Allens In The American Revolution

Officers of the Continental Army.
Abraham Allen (N. J.). Ensign of Dye’s Regiment New Jersey Militia; taken prisoner at Bargin Point, 16th January, 1779.

Adoniram (S. C.). Captain South Carolina Partisan Rangers, 1780 to 1782.

Archer (Va.). Captain Virginia Militia, 1779-1781.

Benjamin (Mass.). Sergeant of Gridley’s Regiment Massachusetts Artillery, June to December, 1775; 1st Lieutenant 3d Continental Artillery, 1st February, 1777; resigned 13th March, 1778.

Charles (N. C.). Ensign 2d North Carolina, 20th October, 1775; Lieutenant, 8th June, 1776; Captain, –, 1777; transferred to 5th North Carolina, 1st June, 1778, and served to –.

Daniel (Conn.). 2d Lieutenant 3d Connecticut, 1st May to 18th December, 1775; Captain of Ward’s Connecticut State Regiment, 14th May, 1776; Captain 3d Connecticut, 1st January, 1777; resigned 1st June, 1779.

David (Mass.). 1st Lieutenant of Gridley’s Regiment Massachusetts Artillery, June to December, 1775; Captain-Lieutenant of Knox’s Regiment Continental Artillery, 1st January, 1776; Captain 3d Continental Artillery, 1st January, 1777; resigned 13th September, 1778.

David (N. H.). Surgeon’s Mate 1st New Hampshire, 1st May, 1782, to April, 1783.

David (Va.). Ensign 5th Virginia, 26th March, 1777; 2d Lieutenant, 10th December, 1777; transferred to 3d Virginia, 14th September, 1778; 1st Lieutenant, 19th June, 1779; taken prisoner at Charleston, 12th May, 1780; exchanged July, 1781; served to close of the war.

Ebenezer (N. H.). 1st Lieutenant Green Mountain Boys, 27th July, 1775, to — January, 1776; served subsequently as Captain and Colonel of a battalion New Hampshire Rangers and Militia. (Died 26th March, 1806.)

Ebenezer (N. Y.). Major New York Militia, 1776-1779; dismissed 3d May, 1779.

Ebenezer (Vt.). Captain Vermont Militia in 1776 and 1777.

Edward (Va.). Ensign 4th Virginia, September, 1776; 2d Lieutenant, 12th January, 1777; 1st Lieutenant, 4th October, 1777; retired 30th September, 1778.

Ethan (N. H.). Lieutenant-Colonel and commander of the Green Mountain Boys; captured Fort Ticonderoga 10th May, 1775, “by the authority of the great Jehovah and the Continental Congress”; taken prisoner at Montreal, 25th September, 1775; exchanged 6th May, 1778. He received the brevet rank of Colonel, Continental Army, 14th May, 1778, “in reward of his fortitude, firmness and zeal in the cause of his country, manifested during his long and cruel captivity, as well as on former occasions.” Major-General Vermont Militia in 1779. (Died 13th February, 1789.)

Gabriel (R. I.). Lieutenant of Stanton’s Rhode Island, State Regiment, 12th December, 1776, to March, 1777.

Heber (N. H.). Captain Green Mountain Boys, 27th July to — December, 1775. (Died 1782.)

Heman (N. H.). Captain Green Mountain Boys, July to December, 1775. (Died — May, 1778.)

Henry (Allice), (Pa.). Captain 3d Pennsylvania Battalion, 5th January, 1776; resigned 27th February, 1776.

Hudson (Va.). Captain Virginia Militia in 1781.

Ira (N. H.). 1st Lieutenant Green Mountain Boys, 27th July, 1775, to –January, 1776; Colonel Vermont Militia in 1780. (Died 7th January, 1814.)

Jacob (Mass.). Sergeant in Lexington Alarm, April, 1775; 1st Lieutenant of Thomas’ Massachusetts Regiment, May to December, 1775; Captain 23d Continental Infantry, 1st January to 31st December, 1776; Captain 2d Massachusetts, 1st January, 1777. Killed at Bemus’ Heights, 19th September, 1777.

James (Mass.). 1st Lieutenant in Lexington Alarm, April, 1775; Captain of Thomas’ Massachusetts Regiment, May to December, 1775; Captain Massachusetts Militia, 1776-1780.

James (Mass.). Lieutenant of Malcolm’s Continental Regiment, 22d January, 1777; Brigade Quartermaster, 1st January, 1778, to April, 1779.

James (Pa.). Ensign 6th Pennsylvania, 2d June, 1778; retired 1st January, 1780 (name also spelled McAllen).

Jeremiah (S. C.). Captain South Carolina Militia in Marion’s Brigade, 1780-1781.

