Monday, November 24, 2014

Monday is for Mothers: Jane Allen

Facts about my seventh great grandmother Jane Allen are scarce. She was apparently born in Surry County, Virginia, in about 1639 but no one seems to know who her parents were. She was the widow of a John or Michael King when she became the third wife of Thomas Warren in 1658. The couple had four sons (that we know of); the third of whom was Robert Warren who is in my direct line.

After Thomas Warren died on April 21, 1670, there was "controversie and variance" about how his property should be divided between Jane and Matthias Marriott, the husband of her stepdaughter Alyce, whose mother (name unknown) was Thomas Warren's first wife. At issue also was the estate of the recently deceased William Warren, the other known child of Thomas and his first wife. The agreement reached in the case is recorded in a transcript of Book I, 1652-1672 beginning at the bottom of the first page shown below, continuing at the top of the second page.

[Source: Surry County Records [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2006.
Original data: Davis, Eliza Timberlake. Surry County Records. Baltimore, MD, USA: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1995.]

As seen about half way down the second page above, Jane's relationship with another stepdaughter, Elizabeth, the daughter of Thomas's second wife Elizabeth Spencer, seems to have been more cordial as she was a witness to a prenuptial agreement between Elizabeth Warren and John Hunnicutt in January 1670/71 so that Elizabeth would retain control of her inherited goods after their marriage.

Some sources claim that Jane Allen King Warren was married again to a Samuel Plow or Plaw although I don't know where that information comes from because she disappears from records after the Surry County records shown above. Even her date of death is unknown.

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