1787 - 1855 (67 years)
||John Showell Allen [1, 2] |
||19 Sep 1787
||Mecklenburg County, Virginia [1, 2]
||7 Feb 1855
||Chambers County, Alabama 
||Lafayette Cemetery, Lafayette, Chambers County, Alabama 
- 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
"Born in Mecklenburg Co., Virginia; Departed this life in Chambers County, Ala."
Tuck Wilson provided the following timeline of his ancestor:
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.
1850 Anderson County, (Western Div.) SC Census:
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)
||Strong Family Tree
||8 May 2012 |
||Arva Allen, b. Abt 1765, Mecklenburg County, Virginia , d. Abt 1842, Alabama (Age ~ 77 years) |
||Polly Clarke, b. Abt 1765, Mecklenburg County, Virginia , d. 4 Jul 1835, Alabama (Age ~ 70 years) |
||19 Aug 1786
||Mecklenburg County, Virginia 
- Bolling Clarke was shown as their second (witness?). They also had two sons and one daughter that died as infants.
||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!)
||Group Sheet, Family chart
||Allen, John Showell|
Bible record from the Jane McCants Bible owned by Mrs. George Erwin of Athens, Georgia,
- [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).
- [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.).