John (Mass.). 2d Lieutenant of Brewer’s Massachusetts Regiment, May to December, 1775; Ensign 14th Continental Infantry, 1st January, 1776, to December, 1776; Colonel Massachusetts Militia, 1777-1781.

John (N. H.). Captain New Hampshire Militia, 1776.

John (N. J.). 2d Lieutenant of Spencer’s Continental Regiment, 24th May, 1777; Regimental Adjutant, 30th May, 1777; dismissed 9th June, 1778.

John (N. C.). Lieutenant 5th North Carolina, 1st October, 1776, to ——-.

John (Va.). Captain of Taylor’s Regiment Virginia Convention Guards and Issuing Commissary at Albemarle, Va., January, 1779, to November, 1782. (Died 1838.)

John Baptist (N. Y.). Captain 1st Canadian (Livingston’s) Regiment, 20th November, 1775; cashiered 16th September, 1778.

Jonas (Mass.). 1st Lieutenant of Doolittle’s Massachusetts Regiment, May to December, 1775.

Jonathan (Mass.). Captain of Fellows’ Massachusetts Regiment, 19th May to December, 1775; Captain 21st Continental Infantry, 1st January to 31st December, 1776; Captain 5th Massachusetts, 1st January, 1777; Major, 17th May, 1777. Killed 6th January, 1780, while hunting.

Jonathan (Mass.). Ensign of Brewer’s Massachusetts Regiment, May to December, 1775; 1st Lieutenant 2d Massachusetts, 1st January, 1777; resigned 7th June, 1778.

Jonathan (Mass.). Adjutant 8th Massachusetts, 1st January, 1777; discharged by sentence of court-martial 9th June, 1778.

Joseph (Mass.). 2d Lieutenant of Walker’s Massachusetts Regiment, May to December, 1775. (Died 1814.)

Lathrop (N. Y.). Private and Sergeant in 2d New York, May to December, 1775; Lieutenant in 2d New York, December, 1775, to March, 1776; Captain in Elmore’s Regiment Connecticut Militia, 15th April, 1776, to — April, 1777. (Died 12th August, 1826.)

Matthew (R. I.). Captain Lieutenant in Church’s Rhode Island Regiment, 3d May to — December, 1775.

Moses (Ga.). Chaplain Georgia Brigade in 1776; taken prisoner at Sunbury, 9th January, 1779, and while trying to escape, shortly after he was drowned.

Moses (S. C.). Deputy Judge Advocate General Southern Departments, 29th May, 1778, to ——-.

Nathanial Coit (Mass.). Paymaster 10th Massachusetts, 6th November, 1776, to 12th October, 1782; Ensign, 10th August, 1778; Lieutenant, 10th October, 1778; Captain, 12th October, 1782; transferred to 7th Massachusetts, 1st January, 1783; transferred to 4th Massachusetts, 12th June, 1783, and served to 3d November, 1783.

Noah (Mass.). Lieutenant in Lexington Alarm, April, 1775; 1st Lieutenant of Fellows’ Massachusetts Regiment, May to December, 1775; 1st Lieutenant 6th Continental Infantry, 1st January, 1776; Captain, 2d October, 1776; Captain 13th Massachusetts, 1st January, 1777, to rank from 2d October, 1776; transferred to 1st Massachusetts, 1st January, 1781; retired 1st August, 1782, with rank of Major.

Noel (R. I.). Ensign 1st Rhode Island Regiment, 28th June to — December, 1775; 1st Lieutenant 9th Continental Infantry, 1st January, 1776. Killed at Harlem Plains, 16th September, 1776.

Parmalee (Mass.). 1st Lieutenant 3d Massachusetts, 1st January, 1777; omitted in September, 1777, with remark ‘never joined regiment.’ He was Captain Vermont Rangers in 1777. (Died 1806.)

Richard (N. C.). Captain North Carolina Militia at King’s Mountain, October, 1780. (Died 10th October, 1832.)

Richmond (Va.). Lieutenant-Colonel Virginia Militia, 1781-1782.

Robert (Mass.). Captain 7th Massachusetts, 1st January, 1777; resigned 3d September, 1778. (Name also spelled Allin.)

Samuel (Mass.). Ensign in Lexington Alarm, April, 1775; 2d Lieutenant of Fellows’ Massachusetts Regiment, April to December, 1775; 1st Lieutenant 21st Continental Infantry, 1st January to 31st December, 1776; 1st Lieutenant 9th Massachusetts, 1st January, 1777; resigned 18th April, 1778. (Died 1801.)

Simeon (Conn.). 1st Lieutenant of Mott’s Connecticut State Regiment, June to December, 1776.

Stephen (N. Y.). Lieutenant 2d Continental Artillery, 1st January, 1777, and served to June, 1783.

