Historical Southern Families: Volume III

Allin of New Kent and North Carolina

Richard Allin, aged 22, James Allin, aged 19, and Joan Allin, aged 20, embarked on the good ship "Safety" Master John Graunt, from London, August 22, 1635. The family name here is spelled with an "i", Allin, as it is so spelled today, although county clerks may have spelled it in the meantime with an "e."

It appears that James Allin may have settled in Northumberland County, Va., and Richard Allin in Northampton County, on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. James received a patent of 300 acres in Northumberland Co., June 20, 1651, for the transportation of 6 persons among whom were himself, James Allin. This patent was renewed June 9, 1653, "being formerly granted unto said Richard, alias James Allin and renewed by order of Govr. Council. No explanation is made why the name "Richard" was used. The patent was again renewed for the 300 acres, with the addition of 150 acres for the transportation of 3 persons, on Nov. 25, 1657.

It seems that this Richard Allin may have sold his headright to Elias Hartree who had settled in Richard's vicinity for Elias Hartree patented 200 acres "north upon Richard Jacob's land" in Northampton, no date, about 1653, for the transportation of Richard Allen and three other persons. If this was Richard's first appearance in Virginia he was not therefore the Richard Allin who came to Virginia aged 22 in 1635. Richard Allen sold his patent of 100 acres of land to the above mentioned Jacobs for Richard Jacobs patented 300 acres of land adjacent Roger Jones, Elias Hartree and Richard Allen. "100 acres patented June 4, 1653, by Richard Allen who sold to said Jacobs and 200 acres to said Jacobs 10 June 1654." This 200 acres, renewed by Richard Jacobs, had been patented by him June 10, 1654.

In conclusion, from an analysis of the above patents, it would seem that Elias Hartree, Richard Jacobs and Richard Allen came to Virginia about the same time and not in 1635, 20 years previously.

John Field, "son and heir of Henry Field, late of Northampton, decd." on Nov. - 1665, deeded certain lands to Richard Allen which his father had given Richard Allen in an exchange of plantations, his father having died before the exchange had been completed. This land had been originally patented by Dr. John Severhe. The deed was witnessed by Argall Yardley.

Richard Allen and wife, Mary, on the same day deeded John Field 300 acres of land. Then Richard Allen sold this land to John Hagamond and his sons. The following clause was included in the deed by Richard Allen: "And further I do hereby desire that the said John Hagamond and his family may have and enjoy the benefit of my pew which I bought in Hungars Church as well as if I had remained in the said parish myself."

Richard Allen therefore moved out of the county. Where did he go? It would seem that he may have been the Richard Allin who moved to St. Peter's Parish, New Kent, or that Richard Allin was his son. That Richard of New Kent who died in Hanover in 1725 was a staunch member of the Church of England. On May 4, 1689, his land was processioned in that parish. He was a Vestryman continuously from June 1, 1704 until his death June 17, 1725; Church Warden 1706-1707 and 1718-19. He was on the Committee to run the dividing line between St. Peter's and St. Paul's Parishes, July 7, 1704.

It has been stated that perhaps he was of the family of Richard Allen, D.D., parson of Stouting, England, who had a daughter, Elizabeth, who married William Culpepper, 11th in his line of descent. They moved to the Barbadoes and possibly members of her family were in Northampton County. John Culpepper was High Sheriff of Northampton in 1673.

St. Peter's Parish Register, 1684-1786, was probably begun after the birth of Richard Allin's children. This register, however, records the birth of seven of his negro slaves between 1698 and 1725, the year of his death, and afterward, one each in 1726 and 1727, being there listed as the property of Mrs. Elizabeth Allin, daubtless his widow. If he was, say, 20 years old in 1653-55 in Northampton, he would be too old in 1725 to have been that Richard Allin. However, Richard Allin, upon leaving Northampton, does not seem to appear in the records of counties other than New Kent after 1665.

Richard Allin, who died in Hanover in 1725; that county was cut-off from New Kent in 1721; became identified with Henrico County in 1717, for on May 6, 1717, Benjamin Woodson of that county deeded RICHARD ALLIN of New Kent for £30, 200 acres of land on the south side of Chickahominy Swamp adjoining Noel Burton and Thomas Williamson. On that same day Richard Allin, Sr., witnessed a deed of Tarleton Woodson.

Richard Allin appears to have had the following children and grandchildren born in New Kent and Hanover from St. Peter's Register:

  1. Abraham Allin, who held 100 acres in the Quit Rents of New Kent in 1704 and died in Cumberland
  2. Samuel Allin, had a daughter, Judith, b. August 16, 1717
  3. Robert Allin, is shown in the Register as one of the assistants to the clearing of a road in 1698
  4. William Allin, whose wife, Hannah, died March 22, 1719, had the following children: