I am interested in finding information about the William Allen who lived on Quittapahilla Creek, Lebanon Twp., Lancaster County. William's Will, dated 29 Jan 1747 was proved 11 Dec 1747. It lists his executors as his wife Margaret M. Allen, Ralph Whiteside, and Thomas Hamersly. There were three sons and two daughters, names not given.
A survey dated 23 Apr 1742 shows Ralph Whiteside and George Stoitz adjacent to William to the south and east respectively. A survey dated 20 Apr 1745 shows John Casper Stoever adjacent to William to the west. By virtue of a warrant dated 9 Apr 1759, Martin Funk acquired the tract that once belonged to William Allen.
Based on the following marriage records of Rev. John Casper Stoever, William's two daughters of may have been Sarah and Margaretha:
1749-02-09 Allen, Sarah (Lebanon) Wilson, William (Lebanon)
1752-12-20 Allen, Margaretha (Lebanon) McNeese, James (Bethel)
James McNees, Ralph Whiteside, and Thomas Hammersley were named executors in the 02 Feb 1754 Will of Ralph Whiteside, which was witnessed by John Allen, who was likely a son of William Allen.
In the March 23, 1756, issue of The Pennsylvania Gazette there is a list of officers that received commissions from the governor under the militia law: Lancaster County, Lebanon Township - George Reynolds Captain; Samuel Allen Lieutenant; Christopher Zimmer Ensign. Samuel Allen and George Reynolds had been in the same battalion of the Pennsylvania Regiment under Colonel Conrad Weiser during the French and Indian War. Samuel probably would have been born between 1730 and 1735. A survey dated 16 May 1760 shows that Ralph Whiteside sold his property to George Reynolds. Conrad Weiser also had property on Quittapahilla Creek, among other places.
Any evident about the names of William Allen's children is purely circumstantial at this time. I have no information about when and from where William came to Lebanon, but hope someone can provide something. I have not found any connection between this William Allen and other Allen families in Lancaster during the same period. The mentioned Samuel Allen is my earliest Allen ancestor.
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