Thomas (N. H.). Chaplain of Warner’s Continental Regiment, 16th February, 1777; resigned 16th July, 1777.

Thomas (N. C.). Captain 1st North Carolina, 1st September, 1775; resigned 15th August, 1776.

Thomas (N. C.). 1st Lieutenant 3d North Carolina, 17th March, 1778; taken prisoner at Charleston 12th May, 1780, and died in prison 26th August, 1780.

Vial (R. I.). Lieutenant Rhode Island Militia, August, 1775, to March, 1776.

Walter (N. C.). Ensign 5th North Carolina, 28th March, 1777; Lieutenant, 4th October, 1777, to ——-.

William (Pa.). Captain 1st Pennsylvania Battalion, 27th October, 1775; Lieutenant-Colonel 2d Pennsylvania, 4th January, 1776; resigned 24th July, 1776, and joined the enemy.

William, Jr. (Pa.). 1st Lieutenant 1st Pennsylvania Battalion of the Flying Camp, July to December, 1776. Wounded at Long Island 27th August, 1776. (Died 1794.)

William (R. I.). Ensign 2d Rhode Island, June to December, 1775; 1st Lieutenant 11th Continental Infantry, 1st January to 31st December, 1776; 1st Lieutenant 2d Rhode Island, 1st January, 1777; Captain, 13th January, 1777; transferred to 1st Rhode Island, 1st January, 1781; retained in Olney’s Rhode Island Battalion, 14th April, 1781; Brevet Major, 30th September, 1783; served to 3d November, 1783.

William (R. I.). Lieutenant Rhode Island Militia, 3d August, 1775; 2d Lieutenant of Tallman’s Regiment Rhode Island Militia, 12th December, 1776, to — March, 1777.

The following Allens served in the American Revolution from the respective colonies. Figures following some of the names indicate the number of times those names appear on the records examined:

