• James Lane Allen

    1849 - 1925

    James Lane Allen (1849 - 1925)

    Author, Educator. Graduated from Transylvania University in 1872, and received his Master’s degree from Transylvania in 1877. After graduation, he embarked on a teaching career in Kentucky, Missouri and West Virginia. In 1893 he moved to New York to pursue writing. His published works include “With Flute and Violin” (1891), “The Blue Grass Region” (1892), […]

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  • Jay Presson Allen

    1922 - 2006

    Jay Presson Allen (1922 - 2006)

    Author. She is best remembered for her screenplays “Marnie” (1964), “The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie” (1964), “Cabaret” (1972), “Travels with my Aunt” (1972), and “Funny Lady” (1975) and also she created the TV series “Family”. She earned two Oscar nominations for the Best Screenplay. She was married to producer Lewis M. Allen. (bio by: […]

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  • Sandy Elaine Allen

    1955 - 2008

    Sandy Elaine Allen (1955 - 2008)

    American Folk Figure. She was the Guinness World Book title holder as the tallest woman on record since 1976. Sandy measured at 7 feet 7.25 inches.  A pituitary tumor was the source of her body releasing excessive amounts of growth hormone.  At birth the 6.5 pound normal baby began to grow quickly and by age […]

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  • Frederick Lewis Allen

    1890 - 1954

    Frederick Lewis Allen (1890 - 1954)

    Historian. He is best remembered as an American historian of the first half of the 20th century. He was born in Boston, Massachusetts and received his primary education at Groton School, a private school in Groton, Massachusetts. He enrolled in Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts and graduated in 1912 with a Bachelor’s Degree followed by a […]

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  • Duane Allen

    1937 - 2003

    Duane Allen (1937 - 2003)

    Professional Football Player. Born in Alhambra, California, he made his debut as a tight end receiver in the National Football League for the Los Angeles Rams in 1961. For seven seasons, he played with the Los Angeles Rams 1961 to 1964, Pittsburgh Steelers in 1965 and Chicago Bears 1966 to 1967. He ended his career […]

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  • Johnny Allen

    1933 - 2010

    Johnny Allen (1933 - 2010)

    Professional Football Player. For four seasons (1955 to 1958), he played at the center and linebacker positions in the National Football League with the Washington Redskins. Born John McKee Allen, he attended Ross High School in Freemont, Ohio and played collegiate football at Purdue University before being chosen by Washington during the 8th round of […]

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  • Ted Allen

    1955 - 2010

    Ted Allen (1955 - 2010)

    Professional Wrestler, Trainer. He was born in Cartersville, Georgia, and lived there all his life. Allen became a fan of pro-wrestling as a child and by age 14 was doing ring announcing for the Sports Palace in his hometown. He attended Cass High School and Shorter Collage in Rome, Georgia before making his wrestling debut […]

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  • Thomas “Tom” Allen

    1840 - 1903

    Thomas “Tom” Allen (1840 - 1903)

    Professional Boxer. Born in Birmingham, England, he holds the distinction of being the first International Bare-Knuckle Heavyweight Boxing Champion of the World. Standing at 5 feet, 11 inches, he began fighting in England and won a middleweight championship there before coming to the United States in 1867. In 1869, he won the Heavyweight Boxing Championship […]

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  • George E. Allen

    1896 - 1973

    George E. Allen (1896 - 1973)

    George E. Allen was born in Booneville, Mississippi. He earned a law degree at Cumberland University in Tennessee. Allen was the head football coach for Cumberland College Bulldogs in Lebanon, Tennessee, for one game in 1916. Cumberland University suffered the greatest loss in the history of college football to Georgia Tech by a score of 222 […]

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  • Heman Allen

    1779 - 1852

    Heman Allen (1779 - 1852)

    Heman Allen was born in Poultney, Vermont to Heber Allen and Sarah Owen. He attended the common schools. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1795, studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1801. He began the practice of law in Colchester, Vermont. He was town clerk of Colchester from 1807 until 1817. He served […]

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  • Henry Watkins Allen

    1820 - 1866

    Henry Watkins Allen (1820 - 1866)

