Richard Eugene Allender

Male 1922 - 1999  (77 years)

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  • Name Richard Eugene Allender  [1
    Born 2 Nov 1922 
    Gender Male 
    Died 2 Nov 1999  Davenport, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • The Allender Legend, a manuscript donated to the Fairfield Public Library in Iowa, Aug 10, 1993, by it's author Richard Eugene Allender, 1922-1999, is the great-great-grandson of Richard Allender (b. 1767), and the cousins who assisted him with his document, Edna and Ethel, are great-granddaughters of Thomas Allender (b. 1784). Excerpts from the final paragraphs concern Joshua's oldest son, William Allender (b. 1739) and are in notes under their lineages. The rest of the text, organized under headings 1-10 with "References used" and a few additions in brackets, is as follows:
      In 1838, two families named Allender immigrated from Pennsylvania to Jefferson County, Iowa. Thomas Allender, born 1784, came with his family from McConnelsburg, Pennsylvania. Richard Allender, born 1767, came with his family from Williamsburg, Pennsylvania. They were probably brothers. A Richard [aka William according to REA, in his addenda this piece] Allender, born about 1740 being the father of both men. Anna Day, born November 15, 1744, is the mother to Thomas [and Richard].
      The father of Richard [aka William], born 1740, is probably** John Allender [b. 1720] who dies in Harford County, Maryland 1786. John's marriage to Lucina Roberts took place in Saint John's Protestant Episcopal Church in 1749, Joppa, Maryland, and may not have been the first marriage for John. It has been a complex story to unravel. These pages will attempt to trace the family of Thomas and Richard in the hundred years prior to their move to Iowa, 1838 back to 1733. --**[REA is mistaken --John is not his ancestor. Land records show that William Allender, Anna Day's husband, is the son of a man named Thomas, but only one paragraph needs to be discounted due to this mistake]
      1. Sources:
      Two of the associated families that compose the ancestry of Thomas Allender, born 1784, [and his brother, Richard Allender, born 1767], were the Taylors and the Days of the Gunpowder River, Baltimore County, Maryland. Both John Taylor and Nicholas Day were in Maryland by 1650 and for the history of these families, a researcher should consult "Baltimore County Families 1659-1759" by Robert W. Barnes. The Allender families of Jefferson and Henry Counties, Iowa, can usually be traced to these early immigrants.
      Mr. Barnes has extracted most of the genealogical history of many early Maryland families and went into great detail to identify the page and record of his findings, most of which can be obtained by the general public. Because of the abundance of these old records, not all the material was entered in his book. It is, however, a great wealth of source records. [See also: The Early Settlers of Maryland / Gus Skordas].
      2. Allender Family Legends --Ethel Allender Bates and Edna Allender Lawrence:
      This narrative, which will trace the ancestry of Thomas and Richard Allender, early settlers of fferson County, could not have been written without the help of Ethel Allender Bates of Fairfield, Iowa, and her twin sister, Edna Allender Lawrence of Spencer, Iowa.
      Ethel knew of the family legend in which a John Dunn Allender came from England in 1753 and was said to have been the immigrant ancestor. Edna knew that a Richard [aka William, b. 1740] Allender was the father of Thomas Allender, their great grandfather. Both women seem to have been correct. However a slight adjustment was required for the family legend. John Allender bought the land next to John Dunn in 1752 and while he appears to have been English, he may not have been the immigrant. Considering the length of time the legend has been in the Thomas family and the slight degree of error, however -- well done!!
      3. Thomas Allender (b. 1784) of Henry County, Iowa:
      Ethel and Edna were born November 24, 1890, the twin daughters of William Allender [1862-1938]. The paternal grandfather was Samuel Allender [1822-1904] who had married Eliza Jane Green. Their great grandfather, Thomas Allender, was born 1784 on Little Antietam Creek, Washington County, Maryland, on a sixty (60) acre farm next to Margaret Charlton Webb. The land, originally four hundred twenty (420) acres, known as Darling Sale, was divided into seven (7), sixty (60) acre lots and decided by lottery after John Charlton’s death for distribution among his children. Margaret retained the original homestead, lot number one (1). The 1790 census of Washington County, Maryland, the wills of the Charltons [and] Margaret Webb and the inventory of Anna Allender, all are available for research [see Inventories of Baltimore and Washington counties, Maryland. Mormon Church Film Library].
      4. Richard Allender (b. 1767) of Jefferson County, Iowa:
      The 1790 census for Washington County, Maryland, contains only one Allender family. Richard Allender is the Head of the Household. There is another male in the household over sixteen (16) and there are three (3) males under age sixteen (16) and three (3) females, no ages shown. Richard, born 1767, is most likely the male over sixteen (16) years of age. He would have been twenty-three (23) years old. He shows up in the 1800 census with his two (2) sons, John McCoy Allender, born 1797, and Richard, born in 1799, in the same neighborhood. If Edna Allender Lawrence was correct in her statement of Richard [aka William (b. 1740)] being the father of Thomas, this branch is confirmed.
      5. William (b. 1740) and Anna (b. 1744) Allender are the parents of Thomas and Richard:
      Anna Day Allender, born November 15, 1744, is the mother of Thomas Allender of 1784 [and Richard of 1767]. She was born in Baltimore County, Maryland, and was the daughter of Edward Day and his wife, Averilla Taylor. The Day Plantation was on Chesapeake Bay on the south side of the Gunpowder River on a piece of land protruding slightly into the bay. Among his other ventures, Edward Day operated a ferry across Chesapeake Bay.
