Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Tombstone Tuesday ~ Benjamin Allen, died 1791, on the island of Martha's Vineyard

This tombstone was photographed at West Tisbury, Massachusetts
 at the West Tisbury Village Cemetery

Here lies interr'd the Remains
who was drowned
in going to Nantucket
on the night of the 14 of Novr
Aged 64 Years 2 Mos & 14 Ds.

Benjamin Allen, born 28 August 1727 in Tisbury, died 14 November 1791 at sea, was the son of Joseph Allen and Patience Bourne.   Joseph Allen is my 8th great grand uncle, and Benjamin is my first cousin, 9 generations removed.   I descend not only from Samuel Allen (1598 - 1669) and Ann Whitmore, Benjamin's paternal grandparents, but also from his maternal grandparents, George Partridge (1605 - 1695) and Sarah Tracy. 

Benjamin was married first on 18 January 1753 to Eleanor Althearn and had eight children.  He married second to Elizabeth Doane. 

According to the Find A Grave website, there was a family story that "Benjamin went fishing and did not return. After many days his boat was found without him in it, with the exception of his leg." 

I suppose that leg is all that is buried here in West Tisbury?

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