    Henry Watkins Allen enlisted as a Private in the 4th Louisiana Infantry Regiment but was quickly promoted to Lieutenant Colonel on August 15, 1861. Allen became the regiment’s Colonel on March 1, 1862. He was seriously wounded at Shiloh and Baton Rouge. Colonel Allen met Sarah Morgan on November 2, 1862, when he was still […]

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  • Oscar Allen

    1882 - 1936

    Oscar Allen (1882 - 1936)

    Oscar Allen was born in a log cabin in Winn Parish to Asa Levi Allen and the former Sophronia Perkins. He attended Winn Parish schools, the Springfield Normal School and Business College in Springfield, Missouri, and Trinity University, a private institution then in Waxahachie, Texas, south of Dallas in Ellis County, Texas (Trinity is now […]

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  • William Allen

    1970 - 1879

    William Allen (1970 - 1879)

    William Allen was born in Edenton, North Carolina and moved to Chillicothe, Ohio in 1819, after his parents’ death. He was of Quaker ancestry. Allen and his sister Mary Granberry Allen lived in Chillicothe together. His sister married Reverend Pleasant Thurman, and their son, Allen G. Thurman, followed in his uncle’s footsteps, becoming a lawyer and […]

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  • William Vincent Allen

    1847 - 1924

    William Vincent Allen (1847 - 1924)

    William Vincent Allen was born in Midway, Ohio. He moved with his parents to Iowa in 1857, where he attended the common schools and Upper Iowa University at Fayette, Iowa. He served as a private with the 32nd Iowa Volunteer Infantry Regiment during the Civil War. He then studied law at West Union, Iowa and was admitted […]

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  • Lewis Allen

    1905 - 2000

    Lewis Allen (1905 - 2000)

    Lewis Allen was born in the small Shropshire town of Oakengates and on leaving school joined the Merchant Navy for four years. After leaving the service he became, briefly, an actor, before moving into London theatrical management, first for Raymond Massey and later for Gilbert Miller. In 1935 he began working on Broadway. His credits include […]

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  • James Pinckney Alley

    1885 - 1934

    James Pinckney Alley (1885 - 1934)

    Cartoonist. Known for creating the character ‘Hambone’ in “Hambone’s Meditations.” Author of “Distinguised Folks.” (bio by: Laurie)  Family links:  Parents:  John Pinckney Alley (1840 – 1891)  Malinda Catherine Everette Lane Alley Jones (1844 – 1931)  Spouse:  Nona Buchanan Lane Alley (1887 – 1975)*  Children:  Elizabeth Alley Ahlgren (1909 – 1992)*  Kathryn Alley Conaway (1911 – […]

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  • Edward Alleyn

    1566 - 1626

    Edward Alleyn (1566 - 1626)

    He was born in Bishopsgate, London, a younger son of Edward Alleyn, an innkeeper and porter to the queen, and Margaret Townley. His mother’s link to the Lancashire Townley family is somewhat of a mystery. Alleyn himself stated she was the daughter of John Townley of Townley, however this does not easily fit with the […]

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  • Edward Alleyn

    1566 - 1626

    Edward Alleyn (1566 - 1626)

    Actor. One of the greatest performers of the Elizabethan stage, he was rivaled only by Richard Burbage and praised by such authors as Ben Jonson and Thomas Nashe. He was particularly noted for his interpretations of Christopher Marlowe’s “Tamburlaine”, “Doctor Faustus”, and “The Jew of Malta”,  and Robert Greene’s “Orlando Furioso”.  Alleyn was born in […]

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  • Sara Allgood

    1879 - 1950

    Sara Allgood (1879 - 1950)

    Allgood was born in Dublin, Ireland. Her sister was actress Maire O’Neill.  Allgood began her acting career at the Abbey Theatre and was in the opening of the Irish National Theatre Society, appearing in many of their plays all over Britain. She was frequently featured in early Hitchcock films, such as Blackmail (1929), Juno and […]

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  • Buddy Allin

    1944 - 2007

    Buddy Allin (1944 - 2007)

