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Samuel Allen

1788 - 1850

Samuel Allen's signature from 1813
Samuel's signature in 1813 (6)

Father Samuel Allen
Mother Elizabeth Mycock
1st Wife Ann Dickens
Children George, Samuel, Joseph, Sarah, Samuel
2nd Wife Elizabeth Oldfield
Children Mary Ann, Samuel, William


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 remarried.

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:



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  1. 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.
  2. Baptism entry in Parish register of St John the Baptist's, Chelmorton reads:
    [1788, June] 13 Bapd Saml Son of Saml & Eliz Allen    Flagg
  3. His will was written on 12th May (4), and he was buried on the 17th (5).
  4. Samuel's father's will (page 1, 2, 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?]

    [PROBATE]
    Sworn before me
    Richard Chapman
    [?xxxxxx?]
    this [3rd] Day of Jany 1804
    Under 100
  5. His father's burial entry in the parish register of St Leonard's in Monyash reads:
    [1802] May 17 Burd Samuel Allen of Flagg
  6. 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
  7. His son George's baptism entry from parish register of St John the Baptist's, Chelmorton reads:
    [2 Jan 1814] Bapt George son of Samll Allen and Ann of Flagg miner
  8. His son Samuel's baptism entry from parish register of St John the Baptist's, Chelmorton reads:
    [10 Dec 1815] Bapt Samuel son of Samll Allen and Ann of Flagg labourer
  9. His son Joseph's baptism entry from parish register of St John the Baptist's, Chelmorton reads:
    [14 June 1818] Bapt Joseph son of Samll Allen and Ann of Flagg labourer
  10. His daughter Sarah's baptism entry from parish register of St John the Baptist's, Chelmorton reads:
    [29 July 1821] Bapt Sarah dau of Samll Allen and Ann of Flagg labourer
  11. His son Samuel's baptism entry from parish register of St John the Baptist's, Chelmorton reads:
    [1 Aug 1824] Bapt Samuel son of Samll Allen and Ann of Flagg miner
  12. 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
  13. His wife Ann's burial entry from parish register of St Michael's, Taddington reads:
    Name Abode When buried Age
    Ann Allen Flagg August 18 [1826] 34 years
  14. She gives her place of birth as Taddington on the 1851 census (25).
  15. Marriage entry from parish register of All Saints, Bakewell reads:
    Samuel Allen
    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 [????]
  16. His daughter Mary Anne's baptism entry from parish register of St John the Baptist's, Chelmorton reads:
    [18 Nov 1827] Bapt Mary Anne dau of Samll Allen and Elizabeth of Flagg miner
  17. His son Samuel's baptism entry from parish register of St John the Baptist's, Chelmorton reads:
    [29 Aug 1830] Bapt Samuel son of Samll Allen and Elizabeth of Flagg labourer
  18. His son William's baptism entry in Parish register of St John the Baptist's, Chelmorton reads:
    When baptized Child's
    Christian Name
    Parents
    Christian Name
    Parents
    Surname
    Abode Quality, Trade
    or Profession
    October 25
    [1833]
    William Samuel &
    Elizabeth
    Allen Flagg Miner
  19. His son Samuel's burial entry from parish register of St Michael's, Taddington reads:
    [18 March 1838] Buried Samuel Allen of Flagg .....
  20. 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 .....
  21. Census of 7th June 1841 reads:
    Place: Flagg
    Sam l Allen50L Miner
    Eliz. Do45.
    William Do7.
    Tho s Oldfield35L Miner
  22. According to living relatives.
  23. Death Certificate from Registration District of Bakewell states:
    When and where died Name Sex Age Occupation Cause of death Signature, description and residence of informant When registered
    Twenty Ninth April 1850, Flagg Samuel Allen Male 62 years Miner Dropsy 4 months, not certified Thos Oldfield, Present at the death, Flagg Twenty ninth April 1850
  24. Burial entry from parish register of St Michael's, Taddington reads:
    Name Abode When buried Age
    Samuel Allen Flagg 1 May [1850] 62 years
  25. Census of 30th March 1851 reads:
    Place: Flagg
    Elizabeth Allen Head Widow 54 Householder Derbyshire, Taddington
    William do Son U 17 Lead Miner do, Flagg
    Thomas Oldfield Brother Mar 46 Lead Miner do, Taddington
    Charlotte do Wife . 40 Dressmaker do, Chestefield



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