Genealogy of William Allis of Hatfield, Mass., and descendants, 1630-1919
Allis, Horatio D. (Horatio Dana) , b. 1884 (Main Author)
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1. William Allis was born between 1613 and 1616, probably in Essex or London, England, and came to this country with Winthropís fleet in 1630. The fleet consisted of eleven vessels: Arabella, Talbot, Ambrose, Jewel, Charles, Mayflower (third voyage), William and Francis, Hopewell, Whale, Success and Trial.
Bancroftís History of U.S., ed. 1890, 230-4.
Barryís History of Massachusetts.
Winthropís Journal, Hosmerís edition, 24.
In the Winthrop colonists, consisting of 700 immigrants, there were three distinct communities represented: (1) those from Dorset and Devon, known as the Dorchester men, who first settled in Boston a number of years before it received that name, (2) those from Lincolnshire, who were properly called Boston men and had determined upon the name of Boston for the new settlement before they left England, (3) those from London and Essex.
Winsorís Mem. History of Boston, 90
William Allis came with the last named company and was no doubt one of the 39 men on the Mayflower (third voyage). They first touched at Salem, but landed at Charlton Harbor, Boston (then called Trimountain), July 1, 1630.
Bancroftís History of U.S., 228-9, 235-7.
Winthropís Journal, Hosmerís edition, 24.
Winsorís Mem. History of Boston, 82, 85, 90.
The Mayflower brought what was called the Braintree Company, which included with William Allis, Thomas Graves and Thomas Meekins, all of whom played an important part in the first generation of our family. Our ancestor was associated with Graves from the start, always lived at the same place, and the families eventually intermarried. They were both surveyors and laid out the town or fort of Charlestown, the first regular settlement of the Massachusetts Bay Colony.
Winsorís Mem. History of Boston, 225-9.
Barryís History of Massachusetts, 187-192
The first trace of William Allis after landing was in Mount Wollaston (afterward Braintree) in 1632. That town, comprising 50 square miles, was surveyed and laid out by him before 1634, and during that year, by order of the General Court, it was annexed to Boston. Large tracts of land were granted to certain inhabitants to settle in Mount Wollaston and William Allis received 12 acres on February 24, 1640. On May 13, 1640, the inhabitants of Mount Wolaston were incorporated as the town of Braintree and, with Dorchester, Dunham, Hingham, Natasket and Roxbury, were incorporated to form the city of Boston.
Drakeís History of Boston, 250.
Patteeís Braintree & Quincy, 11.
Massachusetts Rec., vol. 1, 291.
Winsorís Mem. History, 116, 217, 234
On that date William Allis was made a freeman. Only those who were members of the church were allowed to take the Freemanís Oath, which gave them the right to vote and hold office. Several historians have apparently been misled by the records of the Massachusetts Bay Colony into stating that the first knowledge of William Allis was on May 13, 1640. The reason for the error was that the official records of Braintree were first instituted on that day. He was made a freeman then because Braintree was incorporated in the city of Boston.
In 1641 William Allis married Mary --- and their eight chidlren were born in Braintree:
2. †† John, b. March 5, 1642; *
3. †† Samuel, b. February 24, 1647; *
4.†† Josiah, b. in 1649; died October 25, 1651.
5.†† Josiah, b. October 20, 1651; no further record.
6.†† William, b. January 10, 1653; died in July 1653.
7. †† Hannah, b. in 1654; married William Scott of Hatfield on January 28, 1670, and died in 1718. Their children were:
Josiah, b. June 18, 1671 John, b. July 6, 1684
Richard, b. Feb. 22, 1673. May, b. in 1686
William, b. Nov. 24, 1676 Mehitable, b. Sept. 9, 1687
Hannah, b. Aug. 11, 1679 Jonathan, b. Nov. 1, 1688
Joseph, b. March 21, 1682 Abigail, b. Nov. 23, 1689
8. †† William, b. October 11, 1655; killed by the Indians in the battle at Great Falls (now Turnerís Falls) on May 19, 1676.
9. †† Mary, b. in 1657; died, unmarried, in February, 1690.
