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MARTIN WINFIELD ALLEN5

863. MARTIN WINFIELD ALLEN5 (Hannah Maria Martin4, Lydia Read3, John Read2, Joseph Read1) was born 19 February 1849 in Frelinghuysen Township, Warren County, New Jersey (Latter Day Saints, hereinafter LDS Batch #7413618). The 1900 census gives his birth as February 1848 (1900 United States Federal Census, Enumeration District 147, West Pittston Borough, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, sheet 15A, June 1900). He died 8 January 1911 in Exeter, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania (Courthouse Gang n.d.a.). In 1850, Martin lived with his parents in Stillwater Township, probably in the village of Stillwater, as his father was a tailor and not a farmer (1850 United States Census, Stillwater Township, Sussex County, New Jersey, page 91B, 30 July 1850). His father died in 1857 and it is not known what happened to his mother after that date. In 1860, Martin Allen lived with his Martin grandparents and Uncle Philetus Martin on their farm in Hardwick Township. Martin was 12 years old and was in school (1860 United States Census, Hardwick Township, Warren County, New Jersey, page 555, 14 July 1860).

Martin's grandfather died in 1869 and his grandmother Lydia Martin moved to Iowa (1870 United States Federal Census, Cedar Township, Muscantine County, Iowa, page 108, 21 July 1870). In 1870, Martin lived in the household of David Evan (age 78) and his wife Mary (age 80) in Nescopeck Township, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. The Evan's son Benjamin (age 50) and his wife Mary (age 42) also lived in the hosuehold. Benjamin Evan was a miller. Martin was also listed as a miller. He owned no property. Benjamin Evan on the other hand owned real property valued at $3,500 and had personal property valued at $5,000. Martin was not married and he may have been finishing his apprenticeship as a miller with Benjamin Evan (1870 United States Census, Nescopeck Township, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, page 238, 18 July 1870). Approximately four years later, Martin married Hannah E. (Last Name Unknown). She was born circa 1854 in Pennsylvania and died unknown. In 1880, Martin and Hannah resided in Auburn, Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania where Martin was employed as a miller, the couple had three children: Willie, May and Eleanor (1880 United States Federal Census, Enumeration District 115, Auburn, Susqeuhanna County, Pennsylvania, page 35B, June 1880, no day written).

By 1900, Martin had given up the milling trade and was working as a brakeman for the railroad. He and Hannah lived at 614 Exeter Street in West Pittston Borough, Luzerne County. The family was renting the house. Martin and Hannah were the parents of eight children by 1900, only six of whom were living. These children were all at home with their parents. They were: Mary, Eleanor, Estella, Nettie, Ernest and Emma. The couple's oldest child, Willie was deceased, as was a child whose name is not currently known (1900 United States Federal Census, Enumeration District 147, West Pittston Borough, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, sheet 15A, June 1900).

Martin retired over the course of the next ten years. In 1910, he and Hannah still lived in a rented house in West Pittston with a few of their unmarried children. These children were May, Ernest and Emma. The Allen's son-in-law, Edward Martin, also lived with them. He was the son of English immigrants, and hence was no relation to Martin Allen's mother's family. Edward was a 24 year old widower. He had been married to the Allen's daughter Nettie, who died in 1909. Edward and Nettie's two year old son, William Martin, also lived in the household (1910 United States Federal Census, Enumeration District 126, West Pittston Borough, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, sheet 9B, 20 April 1910; Courthouse Gang n.d.b.).

Martin died in Exeter, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania on 8 January 1911, the Almanac for that year gave his age as 56, although he was probably 61 or 62 years of age (Courthouse Gang, n.d.a.). Exeter is just on the border of West Pittston Borough, which is where MArtin hadbeen renting his home for so many years. In 1920, Martin's widow Hannah lived in the city of Wilkes-Barre in a rented house. Hannah shared her home with her daughter May Martin, her son Ernest Allen and her grandson William Martin. I have been unable to trace the Allens past the year 1920.

Martin and Hannah Allen had 8 children between 1874 and 1892, and at least 1 grandchild born in 1908. Total identified descendants equals 9.

