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turity, among whom was Rollin H.

(8) Rollin H. Allen was born on Mt. Vernon
street, Boston, Massachusetts, February 26, 1863.
He was reared in Boston and attended the schools
of that city and Somerville, completing his studies
in the high school of Boston. He accepted a posi-
tion as clerk in a woolen business, but remained
only a short time, resigning in order to engage in
the real estate business with his father, whom he



succeeded in business, and has continued the same
successfully up to the present time (1907). He is
a charter member of Oakley Country Club at Walt-
ham, Massachusetts, and the Country Club at Alan-
chester, New Hampshire. He is a Republican in
politics. He married, October 31, 1S78, Sarah Bart-
lett Spencer (see Spencer family), who bore him
two children: i. Herbert Spencer, born in Boston,
Massachusetts, April 19, 1881, educated at Hopkins
private school, Harvard College and Harvard Law
School, and is now practicing his profession in the
city of Boston. He is a member of the University
Club and a number of others. 2. Ruth, born in
Boston, Massachusetts, November i, 1885, educated
in the private school of Mrs. Mays, received a pri-
vate musical education, and completed her educa-
tion in a school for young ladies conducted by Mrs.
Hess in Paris, France.

(IX) Thomas Bartlett, younger son of George
and Sarah (Bartlett) Spencer, was born October
2, 1834, in Campton. He was a sutler during the
Civil war and was engaged in the grocery business
at Manchester for several years. After living four
or five years in Bedford, he returned to Manchester,
where he died January 13, 1895. He was married
February 19, 1855, to Thankful D. Combs, of Man-
chester (a cousin of Commodore Nutt), and they
were the parents of two daughters, Ida Jane and
Etta Maria.

(X) Ida Jane, elder daughter of Thomas B. and
Thankful D. (Combs) Spencer, was born Decem-
ber 5. 1861, in Manchester, and was married July
17, 1883, to James Barnard (see Barnard, VI).

This is one of the names most fre-
ALLEN quently met in the United States, and

is represented by many distinct fami-
lies. Several immigrants brought it to these shores
among the earliest in New England. The family
traced below has numerous representatives through-
out the United States, and they are usually found
among the useful and desirable citizens.

(I) George Allen, born in England about 1568,
under the reign of Queen Elizabeth, came to Amer-
ica with his family in 1635, and settled in Saugus
(Lynn), Massachusetts. He had ten children, some
of whom had proceeded to this country and settled
in the vicinity of Boston. In 1637 George Allen
joined with Edmund Freeman and others in the
purchase of the township of Sandwich. When this
town was incorporated Mr. Allen was chosen dep-
uty — the first officer in the town — and served in
that capacity for several years. He was a con-
scientious Puritan, and a member of the Baptist
Church. After the purchase of Sandwich several
of his sons moved to that town with their families.
George Allen died in Sandwich, May 2, 1648, aged
eighty years. In his will he named five sons : Mat-
thew, Henry, Samuel, George and William : and
also made provision for his "five last children."
without naming them. From the fact that settlers
of the name came from Braintree, Essex, England,
about the same time, it is inferred that he came
from the same locality. In 1632 Samuel and
Matthew Allen and their brother, Thomas Allyn
(as he spelled it), came from Braintree and located
at Cambridge, whence all of them subsequently
moved to Connecticut. •

(II) Samuel, third son and child of George
Allen, was born in England in 1605, came to Bos-
ton in 1628, and on July 6, 1635, was made a free-
man at Braintree. He received a grant of land in
1638, and in 1648 purchased a farm of John Webb.'
of Boston, the bounds of which are still traceable
on three sides. He married (first), Anne ,

who died September 29, 1641, and (second), Alar-
garet French, widow of Edward Lamb, who sur-
vived him. The children by the first wife were :
Samuel, married Sarah Partridge; Mary, married
Nathaniel Greenwood, of Boston ; Sarah, married
Lieutenant Josiah Standish, son of Miles Stan-
dish ; and James. The children of the second wife
were : Abigail, married John Carey, of Bridge-
water, and Joseph, whose sketch follows.

