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James Allen b Derry c 1790

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Geoffrey Report 25 Dec 2013 14:36

Trying to find any connections to James Allen, my 4gUncle, brought up by his uncle in Derry following the death of his parents. His brother, my 3gGrandfather, John ran away to sea aged 9. Both emigrated to NZ, John in 1842 from Kilmarnock where he had settled following12 years in the Navy.John settled in the Taieri plan, Otago, and his surname changed to Allan, tradition has it, as a gesture to his wife whose name was Agnes Allan.

So I'm looking either for details of John and James parents, or descendants of James Allen.


AnnCardiff Report 25 Dec 2013 20:48

Hi there Geoffrey - welcome to the boards

could this be a connection?

James Allen in entry for James Power and Mary Allen, "Ireland Marriages, 1619-1898"

Name: James Power
Spouse's Name: Mary Allen
Spouse's Birth Date: 1827
Spouse's Birthplace:
Spouse's Age: 20
Event Date: 20 Dec 1847
Event Place: Tamlaghtard, Derry, Ireland
Father's Name: John Power
Spouse's Father's Name: James Allen
Spouse's Previous Husband's Name:
Indexing Project (Batch) Number: M70195-9
System Origin: Ireland-EASy
GS Film number: 101290


Geoffrey Report 26 Dec 2013 13:54

Thank you Ann, it certainly could be,

I need to find out when James left for NZ and where from, before I could draw any conclusions about Mary Allen being his daughter, or whether perhaps Allen was a fairly common name in and around Derry.


AnnCardiff Report 26 Dec 2013 17:17

Irish Family History Foundation: Irish Passenger Lists Cached
... and Archives New Zealand at www ... from Derry to Philadelphia and New ... Over 20 million emigrants arrived at New York’s Ellis Island Immigration ..