Allyn #2650

Robert Allyn (1609-1683)

Born in England.  Arrived in Salem, Massachusetts in 1637, later settling in Connecticut and

Sarah Gager (1620-1683)

Born in England.  Arrived in Connecticut before 1642.

Allyn 2650Robert Allyn was born in England, probably about 1609.  He arrived in Salem, Massachusetts in 1637.  On 15 May 1642, he was enrolled as a member of the church at Salem, and he was married to Sarah Gager (daughter of William Gager, discussed under his own heading) in the same year, also in Salem.  In 1651, he moved to New London, Connecticut with the Cape Ann Company and must have brought money with him as he was among those purchasing lots on Cape Ann Lane, as well as a large grant up the river at a place still known as “Allyn Point”.   In 1656, Robert Allyn (along with John Gager, his father-in-law) was one of the thirty-five original proprietors of Norwich, Connecticut, and he resided for several years in the western part of the town plot.  The settlers is this area were farmers, and the river their transportation. A ferry was instituted from the landing on Ralph Stoddard’s farm to Montville on west bank, and soon a community developed around the ferry slip. Ferry masters over the years included Stoddards, Hurlbutts, Allyns and Ledyards. The ferry landing was located at the current site of a Yale University crew training camp. This area is now known as Ledyard, Connecticut[1].  In 1661 he styles himself of New Norridge, and held the office of constable in 1669, but in a deed of 1681 uses the formula, I, Robert Allyn, of New London[2].  At some point, he gave his house-lot in Norwich to his son, John, and returned to his farm within the bounds of New London, where he died in 1683.  His son John later returned and occupied the homestead at Allyn’s Point[3].  Robert’s date of birth is uncertain, but it can be inferred by the fact that he was freed from training in 1669 (probably upon attaining the age of 60, the customary limit for military service), placing his birth in about 1609.  This would make him about seventy-five years old at the time of his death in 1683.  The heirs of his estate[4] were his son, John, and four daughters: Sarah, wife of George Geer, Mary, wife of Thomas Parke, Hannah, wife of Thomas Rose and Deborah, who afterwards married John Gager, Jr.  John received L 133, and each of the daughters received L 66 6s.

The boathouse at "Gale's Ferry" in Ledyard, Connecticut (Yale University Crew Team training center)

The boathouse at “Gales Ferry” in Ledyard, Connecticut (Yale University Crew Team training center)

The daughter of Robert Allyn and Sarah Gager is Sarah Allyn (1642-1723), who married George Geer (1621-1726), who died at age 105, as stated on his gravestone.  The lineage of their descendants is continued under the heading for George Geer.

George Geer grave marker, Ledyard, New London, Connecticut


[1] The town was named for Colonel William Ledyard, slain commander of Colonial forces in the Battle of Groton Heights in September 1781, the town was set off from Groton in 1836 by an act of the Connecticut Legislature. Thomas Bayley, John Gager, Robert Allyn and Robert Stoddard had settled the western section, on the east bank of the Thames River, in the mid-seventeenth century.

[2] Among the early settlers of the country we often meet with persons whom it is difficult to locate. They possess lands that lap over the bounds of adjoining settlements, and sometimes appear to belong to different townships at one and the same time.

[3] Hurd’s Hist. of New London County, Conn., p. 533; Genealogical and Biog. Record of New London County, Conn. Publ. by Beers 1905, pp. 182, 362.

[4] His estate was probated on 23 Nov 1683 in New London, Connecticut.


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