Saturday, February 13, 2010


I saw this request at the Alameda county message board at

"Seeking information pertaining to James Allen born in Scotland Dec. 24, 1846 or '47. His parental household was in Wyandott Township, Butte Co., CA in 1860. Parents were James and Helen or Ellen Allen, siblings Virginia, Helen, Carey?, Mary, John. Henry (1860 and 1870 census).

James was twice married, his first wife's name is unknown to me, but they had at least two children, sons Wesley and Harmon. 1900 census of Slate Range Twp,, Yuba Co., CA shows James 53 and widowed with three names following, the last of which is indecipherable.

James would later marry Julia A. (maiden name not known) a native of Germany, they appear on the 1910 census of Nevada Twp., Nevada Co., CA.

James Allen died April 26, 1931 in Nevada City, CA., his obituary lists surviving family members as: Sons Harlow of Oakland; Wesley of San Francisco. Daughter Mrs. Inez Taylor of San Francisco; Step-daughters Mrs. May McCarty; Mrs. Mary LaValley; and Mrs. Ellen Frazer, all of Oakland. Does anyone know anything about this family or any of the descendants? Thank you."

James Allen's first wife was a Miss Beasley. I obtained the surname from the listing in the California Death Index when I found their two sons, Wesley Fremont Allen (1884-1962) and Harlow Edward Allen (1888-1958).

The third child in the 1900 Census is James Millory Allen (1894-1917). He can be found in the 1910 Census in Oakland in the household of his brother-in-law, Robert Edgar Taylor (1874-1956) and sister, Mrs. Inez V. Taylor (1878-1949).

I hope that you find the following obituaries prove helpful in tracking down James Allen's descendants:

James Allen Jr. Obituary Oakland Tribune, 14 September 1917

James Allen Obituary
Oakland Tribune, 30 April 1931

Robert Edgar Taylor Obituary
Oakland Tribune, 15 May 1956

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Harlow Allen Obituary

Oakland Tribune, 1 April 1958
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Please Note: Harlow Allen's wife was named Nina Louise Sibley (sometimes seen as Sebley). She was the daughter of James Allen's second wife, Julia.

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