Early Colonial Settlers of Southern Maryland and Virginia's Northern Neck Counties
Benjamin AllenBef 1700 - Aft 1720 (> 22 years)
Name Benjamin Allen Birth Bef 1700 South Farnham Parish, Essex County, Virginia Gender Male Death Aft 1720 South Farnham Parish, Essex County, Virginia Person ID I130115 Tree1 Last Modified 24 Mar 2023
Father Erasmus Allen, b. 10 Sep 1671, Christ Church Parish, Middlesex County, Virginia d. 16 Aug 1720, Essex County, Virginia - probate (Age 48 years) Relationship natural Mother Dinah Waggoner, b. Abt 1675, Middlesex County, Virginia d. 17 Dec 1751, South Farnham Parish, Essex County, Virginia - inventory (Age ~ 76 years) Relationship natural Marriage Abt 1691 South Farnham Parish, Essex County, Virginia Family ID F26544 Group Sheet | Family Chart
1717-1722 Essex County, Virginia Wills, Inventories & Settlements, No. 3; [John Frederick Dorman]; Page 196.
The will of Erasmus Allen was dated 26 January 1719. In the name of God Amen I Erasmus Allen being Sick and week in body but of perfect mind & memory blessed to be God for it I do ordain this my Last Will & Testament in manner & form following first rendering my Soul unto almighty God my maker stedfastly hopeing & believeing that through the Merrits of Lord & Saviour Jesus Christ I shall receive full pardon and Remission of of [sic] all my Sins and body to the Earth from whence it was taken to be buryed in such decent maner,
First I Give to bequeath unto my Son John Allen that peice of Land joyning to my Brother Wm Allen to him & his heirs for ever And the rest of my Land I Give to my Son Erasmus Allen & his heirs for ever only my wife shall have it dureing her life,
Secondly I Lend to my Loveing wife Dinah Allen my Three negroes & all the rest of my Estate during her Life and she shall pay all the Debts that is now due without any of my Children Estate or dismissing any of it, Thirdly I Give unto my Son John Allen my negro man named Guile & to his heirs for ever
Fourthly I Give unto my Son Erasmus Allen my negro Girl named Mill and to his heirs for Ever and if the negro Girl should have Children shall be distributed as followeth ye first to go to my Daughter Rachel Cheny The next to my Son Benjamin & ye next to my Son Joseph and the next to my Daughter Margreat & the next to my Daughter Dinah & the next to my daughter Barbary and the abovesd negro man & Girl Shall be due to my Two Sons John & Erasmus Allen after my wife decease and that the abovesd Negro’s Shall not be apaised [sic] with the rest of my Estate and my negro Woman Doll shall be Valued with the rest of my Estate and after my wifes decease to be equally divided between the rest of my Children Rachell Cheny & Margret Dinah Barbary & Benjamin & Joseph & if my wife Should marry my Children Shall be at Eage at Eighteen, I do make my wife & my Son John Allen Holy & Souly Executors makeing this my Last Will & Testamt. As Wtiness my hand & Seal this 26 day of January 1719” Signed Erasmus Allen. Wtinesses: Andrew his + mark Diar, Wm Allen. Presented in court 16 August 1720 by Dinah Allen and Jno Allen and proved by Andrew Dyar and Wm Allen. Recorded 16 August 1720.