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Bannister Bolling Allen

Male 1788 - Yes, date unknown


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  • Name Bannister Bolling Allen  [1
    Born 13 Oct 1788  Petersburg (Independent City), Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died Yes, date unknown 
    Notes 
    • Said to have married three times, to Rachael STARKES (m. 19 Jan 1812), Nancy SCUDDAY (m. ca 1824), and Ann Elizabeth OVERBY (m. 3 Jun 1845 in the home of her parents, Nicholas and Mary HALLUM Overby, Williamston Springs, Pickens Co., SC), having 14 children between the three wives. Source: Genealogy.com, FamilyTreeMaker online, "The Watson/Moorhead/Allen Family of Upstate South Carolina"  Updated 7 Mar 2005. Jane Martin, 214 Aberdeen Dr, Anderson, SC 29621.

      Said to be on the 1860 Slave Schedule for Abbeville, SC, with 11 slave homes, 30 male and 27 female slaves. His personal estate, at age 71, was valued at $166,000.  His date of death is shown as 24 September 1876.
    • (Research):

      This obituary appears likely to be for a daughter-in-law of a descendant, as she is shown as the mother of Bannister Bolling Allen III.

      Obituary from the Washington Post:

      Sylvia Allen, 95: Former Nutrionist at Madeira
      Friday, March 2,3 2007

      Sylvia Spaulding Allen, 95, a former nutritionist and house director at the Madeira School, an all-girls private boarding school in McLean, died of congestive heart failure March 3 at a hospice in Naples, Fla.

      Mrs. Allen began working at the school in 1935, a few years after Madeira opened its campus amid a rolling rural landscape in Fairfax County.

      The students addressed Mrs. Allen, who was single during her first eight years at the school, as Miss Sylvia.

      Initially, her responsibilities dealt primarily with health and nutrition. Later, as assistant house director and then house director, she supervised the school's facilities and all events on campus.

      She also chaperoned students on shopping trips and theater outings in Washington.

      "She was young and energetic with a sense of joie de vivre," said her daughter, Joy Allen Thornton of Arlington, noting that her mother was not much older than some of the students when she joined the administrative staff at Madeira.

      Mrs. Allen, a Detroit native, attended Albion College in Michigan, where she was a member of Alpha Xi Delta sorority, before graduating in 1933 with a bachelor's degree in home economics from Simmons College in Boston.

      In 1946, Mrs. Allen left the school, and with her husband, Rembert Gary Allen, raised a family with two children. They lived in the Windy Hill area of McLean, where her husband designed and built a modern redwood house.

      She took up organic farming and gardening and became an active member of the Great Falls Garden Club.

      In the early 1950s, Mrs. Allen accompanied her husband to Wiesbaden, Germany, where he worked as a civilian architect for the Air Force.

      A few years after returning to the Washington area in 1955, she went back to the Madeira School, where she worked part time in the treasurer's and business office until 1971.

      In 1973, Mrs. Allen and her husband moved to Marco Island, Fla., where she was active in a local historical society and helped found a chapter of the American Association of University Women.

      The association recently established a college scholarship in her name.

      She also cared for a granddaughter, Rebecca Ruth Gill, who lived with the Allens part of each year in the 1970s and the mid-1980s.

      Her husband died in 1987. Her son, Bannister Bolling Allen III, died in 2004.

      Survivors include her daughter and granddaughter.
    Person ID I37735  Strong Family Tree
    Last Modified 8 Mar 2014 

    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

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  • 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).