Woodward is a little way along from Joanna. The plan was made in the early 1900s we think, and is in a book giving a little history of the church, written by the vicar at the time. No dates re the names.’
Email from Judith Sayers 7th August 2012:
One theory is that Thomas and Sarah were farming the farm opposite the church at Hill, and when daughter Joanna married Henry Woodward he took over the running of the farm and the tenancy when they died. On the tithe map Henry is farming a lot of land in that area. But it does not explain the links to Oldbury, where the son Thomas was a mariner, and owned property there.
Daniel Allen was baptised on 11th January 1780 at Rockhampton and he later became a gardener there. He married Anne (Nancy) Nash on 28th October 1805 at Berkeley. Both signed with marks and the witnesses were Hesther Allen (sister), William Brown and Henry Clark.
Daniel Allen was buried on 24th August 1836 at Rockhampton aged fifty-five-years. His wife, Nancy Nash, was baptised on 23rd November 1777 at Hill, the daughter of Anselm and Jane Nash. In 1780 they were at Rockhampton.
Ann Allen was buried at Rockhampton on 10th April 1835 aged fifty-seven-years..
Hester Allen was baptised on 22nd September 1782 at Rockhampton. She was a beneficiary in her brother Thomas Allen’s will of 1839 and in the codicils of 1846.
Hester Allen or Hulling, spinster of Hill, married John Nutt, bachelor, at Hill, on 30th April 1807. The witnesses were Robert and Hannah Allen. Their son John Nutt was born on 26th January 1811 and baptised on 31st March 1811at Hill. His brother William Nuth was baptised at Hill on 25th December 1813 and was described as the son of John and Esther Nuth, a labourer and his wife of Hill.
Robert Allen was baptised on 31st July 1785 at Hill. His mother’s name was given as Elizabeth in the baptismal register but was most likely Sarah.
Robert may have married Sarah Harris at St Mary de Lode, Gloucester on 21st June 1815. She may have died at Longney and been buried on 30th March 1831 aged thirty-eight years
In 1841 Robert Allen was at Linch Gate, Linch, Longney aged fifty-five-years and working as an agricultural labourer. With him was his son, aged twenty-five-years. Both were born in Gloucestershire.
In the 1851 census return a Robert Allen was living at Highland, Longney, and was described as a pauper and Farm Worker, aged sixty-eight, who had been born at Hill. He was living with his daughter Hannah Apperly, aged thirty-four, who was born in Longney and her husband William Apperly, a farm labourer, aged thirty-two and born in Longdon, Worcestershire. Living in the same house were two grandchildren – twelve-year-old John Allen, a scholar, born in Longney, and eight-year-old William, born in Eastington.
According to probate records Robert Allen of the parish of Longney, labourer, a widower, died on 11th January 1860 at Longney. Letters of administration were granted at Gloucester on 4th June 1862 to Robert Allen of the parish of Stroud, railway porter, one of the children of the deceased having been first sworn. His effects were valued under £50.
He suffered with cancer for three years.
Joseph Allen was baptised on 28th August 1789 at Hill.
On 31st July 1815 at Rockhampton Joseph Allen, bachelor of Hill, married Virtue Dyer, a spinster, of Rockhampton. The witnesses were Joseph and Emma Dunn.
In the baptism register for Hill there is a couple of baptisms recorded for children of Joseph and Virtue between 1821 and 1825. In these Joseph is described as a labourer of Hill.
When his mother, Sarah Allen, died on 5th August 1837 at Hill Pile in the Parish of Hill, the informant was Joseph Allen of Hill, the Son, who made his mark.
In the 1841 census Joseph was a forty-year-old agricultural labourer of Hill. His wife Virtue was the same age. Their children were John, a twenty-year-old agricultural labourer and Hannah a twenty-year-old dressmaker.
In the 1851 census return for Hill he was described as a sixty-four-year-old farm labourer who was born in Hill. His wife, Virtue, was aged fifty and had been born in Iron Acton. With them was his son John, a thirty-four-year-old farm labourer, born in Thornbury.
Joseph was buried at Hill on 28th August 1868 at Hill and his wife Virtue was buried there on 6th February 1875.
John Allen was baptised on 3rd March 1793 at Hill. In the baptism register for Hill there is a couple of baptisms for the children of John and Ann Allen of Hill and the father was described as a waterman.
He was a beneficiary in his brother, Thomas Allen’s, will of 1839. He was also to receive his clock.
In the 1841 census return he was described as a forty-five-year-old agricultural labourer of Hill and born in the county.
On 24th December 1846 at Hill John Allen married Ann Ryells. He was described as bachelor and mariner of Hill, son of Thomas Allen, mariner. His bride was a spinster of Hill, daughter of Abel Ryells, labourer. The witnesses were Charles Hacker and Ann Gibbs.
On 26th May 1844 Sarah Ryall was baptised at Hill, daughter of Ann Ryall, a singlewoman
In the 1851 census return for Hill he was described as a sixty-year-old farm labourer who had been born in Hill. With him was his wife, Sarah Ann, who was aged thirty and born in Hill. Their three children were seven-year-old Sarah Ann, three-year-old William and seven-month-old Mary. All were born in Hill.
According to probate records John Allen, late of the parish of Hill, waterman, died on the 21st March 1852 at Hill. Letters of administration were granted at Gloucester on 17th February 1869 to William Allen of the Parish of Iron Acton, labourer, the son, and one of the next of kin of the deceased he having been first sworn. The effects were valued under £50.5
Sarah Ann married Edward Holder, an agricultural labourer of Brimpsfield who was born in Miserden in about 1825. At the time of the 1861 census he was a widower himself. With him were the Allen children who were described as step-children, namely Sarah Ann aged sixteen; William aged twelve and Mary aged ten – all born in Hill. With them were further children Elizabeth Ann Holder aged five and born at Winston and Edwin aged three and born at Winston also.
Edward Holder later married Elizabeth Timbrell and had further children.
JOANNA WOODWARD, Great III Grandmother of Richard Barton
Daughter of Thomas Allen and Sarah (nee Shipway)
Wife of Henry Woodward
Mother of Sarah Smith
Also Mother of Samuel, Hannah and Thomas
Also Mother of James Allen
Joanna Allen was baptised on 1st May 1791 at the village church in Hill. She was the youngest daughter of Thomas and Sarah Allen.
In 1818, whilst working as a servant she had a natural son, James Allen, and he was baptised at Hill on 10th May 1818.
On 15th June 1822 she married Henry Woodward at Hill. Both were of Hill and the witnesses were John and Hester Neeth.
Henry and Joanna had five children four, of whom were baptised at Hill between 1825 and 1833.
Joanna died on 24th September 1833, aged forty-two-years. She was buried at Hill on 27th September and a monument was raised up in her memory.
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