Our ancestor was a well-educated, capable man, and well fitted to take his place among the Puritan settlers. He was not only an experienced surveyor but also a successful farmer in Braintree. He was a prominent citizen of the town, being one of its selectmen, and had the supervision of building a road from Boston, Mass., to Providence, R.I. He lived in Braintree until 1658 and then emigrated to Wethersfield, Conn., in the fertile Connecticut valley. At that time the Massachusetts Bay Settlement was becoming somewhat crowded, and as a result the colonists left there from time to time for Connecticut, settling the towns of Windsor, Wethersfield and Hartford in the order names. Most of the settlers made the trip afoot through the wilderness and brought with them only such things as they needed most, leaving the remainder of their possessions to be brought around from Boston and up the Connecticut River by boat.
Stiles History of Ancient Wethersfield, 162-4.
All went well until there arose a difference of opinion among the settlers of these three towns in regard to church government and ordinances. A crisis was reached in 1660 and a meeting was called at which a committee was appointed to go up the connecticut River and view the lands east and north of Northampton, Mass., which had been purchased from the River Indians through Major John Pynchon of Springfield, Mass. A favorable report was made by the committee and about 60 men, 20 of whom lived in Wethersfield, agreed to mve with their families to that very attractive place, and the land was shared between them and a lot assigned to each one. In that way Hadley was settled by the English from Wethersfield, Hartford and Winsor, William Allis being one of the number.
Juddís History of Hadley, 11, 23.
It is claimed that William Allis and Thomas Meekins, with several others, made the journey by way of the cart path through Westfield in 1661, in which year the first of the English settled in Hadley. The journey was a difficult one on account of the wilderness, the many streams to be bridged or forded and the impassible swampt, and with their heavily loaded carts, women and children, personal effects and live stock of various kinds it too them ten days to make the trip of about 50 miles.
The Hadley lands were on both sides of the Conecticut River and had been partly cleared by the Indians. The house lots of eight acres were laid out on each side of the main street, which was ten rods wide and extended a mile north and south. Hadley was alid out somewhat after the fashion English towns and was named after Hadleigh, Suffolk County, England.
Our ancestorís home lot was on the west side of the main street in the center of the settlement. The present meeting house, town hall and Congregational parsonage are all on the lot which was assigned to William Allis. the main street was surrounded by a continuous line of palisades during King Philipís war, enclosing the houses of the original proprietors, and those who settled later were outside the palisades.
On May 31, 1670, that part of Hadley became the town of Hatfield, and in 1771 the northern part of Hatfield was incorporated as the town of Whately.
William Allis was a leading citizen of Hatfield and a trusted lieutenant of John Pynchon of Springfield. He held the offices of deacon, justice of the peace and selectman, was often on advisory committees with prominent men of that section and in 1672 was one of those commissioned to lay out Squakeage (Northfield). He was a member of the committee which was appointed by the town on March 7, 1673, and authorized to say who should be the inhabitants of Deerfield by right of purchase or otherwise, to regulate the herding of cattle, to advise about the institution of a church and secure a good orthodox minister, et. At a later date, namely May 7, 1673, the Great and General Court appointed him one of a committee of six to act in all respects, to lay out the farms and to admit inhabitants to Deerfield, and in 1674 was one of those commissioned to lay out Swampfield (Sunderland).
During these years, as the Indians had been fairly dealt with by the settlers, peace existed between them until war was incited by the settlers, peace existed between them until war was incited by King Philip. On October 19, 1675, the Indians numbering aobut 800 attacked Hatfield with the intention of destroying the town and slaying the inhabitants, as they had at the neighboring towns of Northfield and Deerfield, but they were expected by the settlers and beaten off with but small loss to Hatfield.
The Indians then assumed a defiant attitude. They stole cattle and horses from the English and appropriated a number of the outlying farms. As a result the settlers decided to take the offensive and the battle at Great Falls (now Turnerís Falls) resulted. The men from the different towns to the number of 150 started from their homes on May 18, 1676, and assailed the Indians at the Falls early in the morning of the 19th, when they were asleep, killing about 175 of them with practically no loss to themselves, but when they began their homeward march this success was turned into a defeat. The Indians attacked them in the rear, and a panic was created among the English by the report that a thousand warriors under King Philip were at hand. The men were scattered, and although the retreat was conducted with bravery and skill 38 of the settlers were killed, and some became lost and wandered around in the woods for two or three days before reaching their homes.
William Allis was a captain in the fight at Great Falls and had with him in the engagement three sons, one of whom, William Allis, Jr., was killed.
The settlers now saw the need of a larger force to cope with the Indians. A cavalry regiment called the Hampshire Troop, under command of Maj. John Pynchon, was recruited from the different towns.
