- John Allen, City of Ann Arbor
Ann Arbor was founded in 1824 by John Allen of Virginia and Elisha Rumsey of New York; that same year it became the seat of Washtenaw County. There are a number of variations on the story of how the original 640 acres of land, forested with burr oaks, came to be called Ann Arbor. Most stories involve the names of Allen and Rumsey's wives.
- John Allen and the founding of Ann Arbor. by Russell Bidlack. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan, 1962; University of Michigan Library, 2005.
... John Allen was, from the start, the leader in the enterprise and so dominated the course of events that he can rightfully be called the town's founder. Born in Augusta County, Virginia, on May 17, 1796, of Scotch-Irish ancestry, he belonged to one of the old families of the Shenandoah Valley, his great-grandfather having settled on Middle River near the present city of Staunton prior to October, 1740. Although not in the social class of the great plantation owners of the Old South, the Allens possessed the same pride in family and good breeding as did the most aristocratic Virginians.