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John Showell Allen

Male 1787 - 1855  (67 years)


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  • Name John Showell Allen  [1, 2
    Born 19 Sep 1787  Mecklenburg County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Died 7 Feb 1855  Chambers County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Buried Lafayette Cemetery, Lafayette, Chambers County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Notes 
    • Said to have married Ruth Linton, and to be the father of Caroline Elizabeth Allen, the wife of Robert James Pembrook McCants of Abbeville District, SC

      http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~scorange/records/bible/bible_janemccants.htm

      Tombstone Inscription:

      "Born in Mecklenburg Co., Virginia; Departed this life in Chambers County, Ala."


      Tuck Wilson provided the following timeline of his ancestor:

      Timeline
      1787 - Born in Mecklenburg County, Virginia, the first child born to 22 year old Arva Allen and Polly Clarke.
      1789 - Family moves to Abbeville District, South Carolina
      1814 - Marries next door neighbor 19 year old Ruth Linton when he is 26.
      1815-1835 - They have eight children.
      1827 - Elected Justice of the Peace. History of Lowndesville, SC; Carlisle; p 237
      1835 - Ruth dies from complications of childbirth.
      1838 - Trustee for the Lowndesville Academy, a co-ed private school.
      1840 - 16 Jan, John Showell Allen marries Mrs. Charlotte Simmons in Edgefield District SC
      1843 - John is being sued by __________ in Charleston and Sidney Linton, farm is threatened. John buys
      goldmine on Kings Mountain NC and makes enough money to pay off his debts and keep the farm.
      1843 - Goldmine 1 & 2 letters written. John misses both Alex and Laurinda's wedding while working the mine.
      1849 - John sells the plantation, clearing $11679
      1849 - John is living at the Benson Hotel in Anderson, SC when news reaches him that his daughter Caroline's
      husband has been murdered by a slave. He writes his son George. See GWAllen papers 28 Sept 1849
      1850 - Census living in Anderson, SC with wife Charlotte, son John C. Allen, age 9, and 10 teenage girls who
      have seven different last names.
      1852 - John has moved to Cartersville, Bartow County, Georgia where he owns the only hotel. Alex visits him
      and writes George that Pa is slipping mentally and wants him to move close to either him or George. GWAllen
      Papers 27 July 1852
      1855 - dies at son George's place 7 Feb 1855. There were letters to the effect that he was to be buried in Smyrna
      Cemetery next to his first wife Ruth Linton but he is not on a list of graves from that place.
    • (Research):
      Census Listings:

      1850 Anderson County, (Western Div.) SC Census:

      #H518

      John S. Allen 62M Farmer R$3,000 (20-Slaves) Born VA
      Charlotte Allen 49F Born SC
      John C. Allen 9M Born SC
      Mary A. Simmons 19F Born SC
      F. E. Simmons 15M Born SC
      Sarah C. Monday 16F Born SC
      Susan E. Monday 13F Born SC
      Columbia J. Ashley 15F Born SC
      Virginia V. Ashley 13F Born SC
      Mary E. Mason 14F Born SC
      Virginia White 14F Born GA
      Mary E. Shaw 16F Born SC
      Elizabeth Bush 17F Born GA

      (Courtesy of Tuck Wilson)
    Person ID I37734  Strong Family Tree
    Last Modified 8 May 2012 

    Father Arva Allen,   b. Abt 1765, Mecklenburg County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1842, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 77 years) 
    Mother Polly Clarke,   b. Abt 1765, Mecklenburg County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Jul 1835, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 70 years) 
    Married 19 Aug 1786  Mecklenburg County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Bolling Clarke was shown as their second (witness?). They also had two sons and one daughter that died as infants.
    Documents
    Allen, Avra Bible Record, Transcription showing the marriage of Avra Allen to Polly Clarke in 1786, as well as the birthdates of their children
    Allen, Avra Bible Record, Transcription showing the marriage of Avra Allen to Polly Clarke in 1786, as well as the birthdates of their children
    Austin, Jeanette Holland GEORGIA BIBLE RECORDS (Clearfield Publishin Compnay, Inc by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc. Baltimore, MD 1998, 2000, 2002, and is available on Google Books), pp 163-164 (Courtesy of Diane Click, to whom I am most greatful!)
    Family ID F674  Group Sheet,  Family chart

    Family Ruth Linton,   b. Abt 1795,   d. 4 Feb 1835  (Age ~ 40 years) 
    Married 30 Jun 1814 
    Children 
     1. Caroline Elizabeth Allen,   b. 22 Mar 1816, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Oct 1890  (Age 74 years)
     2. George Washington Allen,   b. 31 Mar 1823, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Jan 1891, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years)
    Last Modified 8 May 2012 
    Family ID F12072  Group Sheet,  Family chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsDied - 7 Feb 1855 - Chambers County, Alabama Link to Google Earth
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  • Documents
    Allen, John Showell
    Allen, John Showell
    Bible record from the Jane McCants Bible owned by Mrs. George Erwin of Athens, Georgia,

  • Sources 
    1. [S1084] Austin, Jeanette Holland GEORGIA BIBLE RECORDS (Clearfield Publishing Company, Inc by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc. Baltimore, MD 1998, 2000, 2002, and is available on Google Books), pp 163-164 (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S873] Find A Grave [database online]; http://www.findagrave.com/, (Thousands of contributors submit new listings, updates, corrections, photographs and virtual flowers every hour to the FIND A GRAVE website. When it comes to administrating, building and maintaining the site, Find A Grave is largely operated by its founder, Jim Tipton.).