Allen, William - Macoupin County Illinois
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A first Family of Macoupin County Illinois

submitted by Jan Miller
Descendants of William Allen

Generation No. 1

    1. william1 allen He married miss thompson.

Notes for william allen:
    ENTRIES APPEARING IN LOWER CASE INDICATE STATEMENT IS UNPROVEN
From Commodore Allen:
** An obit for Martha Allen indicates both she and James Allen were born in Jefferson Co, KY-- possibly brother and sister; Louisville is in Jefferson Co, KY; both converted to Methodism same date [1837].
** A John Allen began paying taxes in 1823 in Grayson County. This John Allen was living beside Samuel Keller in 1830, Grayson Co, KY but did not appear on tax roll 1826.
** A John Allen lives near a Thomas Davis in neighboring Harden Co, KY in the 1820 census .
**"Our" James Allen named his first son, JOHN    _ _
** Early Grayson records destroyed by fire.

** All above data must be considered unproven, for no documents supporting obit, tax roll or church records provided.

Child of William Allen and Miss Thompson is:
    +     2    i.    James2 Allen, bom 12 Apr 1813 innoar Louisville, KY; died 28 Sep 1890 in Carlinville, Macoupin,
IL;CityCem.

Generation No. 2

    2. James2 Allen (william1) was born 12 Apr 1813 in near Louisville, KY, and died 28 Sep 1890 in Carlinville, Macoupin, IL;CityCem. He married (1) Delila W. Davis, daughter of Abram Davis and nancy witten. She was born 14 Dec 1801 in prob. Tazewell Co, VA, and died 01 Nov 1864 in Chesterfield, Macoupin,IL;KellerCem, He married (2) Sarah Hedges Keller 06 Sep 1866 in Carlinville, Macoupin, IL, daughter of Samuel Keller and Levina Davis. She was born 12 Dec 1826, and died 08 May 1906 in Carlinville, Macoupin, IL;CityCem.

Notes for James Allen:
When Rev War ended 1783, VA and NC ceded their land claims as far west as the Mississippi to the new US Government. Because settlers were already there before the war, KY and TN quickly became states-(KY[1792], TN [1796)-affecting research in this location and time period. Vital records for earliest KY counties: GRAYSON [1810-see parent counties of Hardin and Ohio]; HARDIN and WASHINGTON [1792]-see parent county, Nelson. All are central KY, south of Ohio River.

** = Undocumented, from Commodore Allen:
** CENSUS 1830, Grayson Co, KY; A John Allen listed beside Samuel Keflershowsa son James'age. This John Allen began paying taxes in 1823.

"Early Settlers Greene County" list a James Allen, 1835; also Jesse, John and Zachariah, 1819; copy poss JMiller l997.

MARRIAGE RECORD: "Greene County IL Marriages-1821-1870", publ. by Greene Co Hist & Geneal. Soc. 1987, pg 20; George S. WOOD to Clarissa DAVIS, 4 November 1836, #1031; copied by JMiller, 2000.

Significant DAVIS surnames per Commodore Allen:
** Presence of Clarissa DAVIS in home of Richard and Letitia DAVIS Hart [1850 census]. Clarissa DAVIS WOOD in home of James and Delila DAVIS Allen, [1860 census], JMiller, 1998.

** References to Daniel and Sarah DAV1S Teaney and Leander and Elizabeth DAVIS Mounts, all same area, all sisters. These families came to IL from Grayson KY, near Louisville, given as birthplace of James Allen 1813.
** A John Allen is in neighboring Hardin Co, KY, 1820 census, living near a Thomas DAVIS. Commodore Allen suggests james1 father was named John and we know DAVIS was Delia's [Delilah] maiden name. If they followed traditional naming patterns, 'our1 James-Delia named 1st son John Davis for his father; 2nd son, William Thompson for James' grandfather and Thompson for delia's grandmother [maiden name].

CENSUS 1840 US Greene County, IL; James, pioneer farmer and carpenter, not seen in census? Needed.

According to Commodore Allen:
** James paid taxes in Macoupin Co in 1840.
** Other significant relationship in this census is that of Samuel Keller. He and brother Jacob Keller married sisters Cinderella and Levina DA VIS respectively.
** James Allen's obituary confirms wife's maiden name as DAVIS, underlines the Allen-Davis-Keller connected relationships. Tax roll information not proven.

CENSUS 1850 US Greene Co, IL; 19 Nov 1850, pg 54 FHL, SLC roll #0007681; James Allen-37, Delia. 40, farmer, living "between Macoupin and Apple Creeks" residing with Charles/Rosabella Cowden, a plasterer. Related occupations. Copy poss JMiller, 1997.
** Cowden does not appear as 'Early Settler or in later censuses. Earlier references to Allen's presence via voting and/or tax records-not seen.
Both sons bom Illinois 1838 and 1841. NOTE: "between Apple and Macoupin Creeks"; is area in NE comer of Greene Co, not far from Macoupin and Morgan Co lines; later called Mount Airy Twp, now Athensville Twp.

