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John Showell Allen

Male 1787 - 1855  (67 years)


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Generation: 1

  1. 1.  John Showell Allen was born 19 Sep 1787, Mecklenburg County, Virginia; died 7 Feb 1855, Chambers County, Alabama; was buried , Lafayette Cemetery, Lafayette, Chambers County, Alabama.

    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)

    John married Ruth Linton 30 Jun 1814. Ruth was born Abt 1795; died 4 Feb 1835; was buried , Smyrna Cemetery, Lowndesville, Abbeville County, South Carolina. [Group Sheet]

    Children:
    1. 2. Caroline Elizabeth Allen  Descendancy chart to this point was born 22 Mar 1816, South Carolina; died 12 Oct 1890; was buried , Moses Wheat Cemetery, Lee County, Alabama.
    2. 3. George Washington Allen  Descendancy chart to this point was born 31 Mar 1823, South Carolina; died 14 Jan 1891, Alabama; was buried , Elmwood Cemetery, Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama.


Generation: 2

  1. 2.  Caroline Elizabeth Allen Descendancy chart to this point (1.John1) was born 22 Mar 1816, South Carolina; died 12 Oct 1890; was buried , Moses Wheat Cemetery, Lee County, Alabama.

    Notes:

    (Research):
    Census Listings:

    1850 Federal Census
    Alabama, Chambers County, District 19
    Enumerated 20 Nov 1850
    Stamped 344
    #H1105-1105
    Caroline McCants 34 F R$4,000 [10-Slaves, per FindAGrave] Born SC
    Allen G. McCants 14 M Born SC
    Victoria J. McCants 12 F Born SC
    Amanda L. McCants 10 F Born SC
    Louis A. McCants 7 M (sic) Born AL
    John J. McCants 6 M Born AL
    Robt G. McCants 6/12 M Born AL

    1860 Census
    Alabama, Chambers County, Lafayette, PO Chambers C. H.
    Enumerated 5 July 1860
    Page 10
    60-60
    Caroline McCants 45 F $2000 $8000 AX
    Lois McCants 17 F $--- $7800 Ala
    Robert McCants 10 F $--- $900 Ala
    Victoria Nunley 22 F $--- $8000 SC
    W. Nunley 6 M Ga
    Toliar/Goliar Nunley 4 M Ga

    Caroline — Robert James Pembroke McCants. Robert was born 13 Oct 1812, South Carolina; died 21 Sep 1849, Chambers County, Alabama; was buried , Moses Wheat Cemetery, Lee County, Alabama. [Group Sheet]

    Children:
    1. 4. Allen G. McCants  Descendancy chart to this point was born Abt 1836, South Carolina; died Yes, date unknown.
    2. 5. Victoria J. McCants  Descendancy chart to this point was born Abt 1838, South Carolina; died Yes, date unknown.
    3. 6. Amanda L. McCants  Descendancy chart to this point was born Abt 1840, South Carolina; died Yes, date unknown.
    4. 7. Louise R. McCants  Descendancy chart to this point was born Abt 1843, Alabama; died Yes, date unknown.
    5. 8. John J. McCants  Descendancy chart to this point was born Abt 1844, Alabama; died Yes, date unknown.
    6. 9. Robert George Alexander Nathaniel McCants  Descendancy chart to this point was born Abt 1850, Chambers County, Alabama; died Yes, date unknown.

  2. 3.  George Washington Allen Descendancy chart to this point (1.John1) was born 31 Mar 1823, South Carolina; died 14 Jan 1891, Alabama; was buried , Elmwood Cemetery, Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama.

    Notes:

    (Research):

    Census Listings:

    (From FindAGrave)

    1850 Chambers County, (Dist. 19) AL Census:
    #H1101
    George W. Allen 27M Farmer (17-Slaves) Born SC
    Margarett M. Allen 22F Born GA

    1860 Chambers County, AL Census:
    #H39
    George W. Allen 36M Farmer R$8,000 P$32,000 (38-Slaves) Born SC
    M.M. Allen 31 F Born GA
    B.A. Allen 8 F In School Born AL
    M.M. Allen 7 F In School Born AL
    A.A. Allen 6 M In School Born AL
    Harriet Allen 4 F Born AL
    M.W. Allen 1 M Born AL


