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Re: Allphins in Oregon
Posted by: Lisa Morgan (ID *****2157) Date: November 13, 2007 at 19:32:17
In Reply to: Allphins in Oregon by Judy Pullinger of 194

Judy, there is much documentation about Joseph Allphin on back. In a nutshell, Joseph was a carpenter, constructed frames for drying tobacco. He had an indentured servant, a young boy in which he agreed to teach to read and write, teach the trade of carpentry, and attend religious services until the age of 21, even though he was himself illiterate. This is documented in historical legal documents on contracts for Middlesex Virginia. Go to a decent genealogical library in a fairly large city, and peruse a copy of the Christ Church parish record for birth, marriage and death records including Allphins. Joseph's wife, Constantine was the sextant of Christ Church Parish in Middlesex County, and Allphins are frequently documented in this record. Constantine was a Stiff, and the county cemetaries are full of Stiffs. (ha ha.) There is property in the county that is still in the Stiff family. (amazing!!!) The Allphins had a small farm in Middlesex County, fronting the Pianketank [probably mispelled] river, but left no permanant mark except through church records. They are not buried on church property in the county. Rumors abound whether Robert Allphin was born in Norfolk England or Virginia. It is extremely unlikely that he was from Virginia as there was no Norfolk other than a couple of farms in Norfolk County that far back. The shipyards would have succeeded the town, established some 35 years after his birth. Early residents of Norfolk County Virginia are well documented, and there is no mention at all of any Allphins. He was almost certainly a shipyard worker in England. If you are interested in Joseph's wife Constantine Stiff Allphin- the Stiff line, there is a good biography of early Middlesex County residents in their library that includes alot on Stiffs. Lisa Morgan


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