    Brian Thomas (“Bud” or “Buddy”) Allin (October 13, 1944 – March 10, 2007) was an American professional golfer who won five PGA Tour events in the 1970s. Allin was born in Bremerton, Washington. He learned to play golf at age 13 while working as a caddy at the Santa Barbara Municipal Golf Course in Santa […]

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  • Helen Allingham

    1848 - 1926

    Helen Allingham (1848 - 1926)

    Artist. A noted watercolourist of the late 19th Century, she is primarily remembered for her images of the Surrey countryside. Born Helen Mary Elizabeth Paterson, she was raised initally in Altrincham, Cheshire, then following her father’s 1862 death during a diphtheria epidemic, the victims of which he was helping to treat, in Birmingham. Her talent […]

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  • William Allingham

    1824 - 1889

    William Allingham (1824 - 1889)

    Poet. Prominent Anglo-Irish poetry figure.  Family links:  Spouse:  Helen Patterson Allingham (1848 – 1926)* *Calculated relationship

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  • Margery Louise Allingham

    1904 - 1966

    Margery Louise Allingham (1904 - 1966)

    Author. She was educated the Perse School for Girls, Cambridge, and while there wrote stories and plays, her first published work appearing in her aunt’s magazine when she was only eight years old. She studied drama at the Regent Street Polytechnic from 1920, and during this time wrote several plays and published her first novel, […]

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  • William Allingham

    1824 - 1889

    William Allingham (1824 - 1889)

    Poet. Prominent Anglo-Irish poetry figure.  Family links:  Spouse:  Helen Patterson Allingham (1848 – 1926)* *Calculated relationship

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  • Edward Phelps Allis

    1824 - 1889

    Edward Phelps Allis (1824 - 1889)

    Businessman. Founder of Allis Chalmers.  Entrepreneur and manufacturing innovator of steam engines, agricultural equipment, and heavy machinery.  Graduating from Union College in Schenectady, New York, he moved to Wisconsin in 1846 and married Margaret Watson, eventually having twelve children.  He first started in the leather tannery business in Two Rivers, Wisconsin, and by 1854 had […]

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  • Fran Allison

    1907 - 1989

    Fran Allison (1907 - 1989)

    Frances Helen was born to Jesse Louis (1871-1941) and Anna M “Nan” (née Halpin 1876-1957) Allison in La Porte City, Iowa. She was a 1927 graduate of Coe College, where she was a member of Alpha Gamma Delta. She was a teacher before beginning her broadcasting career at WMT in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She moved […]

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  • May Allison

    1890 - 1989

    May Allison (1890 - 1989)

    Allison was born in Rising Fawn, Georgia, the youngest of five children born to Dr. John Simon (Sam) Allison and Nannie Virginia (Wise) Allison.  Violet eyed, Allison made her Broadway stage debut in the 1914 production of Apartment 12-K before settling in Hollywood, California in the early days of motion pictures. Allison’s screen debut was […]

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  • Davey Allison

    1961 - 1993

    Davey Allison (1961 - 1993)

    Davey Allison Though 1992 had been a heartbreaking year for Davey Allison and the Robert Yates Racing team in more ways than one, they had to be encouraged by their run for the championship. But 1993 opened on a sour note with Allison finishing 28th at Daytona. That finish was followed by a 16th at […]

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  • Clifford Allison

    1964 - 1992

    Clifford Allison (1964 - 1992)

    Clifford Allison Was an American stock car racing driver. Son of NASCAR champion Bobby Allison, he was a member of the “Alabama Gang“. He was killed in a crash during practice for a NASCAR Busch Series race at Michigan International Speedway in 1992. Son of the legendary Bobby Allison, nephew of Donnie and brother to […]

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  • James A. Allison

    1872 - 1928

    James A. Allison (1872 - 1928)

    Businessman. Indianapolis Speedway Co-Founder. In 1927, he became the sole owner of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and it was he who sold it to World War I Hero Eddie Rickenbacker. Rickenbacker sold the track to Anton Hulman, Jr. in 1946. (bio by: Warrick L. Barrett)  Family links:  Spouse:  Sara Willis Cornelius Allison (1875 – 1938)* […]

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