Here’s Your Sign #13 ~ Old Deerfield, Massachusetts Bay Colony

For many years I have been collecting photos of and information about the various signs that have been placed in honor of some of my ancestors. These signs are a glimpse into some event and/or place where they lived. Some of the signs are small like a placard with a few poignant words, some are large, and they go into great detail, and then there are those that are somewhere in between. Each one gives added life to those ancestors.


Sarah Allen
Edward Allen Jr, my 8th Great Uncle, was born May 1, 1663, in Ipswich, Massachusetts. He was the 3rd of 13 children born to Edward Allen Sr. (1630-1696) and Sarah Kimball (1635-1690). Edward Jr married Mercy Painter (1664-1740) on November 24, 1683. In 1686 he moved his family to Suffield, Connecticut with his parents and several siblings. In 1686 he was granted 40 acres of land on the Green River in Deerfield, Massachusetts Bay Colony. He moved here along with 6 of his siblings. He became the town clerk between 1704 and 1712 and he was the moderator of the town meetings twice between 1727 and 1731. He was also the selectman eight times between 1694 and 1716. Edward and Mercy had 9 children, 3 sons, and 6 daughters. He died February 10, 1740, in Deerfield, at the age of 77. During the attacks from the French and Indians in 1704, Edward’s oldest brother John (1659-1704) and his wife Elizabeth Pritchard (1660-1704) were among the 47 that were killed.


I am a professional genealogist, writer, photographer, wife, mother, and grandma. I have two books available on Your Family History: Doing It Right the First Time and Planning Your Genealogy Research Trip. You can also connect with me via Facebook or Twitter.

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