Name: Allen BLY
Birth: 1772 in Rhode Island
Death: 4 AUG 1850 in Hastings, Oswego Co. New York
Note: 78 yr
Burial: Hillside Cemetery, Central Square, NY
Change Date: 2 JUN 2012
Coventry, Rhode Island - Coventry Town Hall Land Records, Vol. 9,
P200 Thomas Arnold of Coventry paid $500 to Allen Bly of Coventry for a piece of land. Elizabeth Arnold wife of Thomas. 20 February 1798 22 yr of American Independence.
Mortgage Book Vol 9, P.202 Allen Bly of Coventry in the County of Kent State of Rhode Island & providence plantation labourer... for $500 silver money brought a tract of land in Coventry. 20 February 1798.
Deed book Vol 9, P. 346 Allen Bly for $420 bought a section of land in Coventry from William Colvin. Anne Bly wife of Allen Bly. 4 November 1799
Deed book Vol. 10, page 170. Allen Bly brought from William Colvin. 1800
Deed Book Vol. 10, page 170. Anna Bly brought from William Colvin. 1800
From Norway Tidings - Allen came to Norway before 1810 and lived in town some years; after leaving all trace of him or his family seems lost, save a rumor that some of his descendants are in Oswego County, New York.
Letter 7-15-43 from L. Nelson Nichols (Herkimer Co Historical Society Bly file)
Claimed Phebe Bly was born in 1798 to Allen Bly. Phebe married Horace Nichols (son of Maze and Abigail (Spencer) Nichols ) in 1818 . They lived at Dairy Hill, Norway and is buried as wife of Horace Nichols in the Nichols-Sweet graveyard at Dairy Hill.
It is know that some of the Bly family was in Norway by 1792 but it is presumed that Allen with his daughter Phebe came to Norway not many years before 1810 and with Job Bly with his second wife Esther....
It is certain that both Allen and Job had some connection with a settlement in St. Lawrence county during the war of 1812. Possibly this was only a lumber project for a war effort. Allen and Job both had two interests in common: Excellent tree choppers and lovers of good horses. Some one of the wives of the St. Lawrence county died there. It is supposed to have been Allen Bly's wife because Job's wife Esther was living in Norway in 1852 when Job died and she moved later to Cortland county where it is supposed she had died without a child by Job Bly." L. Nelson Nichols claimed to be a descendant of Allen Bly.
Letter March 12, 1926 from Sarah E. Bly to Mrs. Lillian Sweet Allen part of the Lillian Sweet Allen Collection, Syracuse University Library.
Sarah stated that Allen married one Eliza ? (they didn't know her last name). The family thought that there were 4 children in that union. Grandfather divorced his first wife. He left her his home, children, all he had and finally married again. He married Mary Underwood, but she didn't know where he met her or where they were married. Allen left Stonington (CT ) and came to Norway, NY. "He said it was too cold to grow corn there so he started out on foot and alone to find a better climate. He came to Central Square or Hastings as they called it then. Here he worked for a man named Rane for a time, then brought a little plot of land in the wilderness. He cleared it, planted it, built a log house... then went back to Norway for his family. In 1828, he brought his family and possessions with an ox-team to his new home in Hastings. His son Lewis Bly, brought other land adjoining the log house plot on which were two frame houses. In one of these houses, Grandfather died at the age of 78 years of stock."
Herkimer Co. New York Land Deeds book 6 pages 285-286.
This indenture made this eighth day of February in the year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred and eleven. Between Allen Bly of the Town of Norway in the county of Herkimer and State of New York, farmer, of the one part, and Warren Bly and William C. Bly, sons and heirs apparent of the said Allen Bly of the other part: Witnesseth that the said Allen Bly as well for and in consideration of the natural love and affection which he the said Allen Bly hath and beareth unto the said Warren and William C. Bly, as also for the better maintainance, support, livihood, and -- of them, the said Warren and William C. Bly hath given granted, -- and confirmed said by these presents doth give grant -- and confirm unto the said Warren and William C. Bly their heirs and assigns all that certain piece of land situate lying and being in the Town of Norway and in a patent called the Royal Grant, which piece of land is fully known by being -- of lot 56 ..... that said Warren and William C. Bly their heirs or assigns shall and lawfully may from time to time and at all times (after they shall be of lawful age) peaceably and quietly have, hold, use, occupy..and enjoy the farm.... Witnessed by William Colvin. Recorded 2 May 1812.
