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Allen, Joseph

Male 1634 - 1668


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  • Christened  8 Apr 1634  Devizes, Wiltshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  17 Nov 1668  Taunton, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I06909  My Genealogy
    Last Modified  9 Jan 2015 

    Father  Allen, Toby,   b. Abt 1595, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1647, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Northey, Elizabeth,   c. 13 Aug 1601, St John the Baptist, Devizes, Wiltshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1648 
    Married  11 Oct 1617  Devizes, Wiltshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F02026  Group Sheet

    Family  Allen, Thedosia,   b. Abt 1635, Of Ditcheat, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  4 Oct 1655  Devizes, Wiltshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified  19 May 2015 
    Family ID  F02981  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • Lives of Emienent and Illustrious Men by George Godfrey Cunningham

      ...Joseph Allein, an eminent non-conformist minister, was born at Devizes, in Wiltshire, in 1633. At the age of sixteen he entered Lincoln college, Oxford, and in 1651 was admitted scholar of Corpus Christi. In 1653 he was elected to the chaplainship, which he is said to have chosen in preference to a fellowship. ... In 1655 he became assistant minister to Mr Geo. Newton at Taunton. ...Before the passing of the act of uniformity in 1662, it was expected that he would have conformed; but when he saw the clauses to which his assent and consent were required, he determined to refuse submission. He was fully resolved, however, not to suspend his preaching until he should be prevented by violence. Accordingly, he even redoubled his labours-preaching sometimes seven, ten, or even fourteen sermons a-week, in Taunton and its neighbourhood. Such was the respect felt for him that he was permitted to continue these labours undisturbed till May 26, 1663, when he was committed to Illchester jail. In August he was tried at the assizes for holding a riotous and seditious assembly. ...and to be imprisoned till the fine was paid. On his recommitment to prison, he was confined with upwards of sixty others, mostly quakers and nonconformists, in one room, where they all suffered greatly from the closeness of the place,...and upon his release, commenced his public labours again. He had large congregations in various places, who were much attached to him. In July, 1665, he was again arrested, and with seven other ministers, and forty private persons, was committed to the jail at Ilchester... He died in 1668. ... Soon after his death, an account of his life, labours, and sufferings, was published by Mr R. Allein, R. Fairclough, G. Newton, and his widow. Mr Baxter wrote the Introduction, and two conformist ministers gave it their sanction.
      His body lies in the chancel of the church of St. Magdalen, of Taunton and on his grave-stone are the following lines: Here Mr. Joseph Allein lies, To God and you a sacrifice.