This page is an overview. For more detailed information, see the documents linked in “For more information,” below.
About the Allen family
Rick Livengood’s mother’s mother was Beatrice Ruth Allen, daughter of William Henry Allen and Louise Ellen Walton.
Beatrice Allen was born in Camden, New Jersey.
Most of Rick’s Allen ancestors for several generations back lived in Pennsylvania or New Jersey. Except for members of the Kennedy branch, who came from Ireland, most of them originally came to the United States from England.
According to the 1880 U.S. census, Beatrice’s grandfather, Charles H. Allen, was an oysterman. In the 1900 census he was listed as a barge captain.
Rick’s most famous Allen ancestors are the Waltons, who are the subject of a well-known book by Norman Walton Swayne, titled Byberry Waltons: An Account of Four English Brothers Nathaniel & Thomas & Daniel & William Walton. Rick’s oldest ancestor is his 12x great-grandfather (another William Walton), who was born about 1550. The Walton family lived in Warwickshire, England (near Birmingham).
In 1683 the brothers immigrated to the United States, first settling in New Jersey and later on land they purchased in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, just outside of Philadelphia.
The Waltons were Quakers, and the brothers and their families were members of the Byberry (Pennsylvania) Meeting House. They were prominent members of the community: for example, William led many meeting house activities and was probably in charge, for a time, of William Penn’s Manor House (several miles upriver from the Walton property).
Rick’s great-grandmother Louisa Ellen Walton and some of her descendants (including Rick’s grandmother, mother, and two of his half-sisters) are included in the first edition of the Byberry Waltons book, which was published in 1958.
Unanswered questions about the Allens
- Among the many living Walton descendants, who are Rick’s closest cousins?
- Where were Rick’s Kennedy ancestors living in Ireland, and when did they come to the United States?
- William Henry Allen had five siblings. Are any of their descendants still living in Pennsylvania or New Jersey?
For more information
- A fully indexed, electronic version of the Byberry Waltons book is available on Ancestry.com (you need an Ancestry subscription to view it)