CENSUS 1860 US, Macoupin Co, IL; 18 Jun 1860, #206, pg 46, family #360; James 47, Delia 53; occupation Master Carpenter, real estate $3000, personal $300; son John is Jr. carpenter. NOTE: Delia's
frequent age discrepancies between censuses; also new location; copy poss JMiller, 1997.

DEATH: Delila W. Allen; "Macoupin COUNTY IL-BIRD AND WESTERN TOWNSHIP CEMETERIES', compiled by Macoupin Co Hist Soc; 1986. 'Keller Cemetery, Western Mound Twp, Delila W. Allen w/o James, 63 years 10 months 18 days, November 1864'. Delia real birth date December 1801; copy poss JMiller 1997. ** Here her middle intitial seems to indicate maiden name, WOOD.

MARRIAGE: James/Sarah Keller, Sept 6, 1866; Marriage Index CD, IL State Gen Soc., pg 230, copied 1998.

CENSUS 1870 US, Macoupin Co, (L; Chesterfield PO; sons John, William are heads of households. James/Sarah and father-in-law Jacob Keller [72] enumerated in Carlinville; copied 1998.

CENSUS 1880 US Macoupin, Carlinville, IL; James [67], wife Sarah K. [53]. Son John/family not listed,
copied JMiller, 1998.

MILITARY/DEATH: John Allen, Co F, 122 IL Cavalry, burial same location as Delilah [above], no date. CW pension reveals birth/death dates have no connection to Delila. Pension copy poss JMiller, San Mateo, 2001. THIS PERSON NOT RELATED-b. in England. Pension copy poss JMiller, San Mateo, 2001.

DEATH: James. "Macoupin Co Cemeteries", Macoupin Co Hist. Soc. compilation 1986; Certificate dated September 28,1890; Carlinville City Cemetery; copy poss JMiller, San Mateo, 1999. MEMBER: Mt. Nebo Lodge, A. F. & A. M.
DEATH: Sarah, "At home of her sister, Mrs. David (Cinderella) Gore, with whom she had lived for the past 15 years, May 16,1906"; Carlinville City Cemetery; copies poss JMiller, 1996.

Note: Probate box B for James Allen Will around 1890 was opened at my request—No Contents—NIL. Affidavit by a widow, Isabel Allen, Sept 22 1859: "Heirs Louisa, Neu. Nancy Jane New-several family members named, varietai spelling noted; copy poss JMiller, shows THIS FAMILY NOT RELATED.

Notes for Sarah Hedges Keller:
CENSUS US 1850-Macoupin Co, IL: Sarah Keller [23] in home of father, Jacob Keller.

MARRIAGE: James/Sarah Keller, Sept 6,1866; Marriage Index CD, IL State Gen Soc., pg 230, copied 1998.

DEATH: "Natural Couses" May 9,1906; Coroner's Inquest. IL State Geneal Quarterly, Spring 1993, pg 26

Children of James Allen and Deltla Davis are:
    3    i. John Davis3 Allen, born 1838 in Macoupin County, IL; died 1913 in Gleichen, Alberta, CANADA. He
married Eliza Jane Gore 07 Apr 1869 in Carlinville, Macoupin, IL; Charity Bapt.Ch; bom J\il 1848 in
Macoupin, IL; died 17 Sep 1923 in Cook County, IL.

Notes for John Davis Allen:
CHILDREN BIRTHS: "Macoupin Co, IL Birth Index-Earliest through 1881 ",http://www.roolsweb,com/
lilmacoup/birth/

CENSUS 1870 US, Macoupin Co, IL; Twp 10, Range. 8, Chesterfield Pa brothers John and Wiliiam are-
each heads of household working same farm or side-by-side farms,

CENSUS 1880 US, Macoupin, IL; John [42]. Eliza Jane [32], Western [10], Edward [9], Michael [7], William [5], John [3]. Frank [1], Roy [1/12]. 1881-John and family moved to Johnson City, SL Ciair Co, MO.   John a former and tannery worker there with Michael Gore Jr [father-in-law]. Three more Allen children born, as well as children of Eliza Jane's brothers, David and George V. Gore. John and family moved to Morris, Grundy Co., IL about lOyrs. later, where John also worked in a tannery.

CENSUS 1900 US, Morris, Grundy Co, IL: Household includes James, William, Frank, Roy, Lewis, Ella and Lucy, John and Eliza Jane married 31 years. Quote Commodore Allen: "John Davis Allen remained in Macoupin IL until 1881 when the family (along with Michael Gore Jr. family) removed to Johnson City, St. Clair Co, Missouri, where John was a tannery worker. About 10 years later they moved to Morris, IL, where all of John Allen's sons operated a large dairy farm. Then in 1906, the family took advantage of the cheap railroad land offerings in western Canada, John Davis died in 1913 & is buried in Gleichen, Alberta, Canada."