(III) Joseph (i), second child and only son of
Samuel and Margaret (French) Allen, was born in
Braintree, May 15, 1650, died March 20, 1727. He
became a member of the church in Braintree in
171 1, and at the same time was made deacon. He
married (first), January 30, 1670, Rebecca, daugh-
ter of John and Abigail Leader, born April 10. 1652,
died April 23, 1702; (second), Lydia Holbrook,
widow of Samuel, of Weymouth, died May 21,
1745. The children of the first wife were: Joseph,
Abigail, Samuel and Benjamin; and of the second
wife : Rebecca, John and Mary.

(IV) Joseph (2), son of Joseph (i) and Rebecca
(Leader) Allen, born in Braintree, January 30,
1672. died April 16, 1727, married, August 14, i/Oi,
Abigail Savil, daughter of Samuel an'd Hannah
(Adams) Savil, born February 14, 1678, buried
January 16, 1746. Their children were: Joseph,
Abijah, Abigail, James, Bathsheba, Josiah, Eliza-
beth, Mehitable and Micah.

(V) Abijah (i), second son and child of Jo-
seph (2) and Abigail (Savil) Allen, born August
22, 1704, married, June 3, 1725, Joanna Baiter, and
they had: A.bijah, Abigail, Jacob and Thomas
(twins), Joanna, Elizabeth, Josiah and Joseph.

(VI) Abijah (2), eldest child of Abijah (i) and
Joanna (Baiter) Allen, was born December 28,
1725, died November 10,, 1795, married, July 11,
1749, Ruth Penniman, born November 11, 1730, died
November 14, 1802, daughter of William and Ruth
(Thayer) Penniman. Their children were: Ruth,
Jacob. Abigail, Joanna and Lemuel.

(VII) Jacob, eldest son and second child of
Abijah (2)' and Ruth (Thayer) Allen, bom De-
cember 23, 1754, died October 23, 1821, married,
March 27, 1777, Hepsibah Vinton, born September
20, 1758, died June 23, 1886, daughter of John and
Hepsibah (French) Vinton, and had by her: Abi-
gail, Jacob, died young; Jacob, Abijah, died young;
John and Abijah, the subject of the next para-

(VIII) Abijah (3), j'oungest child of Jacob and
Hepsibah (Vinton) Allen, born April 21, 17S7 died
March 17, 1824, married, December 21, 1809, Sarah
Allen, born January 2, 1781, died July 5, i86r,
daughter of William and Deborah (Clark) Allen,
and they had six children : Deborah Clark, Hep-
sibah Vinton, John Brooks, Sarah Thompson, Abi-
gail Paster and Abijah.

(IX) Deborah Clark, eldest child of Abijah (3)
and Sarah (Allen) Allen, born September 15, 1810,
became the wife of Thomas (4) Hollis (see Hol-
lis, VI).

Owing to the lack of records it has not

ALLEN been feasible to trace this family

through many generations ; hence it is

impossible to tell whether it is related to the Aliens

whose history has previously been written.

(I) Ira B. Allen was born in Chelsea, Vermont,
in 1816, the famous cold year when there was a
frost every month and no corn ripened. His school-
ing was very limited, being confined to the oppor-
tunities afforded by the districts of his native town;
but he was a great reader and had a faculty for re-
taining what he saw in books; and in due time.




