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ALLEN, Samuel, patentee of New Hampshire, born in England in 1636; died in Newcastle, New Hampshire, 5 May 1705. He was a London merchant, and in 1691 purchased from the heirs of John Mason their grant of land from the English crown. The purchase included Portsmouth and Dover, and extended sixty miles from the sea-coaStreet The original settlers, whose titles had not been disputed by the Mason heirs, resisted Allen's claim, as governor and proprietor, under the royal commission, and litigation followed, before the conclusion of which Mr. Allen died, leaving his heirs a legacy of suits. which were carried through the courts with all sorts of incidental chicanery*records destroyed, forged Indian deeds, and the like*until in 1715, on the death of his son Thomas, the heirs abandoned their claim in despair. Mr. Allen's personal character is recorded as above reproach. See Allen vs. Waldron, Belknap's New Hampshire, and Savage's Winthrop, New Hampshire collections.
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