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Col. Isaac ALLERTON, Jr.

Male Abt 1630 - Bef 1702  (~ 72 years)


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  • Name Isaac ALLERTON 
    Title Col. 
    Suffix Jr. 
    Born Abt 1630  Plymouth, Plymouth County, MA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Will 25 Oct 1702  Westmoreland County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died Bef 30 Dec 1702  Westmoreland County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • (1) Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-33 [database online], Provo, UT: The Generations Network, Inc., 2000:

      ISAAC, b. Plymouth say 1630; Harvard 1650 . . . ; m. (1) about 1652 Elizabeth _____ [NEHGR 124:83-84 argues that she was a daughter of Joanna Swinnerton, third wife of Isaac's father]; m. (2) Virginia about 1663 Elizabeth (Willoughby) (Overzee) Colclough, dau. of Capt. Thomas Willoughby and widow of Simon Overzee and George Colclough . . . ; all modern authorities agree that the Isaac Allerton born at New Haven in 1655, son of this Isaac Allerton by his first wife, died without issue, and some other origin must be found for the Allertons who appear in New Haven late in the seventeenth century.

      (2) Underhill, Lora Altine Woodbury, Descendants of Edward Small of New England, Boston, MA & New York, NY: Houghton Mifflin, 1934, Vol. 1, pp. 841-851:

      Isaac, b. about 1630, in Plymouth. His mother died when he was four years of age. On his father's removal to New Amsterdam, about 1639, the young Isaac remained at Plymouth with his grandfather Brewster, who prepared him for college. In 1650, when he was twenty years of age, "Isaacus Allertonus" was named in the catalogue of "Harvard College, Cambridge, New-England," as having received a degree. Upon returning to his father's home, then in New Haven, Isaac, jr., was closely associated in commercial and maritime pursuits with his father, for whom, in the later years of Isaac, Sr., he frequently acted in the courts.

      At the time of his father's death, in 1659, Isaac, Jr., was "gone from home," but, upon his return, produced the will by which he and his stepmother were made joint trustees or executors under the will. The widow "renounced" her part of that trust, and Isaac declined to proceed "vnlesse he might be left free to act as he saw conuenient." Two others were chosen trustees; yet it is apparent that Isaac was consulted with regard to the settlement of the estate, both in New Haven and New York, and through his endeavors the homestead was saved for the widow during her lifetime. In New York, "Mr Isaack Allarton the younger" appeared in court, Dec. 9, 1659, with the request that curators of the estate be appointed there. The following year he removed to the land in Virginia which his father had received ten years before from the Indians; here he remained until his death.

      Isaac Allerton married, about 1652, in New Haven. Nothing is known of this first wife except that her name was Elizabeth, and that she was the mother of two children, who survived her. His second wife, whom he married in Virginia about 1663, was Elizabeth, widow of Major George Colclough, and daughter to Captain Thomas Willoughby, of Virginia. Colonel Thomas Willoughby was her brother.

      Elizabeth Willoughby was mar., first, as his second wife, to Simon Overzee, a Hollander, who was prominent as a merchant in Maryland and Virginia. Overzee's first wife was Sarah, daughter to Captain Adam and Sarah Thoroughgood; she was buried Oct. 9, 1658. Administration was granted, Dec. 18, 1660, to Elizabeth, widow of Simon Overzee; and soon after she was mar. to Major George Colclough, as his second wife. Ursula, the first wife of Major Colclough, mar., first, Richard Thompson; second, Colonel John Mottrom; and third, Colclough. The death of Major Colclough occurred about 1662, and, in 1663, his widow was the wife of Isaac Allerton. By this it appears that Elizabeth (Willoughby) (Overzee) (Colclough) Allerton was married three times within five years. She died before October, 1702.

