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The Allen Connection
 

One more family mystery to be solved but this will not be an easy one. In the will of one Richard Muckleston dated 1638, he mentions a “kinsman” one Muckleston Allen and described him as a Gent. Richard was obviously very highly placed as his will distributes masses of land and property as well as a legacy of 40 shillings to the poor of the town of Oswestry. Muckleston Allen lived in the parish of Kily Owen in Carmarthenshire.

 

When researching later wills the name Muckleston-Allen appeared once more in the form of Frank Muckleston-Allen. On 7th December 1907 Adelaide Allen died in the Isle of Wight but was buried in Carnarvon, her husband was Frank. Frank himself died on 28th September 1910 while living in a hotel in Carnarvon, he was also buried there. The 1861 census of Wales tells us that Frank was born about 1830 in Wrotham in Kent. He left little money, his entire estate left to his step daughter accounted for just £234 6s 8d

 

Could there be some connection across a 300 year period between these individuals – both having connections with Carnarvon?

 

It is possible that Muckleston Allen left his inheritance to other members of his family. We have two later wills for people called Muckleston Allen one dated 1735 and the other 1776. Both of these individuals are living in Kily Owen, Carmarthenshire. We can strongly assume that they are descendants of the Muckleston Allen heir to Richard Muckleston, who died in 1638.

 

It was commonplace to use an ancestors surname as either a first or middle name, especially if they were well to do.

 

In the 1776 will Muckleston Allen leaves his estate to his two sons the eldest Rees and younger son Richard. It is possible that the Muckleston part of the name was dropped at this time. However in 1795 a David Muckleston Allen is born and subsequently attends Dr Burney's Academy. Had someone decided to resurrect the family middle name? The only location for the birth was given as Marylebone and without further information the exact place and his parentage may be difficult to locate. He had a sister Sarah who went on to marry someone with the surname Bicknells. David died in 1874 and he and some of his family can be found on the 1861 census – however the middle name of Muckleston was not recorded on this occasion.

 

1851 census

Bowling Green, Llanlelly, Carnarvon, Wales.

 

David Allen, Head, Marr, 53,             Landowner,                             born London

Frances Allen, Wife, Marr, 57,           Landowners wife,                   born Mulling Kent

Frank Allen, Son, Unmarr, 20,            Scholar at home,                     born Wrotham Kent

Lloyd Allen, son, unmarr, 18,             Scholar at home.                     Born Wrotham Kent

Harriet Morton, dau in law, unmarr,35,  daughter in law,                  Born Mulling Kent

Mary Lee, servant, unmarr, 23,           House servant,                       Born Wem Shropshire

Elizabeth Sandland, servant, 21,        House servant,                        Born Wem Shropshire

 

In the Yale University Osborn Manuscript file under reference 17161-66 there is apparently a diary written by David Muckleston Allen giving an account of his daily experiences in and about London as the son of a moderately prosperous businessman. There is also a photograph of a memorial plaque on the David Muckleston Allen family, erected sometime after 1907 at (unfortunately) an unidentified site.

 

Frank Muckleston Allen was the son of David, he was born about 1830 and was a bachelor for a long time. On 27th May 1873 in Kensington he married the widow of William Hands, Adelaide (nee Morgan) she had a daughter called Mary Inglis Hands.

 

The censuses of 1881 and 1891 indicate that they lived reasonably well in Caernarvon.

 

1881 Census entry reads

Address:  Llanrug Caernarvon Wales

 

Frank Muckelston Allen    Head, 55,              Landowner      born Wrotham Kent.

Adelaide Muckleston Allen Wife,  48                                    born Carnarvon Wales

Two servants Jane Roberts (cook) and Margaret Griffiths (housemaid)

 

1891 census

Address Glyn Radam, Llanrug, Caernarvon, Wales

 

Frank Muckleston Allen M head aged 63 Living on own means       born Wooton Kent

Adelaide Muckleston Allen wife aged 56 living on own means        born carnarvon

Mary Ingles Hands, dau, 33, living on own means                born Bungalee, East Indies

Margaret Ann Mans, serv, 23, cook domestic servant

Mary Thomas, serv, 18, domestic servant,

 

By the time he died it would appear that family fortunes had changed as he left just £234 to his step daughter. If Frank was indeed the end of the Muckleston-Allen line, (his brother Lloyd was still unmarried and living in Caernarvon in 1891) then the name has gone along with the wealth. So the Muckleston-Allen connection may well span some 300 years