through his own eft'orls, he became a well informed
man. About 1835 he began driving a stage for a
Mr. Morton between Chelsea, Vermont, and Han-
over, New Hampshire. This brought him into con-
tact with the outer world and with educated peo-
ple. He carried mail as well as passengers, and for
seven years continued on this route. In 1844 he
purchased an interest in the line from Montpelier,
Vermont, to Hanover, and was identified with
staging interests until the railroad succeeded the
coach. In 1846 he moved to Hanover, and in com-
pany with his brother Samuel conducted a livery
business till about 1S50. Ira B. Allen opened the
street bearing his name from School to Main
streets in Hanover. From Hanover he went to
Chili, South America, where he established a stage
route, remaining three years. Returning to Han-
over he re-purchased his old livery business and
continued to live there till his death. He acquired
a handsome property, and was one of the popular
men of the college town. He was a great favorite
with the college students, and alwaj^s had a good
story to tell. His varied experiences and sense of
humor had supplied him with a fund of anecdotes.
He was universally esteemed by his fellowmen,
both in Hanover and in his native village of Chel-
sea. He lived to see the country grow from wood-
lands to modern farming communities, and he
helped to make the change. Ira B. Allen married
Harriet E. Avery. She died July, 1848. They had
one son, George H., whose sketch follows. He
then married Jane Carpenter, who died 1889. They
had one son Frank C, who died in infancy. Ira B.
Allen died May, i8go, and at his death Hanover
lost one of its most substantial citizens, and the
family a loving father.

(II) George H., only son of Ira B. and Harriet
E. (Avery) Allen, was born August 12, 1848, at
Hanover, New Hampshire. He was educated in
the public schools of Hanover and under private
tutors. He was graduated from the Chandler scien-
tific department of Dartmouth College in 1867. He
chose the profession of civil engineering. His first
work after leaving college was with the United
States government survey on the shore line of Lake
Superior. The route lay along the northern shore
from Pigeon river ninet}- miles. He then surveyed
•from Derby Line, Vermont, to Sherbrooke, Quebec,
for the Massawippi Valley railroad. Mr. Allen
then came to Manchester, New Hampshire, which
city he has made his permanent home. He was
first employed by James A. Weston, at one time
governor of the state. After a time he purchased
Mr. Weston's ofiice business, and started a private
engineering establishment of his ow-n. He did all
the surveying and engineering work for INIanches-
ter prior to the constituting of the office of city en-
gineer. Mr. Allen afterwards went to Boston, and
had charge of the grade department of the Rox-
bury branch of the cit}- surveyor's office. After
staying there five years he came- back to Manches-
ter and re-purchased his old office, vVhich he con-
ducted for two years. From 1881 to 1885, inclusive,
he held the office of city engineer for Manchester.
In his private engineering office he has had under
his charge numbers of students, w'ho are now hold-
ing responsible positions in different parts of the
country. He has been preceptor for most of the
engineers who have been employed by the city gov-
ernment. Having had a thorough training and hav-
ing -seen considerable of the country, he has a w^de
knowledge of surveying and engineering. He has
assisted in laying out the greater part of the su-
burbs of ^lanchester, and is now carrying on a pri-
vate office at No. 924 Elm street. He does all kinds

of surveying and engineering, and his work extends
from north of the White Alountains into Massachu-
setts territory. Mr. Allen is a Republican in poli-
tics, and is at present (1907) treasurer of ward
four, Manchester.

In Masonic circles he is a member of Washing-
ton Lodge, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons. Mt.
Horeb Royal Arch Chapter, Adorinam Council, and
Trinity Commandery, Knights Templar, of Man-
chester. Past high priest of Mt. Horeb, Royal Arch
Chapter, and past thrice illustrious master of Adoni-
ram Council. He still owns the old Allen farm in
Hanover. He is a member of the Good Samaritan
Lodge, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and the
Golden Rule Lodge, Daughters of Rebecca, and was
formerly a member of the Grange in Hanover. On
December 15, 1872, George H. Allen married Ella
A. Simons, daughter of Alfred G. and Mary Eliza-
beth (Davis) Simons. (See Simons Family). Mrs.
Allen was born in Warner, New Hampshire, De-
cember 15, 1850, and was educated in the schools
of that place. Mr. and Mrs. Allen never had any
children, but it is a source of pleasure to this couple
to place on record the life of a boy named Israel
Aubey, who w-as taken at the age of eight into the
home of Ira B. Allen, and there reared as a son.
vVhen the senior Mr. Allen died, this charge was
given to George H. Allen and his wife. Israel
Aubey was born December 28, 1875. His prelimin-
ary education vi^as obtained at the public schools in
Hanover. He was graduated with honors from the
Manchester high school in the class of 1893. He
took a post-graduate course in 1894, and was grad-
uated from the scientific department of Dartmouth
College in 1898. He then entered the office of Mr.
George H. Allen and remained under his instruc-
tion for a time. His first position was with the
Boston Elevated Railroad. He began as a rodman,.
and was promoted step by step to inspector of steel
work. Having been a competent man he was given
charge of inspection by that great corporation. La-
ter he was engaged as inspector of a great steel
construction in New York City. His present posi-
tion is in the engineering department of the Alas-
sachusetts water and sewer commission. Israel
Aubey married, September 4, 1904, M. Jennie Rines,
a native of Massachusetts. They reside in Fram-
ingham, Massachusetts.

