Sunday, March 9, 2014

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Elizabeth Clemens Allen

(My entry in this week's 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge)

This sketch will be short indeed because I know so little about the subject.  What I do know is that Elizabeth was born in Ireland (probably Northern Ireland) some time between 1827 and 1832.  Her parents were James and Mary and she had at least two siblings, Jane and John, and likely a third, Mary.

The ship Pioneer arrived in Philadelphia from Londonderry, Ireland in May of 1847.  On board, I believe, were Elizabeth's family, minus her and James.  In any case, the family was in the US by 1850 and Elizabeth was married to Joseph Allen.

The Clemens/Allen family in the
1850 US Census
They resided in the Shenango Twp. area of Lawrence Co., Pennsylvania where Elizabeth's father was a "watchman" and her husband a teamster.

Also in 1850, Elizabeth and Joseph had their first known child, James.  Two year later they had another son, Joseph T.

In 1855, daughter Mary C. was born.  Mary gave Pittsburgh as her birth place.  I do not know if the family did indeed relocate to Pittsburgh or if this is an error and she was born in Lawrence Co. like the her older siblings.  I tend to think this is wrong as Mary's brother, Robert, was born in New Castle, Lawrence, Pennsylvania in 1857.

By 1860, the family had moved to Weathersfield, Trumbull, Ohio.  Joseph worked as a farm laborer and might also have owned land (albeit briefly) in Weathersfield.  Daughter Catherine was born that same year, followed by daughter Elizabeth five years later.

In 1866, Catherine died and son John Grant Allen was born three years later.  The 1870 US Census is the last record Elizabeth appears in, still in Weathersfield with her family.

When Elizabeth died I do not know.  Her family was still in Weathersfield by 1880, so it is likely she died there some time before then.  He daughter, Elizabeth, died in 1877.

Elizabeth was my third great-grandmother through her son, John Grant Allen.

(Elizabeth's maiden name was also spelled Clements, Cleymonds, and Clemmens.)

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