    1870 Macon County, (Honeycutt Beat) AL Census:
    #H1
    George W. Allen 47M Planter R$6,400 P$2,000 Born SC
    M. M. Allen 42F Keeping House R$2,000 Born GA
    B. Allen 18 F At School Born AL
    M.M. Allen 16 F At School Born AL
    A.A. Allen 14 M At School Born AL
    H. Allen 12 F At School Born Al
    M.W Allen 10 M At School Born AL
    R.L. Allen 8 F At School Born AL
    J.J. Allen 6 M Born AL
    G.W Allen 4 M Born AL
    V.L. Allen 2 M Born AL
    Infant Allen 2/12 M Born AL

    1880 Lee County, (Beat No. 2) AL Census:
    #H501
    G. W. Allen 57 M Farmer Born SC
    M. M. Allen 51 F Wife Born GA
    B. A. Allen 28 F Daughter Teacher Born AL
    W. M. Allen 26 F Daughter Teacher Born AL
    H. J. Allen 22 F Daughter Teacher Born AL
    R. L. Allen 19 F Daughter Teacher Born AL
    J. J. Allen 17 M Son Born AL
    G. W. Allen 15 M Son Born AL
    V. L. Allen 12 M Son Born AL

    George married Margaret Wheat 31 Mar 1849, Chambers County, Alabama. Margaret was born 27 Nov 1828, Georgia; died 3 Aug 1901; was buried , Elmwood Cemetery, Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama. [Group Sheet]

    Children:
    1. 10. Beff A. "T-Beff" Allen  Descendancy chart to this point was born 2 Jun 1851, Alabama; died 13 Feb 1943; was buried , Elmwood Cemetery, Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama.
    2. 11. Willie "T-Will" Allen  Descendancy chart to this point was born 2 Jan 1853, Alabama; died 22 Apr 1935, Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama; was buried , Elmwood Cemetery, Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama.
    3. 12. Alexander Arva Allen  Descendancy chart to this point was born 14 Jan 1855, Alabama; died 22 Dec 1918; was buried , Elmwood Cemetery, Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama.
    4. 13. Hattie Jemison Allen  Descendancy chart to this point was born 1 Sep 1856, Alabama; died 18 Oct 1896; was buried , Elmwood Cemetery, Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama.
    5. 14. Moses Wheat Allen  Descendancy chart to this point was born 9 Feb 1859, Alabama; died 18 Mar 1947; was buried , Lafayette Cemetery, Lafayette, Chambers County, Alabama.
    6. 15. Ruth Linton "T-Ruth" Allen  Descendancy chart to this point was born 25 Mar 1861, Alabama; died 28 Feb 1949; was buried , Elmwood Cemetery, Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama.
    7. 16. John P. Allen  Descendancy chart to this point was born 24 Jun 1863, Alabama; died 26 Sep 1906; was buried , Elmwood Cemetery, Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama.
    8. 17. George Washington Allen, Jr.  Descendancy chart to this point was born 4 Apr 1865, Alabama; died 30 Jul 1898; was buried , Elmwood Cemetery, Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama.
    9. 18. V. L. Allen  Descendancy chart to this point was born Abt 1868, Alabama; died Yes, date unknown.


Generation: 3

  1. 4.  Allen G. McCants Descendancy chart to this point (2.Caroline2, 1.John1) was born Abt 1836, South Carolina; died Yes, date unknown.

  2. 5.  Victoria J. McCants Descendancy chart to this point (2.Caroline2, 1.John1) was born Abt 1838, South Carolina; died Yes, date unknown.

    Notes:

    She appears to have married a Nunley, and been widowed (?) at a young age. At the time of the 1860 Federal Census, she was living with her mother and younger siblings in Chambers County, Alabama. She was listed as Victoria Nunley, age 22, and enumerated without a husband, but with two sons, Wm. Nunley, age 6, born in Georgia, and Toliar/Goliar, age 4, also born in Georgia.

    Victoria married William H. Nunnally 29 Nov 1852, Chambers County, Alabama. William was born Bef 1834; died Yes, date unknown. [Group Sheet]

    Children:
    1. 19. William G. Nunnally  Descendancy chart to this point was born Abt 1854, Georgia; died Yes, date unknown.
    2. 20. Snow Grothier Nunnally  Descendancy chart to this point was born 12 Jan 1856, Georgia; died 14 Apr 1916; was buried , Mount Zion United Methodist Church Cemetery, Zetella, Spalding County, Georgia.

  3. 6.  Amanda L. McCants Descendancy chart to this point (2.Caroline2, 1.John1) was born Abt 1840, South Carolina; died Yes, date unknown.