      In 1746, when Anna was two years of age, her father died. In the spring of the year, her mother married Patrick Lynch and Anna and her older sisters and brothers were probably moved to what is now Baltimore, the exact location not known. By 1755, both of her older sisters had married into the Allender family and by 1766, Anna, also, had married into the Allenders. She chose a William Allender. Averilla chose Joshua, Jane chose Nicholas. Anna Day's husband’s name appears as the administrator of Anna’s mother's estate in 1766.
      Anna’s will from Washington County, Maryland, written in 1804 names her daughter's Averilla, Anna, and Margaret [also Elizabeth and Sarah] and her son's Thomas, William, and John [Richard, b. 1767 is not mentioned]. A search of land records for John Allender in Washington County, Maryland, shows his full name to be John Day Allender. Other objects shown in Anna’s estate show up in her father???s inventory. There is also a slave woman named Grace in Anna’s will. Edward Day had willed a year and a half old slave girl to his daughter Anna. This slave child was also named Grace.
      6. John Allender (b. 1720) as the father of William Allender (b. 1740) is not true so this paragraph must be discounted]
      If Ethel Allender Bates was correct in her statement of John Allender being the ancestor, it almost has to be the John Allender whose marriage to Lucina Roberts took place in 1749 in Saint Johns’s Protestant Episcopal Church in Joppa, Maryland. This town is located on the east side of the east branch of the Gunpowder River and is two and three quarters miles north-northeast of the Day Plantation. It lies on the south side of Maryland Highway 7 known as the Old Philadelphia Road.
      The records of this church are intact. The births of all the Day children are shown and, also, shown are some of John and Lucina Allender’s children. The last entry for John and Lucina’s child, Blanch, is dated December 1756. Lucina’s will indicates there was, also, a John, William, and Nicholas. They are not in the church record. [William (b. 1740) could not be one of Lucina's children, if there is a William in Lucina's will it must be William (b. 1750)]
      7. Land Records of Washington and Baltimore Counties, Maryland. Mormon Church Film Library:
      John Allender bought land on the north side of Deer Creek in what is now Harford County, Maryland, in 1752. The land sale document shows him to be a Forge man. In 1750, a Thomas Allender also bought land [Freeland's Mount] on the north side of Deer Creek, close to, but not, adjoining John Allender. The land sale shows Thomas to be a Hammer man. [This happens to be the father to William who married Anna Day] The Administrative Account of William Jenkins [of Baltimore County, Maryland] dated October 2, 1766, bears the name of Thomas Allender. The land sale of John Allender states the fact that John’s land touches that of William Jenkins.
      8. Joshua Allender (b. 1697) is the presumed brother of Joseph, Thomas, and uncle to John:
      The Allenders came out of Burlington County, New Jersey. Joshua’s marriage to Mary Nixon in 1733 is recorded there. Joshua Allender died in 1749. His will shows he was a Forge man and his inventory is signed by Thomas Allender and Joseph Allender with the notation “nearest of kin”. From this notation, it is presumed that Thomas and Joseph are his brothers. [John is the presumed son of another presumed brother, Nicholas].
      9. Occupations of These Early Allenders:
      The Onion Iron Works, a furnace and forge, was located on the west side of the west branch of the Gunpowder where Highway Seven crosses the river. Stephan Onion died at his ironworks in August 1754. The property was auctioned off. It had been run on a grand scale, denuding the surrounding countryside of it’s forest, which caused great erosions and eventually silting in the harbor at Joppa causing its demise. Baltimore City grew out of this disaster.
      Joshua, Joseph, Thomas and John Allender probably worked at the Onion Iron Works. They were certainly in the area at the time. Thomas and John Allender probably plied there trade at the Cumberland Forge on the north side of Deer Creek. It was north of Joppa about twelve (12) miles and is the only forge shown on Deer Creek on old maps [U.S. Geological Survey Map. Code name Edgewood, Maryland].
      10. Summary:
      In retrospect, John Allender left a will naming only his wife, Lucina, in 1783. Lucina also left a will naming only her children and grandchildren. Richard [aka William], born 1740, left no will. Anna left a will but named only her children and granddaughter [Anna Webb, daughter of Margaret, who married John Webb.] Without intending to do so, both men and their wives had caused their children or stepchildren to vanish from the records, forgotten perhaps, unless someone remembered. --Thanks Ethel, thanks Edna!
      ---from The Allender Legend / Richard E. Allender, Davenport, Iowa, 1993.
    Person ID P1930983470  Maryland new
    Last Modified 29 Apr 2011 

    Father Fred Emmett Allender,   b. 11 May 1895, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1961, Davenport, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Mother Hilda Irene Bench,   b. 21 Jan 1898, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Mar 1999, Davenport, Scott, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 101 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Married 18 Jan 1922  Davenport, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F73  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Hazel Anne Schumacher 
    Family ID F76  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    1. [S-1939369664] One World Tree (sm),, (Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., n.d.).