My sister Yvonne and I had the privilege of visiting our new ALLEN relatives on Saturday 21 October 2017. We met Trevor Allen at his home in Tamlaghtmore, Cookstown, with whom I’ve been corresponding (detailed earlier) since our February 2017 E mail introduction via Dr Eric Allen, USA. Also met his wife Joanne and children Christopher 6 and Hannah 2. His Dad David, Mum Olive and sister Christina with baby Alfie were also present. When David appeared from his work I immediately saw an Allen, short and stocky and then found him to be full of craic...a typical Allen. I saw a resemblance to my Granda and his brother Willie (who emigrated to Canada in the 1920’s, (detailed in a separate section). I was immediately inspired and emotional by meeting these long lost relatives.

How are Trevor/his Dad David related to me and my Allen connection?

David’s father was William John Allen (1907-1956) married Pearl Cahoon. His father was Thomas Allen (1883-1919) and his father in turn was our common ancestor Samuel JOHN, “cock of the North!”..... David had also heard this expression!!
A fantastic trace, as I knew that John had a son Thomas but I could NOT trace him in my earlier researches, until the breakthrough in February. I had traced John/Eliza’s other children, three daughters and one son to America, but not Thomas! In 2013 Liz and I had the great privilege of meeting offspring from these 3 daughters. The initiator of our visit to the USA 2013, was Anna Priscoe, the 90 year old grand daughter of one of these daughters (Detailed in MY JOURNEY)

Trevor also informed me that he had made a discovery the day before from a Molesworth Presbyterian Church (3rd Cookstown Presbyterian Church) link to the internet! This has turned out to be almost as equally exciting. He sent me the following link:

NOTES on a Samuel Allen (born 1795) lineage taken from "Notes on the Congregation of 3rd Cookstown Presbyterian Church by Rev John Knox Leslie 1842-43" this document we observe that Samuel & Elizabeth (nee McKinney) moved from Tullycoll, Cookstown to Tintagh, Moneymore.

Tintagh is where I have traced the ALLEN’S from originally! The date for this move to Tintagh is uncertain as I guess this was discovered when Rev Knox was preparing his records 1842-43. A Samuel Allen is recorded in the Griffiths Land Registry as a lease holder (Landlord Edmund Staples, Lissan House) in Tintagh 1859. I assume this to be the Samuel who moved from Tullycoll!
However I have also discovered from the Griffiths Land Registry that a Joseph Allen (date of birth 1821) leased 36 acres from the London Drapers in Tullyboy! According to relevant date matching Joseph and Samuel JOHN (dob 1835) were brothers!?

The earliest recorded Allen in the area, which I have found, is a John Allen, from the Barony of Loughinsholin, the Parish of Desertlyn, where Tintagh is located. This record is found in the 1740 Protestant Householders’ Return. Possible age 30 years (Householder) giving an approx year of birth 1710?

Could this John be the grandfather of our newly found Samuel dob 1795? Could he have moved from Tintagh to Tullycoll where he had family and grandson Samuel born 1795. Samuel then moving back to Tintagh sometime in the early 1800’s as a young man….?? Perhaps there was land in Tintagh still owned by Allen’s?? These townlands are quite close in proximity.

The above combination is supposition on my part

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