William Allis was at first Coronet and later Lieutenant of the mounted troops. Garrisons were established in the various towns, that of Hatfield being made up of 36 men under Lieutenant William Allis, and he was in charge of the fortifying at Hatfield in the winter of 1677-78.
For a while after the Falls Fight there was an occasional plundering expedition by the Indians, but they became scattered by famine and disease and by the English troops, and the death of King Philip on August 12, 1676, appeared to put an end to the war. Nothing more was seen of the Indians until September 19, 1677, when 50 of them from Canada, led by their chief Ashpelon and encouraged by the French, attacked Hatfield without any warning. They entered the town when most of the men were harvesting corn in a distant field, set fire to many buildings, killed 12 and captured 17 of the English, and immediately started for Canada with their captives. Mary ___, the wife of William Allis, was one of those killed in the massacre, and Abigail Allis, his granddaughter, was one of those taken captive. The suddenness of the attack seemed to paralize the settlers and apparently no effort was made to rescue their relatives and friends. perhaps they feared that the captives might be tomahawked, if pursued, and hoped they might be spared if unmolested. The prisoners, upon their arrival in Canada, were turned over to the French, and those who survived did not again see their homes until eight months afterward.
On June 25, 1678, Lieutenant Allis married Mary, daughter of John Bronson and widow of John Graves of Hatfield, Mr. Graves having lost his life in the Hatfield massacre. She was also the widow of John Wyatt of Haddam, Conn., efore she married John Graves of Hatfield. On March 16, 1681, after the death of Lieutenant William Allis, she married Samuel Gaylord.
Lieutenant William Allis died on September 6, 1678. He was evidently a prosperous man in his day and at the close of his life he had accumulated quite an estate. The inventory of his property, which was taken September 18, 11678, was as follows
In purse and apparel†††††††† £9††††††††††††††††††† 13††††††††††††††††††† 0
Arms and ammunition†††† 6††††††††††††††††††††† 1††††††††††††††††††† 0
Beds and other furniture††††††††† 9††††††††††††††††††††† 5††††††††††††††††††† 0
Napkins and other linen††††† 2††††††††††††††††††††† 1††††††††††††††††††† 0
Brass and pewter pieces 5††††††††††††††††††† 10††††††††††††††††††† 0
Iron utensils††† 2††††††††††††††††††† 11††††††††††††††††††† 6
Cart, plow irons, chains, stilliards††††††††† 7††††††††††††††††††† 15††††††††††††††††††† 0
Tables, pitchforks, cusions, scyths††††††††††††††††††††† 1††††††††††††††††††† 19††††††††††††††††††† 0
Barrels, tube, trays†††††††††††††† 3††††††††††††††††††††† 9††††††††††††††††††† 6
Woolen and linen yarn††††††† 0††††††††††††††††††† 18††††††††††††††††††† 6
Several sorts of grain, flax†††† 11††††††††††††††††††† 12††††††††††††††††††† 0
2 horses†††††††† 7††††††††††††††††††††† 0††††††††††††††††††† 0
3 cows, 2 steers, 2 calves, 1 heifer†††††††† 20††††††††††††††††††††† 0††††††††††††††††††† 0
Swine and sheep†††††††††† 10††††††††††††††††††††† 8††††††††††††††††††† 0
Houses and home lot†††† 100††††††††††††††††††††† 0††††††††††††††††††† 0
Land in South Meadow††† 114††††††††††††††††††††† 0††††††††††††††††††† 0
Land in Great and Little Meadow††† 136††††††††††††††††††††† 0††††††††††††††††††† 0
Land in Plain and Swamp† 20††††††††††††††††††††† 0††††††††††††††††††† 0
Land in Quinepiake†† 28††††††††††††††††††† 13††††††††††††††††††† 0
††††††††††††††††† 496††††††††††††††††††††† 6††††††††††††††††††† 6
2. JOHN ALLIS was born in Braintree, Mass., on March 5, 1642, and died in Hatfield in January, 1691. He married on December 14, 1669, Mary, daughter of Thomas Meekins and widow of Nathaniel Clark. She married Samuel Belden of Hatfield about a year after the death of John Allis and died in 1704. She was the mother of two children by Nathaniel Clark and twelve by John Allis, the Allis children being:
10.†† Joseph, b. Nov. 11, 1670;*
