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The ALLEN Sisters of Centerville and Hume c. 1850
Posted by: multi genes (ID *****5943) Date: February 20, 2012 at 07:19:47
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A pattern of evidence indicates that the ALLEN women of Allegany County's Centerville and Hume who married Charles HATCH, Charles BOND, Leander HUBBARD, and William COUCH by the mid 19th century were daughters of Mary (WILLIAMS?) ALLEN CLARK. Darius T. ALLEN was their brother and Darius ALLEN was probably their father. This evidence corrects some mistaken ideas. I would like to hear of any other documentary evidence that supports or refutes this evidence.

Mary (Williams?) b. abt 1795, prob. Otsego County, NY.
(1) Darius ALLEN m. by 1812 d. bef 1840
1. Amelia ALLEN
b. 10 Aug 1813 NY
m. 1834 Charles Loomis HATCH
d. 22 Jan 1875 Tiskilwa, Bureau, IL
2. daughter2 ALLEN
b. 1815-1817
3. Sarah Ann ALLEN
b. May 1818
m. Charles BOND
d. 16 Feb 1904
4. Susan C(aroline?) ALLEN
b. abt 1825
m. abt 1846, Leander HUBBARD
d. bet 1873 and 1879 Dallas, IA
5. daughter5 ALLEN
6. Elida (aka Alida) E. ALLEN
b. abt 1829
m. 1848, William COUCH
d. 17 Nov 1872, Bureau, IL
7. Darius Tracy ALLEN
b. abt 1834
m. 17 Nov 1856, Ruth Cass HATCH
d. 8 Nov 1865, Jeffersonville, Clark, IN
(2.) Elijah CLARK,
b. 1787 MA,
d. 7 May 1863 Hume, Allegany, NY
his first wife, Sabra PHILLIPS, died 13 Dec 1843.

The key hard evidence is:
* In Ruth Cass HATCH's civil war pension application the parents of her deceased husband, Darius T. ALLEN are identified as Mary CLARK and Elijah CLARK (step-father), and
* A letter written by Mary Ann Clark on 2 Dec 1866, says her step-mother, Mary, is well and living in Wisconsin with her own children. It also identifies Mrs. Leander Hubbard as one of Mary's daughters. (cited in "Noah Phillips of Newton County, GA and Litchfield, Conn.; his ancestors & descendants"; George Herbert Phillips, 1957).

From this evidence we can conclude that Elijah's wife Mary was previously married to an ALLEN and that Susan HUBBARD was born an ALLEN and Mary's daughter.

The rest of the evidence is somewhat softer, but I think it is convincing when put together.
* In the 1830 US Census for Hume, Allegany, NY, Darius ALLEN is found with his wife and 6 daughters of appropriate age. Judging from the census order, Elijah CLARK lives nearby.
* In the 1840 US Census for Hume, Darius is gone (presumed dead). C. BOND is living with his wife, a young daughter, a 5-10 year old boy (Darius T. ALLEN?), an older girl, and an older woman (MARY?). Another older girl, probably one of Mary's unmarried daughter is living in Centerville with the Charles HATCH family.
* In the 1865 NY State Census, Mary CLARK is living as the widowed 70 year old mother-in-law of Leander Hubbard. She is listed as having had 7 children and 2 marriages. (Apparently, Mary ALLEN CLARK and the COUCH family went west between the 1865 census and December 1866 when Mary Ann CLARK wrote her letter.)
* Sarah BOND is present when Darius T. ALLEN's wife has a child. (pension record)
* Ellen BOND, Sarah's daughter, is staying with the Charles HATCH family in the 1860 US Census for Stephenson, IL.
* Mary Clark and Elida Couch are staying with the Charles HATCH family in the 1870 US Census for Bureau, IL.
* Elida Couch's name is on the Bureau County cemetery monument for Amelia Allen HATCH and Charles HATCH (the metal plate for his name is missing).
* Amelia's first son, Heman Darius HATCH, seems to be named for both his grandfathers. Sarah Bond also had a son named Darius.
* Censuses after 1870 show that the HUBBARD's, BOND's , and Darius T. ALLEN's are often neighbors and all end up in near Greenleaf, Washington, KS.
* The “Genealogy & History of the Hatch Family, Descendants of Thomas & Grace Hatch of Dorchester, Yarmouth, & Barnstable, Massachusetts” by Ruth Hatch-Hale states that Darius ALLEN and Polly WILLIAMS are the parents of Amelia ALLEN HATCH. No attribution is given.

I know that Leander HUBBARD's first wife is thought to be Susan CLARK. I believe that this is a mistake based on the fact that Mary CLARK was Leander's mother-in law. She was a CLARK by her second marriage. Leander is also thought to have had a second wife, Caroline. I believe this was either an editorial mistake in his obituary or Susan ALLEN's middle name.

The recollections of Marvin Blanchard in “A Brief Sketch of the History of Centerville” contain mistakes. I believe the his assignment of Seth ALLEN as their father is one of them.

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