    4    ii.   William Thompson Allen, born 04 Sep 1841 in Macoupin, IL; died 07 Nov 1922 in Carlinville, Macoupin,
IL;CityCem. He married (I) Eveline Hall 25 Jul 1861 in Carlinville, Macoupin, IL; born 09 May 1839 in
NC; died 25 May 1891 in Carlinville, Macoupin, IL;City Cem. He mairied (2) Martha (Mattie) L. Black
01 Mar 1893 in Carlinville, Macoupin, IL; born Jul 1862 in Modesto, Adams, IL; died 14 Jan 1935 in Bird
Twp, Macoupin, IL; CharityCem.

Notes for William Thompson Allen:
US CENSUS 1860, Macoupin CoTL; Eveline Hall, 19y, enumerated in household of James/Delia Allen
[also Clarissa Wood 36y]; copy poss JMiller, 1996, An 1860 census compilation lists Eveline, age 28, b.
NC.

MARRIAGE: Record #117, Macoupin County, IL; Attached affidavit, father stales William over I8= has consent, copy poss JMiller, March 2000. Win's middle initial-T-believed Thompson.

US CENSUS: 1870, Macoupin Co IL, Chesterfield Twp; Reel #250, pg 289; Family #119, William (28), Eveline (30), 3 children. Family #120 Is brother John [32], says "partners" in farm with William. NOTE: only 2 Wni Allens in Macoupin, 3 in Greene County.

US CENSUS: 1880, Macoupin Co K,, Bird Twp, June 14; E.D. #105, pg 12, now in Bird Twp, Family #105, William (38), Eveline (40), 6 children: Clara, James, Mary E, Maud S, Harry D and Howard G. SAME CENSUS, Macoupin, Carlinville Twp, June 1; ED #1II, pg 2; Family #11; brother John, farmer (42), wife Eliza and 6 sons.

DEATH: "MACOUPIN CO IL CEMETERIES", compiled by Macoupin Co HistSoc.l 986; Carlinville City Cemetery. Stone: "EVELINE (w/o W.T.) bom 9 May 1841. died 25 May 1891"; photo poss JMiller, 1995.

OBITUARY: "The Carlinville Democrat", May 28,1891; "Mrs. William Allen (Eveline) died at her home in Honey Point township Monday night last very suddenly from heart disease. A husband and seven children are left to mourn her death. The funeral was held Wednesday at Shaw's Point Baptist church with interment in the cemetery at Carlinville." Copy poss JMiller, San Mateo, 2000. Death certificate cannot be found.
    William's second family began at age 52,

Notes lor Martha (Mattie) L. Black:
MARRIAGE: March 1,1893, Carlinville, Macoupin, IL.

US CENSUS: 1900, Macoupin, Bird Twps ED 47, pg 165, June 7, Household #78; William [58], married 7y; fanner, stepsons Howard [20] single, Truman [17] single; wife Mattie [37] mother of 3 living childremEarl [6], Walker [4], Lee [2 ].

US CENSUS: 1910, Macoupin, Bird Twp, ED 34, pg 18, April 27, Household #98; William [68], married twice, this time I7y, fanner, Martha L. wife, [49], married once, this time 17y, mother of 5,4 living; Earl W [16], Walker P [14], Walter L [11] Paul R. [9].

US CENSUS: 1920, Macoupin, Bird Twp5 ED 35, pg 16, Jan. 26, Household #27, William [78], farmer, wife Mattie [56], son Lee [23].

DEATH: William Cert. #0590421, Regis Dist #588, Primary Dist #7212, Bird Twp, Macoupin County IL., of nephritis, Copyposs JMiller, 2001.
OBITUARY: "Carlinville Democrat', "William Thompson Allen, died at his home in Bird Twp Tuesday
November 7 [1922], following an extended illness. Mr. Allen was one of the well known residents of this
community. We will have a more extended obituary next week" [Did not appear]. Copy poss JMiller 1997.
William is buried with first wife in Carlinville City Cemetery with 2 Allen infants and son, Howard who
died 1903 of uremia (father and son with kidney problems).

US CENSUS: 1930, Macoupin, ED 3, pg 11, April 7, Household #44; Mattie [67], widow, farmer, married first time at 26; sons Walker [33] and Lee [31], both single.

DEATH: Martha (Mattie) died January 1935 in CarlinviSle, burial Charity Cemetery, Carlinville with her 2 sons. Children of Mattie Black Allen includes on some occasions, Ann M. Allen, whose relationship remains unproven except for burial in Allen plot, Charity Cemetery. She died in 1966 at age 75.

William is buried with first wife in Carlinville City Cemetery.
NOTE: Mattie's obituary mentions 4 sons, no daughter-nor does the 1900 census list aa 8 yr old female. We dont know who Ann is, although an Ann or Anna Allen did sign permission for John M. Allen to marry widow Elizabeth Whitworth Miller, mother of the orphaned sons of Elizabeth and Isaac Miller-before that couple moved from Illinois in 1867. Interesting that William Andrew Miller, son of Isaac and Elizabeth Whitworth Miller would one day marry Mary Elizabeth Allen, daughter of William and Eveline Hall Allen.





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