11.†† Abigail, b. Feb. 25, 1672. She was taken by the Indians on September 19, 1677, but later restored. She married Ephraim Wells on Jan. 23, 1696, and had the following children:
Ephraim, b. prob. 1696-7 Sarah, b. prob. 1706
Abigail, b. prob. 1698 Elizabeth, b. prob. 1708
Thomas, b. prob. 1700 Hannah, b. Jan. 22, 1709-10
Mary, b. prob. 1702 Lydia, b. Jan. 18, 1711-12
Joshua, b. prob. 1704 Rebecca, b. Sept. 1, 1715
12.†† Hannah, b. Oct. 9, 1673; married John Broughton of Deerfield on November 19, 1691, as his 2nd wife, and had at least two children:
Mary, b. Oct. 25, 1693 Hannah, b. April, 1695
13.†† Ichabod, b. July 10, 1675;*
14.†† Eleazer, b. July 23, 1677;*
15.†† Elizabeth, b. April 4, 1679; married James Bridgman on July 13, 1704. They lived in Sunderland and Hatfield and had 10 children:
Jonathan, b. Feb. 1, 1706 Elizabeth, b. Nov. 7, 1714
Mary, b. Oct. 21, 1707 Lydia, b. Sept. 14, 1716
John, b. July 22, 1709 Sarah, b. Sept. 3, 1718
Ruth, b. Feb. 25, 1711 Samuel, b. Dec. 26, 1720
Abigail, b. Sep. 19, 1712 Sarah, b. Oct. 28, 1722
16.†† Lydia, b. Aug. 15, 1680; died Aug. 31, 1691.
17.†† John, b. May 10, 1682;*
18.†† Rebecca, b. Apr. 16, 1683, married Nathanel Graves of Hatfield on Apr. 30, 1702, and had 8 children:
Rebecca, b. Oct. 25, 1703 Eleazer, b. Dec. 12, 1711
Mary, b. Feb. 22, 1706 Israel, b. June 23, 1716
Nathaniel, b. Nov. 16, 1707 Martha, b. Oct. 29, 1718
Ruth, b. Aug. 16, 1709 Oliver, b. Aug. 6, 1725
19.†† William, b. May 16, 1684;*
20.†† Nathaniel, b. 1685;*
21.†† Mary, b. Aug. 25, 1687; died April 20, 1688.
John Allis resided in Hatfield, near his Father William, owning a lot on the same side of Hatfield street, and was one of the prominent citizens of that town. He was a millwright and carpenter of note. He built many churches and was erecting the first corn mill at Mill River when he died. He was the first town clerk of Hatfield, and was one of a committee of six appointed to make a survey of and lay out highways between Hadley and Windsor, Conn. He served in King Philipís War and was in the fight at Great Falls on May 19, 1676. Afterwards he was a captain in the militia.
At the time of the Hatfield massacre on September 19, 1677, the mother of John Allis was killed, his barn burned, and his six-year -old daughter Abigail carried away to Canada by the Indians, being one of the seventeen prisoners taken. On the same day the Indians went north to Deerfield, where they killed one and captured four men, and then went across the country to Lake Champlain and Canada. During the march to Canada one of the men was burned at the stake and two other captives were killed, and all endured much suffering. The trip through the wilderness was a most difficult one.
The prisoners were held in Canada by the French until ransomed eight months later through the efforts of two of the Hatfield settlers, Benjamin Waite and Stephen Jennings, whose families were among the captives. They were young men, experienced in woodcraft and familiar with Indian customs, and they determined to ascertain the fate of their relatives and friends and redeem them if found alive.
On October 24, 1676, with a commission from the Massachusetts government, they left Hatfield for Albany by way of Westfield, that being the only travelled route to Canada. They reached Albany, but the authorities were unfriendly and sent them to New York on a false pretense. After a time they were sent back to Albany with a pass, but it was December 10 before they were able to resume the journey to Canada. They first hired a Frenchman as a guide, who deserted them, and then hired a Mohawk Indian, who remained with them. In the face of many trials and discouragements, and at times without food, they finally reached the captives at Sorell, Canada, but they were unable to secure all of them without the help of the French authorities, and therefore went on to Quebec. They were successful in their mission and were also assigned a guard of 11 soldiers to Albany. They left Quebec on April 19 and Sorell on May 2, having redeemed all of the captives. The ransom cost about £200, which was made up of contributions from the English. The party reached Albany on May 22 and eventually arrived at Hatfield safely.