  4. 7.  Louise R. McCants Descendancy chart to this point (2.Caroline2, 1.John1) was born Abt 1843, Alabama; died Yes, date unknown.

  5. 8.  John J. McCants Descendancy chart to this point (2.Caroline2, 1.John1) was born Abt 1844, Alabama; died Yes, date unknown.

  6. 9.  Robert George Alexander Nathaniel McCants Descendancy chart to this point (2.Caroline2, 1.John1) was born Abt 1850, Chambers County, Alabama; died Yes, date unknown.

  7. 10.  Beff A. "T-Beff" Allen Descendancy chart to this point (3.George2, 1.John1) was born 2 Jun 1851, Alabama; died 13 Feb 1943; was buried , Elmwood Cemetery, Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama.

    Notes:

    "The Misses Beff, Willie and Ruth Allen were the founders of The Margaret Allen School, an exclusive school for girls in Birmingham in the early 1900s." Source: FindAGrave

    (Research):


  8. 11.  Willie "T-Will" Allen Descendancy chart to this point (3.George2, 1.John1) was born 2 Jan 1853, Alabama; died 22 Apr 1935, Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama; was buried , Elmwood Cemetery, Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama.

    Notes:

    "The Misses Beff, Willie and Ruth Allen were the founders of The Margaret Allen School, an exclusive school for girls in Birmingham in the early 1900s." Source: FindAGrave


  9. 12.  Alexander Arva Allen Descendancy chart to this point (3.George2, 1.John1) was born 14 Jan 1855, Alabama; died 22 Dec 1918; was buried , Elmwood Cemetery, Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama.

  10. 13.  Hattie Jemison Allen Descendancy chart to this point (3.George2, 1.John1) was born 1 Sep 1856, Alabama; died 18 Oct 1896; was buried , Elmwood Cemetery, Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama.

  11. 14.  Moses Wheat Allen Descendancy chart to this point (3.George2, 1.John1) was born 9 Feb 1859, Alabama; died 18 Mar 1947; was buried , Lafayette Cemetery, Lafayette, Chambers County, Alabama.

    Notes:

    (Research):

    Census Listings:

    1880 Chambers County, (LaFayette) AL Census:
    #H56
    Moses W. Allen 21M Clerk in Store Born AL

    1900 Chambers County, (LaFayette) AL Census:
    #H264 - Montgomery Street
    Moses W. Allen 41M General Merchandise Born Feb. 1859 in AL
    Minnie Allen 31F Wife Born Nov. 1868 in AL
    Ruth L. Allen 5F Daughter Born Nov. 1894 in AL
    Margaret L. Allen 3F Daughter Born Nov. 1896 in AL
    Elizabeth Allen 1F Daughter Born Nov. 1898 in AL
    Marion Allen 3/12F Daughter Born Feb. 1900 in AL
    Sallie Pitts 18F (Black) Servant/Nurse Born Nov. 1881 in AL


    1910 Chambers County, (LaFayette) AL Census:
    #H68
    Mose W. Allen 51M Merchant/General Supply Born AL
    Minie S. Allen 42F Wife Born AL
    Ruth L Allen 15F Daughter Born AL
    Margret Allen 13F Daughter Born AL
    Elizabeth Allen 11F Daughter Born AL
    Dorothy Allen 9F Daughter Born AL
    Minie Allen 8F Daughter Born AL
    Mary Allen 5F Daughter Born AL
    Kathrine Allen 6/12F Daughter Born AL

    1920 Chambers County, (LaFayette) AL Census:
    #H14 - Randolph Street
    Moses W. Allen 60M Retired Merchant/Dry Goods Born AL
    Minnie Allen 52F Wife Born AL
    Ruth Allen 24F Daughter Born AL
    Margarette Allen 22F Daughter Born AL
    Beff Allen 20F Daughter Born AL
    Dorothy Allen 18F Daughter Born AL
    Minnie Allen 17F Daughter Born AL
    Mary Allen 15F Daughter Born AL
    Katherine Allen 10F Daughter Born AL
    Eleanor Allen 6F Daughter Born AL


    1930 Chambers County, (LaFayette) AL Census:
    #H28 - Randolph Street
    Moses W. Allen 71M General Supply Merchant/Groceries Born AL
    Minnie Allen 61F Born AL
    Catharine Allen 20F Born AL
    Eleanor Allen 16F Born AL