Children of Martin and Hannah Allen
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CHILDREN OF MARTIN and HANNAH ALLEN:

2486. (i.) WILLIE ALLEN6, was born circa 1874 in Pennsylvania and died before 1900. He lived with his parents in Auburn, Susqeuhanna County, Pennsylvania in 1880. He did not attend school during the census year (1880 United States Federal Census, Auburn, Susquehanna County, New Jersey, page 35D, June 1880, no day written). According to the 1900 census, Martin and Hannah Allen were the parents of eight children, two of whom were deceased by 1900. In 1900, all the Allen's living children were still living with their parents. Willie has not listed as member of the household, hence it is assumed that he died before 1900 (1900 United States Federal Census, Enumeration District 147, West Pittston Borough, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, sheet 15A, June 1900).

2487. (ii.) MAY ALLEN6, was born March 1876 in Pennsylvania. She lived with her parents in Auburn, Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania in 1880. She did not attend school during the census year (1880 United States Federal Census, Auburn, Susquehanna County, New Jersey, page 35D, June 1880, no day written). May was still single in 1900. She lived with her parents at 614 West Exeter Street in West Pittston, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. May was employed as a knitter in a knitting factory (1900 United States Federal Census, Enumeration District 147, West Pittston Borough, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, sheet 15A, June 1900). By 1910, May had switched jobs and was working as a packer in bakery. She was single and still lived with her parents on West Exeter Street in West Pittston (1910 United States Federal Census, Enumeration District 126, West Pittston Borough, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, sheet 9B, 20 April 1910). According to the 1920 census, May had been married and widowed between 1910 and 1920. Her married name was Martin. She probably married her sister Nettie's widowed husband, Edward Martin. Edward Martin had been a widower in 1910 living in the Allen household. The census described him in 1910 as the Allen's son-in-law. The 1920 census shows May Allen Martin living at home with no occupation. Her mother was the head-of-household. May's brother Ernest was the only wage earner in the house and that appears to have been sporadic. Her son or nephew, William Martin also lived in the household (1920 United States Federal Census, Enumeration District 227, 4th Ward, Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, sheet 13B, 26 January 1920). Child of May Allen Martin, see below under Nettie Allen.

2488. (iii.) ELEANOR ALLEN6, was born July 1878 in Pennsylvania and died unknown. In 1880, she was a toddler living with her parents in Auburn, Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania (1880 United States Federal Census, Auburn, Susquehanna County, New Jersey, page 35D, June 1880, no day written). By 1900, Eleanor was working as a finisher in a knitting factory. She was single and resided with her parents at 614 West Exeter Street in West Pittston, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania (1900 United States Federal Census, Enumeration District 147, West Pittston Borough, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, sheet 15A, June 1900). She was not a resident of her parents household in 1910 (1910 United States Federal Census, Enumeration District 126, West Pittston Borough, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, sheet 9B, 20 April 1910).

3103. (iv.) ESTELLA ALLEN6, was born July 1881 in Pennsylvania and died unknown. In 1900, Estella was 18 years old. She was single and not employed. Estella lived in her parents home at 614 West Exeter Street in West Pittston, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania (1900 United States Federal Census, Enumeration District 147, West Pittston Borough, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, sheet 15A, June 1900). She was not a resident of her parents household in 1910 (1910 United States Federal Census, Enumeration District 126, West Pittston Borough, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, sheet 9B, 20 April 1910).

3104. (v.) CHILD ALLEN6, estimated birth date is between 1881 and 1886 in Pennsylvania and died before 1900. According to the 1900 census, Martin and Hannah Allen were the parents of eight children, two of whom were deceased by 1900. In 1900, all the Allen's living children were still living with their parents (1900 United States Federal Census, Enumeration District 147, West Pittston Borough, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, sheet 15A, June 1900).