Connecticut: Abby, Abel–2, Abiel–2, Abner, Amasa–2, Amos–4, Arnold–3, Asahel, Asher–2, Benjamin–4, Caleb, Allen, Chester–2, Christopher, Daniel–9, David–11, Eben–4, Edward–4, Electa, Elihu–2, Eliphalet, Elisha, Enas, Ethan–3, Gabriel–2, George–5, Gersham–2, Gideon, Henry, Howard–2, Schabad–3, Isaac–4, Ira, James–2, James, Jr., Jared–4, Jason, Joel–2, John–16, Jonathan–7, Joseph–6, Justice, Lathrop–2, Lemuel–2, Levi, Latrup, Luke, Mabel, Martin, Moses–2, Nathan, Nathaniel–4, Noah, Othniel–4, Pasley, Pelatiah, Phoebe, Philip, Phineas–2, Samuel–11, Silas, Simeon–3, Sluman, Stephen–3, Theophilus–2, Thomas–3, Timothy–2, Titus–2, Tryal, William–6, William Cornelius, Zadack. Delaware: Isaac–2, Jacob–7, James–2, John–3. Georgia: Benjamin, Charles, James–6, John–3, Joseph, Moses–4, Philip–3, Robert–5, Thomas–2, William–5, Woodson. Maryland: Adam, Alexander–2, Amos, Arthur, Barna, Charles, Emmanuel–6, George, Gilbert–2, Jacob–2, James–8, Jesse–2, John–3, Joseph–3, Richard–3, Robert–3, Solomon, Stephen, Thomas, William–11. Massachusetts: Aaron–3, Abel–6, Abiah’r, Abijah–10, Abner–3, Abraham–4, Amariah, Amasa–3, Amaziah, Ambrose–2, Amos–19, Ananias, Andrew–5, Apollos–2, Arnel, Asa–5, Asahel, Asaph, Augustus–3, Azariah, Bailey, Barnabas–2, Barnard, Basham, Bawn B., Benaih, Benajoh, Benjamin–14, Bicknell–3, Boston, Byram, Caleb–3, Charles, Christian, Clark, Daniel–9, David–12, Eben, Ebenezer–16, Edmund–3, Edward–3, Eleazer–4, Eliakim, Elihu, Elijah–16, Elijah, Jr., Elijah Daniel, Eliphalet–3, Elisha–13, Elnathan–2, Enoch–4, Enos, Ephraim–10, Eronar, Ezekiel–4, Ezra–5, George–5, Gideon–2, Henrique, Henry–2, Hezekiah–2, Hooser, Hugh, Humphrey, Isaac–10, Isiah, Israel–4, Ithamer–3, Jabez–4, Jack, Jacob–23, Jacques, James–33, Joplet, Jason, Jedeiah, Jeremiah–8, Jesse–3, Jethro–3, Jo–2, Joah, John–10, Joel–2, John Dix, Jonas–5, Jonathan–18, Joseph–43, Joshua–9, Josiah–9, Josiah Johnson, Lemuel–3, Lewis–3, Luther, Malachi–2, Mark, Markmaduc–3, Matthew–5, Mayhew, Micah–3, Moses–3, Nathan–13, Nathaniel–8, Nathaniel Coit–3, Nehemiah–8, Noah–6, Obadiah–2, Oliver–3, Parmele, Paul–3, Pelatiah–3, Peleg–2, Peter–4, Philemon–4, Philip–5, Phineas–6, Pomp, Prince–4, Richard–2, Robert–2, Ruel–2, Rufus–3, Russell–3, Samuel–28, Solmon, Seth–8, Silas–2, Simeon–5, Solom–9, Squire, Stephen–5, Sylvanus, Thomas–19, Timothy–5, Tobias–2, Walley, Weston–3, William–36, Wright–3, Zacheus, Zadak, Zebediah, Zebulon, Zenas, Zerubbabel–2, Zoheth. New Hampshire: Aaron, Abel, Abijob–4, Abner–2, Amasa, Benjamin, Charles, Colonel–2, Daniel–3, David–4, Ebenezer–7, Elijah–2, Ira, Isaac–2, Isaac, Jr., Jacob, James, Jeremiah, John–21, Jonathan–7, Joseph–45, Joshua, Josiah–19, Moses–2, Nathan, Reuben, Samuel–18, Samuel G.–6, Thomas, William–2. New Jersey: Aaron, Benjamin, Cuff, Daniel–2, David–2, David. Sr., David, Jr., Edward, Enoch, George, Gilbert, Henry–2, Jacob, John–8, Jonathan, Joseph–3, Joshua, Judah, Moses–2, Nathan–2, Nathan B., Peter. Richard, Robert, Samuel–3, Thomas, William–2. New York: Abenzer Abraham, Amissy, Amos, Asa, Caleb–2, Christopher, Daniel, David–2, Ebenezar, Ebenezer–2, Elisha, Ethan, Ezra, George, Gideon–2, Henry–2, Herman, Isaac, Jacamiah, James–5, Jesper, Jesse–2, John–8, John, Jr., Jonathan–3, John W., Jorge, Joseph, Justus, Lothrop, Moses–2, Nathaniel, Parmerly, Philip, Reuben, Richard, Samuel–8, Samuel Girks, Stephen–2, Thomas–2, Timothy, William–4. North Carolina: Arthur, Elijah, Hardy, James, John, Jonathan, Joseph–3, Michael, Thomas–2, Walter–2, William. Pennsylvania: Adrain, Alexander, Barnend, Barney–3, Benjamin, Charles, Daniel, David–15, Enoch–7, Ephraim–10, George–12, Gibeon, Hugh, Isaac, James–29, Jackoniah, Jno–3, John–56, Joseph–8, Joshua–7, Josiah–4, Josias, Manuel, Natha, Nathaniel, Nehemiah–4, Patrick, Patterson L.–2, Perkins, Peter–9, Richard–14, Robert–29, Ruben, Samuel–26, Thomas–14, Ulrich, William–41. Rhode Island: Abel–8, Benjamin–4, Caleb–2, Charles, Christopher–2, Darius–4, Edward–4, Elisha–15, Erastus P.–16, Gabriel–8, George–13, James–5, John–7, Joseph–19, Matthew–3, Noel–2, Paul–5, Philip–6, Rhodes G.–11, Sabin–6, Samuel–50, Seth–3, Silas, Thomas–30, Vial–9, William–20. Vermont: Abraham–3, Amos–10, Caleb–6, Dan–6, Doty–2, Dote, Ebenezer–58, Edward–6, Elihu–9, Elijah–3, Elisha–6, Elnathan–2, Ethan–9, Ezra, Gideon–4, Heber, Heman–2, Henry–3, Ira–60, James, John–4, Jonathan–6, Josiah–5, Justice–3, Justus–5, Levi, Moses, Nathan–7, Nathaniel–2, Obadiah–6, Parmelee–21, Prince, Robert–6, Salmon, Samuel–24, Seth–2, Thomas–2, Timothy–10, William–2, Zoah. Virginia: Archer–2, Benjamin, Charles–2, Daniel–2, Darling, David 2, Edward–2, Elijah, Elisha, Elkoner, Ephraim, Erosmus, Francis, Glaiga, H. Thomas, Henry, Hudson, Hugh, Isaac, Isham, James, John–6, Johnston G., Joseph, Joshua, Matthew, Moses–2, Nathan, Reuben, Richard–2, Richmond, Robert, Samuel, Saunders, Sill, Thomas–6, Vincent, William–7. Total 2189.


Seaver, Jesse Montgomery. Allen Family Records. American Historical-Genealogical Society, 1929.

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