Nancy Caroline MORTON[1]

Female 1806 - 1850  (44 years)


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  • Name Nancy Caroline MORTON  [1
    Also Known As Ann 
    Born 11 Aug 1806  Rockingham Co, NC Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Female 
    Died 11 Sep 1850  Hardeman Co, TN Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Notes 
    • The first trace we found of John and Nancy in Hardeman County was in 1834 when John bought 640 acres. Over the years he bought another 528.25 acres, which brought his cotton plantation up to 1168.25 acres. All of John's land was in the 10th District, Range 5, Section 5.
      Tragedy struck the family on 11 July 1835 when John and Nancy's fourth child, four-year old Eliza 0., died. She had been born 14 Oct 1830, and is buried in the Farley Cemetery.
      Nancy's grandmother, Sarah Tate Odneal (sic); may have been living with the family when she died. John Allen was the Administrator of her estate. One bed and saddle were sold on 14 Sep 1839 from her estate.
      The 1840 Census shows John and Nancy's family consisting of six children: 1 girl aged 15 20; 2 boys aged 10-15; 2 boys aged 5-10; and 2 girls aged 0-5. These children would be: Mary, ca 16; Thompson, 14; Vincent, ca 12; John, 7; Joseph, 5; Caroline, 3; and Jane, 1. (Eliza would have been 10 if she had lived.)
      John and Nancy had only been married 17 years so its safe to say that this was all their children, i.e., no child had left home yet.
      Only two more children were born into the Allen family: Adaline was born ca. 1841, and Amanda Tate was born on 3 Dec 1846.
      On 30 Dec 1841, their oldest girl, Mary, married Caswell Coates. He was the son of William and Mary Coates of Hardeman County.
      The 1850 census shows Thompson at home farming with his dad, the next five children were "students," and Amanda was a tyke of 4 years. There must have been a governess or tutor (or both) in the home as there was no school building in Whiteville until 1856. Vincent was not living at home and was probably married. He and Thompson belonged to the Bolivar Masonic Lodge in 1850 so he must have been living in the area.
      John Allen's wife, Nancy, died in late 1850 at the age of 44. Amanda was four when she lost her mother.
      Two years later, John married Susanah Rebecca Johnson, the widow of the Rev. William Johnson, on 24 August 1852. She was 39 and John was 58 when they married and they did not have any children.
      A published history of Hardeman County tells us:
      "In 1856 the first school building was erected in Whiteville at a spot now occupied by the John Cross residence. It was a two story house with an auditorium and study hall on the lower floor and class rooms on the upper floor. The Jeffersonian Institute, as it was called, stressed music and art and had special rooms provided for these subjects.
      "The first principal of the school was Professor Dillard of New York. Miss Wally and Miss Sherwood, also from New York, were instructors of music and art, this is probably where Amanda received her training in art and music. Other teachers were Professor N. E. Wood and Professor Allen who was killed in the Battle of Shiloh."
      The husband of the oldest daughter, Mary, was in Colorado County, Texas, just west of where Houston is today in October, 1856. He made out a Power of Attorney authorizing John Allen to handle his inheritance from his parents. Was Mary the first Allen child to emigrate to Texas?
      Rebecca Allen, John's second wife died on 12 Aug 1860. Thompson and Amanda were the only two children living at home when she died. Amanda was 14 when her stepmother died; she would have been the only mother that Amanda remembered.
      The Civil War started on 12 April 1861. The 1860 census shows the Allen household consisting of only John Allen, age 66; Thompson, age 35; and Amanda, age 14. Rebecca, John's wife, had just died.
      John and Thompson were raising cotton on the family's 1168+-acre plantation with the help of 30 slaves. The Allens had a two-story antebellum home, and there were seven slave houses on the property. The value of John Allen's property was $35,760; Thompson's was $5,600.
      (If the information on the 1860 Census is accurate, the Allens had more than twice as much wealth in land, slaves and personal property as the Matthews.)
      There is a real mystery in the slave schedule for 1860. ownership of the slaves on the Allen plantation was: Thompson, 3; John Allen, 2; and Arthur Allen, 25. Who in the world was Arthur Allen? This was the only mention I found of this name in any of the county records over a 70-year period.
      Amanda had four brothers who probably fought in the Civil War. Thompson was 36, Vincent was 34 (if he was still living), John was 28, and Joseph was 26 when the war started.
      John and Joseph rode to Jackson on 24 May 1861 and joined the Confederate calvary. They were originally assigned to Logwood's Battalion in the fall of 1861 and first saw service about New Madrid, MO. On 10 June 1862 they were attached Company E of the Seventh Calvary, known as "Hardeman's Avengers," under General Forrest where they spent the rest of their military careers. Private Joseph F. Allen was "killed at Denmark Tenn" on 1 Sept 1862. Private John Allen was "wounded and left in Tennessee" on May 2nd, 1864.
      The war was over in the Spring of 1865, and on 29 October 1865 Thompson married Martha Araminta Wilson in Hardeman County.
      In April 1866, John Allen made out a Gift Deed to his newly married son, Thompson, for 264 acres off the Allen plantation.
      The Allen household on the 1870 federal census consisted of John Allen, 76; Amanda, 23; Walter, 12; and Orion, 10. These two boys were the sons of either John Allen who died in 1866. [1]
    Person ID I13241  William Means Descendants
    Last Modified 20 Jan 2009 

    Father John MORTON,   b. 1782, Charlotte Co, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Jan 1873, Marshall Co, TN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years) 
    Mother Mary Caroline ODENEAL,   b. Between 1780 and 1790, Guilford Co, NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1822, Hardeman Co, TN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 42 years) 
    Married 22 Oct 1805  Rockingham Co, NC Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Family ID F4557  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family John ALLEN,   b. 15 May 1794, Warren Co, NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Jan 1881, Hardeman Co, TN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years)  [1
    Married 18 Aug 1823  Rutherford Co, TN Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
    +1. Mary Young Pinkney ALLEN,   b. 17 Jul 1824, Hardeman Co, TN Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Aug 1899, Columbus, Colorado Co, TX Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years)
     2. Thompson ALLEN,   b. Abt 1827, TN Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1896, St. Frances, AR Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 69 years)
    +3. Vincent ALLEN,   b. 16 Jun 1828, Rutherford Co, TN Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Mar 1877, Columbus, Colorado Co, TX Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 48 years)
     4. Eliza Odeneal ALLEN,   b. 14 Sep 1830, Rutherford Co, TN Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Jul 1835, Hardeman Co, TN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 4 years)
    +5. John ALLEN, Jr.,   b. 6 Feb 1833, Rutherford Co, TN Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 May 1866, Hardeman Co, TN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 33 years)
     6. Joseph Farrar ALLEN,   b. 13 Jan 1835, Hardeman Co, TN Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Sep 1862, Denmark, Madison Co, TN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 27 years)
     7. Caroline ALLEN,   b. Abt 1837, Hardeman Co, TN Find all individuals with events at this location
     8. Jane W. ALLEN,   b. 1839, Hardeman Co, TN Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 1860 and 1878, Columbus, Colorado Co, TX Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 21 years)
     9. Adaline ALLEN,   b. Abt 1841, Hardeman Co, TN Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1861, Colorado Co, TX Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 19 years)
    +10. Amanda Tate ALLEN,   b. 3 Dec 1846, Whiteville, Hardeman Co, TN Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Apr 1906, Talpa, Coleman Co, TX Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 59 years)
    Last Modified 20 Jan 2009 
    Family ID F4558  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S27718] Odineal webpage, Hugh Marvin Odneal, (http://members.tripod.com/~hugh_odneal/).


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