James Cullen Allan
- Born: 13 Feb 1858, Bellshill, , Lanark, Scotland
- Marriage (1): Agnes Hardie McIntyre
- Died: 31 Aug 1935, Broad Top, Bedford, Pennsylvania, USA at age 77
- Buried: 2 Sep 1935, Duvalls Cemetery, Coaldale, Pennsylvania, USA
Cause of his death was Coronary Thrombosis.
Another name for James was James Cullen Allen.
There is a record of a James Allan, a 20 year old miner from Scotland, arriving on 29 September 1879 in New York on board the Bolivia. This is probably the same James. There is also a William Allan, Baker, looks like 18 years old on board who may be his brother.
James and his wife Agnes were 2nd cousins sharing Great Grandparents, Peter Hardie and Elizabeth Cowan. Their respective maternal grandmothers, Mary and Agnes Hardie were sisters.
At the time of the 1910 census James was living in Broad Top, Pennsylvania. He was 51 and had been married 30 years. According to this record his immigration year was 1878. He was working as a Foreman at a coal mine. Wife Agnes was 48 and had (obviously) als been married 30 years. Living here also was son Charles, 17, single, no occupation; daughter Nellie, 13; son Malcolm 10; son Henry H., 8. Also living with them were two Nieces, Nellie Hudson, 13, born Pennsylvania to a father born in Scotland and a mother born in Pennsylvania (she was the daughter of Agnes' sister Ellen); and Geraldine McIntyre, 6, born in Pennsylvania to parents both born in Pennsylvania. I suspect she was born to Agnes' brother James and his wife Ida Burns. Ida died in 1906 when Geraldine would have been 2 years old and I'm guessing that Agnes and her husband took her in and eventually raised her as their own (see below).
At the time of the 1920 census he was living in Riddlesburg, Broad Top, Pennsylvania. The family name is recorded as ALLEN. He was 61, a superintendent in the mining industry. This record suggests he immigrated in 1880. Living with him were his wife Agnes, 57, daughter Elizabeth, 37, single, no occupation; som Malcolm, 19, a grocery store proprietor; son Herschell, 18, single, a coal miner; and daughter Geraldine, 16, single, no occupation. Note that Geraldine is almost certainly actually Geraldine McIntyre, their niece (see above). All the children were born in Pennsylvania.
In May 1921 he applied for a passport indicating that he intended to sail on the Vestis on 14 May to Scotland to visit his mother (she died in August of that year), and to England, France and Belgium for sight-seeing. On his application he was described as 62 years old, 5 feet 5 inches tall, with a medium forehead, round chin, black hair, blue eyes, fair complexion, straight nose and a small and oval face. He had a "coal mark on nose & scar on right wrist". And he had a moustache.
According to his passport application James emigrated to the USA arriving on 18 September 1878 at 20 years of age. He became a naturalised citizen on 21 November 1887. He settled at Broad Top, Pennsylvania which is where his great uncle and great aunt, James Hardie and Agnes Taylor (nee Hardie) also both settled about 20 years before. Agnes Taylor was Agnes McIntyre's grandmother.
At the time of the 1930 census James is living on Ropewell (?) Mountain Road, Broad Top, Pennsylvania. The family name is spelled ALLEN. He is renting rather than owning. He is 72 years old, born Scotland as were both parents, and he was married at age 22. He did not attend school but he could read and write.He was a Labourer on the State Highway. Living here also was his wife Agnes H, aged 68, married at age 18, did not attend school but could read and write. She was born in Pennsylvania, both parents born in Scotland. Some of their children were here too: Elizabeth M Allen, 47, single, born Pennsylvania, did not attend school but could read and write, no occupation; Malcolm Allen, 30, single, born Pennsylvania, did not attend school but could read and write, a coalminer; daughter Nell Graffious, 33, married, born Pennsylvania, did not attend school but could read and write,no occupation; Nells daughter, Elizabeth Graffious, 13, did attend school and could read and write, born Pennsylvania; a grandson, John T(?) Lehman (?), 10, born Pennsylvania to parents both born in Pennsylvania, did attend school and could read and write. He was the child of their recently deceased, divorced daughter Mary. Also living here was Alex McIntyre, brother-in-law, 62, single, born Pennsylvania, did not attend school but could read and write, no occupation.
Noted events in his life were:
• He worked as a Coal Mine Superintendant.
James married Agnes Hardie McIntyre, daughter of Robert McIntyre and Elizabeth Taylor. (Agnes Hardie McIntyre was born in Jan 1862 in Pennsylvania, USA, died in 1948 in Pennsylvania, USA and was buried in 1948 in Duvalls Cemetery, Coaldale, Pennsylvania, USA.)