      Though no mention is found of Allerton's homestead, it is evident from contemporaneous history that he became a large and successful planter, and enjoyed the friendship and confidence of his neighbors. On March 10, 1670, he entered into a compact with John Lee, Henry Corbin, and Thomas Gerrard to build a Banqueting House "at or near the corner of their respective lands, where they joined." The agreement, as recorded, states that Corbin and Lee should build the house "where Mr. Allerton & Mr. Gerard shall think fit, for the continuance of good Neighborhood." It was stipulated that every person "bear an Equal charge to the building thereof . . . and each man or his heirs, yearly, according to his due course [turn] to make an Honorable treatment [entertainment] fit to entertain the undertakers thereof, their wives, mistress [sweetheart or fianc??e] & friends, yearly & every year, & to be begin upon the 29th of May [1671]." Thus was inaugurated "that kind of dissipation which proved so destructive to Virginia."

      Gerrard, professedly a Roman Catholic, died on his plantation on Machoatick Creek, and, by his will, dated Feb. 5, 1672, appointed "Major Isaac Allerton," John Lee, and John Cooper to settle his estate. In September, 1675, Major Allerton was second in command of forces under Colonel John Washington (great-grandfather of George Washington) which were sent out to dislodge the Susquehannock Indians from an old blockhouse on the Maryland side of the river. In 1676, Major Allerton, Colonel St. Leger Codd, and Colonel George Mason were appointed to superintend the building of a garrison or storehouse, "60 x 22, and a magazine 10 feet square, at Neapsico, near Occaquan, on the Potomac River." Later, he was mentioned as Colonel Allerton.

      Isaac Allerton was appointed April 22, 1663, Justice of the Peace for Northumberland County. On November 1, 1667, he was a member of the "Committee of Association of Northumberland, Westmoreland and Stafford Counties;" member of the House of Burgesses, February 16, 1676-77; "2d in the commission of the peace for Westmoreland, and of the quorum, Nov. 5,1677;" member of the Council, 1683. Governor Nicholson, in a letter dated June 10, 1691, reported to the English government that Richard Lee (the younger), Isaac Allerton, and John Armistead, out of scruples of conscience, refused to take the oath of allegiance to William and Mary, and "so were left out of the Council;" it was alleged that they were papists. But Isaac Allerton again appeared on the "Roll of Burgesses at an Assembly beginning the 24th day of Sept., 1696." In 1699, he was "Naval Officer and Receiver of the Virginia duties in Westmoreland County, including Yeocomico River."

      The exact date of the death of Isaac Allerton is unknown; his will, dated October 25, 1702, was proved December 30, following; his age was seventy-two years. As no mention was made of his wife, she was not then living.

      His will, which was witnessed by Humphrey Morriss, John Gerrard, and Daniel Oceany, bequeathed, first, to the "church of Cople parish," in the lower or eastern part of Westmoreland County, "the sum of ten pounds sterling." To "my dear daughter Sarah Lee & my grandson Allerton Newton," two large tracts of land in Stafford County, "to be equally divided between them;" and to the latter "one thousand pounds of tobacco to be pd at the yrs of one & twenty." To "my dear Daughter Elizabeth Starr als. Heirs who lives in New England," six hundred acres of land on the south side of Rappahannock River; also "two thousand pounds of tobacco to be pd upon demand." "And forasmuch as my daughter Traverse has had a sufficient part or proportion of my estate given her in consideration of marriage I do therefore for memorial sake give unto her three daughters Elizabeth, Rebecca & Winifred Travers the sum of one thousand pounds of tobacco apeice to be pd them at the yrs of seventeen or the day of marriage which shall first happen."

      "Item-I give bequeath and devise all the remaining part of my land & tenements not above bequeathed how and wheresoever situate & being to my well beloved son Willoughby Allerton and to his heirs forever." His son Willoughby was appointed sole executor.

      Issue by first wife:

      1. Elizabeth, b. Sept. 27, 1653, at New Haven; mar. Dec. 23, 1675, to Benjamin Starr, of New Haven, who d. in 1678, aged thirty-one years. She was mar., second, July 22, 1679, to Simon Eyres, or Heyres, a sea captain, and cousin to her first husband. He was b. Aug. 6, 1652, in Boston; d. 1695.

      On March 10, 1682-83, her father confirmed to her the homestead, which she enjoyed before and after the death of her grandmother, Johanna Allerton, until her own death on Nov. 17, 1740. The house was torn down soon after. She also was generously remembered in the will of her father. . . .

