Sunday, March 23, 2008

Gideon Allen

You probably noticed Gideon Allen on the 12th page of the 1800 census. I wanted to tell you a little more about him.
Gideon, a sergeant in the Revolutionary War, came to Scipio about 1790, one of the very first settlers in the area. He was a cousin of Ethan Allen of Green Mountain fame. Gideon first settled near present-day Scipioville, eventually moving to Springport in Cayuga County. His wife was Phebe Beardsley. Both born in Connecticut, they married in Washington County then made their way to Scipio.
While in Scipio, Gideon ran a tannery for a number of years, and was a Town Supervisor as well.
His son, Lemuel remained in Scipio at least until 1879. So did a granddaughter, Betsey, who married Jacob Post.
A descendant has posted a comment about the Gideon Allen family, and has kindly shared a family history of the descendants of Gideon and Phebe (Beardsley) Allen. A copy of that seven-generation genealogy is available at the Scipio Town Hall. Please stop by if you are in the area and want to know more about this interesting family.

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