Symonds, which seems to have been
SIMONS the earliest form of this name, later
written Simonds and Simons, is fre-
quently found among the immigrants of the seven-
teenth century.

(I) John Simons was born at Lebanon, New
Hampshire, August i, 1789. He married Mary Den-
nison Taylor, of Woodstock, Vermont, who was
born August 15, 1796. They had six children :
Mary A., whose sketch follows; Alfred F., Rachel
B., John D., Hiram D. and John T.

(II) Alfred G.. eldest son and second child of
John and Mary D. (Taylor) Simons, was born at
Lebanon, New Hampshire, April 5, 1825. In 1849
he married Mary Elizabeth Davis. They had one
child, Ella A., born in Warner, New Hampshire,
December 15. 1850. She married George H. Allen.
(See Allen, II above).

George Washington Allen was born
ALLEN January 27, 1863, in Sheffield, Vermont.

He was educated in the common
schools and at the Lyndonville Institute. When
about twenty-three years of age he came to La-
conia. New Hampshire, and worked in the shoe
shop for a few months. He then spent four years



with E. J. Dinsmore, learning the trade of harness
making. About 1891 he moved to Lakeport, New
Hampshire, and went into the harness-making
business for himself, in which he still continues.
His business is in Lakeport, but^his home is in La-
conia. In politics he is a Repubircan. He is a mem-
ber of the Masonic blue lodge, and of Chocorne
Lodge, Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He is
president of the Building Association of Laconia,
and belongs to the New England Order of Protec-
tion. He is a member of the Lowell Free Baptist
Church. He married Emma Bennett, who was born
in Gilford, New Hampshire.

Tor or Torr as the
TORR - GREENFIELD name is now spelled, is

a Celtic word and sig-
nifies a tower-like rock. In Devonshire, England,
are found the names Yes Tor, Fur Tor, Hare Tor,
Lynx Tor, and other tors. The first man named
Torr probably took his name from his residence
near a tor, and was designated Arthur attetor, or
Geoffrey atto tor, or otherwise, as his baptismal
name required.

(I) Vincent Torr, a native of England, came to
America previous to 1733, and settled in Dover on
a farm still owned by his descendants. He was a
trained soldier in Dover in 1740. (New Hampshire
State Papers). He died February 24, 1774. He
married Lois Pinkham, who was born March 2,
1721. Their children were: Mary, Andrew, Eu-
nice, Simon, Vincent and Lois.

