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1788 - 1850
Samuel's signature in 1813 (6)
Samuel was born in about April 1788 in Flagg (1), and baptised at St John the
Baptist's in Chelmorton on 13th June that year (2). He was the third child of of
Samuel and Elizabeth, having two older sisters, Sarah about 4 years his elder and Mary about 2 years.
His father died in May 1802 (3), having mentioned Samuel in his will
(4) written a day or two before. Everything was left to Samuel's mother, but upon
her death, he was to inherit £10 first, then the balance was to be split between him and his sisters.
He married Ann Dickens on 27th September 1813 (6), by which time she must have been
about 6 months pregnant, as their son George was baptised on 2nd January 1814(7). The
marriage entry in the parish register shows that Samuel was able to write his name, whereas Ann could only make her mark (6).
At the time of George's baptism Samuel was described as a miner and the marital home was in Flagg. Their second son,
Samuel was born in late 1815 (8), followed by Joseph in 1818 (9)
and a daughter Sarah in 1821 (10). Their son Samuel must have died by 1824 because
they reused the name for their youngest son that year(11). This second Samuel didn't
fare any better than the first and died at just 11 months old (12).
In August 1826, Samuel's wife Ann died aged just 34 (13). He doesn't appear to have
mourned her for too long though, as he had remarried and had another child within 15 months (16)
His second wife was Elizabeth Oldfield, who was originally from Taddington(14), but
was already living in Flagg (15) prior to their marriage. They were married at All
Saint's, Bakewell, on 5th June 1827 (15).
Their first child, Mary Anne, was born in about November 1827 (16). She was followed
by a son Samuel in 1830 (17), and finally another son William in 1833 (18).
Unfortunately Samuel (who himself was son of Samuel, son of Samuel) seemed destined not to continue the name to another
generation, as for the third time his son of that name died young; this time in March 1838 (19).
The bad fortune was compounded when his sister Mary Ann died less than a fortnight later (20).
By the time of the 1841 census (21), Samuel's brother in law Thomas Oldfield, also a
lead miner, was living in the household. It is said (22) that Hubberdale mine was
worked by "Allen, Oldfield and Wacker". Samuel and his brother in law are almost certain to have been Allen and Oldfield,
but I have no idea who Wacker was.
Samuel's youngest son William was the only child in the household at the census, leaving 3 of his half-siblings from
Samuel's first marriage unaccounted for. Joseph does show up around Manchester in the 1851, 61 and 71 censuses, but
there is no trace of the other two. I cannot say whether they continued to live with Samuel after their mother's
death or, as often seemed to be the case in those days, whether they went to live with relatives of hers when Samuel
Samuel died of dropsy aged 62, on 29th April 1850 (23), and was buried two days later
in Taddington (24).
Brief details of his children:
- George was born around the new year of 1813/14 (7). No further record of him
has been found.
- Samuel was born in late 1815 (8), and must have died sometime before his 9th
birthday, as his name was re-used for his younger brother.
- Joseph was born in 1818 (9), he married a woman called Charlotte from Worcester,
and they lived around the Manchester area. Their eldest daughter Elizabeth Ann was born about 1847 in Hume and her
sister was born about 4 years later in Rusholme. Joseph and family then appear in the 1851 census in Ardwick where
he is a 'drysalter'. In the 1861 census they are in Audenshaw where he is a porter; and in 1871 they are in Manchester
and he calls himself a master wheelwright.
- Sarah was born in 1821 (10). No further record of her has been found.
- Samuel was born in 1824 (11). He died at just 11 months old (12).
- Mary Anne was born in about November 1827 (16) and died in March 1838 (20).
- Samuel was born in 1830 (17) and died in March 1838 (19).
- William has his own page
Marriage entry from parish register of All Saints, Bakewell reads:
- His baptism record (2) gives his parents residence as Flagg
and his baptism as 13th June 1788. He was 62 years old when he died on 29th April 1850 (23),
meaning he was probably born not too long before the 29th April 1788.
- Baptism entry in Parish register
of St John the Baptist's, Chelmorton reads:
[1788, June] 13 Bapd Saml Son of Saml
& Eliz Allen Flagg
- His will was written on 12th May (4), and he was buried on
the 17th (5).