3. SAMUEL ALLIS was born in Braintree, Mass., on February 24, 1647, and died in Hatfield on March 9, 1691. He married in 1675-6, Alice ___, and after his death she married Sergeant John Hawks on November 20, 1696. She was killed at Deerfield on February 29, 1703-4, during the attack by the French and Indians, at the time that her son Samuel was killed and two of her daughters (Mary and perhaps Rebecca) were captured.
Samuel Allis was a carpenter and builder of Hatfield and resided on the east side of Hatfield street. Seven children:
22.†† Mehitable, b. July 2, 1677; married Benoni Moore of Hatfield and Northfield on December 13, 1698, and died May 8, 1757. Their 10 children were:
Elizabeth, b. Apr. 29, 1700 Hannah, b. Sep. 22, 1708
Mehitable, b. Jan. 2, 1701-2 Samuel, b. May 15, 1712
Samuel, b. Jan. 2, 1703-4 Mercy, b. Sep. 12, 1713
Hezekiah, b. Jan. 18, 1704-5 Lediah, b. Feb. 28, 1715-16
Hannah, b. Dec. 25, 1706 Ruth, b. Jan. 29, 1717
23.†† Samuel, b. Feb. 20, 1679; killed by the Indians in the attack on Deerfield, February 19, 1703-4.
24.†† William, b. Oct. 19, 1680;*
25.†† Mary, b. July 6, 1682; was captured by the Indians at Deerfield on February 29, 1703-4, and taken to Canada, but was afterwards released. On February 3, 1710, she married Nathaniel Brooks, a fellow captive. He was first married to Mary Williams, but in the attack on Deerfield he and his wife and two children were captured by the Indians and he only returned. His wife died in Canada and the fate of his children was unknown. Mary Allis and Nathaniel Brooks had the following children:
Nathaniel, b. Oct. 26, 1710 Aaron, b. Oct. 17, 1717
Samuel, b. Aug. 20, 1712 Moses, b. Sep. 14, 1722
Eunice, b. Nov. 22, 1714 Dina, b. May 13, 1725
26.†† Thomas, b. Mar. 12, 1684;*
27.†† Sarah, b. in 1685; married (1st) Ebenezer Evarts of East Guilford on April 22, 1709. He died May 19, 1722, and she married (2nd) Capt. John Scranton (being his third wife) and died October 8, 1749. Sarah and Ebenezer had five children:
Hannah, b. Oct. 30, 1710 Abigail, b. May 12, 1718
Sarah, b. Apr. 10, 1713 Abigail, b. July 19, 1720
Mary, b. Sept. 7, 1715
28.†† Rebecca, b. Nov. 29, 1687; no further record.
10. JOSEPH ALLIS was born in Hatfield on November 11, 1670, and was captured and killed by the Indians on June 19, 1724, while loading hay with several other settlers three miles from town. He was a farmer and lived in Deerfield. He married Naomi --- in 1702, and their four children were:
29. †† Daniel, b. April 10, 1703; was drowned near the mill May 20, 1719.
30.†† Mary, b. 1706; married John Smead of Deerfield on September 26, 1723. He and his wife and five children were captured by the Indians on August 20, 1746, and carried to Canada, where she died March 29, 1747. He was redeemed and with the three younger children arrived at Boston August 31, 1747. Their children were:
Bathsheba, b. Oct. 1, 1724 Reuben, b. Apr. 13, 1735
John, b. Dec. 18, 1726 Simon,††††
Daniel, b. Apr. 1, 1729 Mary, b. about 1740
Child, b. Oct. 16, 1731 Captivity, b. Aug. 20, 1746
Elihu, b. Oct. 12, 1732
31. †† Thankful, b. March 11, 1711; married Jonathan Holmes of Deerfield in 1730, and died November 21, 1737. Their children were:
Child, b. June 14, 1731 Experience, b. Oct. 1, 1734
Joseph, b. Nov. 14, 1737 Naomi, b. Sept. 12, 1736
32. †† Experience, b. March 11, 1711; married Noah Ferry of So. Hadley, Mass., in 1736, and died in Granby, November 4, 1794. Their children were:
Noah,†† Daniel, b. Feb. 15, 1743
Charles, b. Jan. 7, 1739 Rebecca, b.† Apr. 9, 1745
13. ICHABOD ALLIS was born in Hatfield July 10, 1675, and died July 9, 1747. He married, first, in 1698, Mary, daughter of Samuel Belden, Jr., born August 27, 1679, and died September 9, 1724. He married, 2nd, November 25, 1726, Sarah, daughter of Benjamin Waite and widow of John Belden. When she was but two years of age she was captured by the Indians and taken to Canada, but was afterwards returned
Ichabod Allis lived in Hatfield and was a farmer and builder. He had eight children by Mary, his first wife, as follows:
33.†† Abigail, b. Feb. 28, 1700; married Nathaniel Smith of Sunderland December 1, 1720, and died December 22, 1767. Their children were:
Mary, b. Feb. 16, 1724 Elisha, b. Oct. 9, 1734
Abigail, b. Oct. 16, 1726 Martha, b. Oct. 23, 1736
Lydia, b. Aug. 31, 1729 Jerusha, b. Feb. 3, 1739
Rhoda, b. Feb. 14, 1732
34. Lydia, b. Jan. 7, 1702; married Daniel Dickinson of Hatfield January 13, 1736, and died October 16, 1737. Daníl Dickinson married (2nd) Ruth Bagg.
