Pawlet (VT) One Hundred Years
ALLEN, TIMOTHY, from Woodbury, Conn., 1768. He was a cousin of Ethan Allen, and the first settler in the northwest quarter of the town. He evinced great sagacity in the selection of a home, it being the present homestead of David G. Blossom. He was moderator of the town meeting in 1770. He is well remembered by many of our older citizens as a man of singular piety and eminent gifts. The detachment of troops that surprised Ticonderoga in 1775, halted for the night at his house on their march to that place. He died in 1810, aged 96. His son, Parmelee, was town clerk in 1770, and a captain in Col. Herrick's famous regiment of Rangers, organized in this town in 1777. Another son, Daty, was a physician and an emigrant to Mt. Clemens, Mich., in 1800.
ALLEN, TIMOTHY, Jr., was in the battle of Bennington in 1777, at the age of 17. He was an early settler of Bristol, and deacon of the Baptist church in that place. In 1814 he removed to Hartford, N.Y., where he died, 1834, aged 74. Of Deacon Allen's children, Rev. Barna Allen is Baptist minister in Hubbardton, and Hon. Alanson Allen, of Fairhaven, has been county judge and state senator, and is now assistant assessor of internal revenue.
ALLEN, CALEB, came with his father. Timothy Allen, in 1768. He was a land jobber, a vocation which the peculiar condition of real estate in the early years of the settlement of the state demanded. Most of the land was owned by non-residents, many of whom took little interest in it. Hence, businessmen looked them up, bought their claims, many times at a nominal price, and then sold the land in parcels to actual settlers. The cemetery in the north part of the town was given by him to the school district in which it lies. Its first occupants were revolutionary soldiers. He died in 1804, aged 56. His son, Daty, succeeded to the homestead, which he held till 1816, being followed by David C. Blossom. He removed to Whitehall, N.Y., where he died some years ago, leaving numerous descendants.
ALLEN, NEHEMIAH, was an early settler from Worcester, Mass., living alternately in this town and in Granville, N.Y. He was in Rochester, N.Y., when the present site of that city was offered him for one shilling per acre. He died in 1852, aged 87; his wife in 1841, aged 73. His oldest daughter married David Whedon; his youngest daughter, Jane, Ansel Whedon, who died in 1831, aged 36. She then married William Clark, of Whitehall, N.Y., and died in 1850, aged 50.
ALLEN, JOHN, from Danby, 1815; settled with his sons, Nathan and Elisha, on the Jonathan Willard place. He was a substantial, thrifty farmer, and held in high esteem. He died in 1852, aged 91 ; his wife in 1851, aged 71.
ALLEN, NATHAN, m. Julia, da. of Jeremiah Leffingwell, of Middletown. He was one of the earliest and most influential members of the Methodist church. He was one of the directors of the Poultney bank several years. He died in 1863, aged 72. His children were, John, m. Ellen, da. of Joel Winchester; Charles, m. Anna, da. of James Rice. He was in the legislature two years, and lives in Darien, Wis. Isaac, m. Eliza Allen, has been attorney general of Iowa. Henry, m. Sarah Shedd, of Pittstown, N.Y., and succeeded to the homestead. Sarah, m. Lewis F. Jones of California. She was a graduate of Troy Conference Academy, and its female principal two years. Lucy, m. Richard H. Winter, of Whitehall, N.Y.
ALLEN, ELISHA, m. Annis, da. of Dr. Jonathan Safford; settled on the place and built the brick house now owned by Albert A. Boynton. He was also a leading member of the Methodist church. He was in the legislature four years, two of them in the senate, judge of the county court three years, town clerk, nineteen years, and director of the Poultney bank several years. He died in 1856, aged 62. His oldest son, Horace, m. Kate, da. of Jacob Edgerton, Jr., and d. in St. Paul, Minn., in 1865, aged 43. He was a graduate of Union College, and an attorney. He represented Rutland in the legislature two years, and was state senator one year. His youngest son, Merritt, was an attorney, and died at St. Paul in 1855, aged 24.
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