(1743–1806) was an American
soldier, pioneer, and member of the Vermont General Assembly
. He was born in Northampton
on 17 October 1743. His parents were Samuel Allen (1706–1755) and Hannah Miller (1707–1755).
Allen married Lydia Richards (1746–1833) in 1762 in New Marlborough, Massachusetts
. She was the daughter of Zebulon Richards and Lydia Brown.
Along with Thomas Ashley
, Allen was a founder of Poultney, Vermont
. Allen and Ashley (both had married daughters of Zebulon Richards) arrived at the site of the town along the Poultney River
on 15 April 1771. Allen brought his family with him on the journey. Ashley traveled alone, building a shanty and planting corn before bringing his family to the wilderness.Smith, Henry P. & Rann, William S., The History of Rutland County, Vermont
, Syracuse: D. Mason & Co., 1886
Poultney was a patriotic village. All of its residents (except one)supported the American Revolution
and most males served in the revolutionary army at various times during the war.
Allen became a Lieutenant in a company of Green Mountain Boys
, was with Ethan Allen
when Ft. Ticonderoga was captured
from the British, and with Colonel Warner in Canada
. He was appointed a captain in Colonel Herrick's battalion of rangers in July... Read More