35. †† Martha, b. November 19, 1703; married (1st) John Wells of Hatfield. They lived in Hatfield and Hardwick, Mass. and had seven children:
John, b. Mar. 14, 1729 Lydia, b. Aug. 16, 1738
Martha, b. June 12, 1731 Submit, b. May 3, 1742
Mary, b. Feb. 26, 1734 Elijah, b. April 1, 1744
Lucy, b. Mar. 7, 1736
†††††††† After the death of John Wells she married (2nd) Captain Nathaniel Hammond of Swanzey, N.H., August 6, 1746. They lived in Hardwick and had one child, Timothy, born May 13, 1748. Captain Hammond died July 19, 1758, and his widow married (3rd) Nathaniel Kellogg of Hadley and died September 13, 1764.
36. †† Samuel, b. Dec. 12, 1705;*
37. †† Sarah, b. Jan. 11, 1708; m. Joseph Miller Nov. 14, 1734.
38. †† Bathsheba, b. Jan. 12, 1710; married Jonathan Warner on August 8, 1733, and had ten children:
Daniel, b. Dec. 22, 1734 Jonathan, b. July 14, 1744
Mary, b. Feb. 23, 1736 Bathsheba, b. July 24, 1746
Bathsheba, b. Oct./Nov. 1738 Lucy, b. May 10, 1748
Lydia, b. Nov. 3, 1740 Rhoda, b. Mar. 3, 1752
Sarah, b. Nov. 1, 1742 Rhoda, b. Nov., 1754
39. †† Abel, b. July 21, 1714; married on Dec. 14, 1735, Miriam, daughter of Joseph and Lydia (Leonard) Scott of Hatfield who was born Dec. 14, 1713. She married (2nd) Joseph Benton of Hartford, Connecticut, and died May 26, 1751.
40. †† Elisha, b. Dec. 3, 1716;*
14. ELEAZER ALLIS was born at Hatfield July 23, 1677, and died Nov. 22, 1758, age 82. He married, first, on March 17, 1720, Jemima, daughter of John and Sarah (Banks) Graves of Hatfield and widow of John Graves of Whately. She was born at Whately April 30, 1693, and died February 18, 1727. He married (2nd) November 14, 1734, Martha, daughter of John and Sarah (White) Graves of Hatfield and widow of John Crafts, who was born at Hatfield on November 4, 1689, and died June 5, 1780.
Eleazer Allis was a farmer and lived in Hatfield, and had two children by his first wife:
41.†† Jonathan, b. June 22, 1723; married Submit --- and died in 1797 without issue.
42.†† Eleazer, b. Dec. 15, 1725;*
17. JOHN ALLIS was born at Hatfield May 10, 1682, and was twice married: first, on January 29, 1708, Mary, daughter of John and Sarah (Smith) Lawrence, who was born Nov. 1, 1688, and died Nov. 8, 1713; second, on June 23, 1715, Bethiah, daughter of John and Mary (Edwards) Field of Northampton. He lived in Hatfield and had five children.
By first wife:
43. Joanna, b. in September, 1710; died.
44. Dorothy, b. Jan. 27, 1712; no further record.
45. Daughter, b. Oct. 28, 1713; died Oct. 29, 1713.
By second wife:
46.†† Ebenezer, b. June 25, 1716; died April 13, 1720.