(II) Simon Torr, fourth child and second son
•of Vincent and Lois (Pinkham) Torr, was born
November 5, 1749, and died March 14, 1821.. He
settled in Rochester in 1775, on the farm still owned
by his great-grandsons. A part of the house then
built is yet standing, and the same old clock which
he brought from England is still in use there. Simon
Torr was a private in Captain Caleb Hodgdon's
Company at Seavey's Island, at Portsmouth Har-
bor, Nov. 5, 1775. (Revolutionary Rolls, volume i,
page 236). Simon Torr was Sergeant-Ma j or of
Col. John Waldron's Regiment, in 1776. (Revolu-
tionary Rolls. Volume i, page 476). Colonel John
Waldron's regiment was stationed at Temple farm,
in Brigadier-General John Sullivan's Brigade in the
Continental army, March 6, 1776. No roll of the
men has been found. After being drilled at Seavey's
Island, in November, 1775, the company in which
was Simon Torr, probably went to Winter Hill,
Boston, and they were "six weeks men." After-
wards Waldron's regiment was raised out of these
various "six weeks men-companies" to remain until
April I, _ 1776, and Simon Torr became the ser-
geant-major of this regiment. He married Sarah
Ham, and had four daughters and three sons : Bet-
sey. Mary, Abigail, Sarah, John, Simon and Jon-
athan. (Mention of Simon and descendants forms
part of this article).

(III) John (Torr) Greenfield, fifth child and
eldest son of Simon and Sarah (Ham) Torr, was
born October 5, 1787, on the old Torr farm in Roch-
ester, and died January 13, 1863. He was reared
a tanner, _ shoemaker, and farmer, and very early
showed signs of great foresight. About 1812 or
1813 he commenced trading in Rochester, and for
nearly or quite fifty years was one of the most suc-
cessful business men in town. He was full of
energ}', and possessing a sound judgment was always
able to make good investments. Soon after he en-
gaged in mercantile business , in Rochester, his
brother, Jonathan Torr, opened a store in the same
place, and the goods consigned to the two brothers

(being marked "J. Torr") were so often delivered to

the wrong Torr, that John Torr had his name
changed to John Greenfield. At his death in 1863
Mr. Greenfield left an ample fortune and an un-
sullied reputation. He married Phebe Wentworth,
who was born November 22, 1798, daughter of Ste-
phen and Sallie (Cottle) Wentworth. She was of
the sixth generation from Elder William Went-
worth, "the settler." Four children were born of
this marriage: Charles, Sarah E. (see Wallace,
II), Ella G. and George. (The last named and de-
scendants are noticed in this article).

(IV) Charles, eldest child of John and Phebe
(Wentworth) Greenfield, was born in Rochester,
February 18, 1826, and died December 19, 1898.
He attended school until fourteen years of age,
and then began farming which was his principal
employment in life. After the death of his father,
in 1863, he received his portion of the estate to
which he made constant addition until he owned
several hundred acres of land in Rochester. Though
nominally a farmer, he made much money in other
ways than farming. He was a director of the
Rochester National Bank, president and trustee of
the Norway Plains Savings Bank, and a stockholder
in various railroad and manufacturing enterprises,
and at his death was one of the wealthy men of the
tow'U. He was a man of quick perception, clear
judgment, and sound reason, and seldom if ever
made a financial mistake. He was a man of sterl-
ing integrity, and in farming and financial circles
was a leading citizen, intelligent, prudent and highly
esteemed. In politics he was a Whig until that
party passed away, and afterwards a Republican.
He married, July 5, 1846, Aroline B. Downs, of
Rochester, who was born May 17, 1826, and still
lives in Rochester, daughter of Gershom and Sally
P. (Richardson) Downs. Their children were:
Millie A., John, Ella S., Sarah E., Hattie A., Frank,
and a son who died in infancy.

