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Offline jandakermode

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Allen, William and Elizabeth and family
« on: Tuesday 27 July 04 07:26 BST (UK) »
I am trying to trace the family of William and Elizabeth ALLEN, thought to have been at Glenmaquin.  They had family of John, Elizabeth, Margaret, Susan, Rebecca and Martha (b c.1842).  Martha migrated to Australia and married in South Australia to John Telfer.  Martha was my great grandmother. 
When in Ireland late 2004 went to Rathmelton and the research centre there did some research for me but were not able to shed any light on this family, other than that they are mentioned as being resident in Glenmaquin, Co Donegal (near Raphoe)

Any information would be appreciated or suggestions as to where to try and get more info.

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Re: Allen, William and Elizabeth and family
« Reply #1 on: Monday 05 September 05 04:53 BST (UK) »
Hi jandakermode,

Unfortunately, as no doubt you are aware, Irish research can be difficult.

Have you checked out the links at the top of the Donegal section, and - particularly - at the top of the general Ireland section?  There is much valuable information there on researching in Ireland.

I guess you have seen the entry for persons named ALLEN (a Samuel and a William) at Glenmaquin in the Griffith's Valuation.  A summary list of Raphoe is on Lindel's great Donegal site:

Lindel's site has much material and many links.  And fascinating information about life in Donegal (though not specifically Glenmaquin).

If you don't have a map showing where the townlands of Glenmaquin Lower and Glenmaquin Upper (in the Parish of Raphoe, Poor Law Union of Letterkenny) are, there is a good one at:
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State Registration of non Roman-Catholic marriages began in 1845;  and of all births, deaths, and marriages in 1864.
There is information in the FAQs at the GRO Ireland site at:

There is also an interesting summary at:

The LDS have filmed the Irish BDM indexes and these can be ordered in to LDS FHCs - though I think it would be quite a task searching them.

The IGI includes indexed births from 1864 to 1875 inclusive.  In a quick search of the IGI, I found one entry which might be relevant:
John ALLEN b 9 Jun 1879, Glenmaquin, Donegal; parents John ALLEN and Margaret JOHNSTONE

It may be that someone who has the British Isles Vital Records Index CD could find others.  Though, of course, other members of the family (like your Martha) may well have moved away from Glenmaquin.

Good Luck,


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Re: Allen, William and Elizabeth and family
« Reply #2 on: Monday 05 September 05 09:44 BST (UK) »
Thank you for all the information, some of which I had come across and some is new to me and will be following up eagerly to see if those leads come up with new info.  Thanks for taking the time to post such an informative reply.


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ALLEN family
« Reply #3 on: Monday 27 February 06 00:59 GMT (UK) »
Trying again to get info re my ALLEN descendants - now know the following:

The ALLEN family are believed to have been from Glenmaquin Co Donegal, and included the following:

William ALLEN c. 1798 d.1882 m. Elizabeth ?
Nancy m (1846) to David Boyd in Ireland - migrated to NZ
Eliza m (1854) to Robert Boyd in Ireland - migrated to Australia
Rebecca (single) migrated to Australia
Susan b.1835 migrated to Aust. m. Andrew Porter in Australia
Margaret b.1844 migrated to Aust. m. Thomas Clarke in Australia
Martha b. 1840 migrated to Aust. m. John Telfer in Australia
John ALLEN - do not know if married or not
William ALLEN stayed in Ireland had a son John ALLEN and grandson James ALLEN
Annie stayed in Ireland may have married ? BOAL

I would like to be able to find records of the birth/baptism of the family and also if possible record of the marriage of William and Elizabeth.

any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.