      2. Isaac, b. June 11, 1655, in New Haven. He was about five years of age when his father removed to Virginia. In 1683, he returned to New Haven, and resided there and at Norwich in that State. He was a farmer, taking little part in public affairs, "but serving with credit in the Indian wars." The date of death of Isaac Allerton is unknown; he is said to have passed away at the home of his son John, in Coventry, Rhode Island. Nothing is known of his wife, nor with certainty how many children he had. . . .

      Issue by second wife:

      3. Willoughby, b. in Virginia; mar., about 1719 or 1720, Hannah, widow of Captain John Bushrod, of Nominy Plantation, and daughter to William Keene, of North County.

      Willoughby Allerton, like his father, was prominent in civil and military life; he also was a large landed proprietor, living on the west side of Machoatick Creek, and owning slaves. In 1711, he was Deputy Collector of Customs for York River. His will, which was drawn up January 16 and 17, 1723-24, was proved March 25, following. . . .

      4. Sarah Elizabeth, b. about 1670, in Virginia; probably mar., first, _____ Newton, and had a son, Allerton Newton. Her second husband was Hancock Lee, son of Colonel Richard Lee, of Virginia. The first wife of Hancock Lee was Mary, daughter to Colonel William Kendall, of Newport House, by whom he had children. Hancock Lee was Justice of Northampton County, in 1677; in 1688, he removed to Wycomico Parish in Northumberland County, where he was Justice, 1689, 1699, 1702; burgess, 1688; naval officer, 1699. In 1729, he was buried on his estate; his widow, Sarah, died two years later. The inscription on the tomb of Hancock Lee says: "and Sarah his last wife, daughter of Isaac Allerton Esq., who departed this life the 17th May, Anna Domo 1731, Aeta 60 years." . . .

      5. Frances; mar., about 1685 or 1686, to Captain Samuel Travers, b. 1660, son to William Travers of Virginia. They lived in Richmond County, at Fairham Creek, North Fairham Parish. In 1693, he was Justice of Richmond County.
    Person ID I17742  Frost, Gilchrist and Related Families
    Last Modified 5 Aug 2021 

    Father Isaac ALLERTON, Sr.,   b. Abt 1586,   d. Between 1 and 12 Feb 1659, New Haven, New Haven County, CT Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother Fear BREWSTER,   d. Bef 12 Dec 1634, Plymouth, Plymouth County, MA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Between 1623 and 1627  Plymouth, Plymouth County, MA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F7926  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Elizabeth (ALLERTON) 
    Married Abt 1652 
    Children 
     1. Elizabeth ALLERTON,   b. 27 Sep 1653, New Haven, New Haven County, CT Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Isaac ALLERTON, III,   b. 11 Jun 1655, New Haven, New Haven County, CT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Coventry, Kent County, RI Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 5 Aug 2021 
    Family ID F7932  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Elizabeth WILLOUGHBY,   d. Bef Oct 1702 
    Married Bef 20 Jun 1663  VA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
     1. Col. Willoughby ALLERTON,   b. Abt 1664,   d. Bef 25 Mar 1724, Westmoreland County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 60 years)
     2. Sarah Elizabeth ALLERTON,   b. Abt 1670, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 May 1731  (Age ~ 61 years)
     3. Frances ALLERTON
    Last Modified 5 Aug 2021 
    Family ID F7933  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. Details: Details: Details: Details: Details: Details: Details: Details: Details: Details: Citation Text: (1) Headley, Robert K.,Married Well and Often: Marriages of the Northern Neck of Virginia, 1649-1800, Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2003, p. 13: ALLERTON, Isaac & COLCLOUGH, Elizabeth (wid.); bef. 20 Jun 1663; groom was a son of Isaac & Fear (BREWSTER) ALLERTON; bride, Isaac ALLERTON's 2nd wife, was a dau. of Thos. WILLOUGHBY & the wid. of (1) Simon OVERZEE and (2) Maj. Geo. COLCLOUGH (d. c. 1662); (NC OB 1652-65:144, 200, 354, 449; Beale: 202; Allerton:85-89; Cooper:234; Newton: 298-300).