Land Deeds Book 16, Herkimer Co. NY Page 91
Indenture made the twenty eighth day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty three between Allen Bly and Mary Bly his wife of the first part and Henry Van Wie of the town of Norway County of Herkimer and State of New York of the party of the second part ..in consideration of the sum of two hundred and fifty dollars to the party of the first part, to a quit claim for parcel of land situate in the town of Norway part of lot number in the third allotment of the Royal Grant and contains fifty acres of land, bounded north by lands of Samuel Rathburn, east by lands of Caleb Shifton, and the heirs of Daniel Bly deceased, south by lands of Clark Bolten and Philip Service and on the west by the highway leading from the town of Norway to the town of West Brunswick and is further known by being the farm on which the said parties of the first part now reside...
1800 census Coventry, Kent Co. RI. Allen Bly 1 male under 10, 1 male 16-26, 4 females under 10, and 1 female 16-26.
1810 Census Norway, Herkimer Co., NY. Allen Bligh. 2 males under 10. 1 male 26-45. 2 females under 10. 2 females 10-16. 1 female 26-45.
1820 Census Bly Allen Herkimer Co., NY , Norway P. 015
Allen Bly. 1 male under 10. 1 male 26-45. 3 females under 10. 1 female 26-45. 1 male slave 14-26.
1830 Census Bly, Allen Herkimer Co., NY West Brunswick p. 102
1 male under 5. 1 male 15-20. 1 female under 5. 2 females 5-10. 1 female 10-15. 1 female 15-20. 1 female 40-50.
1840 Census Bly, Allen Oswego Co., NY Hastings p. 208
1 male 10-15. 1 male 20-30. 1 male 60-70. 1 female 10-15. 1 female 15-20. 2 females 20-30. 1 female 50-60.
1850 Census Bly, Allen Oswego Co., NY West Monroe p. 362
Living with Benjamin Smith family. FAMILY #158. [deceased daughter Mary Bly's husband]
Allen Bly age 87, born Rhode Island.
Mary A. Bly, age 84, born Rhode Island.
David Bly, age 22, cooper, born New York
Father: Benjamin BLY b: 1737 in North Kingston, Washington Co., Rhode Island
Mother: Joanna CARR b: 24 MAY 1736 in West Greenwich, Rhode Island
Anna RICE b: 26 JUL 1776 in Coventry, Kent Co., Rhode Island
in Coventry, Kent Co., Rhode Island
- Phoebe BLY b: 1798 in Rhode Island
- Amy BLY b: 1793 in Coventry, Kent Co., Rhode Island
- Warren BLY b: ABT 1800 in Coventry, Kent Co., Rhode Island
- Ruth BLY b: BEF 1800 in Coventry, Kent Co., Rhode Island
- Sallie BLY b: BEF 1800 in Coventry, Kent Co., Rhode Island
- William C. BLY b: ABT 1802 in Norway, Herkimer Co., New York
Mary UNDERWOOD b: 1786 in Connecticut
in prob Herkimer Co., New York
- Mary Ann BLY b: 1813 in prob Herkimer Co., New York
- Lewis Allen BLY b: 18 JAN 1814 in Rhode Island
- Lucy BLY b: 1821 in Herkimer Co., New York
- Abigail BLY b: JUN 1829 in prob Norway, Herkimer Co., NY
- Lavina BLY b: 13 FEB 1824 in Hastings, Oswego Co., New York
- Nancy BLY b: 1826 in New York
- David C. BLY b: 1829 in Herkimer Co., New York
- Martha BLY b: 1831 in Herkimer. Herkimer Co., New York