47.†† John, b. Sept. 18, 1718; probably married Lydia, daughter of Joseph and Lydia (Leonard) Scott of Hatfield and died in 1734-5. Lydia married (2nd) John Field Oct. 5, 1736.
19. WILLIAM ALLIS was born at Hatfield May 16, 1684, and married on Dec. 15, 1709, Mary, daughter of Jacob Griswold of Wethersfield, Conn. About the time of his marriage he removed to Wethersfield, where he died in 1761. He made his will June 14, 1756, in which he gave to his grandson, Abel Allis, all his real estate, and all his personal effects that would remain after paying the other legacies named in the will.
William Allis was a farmer and a prominent citizen of Wethersfield, and held town offices of Collector in 1712, and Lister (rate-maker) and Packer (meat inspector) the following year. His five children were born in Wethersfield:
48. †† Mary, b. November 22, 1711; married Ebenezer Sanford of Wethersfield and had Ebenezer, born in 1739. She died and he married, second, Sarah, daughter of Robert Chapman of East Haddam, on February 14, 1740.
49. †† Lydia, b. September 14, 1713; married on March 8, 1739, John Collins of Wethersfield, and had Amos, born June 5, 1746, and Kezia, born in 1747.
50. †† Sarah, b. October 6, 1715; married on January 13, 1742, Ezekiel Kelsey of Wethersfield and had seven children:
Asahel, b. Oct. 30, 1743 Sarah, b. Aug. 2, 1752
Israel, b. Nov. 20, 1745 Patience, b. July 30, 1754
Ezekiel, b. Dec. 22, 1747 Patience, b. Aug. 23, 1756
Mary, b. Dec. 30, 1749
51. †† Ann, born in 1720; married Samuel Pike.
52. †† John, b. Sept. 11, 1726;*
20. NATHANIEL ALLIS was born at Hatfield in 1685 and died in Bolton, Conn., in February, 1750-51. He married, first, November 28, 1705, Mercy Dudley, of Guilford, Conn., who bore him twelve children. She died June 29, 1731, and he married, second, Elizabeth ---, who died in Vernon, Conn, July 6, 1774. The children were:
53. †† Mindwell, b. Feb. 1, 1708; died April 15, 1708.
54. †† Mary, b. April 25, 1709; married Benjamin Johns of Bolton on Feb. 24, 1728, and had five children:
Mary, b. Jan. 2, 1729 Daniel, b. Mar. 4, 1737
Benjamin, b. Oct. 17, 1731 Naomi, b. Mar. 4, 1740
Stephen, b. Oct. 14, 1734
55. †† Jemima, b. June 20, 1711; married Eliakim Root of Coventry, Conn., on August 15, 1731.
56. †† Jonathan, b. Aug. 5, 1713; married on September 3, 1741, Martha Wickham of Glastonbury, Conn.
57. †† Mindwell, b. May 26, 1714; married Mr. Rood.
58. †† Nathaniel, b. Nov. 4, 1716;*
59. †† John, b. Nov. 10, 1718;*
60. †† David, b. July 19, 1720;*
61. †† Mercy, b. March 17, 1722; married Mr. Coleman.
62. †† Naomi, b. Jan. 1, 1724; died Jan. 26, 1740.
63. †† Ebenezer, b. May 24, 1726;*
64. †† Timothy, b. Nov. 13, 1728; married Elizabeth Whitaker of Bolton Nov. 7, 1751. Removed to Stafford, Conn. and adopted two children, Daníl Curtis and Lydia Washburn.
Nathaniel Allis settled in Bolton about the time of his marriage and was a wealthy farmer and prominent citizen of that town. His will, made in January, 1750-51, is an interesting document and is quoted herewith:
In the name of God amen, I, Nathaniel Allis of Bolton, in the County of Hartford, and the Colony of Connecticut, being under great indisposition of body, but through Godís goodness of sound and disposing mind and memory, and calling to mind ye uncertainty of life, do make and ordain this my last will and testament.First and principally resigning my souls to God, the father of Eternity and my body to the earth to be decently buried, and as for those worldly goods and effects with which it has pleased God to bless me I will dispose of as followeth:
Item: I give and bequeath unto my loving wife, Elizabeth, all those movables which she bore with her at her marriage, as also provision for her maintenance as hereinafter named and provided. Item: I give unto my son, Jonathan Allis what he has already received of his brother David on account of his portion. Item: I give unto my son Nathaniel Alis the sum of 50 pounds money old tenor, to be paid to him as is hereafter provided. Item: I give unto my son John Allis the sum of 100 pounds old tenor, to be paid to him as is hereafter provided. Item: I give unto my son Ebenezer Allis the sum of 300 pounds old tenor, to be paid him as is hereafter provided. Item: I give to my son Timothy Allis the sum of 300 pounds old tenor, to be paid him as is hereafter provided. Item: I give to my daughter Mercy Johns the sum of 50 pounds old tenor, to be paid her as is hereafter provided, besides what I have already given her. Item: I give unto my daughter Jemina Root the sum of 100 pounds old tenor, to be paid her as is hereafter provided. Item: I give unto my daughter Mindwell Rood the sum of 50 pounds old tenor as is hereafter provided. Item: I give unto my daughter Marcy Coleman the sum of 50 pounds old tenor, to be paid her as is hereafter provided.