(V) Millie A., daughter of Charles Greenfield,
born June 27, 1847, married, June 27, 1872, Horace
L. Worcester, of Lebanon, ]\Iaine. She is prominent
in social circles and a member of the leading social
organizations. In 1901 she was an honorary mem-
ber of the board of women managers of the Pan-
American Exposition at Buffalo, where she per-
formed efficient service. In 1906 she organized
iMary Torr Chapter, Daughters of the American
Revolution, of which she was the first regent. This
chapter was named for Mary, the wife of Judge
Thompson, of Durham, daughter of the immigrant,
Vincent Torr. She was born September i, 1740,
and died November 14, 1807. Mrs. Worcester is
a past department president of the Woman's Relief
Corps of New Hampshire. She is a member of
James Farrington Chapter, No. 7, of the order of
the Eastern Star, of Rochester, of which she was
the first secretary, and afterward assistant matron
and matron. She was the first president of the
Rochester Woman's Club, and was historian and
one of the managers of Margery Sullivan Chapter,
Daughters of the American Revolution of Dover.
John Greenfield is mentioned below. Ella S. was
born November 23, 185 1, and married, November 23,
1875, Justin M'. Levitt, of Buxton, JNIaine. Sarah
E., was born April i, 1854, and married, June 16,
1885. George W. Young, of Lowell, INIassachusetts.
Hattie A. was born July 18, 1856. and married, June
8, 1904, Capt. Harry L. Wentworth, of Boston, Mass-
achusetts. Frank, born February 13, 1859, resides in
Rochester. He married, September 3, 1902, Cora
A. Fogg, of Rochester.

(V) John, second child and eldest son of Charles
and Aroline B. (Downs) Greenfield, was born in
Rochester, IMarch 28, 1849. After attending the

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common schools and preparing for college in
Phillips-Exeter Academy, he entered Dartmouth
College in 1S68, but ill health compelled him to
give up his studies. He began to give his atten-
tion to farming in early life, and has always been
interested in that calling. In politics he is a staunch
Republican, and has been the recipient of many
honors at the hands of his party, which he has
always faithfully served. In 1876 he was elected
member of the board of selectmen, and was re-
elected four times. He has also served the town
as tax collector, and as chief engineer of the fire
department. In 1879 he was elected high sheriff
of Strafford county, being the first man ever elected
to that office. He was twice re-elected. He was
a member of the city council seven years, and was
postmaster of Rochester during Harrison's admin-
istration. He was one of the prime movers in or-
ganizing and starting the Rochester Water Works,
was its first superintendent and served in that ca-
pacity for three years. He is a trustee of the Nor-
way Plains Savings Bank, and has often served as
administrator of estates. Like his father (Charles
Greenfield) he is a man of the strictest integrity, his
word being considered as good as his bond. He
married Mary A. Smith, of Rochester, September
22, 1890.

(IV) George, fourth child and second son of
John and Phebe (Wentworth) Greenfield, was born
in Rochester, JNIarch 22, 1837, and died September
10, 1871. He followed the sea for a few years,
when a young man, and then returning to Roch-
ester, devoted the remainder of his life to farming.
He married, in 1863, Mary Frances Parshley, daugh-
ter of Stephen and Jane (Fogg) Parshley. They
had five children : Henry, George E., Herbert E.,
Emma J. and Mary E.

(V) George E., second son and child of George
and Mary Frances (Parshley) Greenfield, was born
in. Rochester, May 3, 1866, and was educated in the
common schools. For some years he was employed
by the Boston & Maine Railroad Company in its
construction department. In 1896 Mr. Greenfield
and J. A. Morrill bought the wood and coal business
of Samuel Stringer, which under the firm name of
Morrill & Greenfield, they carried on for nine years.

' Mr. Greenfield then bought his partner's interest
and has since conducted the business alone. He is
a member of Humane Lodge, No. 21, Free and Ac-
cepted Masons ; Temple Royal Arch Chapter, No.
20 ; Orient Council, Royal and Select Masters ; and
Palestine Commandery, Knights Templar; Bektash
Temple, Ancient Arabic Order Nobles of the Mystic
Shrine. He is a Republican He married, in
Rochester, December 31, 1884, Delia A. Morrill,
who was born in Rochester, August, 1865, daughter
of Jedediah A. and Lucy A. (Tibbetts) Morrill.
They have two children: Lucie May, born May 24,
1891 ; and Sarah Ella, born February 13, 1893.
Members, with their mother, of the Congregational

(Ill) Simon (2), sixth child and second son of
Simon (i) and Sarah (Ham) Torr, was born on

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