3105. (vi.) NETTIE ALLEN6, was born March 1886 in Pennsylvania and died October 18, 1909 in West Pittston, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania (Courthouse Gang n.d.b.). In 1900, Nettie attended school and lived with her parents at 614 West Exeter Street in West Pittston, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania (1900 United States Federal Census, Enumeration District 147, West Pittston Borough, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, sheet 15A, June 1900). She married Edward Martin between 1900 and 1908. Edward was the son of English immigrants, and hence was not related to Nettie's Grandmother Hannah Martin Allen. Nettie died shortly after giving birth to the couple's only child, a son named William. Edward and William Martin lived in the Allen household in 1910. Edward was listed as the son-in-law of Martin Allen, and his marital status was widower. He was a foreman at a breaker belonging to one of the coal companies (1910 United States Federal Census, Enumeration District 126, West Pittston Borough, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, sheet 9B, 20 April 1910). Edward probably married Nettie's sister May between 1910 and 1920. He appears to have died before 1920. Child of Nettie Allen and Edward Martin:

3289. (i.) WILLIAM MARTIN7, was born circa 1908 in Pennsylvania and died unknown. His mother died in March 1909. William and his father lived with his Allen grandparents in West Pittston in 1910. His father, Edward Martin, probably married his mother's sister May sometime after 1910. But, Edward Allen appearently died before 1920, so that in 1920 William lived in the City of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania with his step-mother/aunt May Allen Martin, his Uncle Ernest Allen and his Grandmother Hannah Allen. William was in school in 1920 (1910 United States Federal Census, Enumeration District 126, West Pittston Borough, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, sheet 9B, 20 April 1910; 1920 United States Federal Census, Enumeration District 227, 4th Ward, Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, sheet 13B, 26 January 1920).

3106. (vii.) ERNEST ALLEN6, was born August 1888 in Pennsylvania and died unknown. In 1900, Ernest attended school and lived with his parents at 614 West Exeter Street in West Pittston, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania (1900 United States Federal Census, Enumeration District 147, West Pittston Borough, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, sheet 15A, June 1900). He still lived with his parents in 1910 and was an apprentice to a blacksmith (1910 United States Federal Census, Enumeration District 126, West Pittston Borough, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, sheet 9B, 20 April 1910). Ernest's father died between 1910 and 1920. Ernest continued to live with his mother after the death of his father. In 1920, the Allen household included Ernest, his mother, his sister May Martin and his nephew William Martin. Ernest appears to have been the sole wage earner in the household, but his wages may have been sporadic at best. The census notes that he was a wage earner, but does not list an occupation for him (1920 United States Federal Census, Enumeration District 227, 4th Ward, Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, sheet 13B, 26 January 1920). Ernest had trained as a blacksmith, but by 1920 the automobile was fast replacing the horse and buggy as the standard mode of transport. Balcksmithing jobs were few and far between. Ernest may have earned a living by doing odd jobs.

3107. (viii.) EMMA ALLEN6, was born March 1892 in Pennsylvania and died unknown. In 1900, Emma was in school and lived with her parents at 614 West Exeter Street in West Pittston, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania (1900 United States Federal Census, Enumeration District 147, West Pittston Borough, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, sheet 15A, June 1900). By 1910, she was employed as a packer in a bakery. She was still single and lived with her parents in West Pittston (1910 United States Federal Census, Enumeration District 126, West Pittston Borough, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, sheet 9B, 20 April 1910). She did not reside with her mother in 1920 (1920 United States Federal Census, Enumeration District 227, 4th Ward, Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, sheet 13B, 26 January 1920).

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REFERENCES

PRIMARY

Census

1850 United States Federal Census
Stillwater Township, Warren County, New Jersey, page 91B.

1860 United States Federal Census
Hardwick Township, Warren County, New Jersey, page 555.

1870 United States Federal Census
Cedar Township, Muscantine County, Iowa, page 108.
Nescopeck Township, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, page 238.

1880 United States Federal Census
Enumeration District 115, Auburn, Susqeuhanna County, Pennsylvania, page 35B.

1900 United States Federal Census
Enumeration District 147, West Pittston Borough, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, sheet 15A

1910 United States Federal Census
Enumeration District 126, West Pittston Borough, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, sheet 9B

1920 United States Federal Census
Enumeration District 227, 4th Ward, Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, sheet 13B, 26 January 1920

SECONDARY

Latter Day Saints (LDS)

Batch Number: 7413618. Sheet: 75. Source Call No: 0935423. Type: Film.

WEB SITES

(The) Courthouse House Gang of Luzerne County
n.d.a. Wilkes Barre Almanac, Deaths 1911. n.d.b. Wilkes Barre Almanac, Deaths 1909.

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