I give to my son David Allis all my lands in Bolton with the buildings and the appurtenances thereof, to him and his heirs and assigns forever, provided that he pay and discharge all the legacies above named to the rest of my children, which legacies I do hereby order to be paid within six years after my decease, and provided also that he, the said David Allis, maintain and subsist me and my wife Elizabeth with a comfortable maintenance during the time of each of our natural lives.
My will further is that an inventory of my movable estate be taken, and that after my just debts be paid and answered that then the remainder thereof I give to my son David to enable him to pay the above legacies. My will further is that if the state of our money be altered before the said legacies be payable that then the said David shall discharge said legacies in such money as shall then be equal to the value of old tenor at this time.
Finally I hereby nominate and appoint my son David Allis to be my sole executor of this, my last will and testament, whereof I do hereunto set my hand and seal this last day of January, A.D., 1750-51.
Signed, sealed, published and declared to be his last will in presence of
John Bissell††††††††††† Benjamin Talcott
Benjamin Carpenter††††††††††† Daniel Bridges
24. WILLIAM ALLIS was born in Hatfield, Oct. 19, 1680, and married Elizabeth Davis of Northampton in 1703-4. He was one of the first forty settlers of Sunderland, Mass., where he was assigned Homestead 4, East Side, and was among the first to remove to Hunting Hills (now Montague), being one of the pioneers in the Chestnut Hill District in 1738. He died in Montague, Feb. 20, 1763, and Elizabeth, his wife, died May 1, 1758. Their children, except the youngest, were born in Hatfield:
65. †† Mary, b. Feb. 18, 1705; married Joseph Mitchell on Nov. 2, 1726, and died Nov. 8, 1773. They had one child, Joseph, born March 3, 1727.
66. †† Lois, b. Jan. 13, 1708; married Gershom Tuttle on October 17, 1737.
67. †† Eliphalet, b. Dec. 9, 1710;*
68.††† Zebediah, b. Oct. 28, 1713;*
69. †† Elizabeth, b. May 20, 1716; married on March 29, 1744, Daniel Baker of Northampton and had four children:
Mercy, b. Dec. 30, 1744 Elizabeth, b. Dec. 2, 1749
Daniel, b. Aug. 1, 1747 Samuel, b. May 23, 1752
26. THOMAS ALLIS was born March 12, 1684, in Hatfield, and married about 1716 Mehitable, daughter of John and Mary (French) Evarts of Guilford, Conn., and widow of Daniel Blachley, and was born Feb. 25, 1678. He settled in Guilford about the time of his marriage and lived there until 1732, when he moved to Haddam, Conn.
It has been impossible to secure an accurate record of the children of Thomas Allis for the reason that a part of the Guilford records were destroyed by fire and the Haddam church records (where the name is given as Ellis), contain very meagre information in regard to his family. He probably had other children than those whose names are given below, but as near as it is possible to trace them the children were:
70. †† Sarah, b. November 14, 1717; married Stephen Johnson on September 4, 1756.
71. †† Samuel, b. in August, 1719; married Mary Lee of East Guilford, Conn.
72. †† Rebecca, b. about 1721; married David Hoyt of Guilford in 1742 and had five children:
David, b. Mar. 9, 1743 Rebecca, b. about 1749
Timothy, b. Jan. 17, 1744-5 Timothy, b. Feb. 7, 1753
Rebecca, b. May 2, 1747
73. †† Mehitable, b. about 1723; married Samuel Brooks of New Haven on June 23, 1748.
74. †† Patience, b. about 1725.