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Samuel Allen (m. Sarah Prater) was PA Regiment officer in French and Indian War
Posted by: Jesse Buckwalter (ID *****6095) Date: August 08, 2012 at 07:22:06
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I found the following information online at

"ITEM #19338
March 25, 1756
The Pennsylvania Gazette

A LIST OF OFFICERS, who have received Commissions from his Honour the GOVERNOR, under the Militia Law.


Lebanon Township. George Reynolds Captain: SAMUEL ALLEN Lieutenant; Christopher Zimmer Ensign.

According to the Archives of Pennsylvania, Capt. George Reynolds was commissioned on May 17, 1756 and Lieut. Samuel Allen was commissioned on May 19, 1756. It may have been typical to "re-commission" officers from time to time. For example, the same Archives of Pennsylvania listing of the First Battalion of the Pennsylvania Regiment, has Lieut. Colonel Conrad Weiser commissioned on May 5, 1756. He was a Lieutenant Colonel well before this date. George Reynolds was a Captain under Conrad Weiser. Samuel Allen was a Lieutenant under John Van Etten, who was also a Captain under Conrad Weiser.

So, this article in The Pennsylvania Gazette certainly referred to the Samuel Allen commissioned in May 1756. Apparently he was first commissioned before March 25, 1756, and he was from Lebanon Twp, Lancaster County. This is the only reference I have found to date that may provide some indication of where Samuel Allen may have lived. I have not found him on any tax rolls in Lancaster Co., and so far I have not found any Allen family in Lebanon from which he might have come.

Does anyone have access to a database or CD for The Pennsylvania Gazette of March 25, 1756? ["Papers Read before the Lancaster Historical Society, Friday, October 3, 1919", p. 159, provides the same information, but gives the date of this issue of The Pennsylvania Gazette as March 23, 1756.] Images of this issue are available if you have access, e.g., The Pennsylvania Gazette database is accessible is some libraries, e.g., the University of Pittsburgh.

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