- Samuel's father's will (page 1,
3) (ref: B/C/11/Samuel Allen, Flagg, 1804 @ LRO) reads:
In the name of God Amen, this twelfth
Day of May One Thousand Eight Hundred and two
I Samuel Allen of Flagg in the Parish of
Bakewell and County Derby Yeoman being
Sick and Weakly of Body, but of perfect and sound
disposing Mind and memory Blessed be God for the
same And calling to mind the certainty of Death
and uncertainty of this life I do hereby Nominate
Constitute and appoint this and no other to be my
last Will and Testament in manner and form
following, that is to say, First being penitent
and sorry for my sins past I give and commit
my soul unto the Hands of Almighty God who
gave it and my Body. I commit to the Earth to
be decently Buried at the Discretion of my
Executor to be hereinafter mentioned And as
to my Worldly Estate and Effects Goods and Chattles
I dispose off and order the same in manner and
form following, that is to say First I do hereby
nominate, Constitute and appoint Joseph Burdekin
of Flagg Hall Yeoman full and sole Executor of this
my last will and testament unto whom I do
hereby give all my aforesaid Estate and Effects Goods
and Chattles upon trust that he shall pay and
Discharge my Funeral Expences and the Charges
of the Probate of this my Last Will and Testament
And also upon a further trust that after my
Funeral Expenses and the Probate of this my
last Will and Testament are paid off and
Discharged as aforesaid that he shall give all
the Rest, residue and remainder of my Estate
and Effects both Personal and Real unto my
Loving Wife Elizabeth Allen for and during
her natural Life And after her Decease upon
a further trust, that if any of my said Estate
or Effects of what kind soever it may be shall
remain that the same shall be divided in manner
following, that is to say that he shall give unto my
Son Samuel Allen Ten Pounds more than his
two sisters and afterwards to go equal shares
with his two sisters at all the rest residue and
remainder of my aforesaid Goods & Chattles
Estate and Effects of what nature or kind
soever they may be. In Wintness whereof I the
said Samuel Allen do utterly abolish and make
void all former Wills or Bequests by me at
any time before made.
Signed Sealed published
and Declared by the within
named Samuel Allen the
Testator to be his last Will [SIGNATURE] Saml Allen
and Testament In presence
of us who have hereunto set
our Hands as Witnesses
[SIGNATURE] Joseph Burdekin
[SIGNATURE] Francis [?Deany?]
[SIGNATURE] Francis [?Webster?]
Sworn before me
this [3rd] Day of Jany 1804
- His father's burial entry in the
parish register of St Leonard's in Monyash reads:
 May 17 Burd Samuel Allen of Flagg
- Marriage entry from parish register of All Saints, Bakewell reads:
Samuel Allen and Ann Dickens
both of Flagg in this parish
were married in this church by Banns
this twenty seventh Day of
September in the Year One thousand eight hundred and thirteen
By me James Coates Minister
This Marriage was solemnized between us Samuel Allen; Ann Dickens her X mark
In the Presence of Reginald Dickens his X mark; George Heathcott
- His son George's baptism entry from parish register of St John the Baptist's, Chelmorton
[2 Jan 1814] Bapt George son of Samll Allen and Ann of Flagg miner
- His son Samuel's baptism entry from parish register of St John the Baptist's, Chelmorton
[10 Dec 1815] Bapt Samuel son of Samll Allen and Ann of Flagg labourer
- His son Joseph's baptism entry from parish register of St John the Baptist's, Chelmorton
[14 June 1818] Bapt Joseph son of Samll Allen and Ann of Flagg labourer
- His daughter Sarah's baptism entry from parish register of St John the Baptist's, Chelmorton
[29 July 1821] Bapt Sarah dau of Samll Allen and Ann of Flagg labourer
- His son Samuel's baptism entry from parish register of St John the Baptist's, Chelmorton
[1 Aug 1824] Bapt Samuel son of Samll Allen and Ann of Flagg miner
- His son Samuel's burial entry from parish register of St Michael's, Taddington reads:
[12 Apr 1825] Buried Samuel Allen of Flagg aged 11 months
- His wife Ann's burial entry from parish register of St Michael's, Taddington reads:
||August 18 
- She gives her place of birth as Taddington on the 1851 census (25).
and Elizabeth Oldfield both of Flagg of this parish
were married in this Church by Banns
this Fifth Day of
June in the Year One thousand eight hundred and twenty seven
By me Jas Coates Officiating Minister
This Marriage was solemnized between us Samuel Allen; Elizabeth Oldfield
In the Presence of Thomas Oldfield; Wm Frost [????]
His daughter Mary Anne's baptism entry from parish register of St John the Baptist's, Chelmorton
[18 Nov 1827] Bapt Mary Anne dau of Samll Allen and Elizabeth of Flagg miner
His son Samuel's baptism entry from parish register of St John the Baptist's, Chelmorton
[29 Aug 1830] Bapt Samuel son of Samll Allen and Elizabeth of Flagg labourer
His son William's baptism entry
in Parish register of St John the Baptist's, Chelmorton reads:
His son Samuel's burial entry from parish register of St Michael's, Taddington reads:
[18 March 1838] Buried Samuel Allen of Flagg .....
His daughter Mary Ann's burial entry from parish register of St Michael's, Taddington reads:
[29 March 1838] Buried Mary Anne Allen of Flagg .....
Census of 7th June 1841 reads:
According to living relatives.
Death Certificate from Registration District of Bakewell states:
|Sam l Allen||50||L Miner|
|Tho s Oldfield||35||L Miner|
Burial entry from parish register of St Michael's, Taddington reads:
|When and where died
||Cause of death
||Signature, description and residence of informant
|Twenty Ninth April 1850, Flagg
||Dropsy 4 months, not certified
||Thos Oldfield, Present at the death, Flagg
||Twenty ninth April 1850|
Census of 30th March 1851
||1 May