Male 1794 - 1881  (86 years)


History of John Allen

and children.

The following is an article James wrote for "The Warren Report" WARRENTON, N. C.,


Interesting Letter Giving
History of Allen FAMILY
From Mr. J. W. Allen of Tenn.

It affords us pleasure to publish the following letter from Mr. James W. Allen, of Tenn. The letter is worthy of careful preservation as it gives us an account of a branch of one of Warren's leading families. T. J. TAYLOR.

Nashville, Tenn., Oct. 30th, 1917
Dear Sir,
I am just in receipt of a letter from my cousin, the Hon. Joseph John Allen, of Louisburg, requesting me to give you a brief history of that portion of the Allen family who came "West." from there during the early history of Tennessee. I will begin with my grandfather, John Allen, who came to this country in the year 1819 from North Carolina, and settled one half mile East of La Vergne, Rutherford County, which is only fifteen miles from this place and taught school for many years.

John Allen was the grandson of Charles Allen who was reared near Culpepper, VA. Charles Allen was a strong personal friend of President Washington, and served two enlistments in the Revolutionary War, and during the last one he was Captain of his company, and was more than fifty years of age. His company was brigaded with Gen. Ashe and he was in the battle of “Brier Thicket," "Alamance Creek,” and “Guilford Court House.” John Allen was the son of Vincent Allen, who bore his mother's maiden name, and who was also in the Revolutionary War from a Virginia Regiment under Lieutenant-Colonel Posey. John Allen himself served a short enlistment in the “War of 1812,” in a company of North Carolina Militia of which ???? was Capt. and drew a pension from the United States Government for this service to the time of his death. He was born May 15, 1794, and died January 12, 1881, on the plantation that he cleared himself near Whiteville, TN, and is buried in the family graveyard at that place. He moved to Whiteville in 1835, 12 years after the treaty with the Indians providing for the purchase and settlement of West Tennessee.

While teaching school in the early part of his life, he found it necessary to supply a number of the children with shoes in order to keep them in school, and in order to do this he was compelled to make them himself, supplying them without cost to any of the pupils wishing him to do so.
He was married about 1821 to Miss Nancy Caroline Morton, of one of the most prominent families in this section at that time. She was the daughter of John Morton and his wife, Miss Caroline O'Dineal (Odeneal), who lived near Triune in Williamson County. His children were Mary Allen, Thompson Allen, Vincent Allen, Caroline Allen, Ada Allen, John Allen, Joe Allen and Amanda Tate Allen.

Mary Allen married Caswell Coates, Bolivar, Hardeman County, TN, and moved to Texas soon after that state was admitted to the Union. She only had one daughter, Alma, who married a Mr. Hester, and Alma only had one child by the name of John Hester. They are both living, at Columbus, Texas, and are in a good financial condition.

Thompson Allen married Miss Araminta Wilson, near Bolivar, Tenn., and a Miss Newsom, near Fayette Corner, TN, and died about 1892 without heirs. He was buried with Masonic honors at Goodwin, Arkansas, where he owned a plantation. He joined E. Company, Forrest Old Regiment, and was shot down at the Battle of Shiloh, which was the first battle he was ever in. His horse was killed by the same bullet, and this wound was the cause of his death.

Vincent Allen went to Texas when he was a young chap with his sister Mary, and married a Miss Wilson near Alleytown, in Colorado County, and raised a family. One son, Gussie, the oldest, lives in Montana and Mrs. Traylor and Mrs. Leeds live at Wharton, Texas. Miss Pearl Leeds, one of the daughters, is quite a prominent school teacher in that section.

Caroline and Ada Allen died when they were in their teens and were ever married.

John Allen married Miss Louisa Harwood near Trenton, TN, and left two children, Orion and J. W. Allen (John Walter, myself). My brother, Orion Allen, lives at O'Donnell, Texas, and is engaged in the cattle business. He left Tennessee in 1881 for his health, which was restored by the refreshing breezes, of the Panhandle country. He has three children. Glenn Allen, who is married and settled near his father; Fern Allen, who is in the National Army and Ora Allen, who married a Mr. Miles and is settled near that point. John Allen lost his wife in February 1861 and he immediately joined Company E. of the 7th Tennessee Cavalry which was brigaded with Gen. Forrest's old Regiment throughout the entire Civil War. He was wounded at Union City, Tenn., and, again, at Harrisburg, MS. These wounds super induced his death in 1866. He was a lawyer by profession.