    (From FindAGrave)

    Moses — Minnie Stanley. Minnie was born 21 Nov 1867, Alabama; died 21 Oct 1949; was buried , Lafayette Cemetery, Lafayette, Chambers County, Alabama. [Group Sheet]

    Children:
    1. 21. Margaret Allen  Descendancy chart to this point was born 9 Nov 1896, Alabama; died 29 Dec 1989; was buried , Lafayette Cemetery, Lafayette, Chambers County, Alabama.
    2. 22. Elizabeth Wheat Allen  Descendancy chart to this point was born 12 Nov 1898, Alabama; died 25 Feb 1993; was buried , Lafayette Cemetery, Lafayette, Chambers County, Alabama.
    3. 23. Dorothy Allen  Descendancy chart to this point was born Abt 1901, Alabama; died Yes, date unknown.
    4. 24. Minnie Allen  Descendancy chart to this point was born Abt 1902, Alabama; died Yes, date unknown.
    5. 25. Mary Allen  Descendancy chart to this point was born Abt 1905, Alabama; died Yes, date unknown.
    6. 26. Katherine Allen  Descendancy chart to this point was born Abt 1909, Chambers County, Alabama; died Yes, date unknown.
    7. 27. Eleanor Allen  Descendancy chart to this point was born Abt 1914, Chambers County, Alabama; died Yes, date unknown.

  12. 15.  Ruth Linton "T-Ruth" Allen Descendancy chart to this point (3.George2, 1.John1) was born 25 Mar 1861, Alabama; died 28 Feb 1949; was buried , Elmwood Cemetery, Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama.

    Notes:

    "The Misses Beff, Willie and Ruth Allen were the founders of The Margaret Allen School, an exclusive school for girls in Birmingham in the early 1900s." Source: FindAGrave


  13. 16.  John P. Allen Descendancy chart to this point (3.George2, 1.John1) was born 24 Jun 1863, Alabama; died 26 Sep 1906; was buried , Elmwood Cemetery, Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama.

  14. 17.  George Washington Allen, Jr. Descendancy chart to this point (3.George2, 1.John1) was born 4 Apr 1865, Alabama; died 30 Jul 1898; was buried , Elmwood Cemetery, Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama.

  15. 18.  V. L. Allen Descendancy chart to this point (3.George2, 1.John1) was born Abt 1868, Alabama; died Yes, date unknown.


Generation: 4

  1. 19.  William G. Nunnally Descendancy chart to this point (5.Victoria3, 2.Caroline2, 1.John1) was born Abt 1854, Georgia; died Yes, date unknown.

  2. 20.  Snow Grothier Nunnally Descendancy chart to this point (5.Victoria3, 2.Caroline2, 1.John1) was born 12 Jan 1856, Georgia; died 14 Apr 1916; was buried , Mount Zion United Methodist Church Cemetery, Zetella, Spalding County, Georgia.

  3. 21.  Margaret Allen Descendancy chart to this point (14.Moses3, 3.George2, 1.John1) was born 9 Nov 1896, Alabama; died 29 Dec 1989; was buried , Lafayette Cemetery, Lafayette, Chambers County, Alabama.

    Notes:

    (Research):Her tombstone was inscribed Margaret Allen BRIGHT.


  4. 22.  Elizabeth Wheat Allen Descendancy chart to this point (14.Moses3, 3.George2, 1.John1) was born 12 Nov 1898, Alabama; died 25 Feb 1993; was buried , Lafayette Cemetery, Lafayette, Chambers County, Alabama.

  5. 23.  Dorothy Allen Descendancy chart to this point (14.Moses3, 3.George2, 1.John1) was born Abt 1901, Alabama; died Yes, date unknown.

  6. 24.  Minnie Allen Descendancy chart to this point (14.Moses3, 3.George2, 1.John1) was born Abt 1902, Alabama; died Yes, date unknown.

  7. 25.  Mary Allen Descendancy chart to this point (14.Moses3, 3.George2, 1.John1) was born Abt 1905, Alabama; died Yes, date unknown.

  8. 26.  Katherine Allen Descendancy chart to this point (14.Moses3, 3.George2, 1.John1) was born Abt 1909, Chambers County, Alabama; died Yes, date unknown.

  9. 27.  Eleanor Allen Descendancy chart to this point (14.Moses3, 3.George2, 1.John1) was born Abt 1914, Chambers County, Alabama; died Yes, date unknown.