I married Miss Flora Hamel November 23, 1881. She descended from a long line of Indian fighters who came to Tennessee from North Carolina in the early part of the eighteenth century. She died on, June 7th, 1916. Our children are as follows: Mrs. A. A. Bailey, Chicago, IL; Mrs. 0. A. Burbank, Chicago, IL; Mrs. W. A. Dyer, Washington, D. C.; J. W. Allen, Jr., New Orleans, LA; W. T. Allen, Chicago, IL; Morton P. Allen, Chicago, IL; Forrest F. Allen, Nashville, TN; and Mary Graddy Allen, Nashville, TN

(7). Joe Allen was a member of Co. E of the 7th Tennessee Cavalry and was killed at the Battle of Britain Lane near Denmark, Tenn., which was the first battle he was ever in. He had just graduated in medicine and went in the army as a private in order to gratify his intense feeling and do something for the good of his beloved Southland.

(8) Amanda Tate Allen was the youngest of all the children of John Allen, born about 1847. During the war she rode her pony to school two miles and carried a seven shooter in her riding skirt pocket for protection. She was one of the finest horseback riders, and one of the finest shots with the rifle or pistol ever in our section. About 1872 she married John M. Matthews of Whiteville, TN, who was lieutenant in the 6th Tennessee Infantry, C. S. A. They moved to Texas in 1881, and all of the children have become quite wealthy in the development of the lands in the eastern part of that state. Their names are as follows, Mrs. Tate Matthews Barnett, Marfa, TX; Sloan Matthews, Harvey, TX; Claude Matthews, Fort Davis, TX; Walter Matthews, Marathon, TX; Morton Matthews, Alpine, TX.
They are all married and have fine ranches and have always lived on the frontiers. My brother and I were raised and educated by our grandfather and I am the only one left of John Allen’s descendants in Tennessee.

John Allen was an excellent Christian gentleman, a devout member of the Methodist church and, a strong disciple of John Wesley. During the latter part of his life he read the Bible - always held family prayers at night and was a Mason of high rank, and always felt much interest in the Order. He knew no fear and during the war when the Federal soldiers were invading the country, it made no difference how many were in the crowd, or at what time of the night they came, he always met them at the gate. He was a prosperous cotton planter and owned a large number of Negroes at the out breaking of the war. He was charitable and liberal, but frugal and economical in his habits. To the Negroes who stayed with him during the war, he sold farms after the war on a credit giving them all the time desired to pay for them. He was a man of strong determination, and considered loyalty to both principle and friends the grandest of all the virtues. To those of less discrimination this has often been construed to mean stubbornness, but his immovable loyalty was based upon love of principle.

Pinkney Morton, a brother of Caroline, moved from Williamson County to Caney Springs, now in Marshall County and raised his family on the adjoining farm to where General Nathan Bedford Forrest was reared. He was a great friend of the Morton family and Captain John W. Morton, one of our collateral kinsmen, was his Chief Staff of Artillery during the war. He had a charming daughter by the name of Mrs. Powell now living in Nashville, Tennessee.
The Allens are all farmers and professional men. I am the only one who ever had the temerity to venture into politics. I was Comptroller of the Treasury of Tennessee at the age of thirty years and after serving many years in that capacity embarked into the insurance business. I have until recently been connected with the State Insurance department for about fifteen years. I represented that department in the examination of the New York Life Insurance Company in 1905, at which time the whole Life insurance business was readjusted and reconstructed. The energy used in acquiring political preferment applied in any other business, would have made, me a much wealthier and a much happier, man.
John Allen had one sister who married a Walker, and one sister who married her cousin, Captain Sandford Allen, son of Charles Allen, Jr., who emigrated from North Carolina and came to Tennessee about 1835. I do not know the address of all of these but will give them to you in a later letter, should you desire them. One of them runs a big dry-good business in Atlanta, Georgia, and I think the others are in the railroad business.
Charles and Vincent Allen, are both buried in their family, grave yards, in Warren county, N. C., as I remember history. Old Charles had a son named Charles who served in the, same company with him, who later, moved to Williamson County, Tenn., and is buried at the Allen graveyard at Southall, near Franklin.
I have often feared that I do not fully measure up to the Allen standard, but I have the application, determination and the inclination and hope some time to feel that I am a thorough Allen as understood by my beloved ancestry.

Very respectfully,

No. Avoca Apartments,
Nashville, Tennessee.

Where he stated, "She descended from a long line of Indian fighters who came to Tennessee from North Carolina in the early part of the eighteenth century, I believe this should be 1800's, hmo)."

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