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1756 - 1841
of North Carolina and Kentucky

A record of his many descendants
1756 - 1960

Compiled by Maud B. Allen
Indexed by Flora F. Iverson and Carma Iverson

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This record is dedicated to the memory of my beloved husband
WILFORD J. ALLEN, without whose kind help and encouragement its

success would be less complete. » <i'\ v'"'"^',-

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The compiling of this Allen Record, the story of the forefathers of my children, began at the request of
father William Coleman Allen, pioneer of 1847 to Utah, who commissioned me to gather his genealogy for
his posterity. The foundation was given to me in 1926, just before his death, in two hand-written family
records of his father Andrew Jackson Allen and his own personal record. In the two first generations there was
only one date, that of Rial Allen, 1791, and his wife, 1784. This seemed strange, but was later proved to be
correct by Pulaski Court vital records which also showed the date of his marriage, 21 Oct. 1806 by Thomas

Much correspondence with a Mr. Hillier of the National Archives at Washington, D.C. proved Samuel
Allin's pension record as a Revolutionary Soldier, gave us the first positive PROOF of his age, and provided much
valuable information from his records.

On a trip to Washington, D.C. in 1934, it was a great thrill and a privilege for me to browse through
Samuel's personal record at the National Archives and to read his personal papers, his complete file concerning
his pension records, a promisory note to Robert Childress, his statement in 1783 "that his mother was ill and
lived alone with a Negro servant" thus preventing him from serving a third enlistment. How very gratifying
all of this information is to a genealogical researcher. Census records of 1850 of the Aliens of Pulaski County
were also very gratifying.

The next stop was Somerset, Pulaski County, Kentucky. With strange misgivings, the families of de-
scendants were contacted. They were all very gracious and were most willing to give of their knowledge and
assistance. Following a week at Somerset, trips were made to Illinois, Indiana, Missouri and Iowa where
the descendants of Samuel's son David had settled and part of Rial's descendants remained. Visits to the
graves, pictures of the stones, and most of all, contact with David's posterity all helped to make this record

It is hoped that mistakes have been kept minor. Through the years much is left to the memories of mem-
bers of the families, and unintentionally errors in dates are given. Through no fault of the compiler, this
problem of incorrect records sometimes mars the family picture. It is hoped that the errors which may appear
may be very few.

Years of research on the Easter family has not brought much satisfaction. There were many Easters in
Hyde County, North Carolina in 1850, but our Easters were definitely from South Carolina. NANCY EASTER
was born in South Carolina but her ancestry has not as yet been positively proven (1966).

Maud B. Allen


No great literary accomplishment is claimed in preparing a history or a genealogy of a given family.
It is really a collecting of names and dates, with a location given, of many family sources, taken from old
letters, Bibles, and from the traditional historical events which made up people's lives, as well as records of
government and court proceedings.

A complete genealogy is almost an impossibility, for so many people, caught up in the strife and tur-
moil of life, who for lack of time or desire, have left very little in the form of material to make it possible
to form a perfect pedigree and history of a family. It is of great benefit to one who is attempting to com-
pile a genealogy to have his letters acknowledged and a correspondent become interested. For the response
to and kind assistance of answers to my queries through the many years, I give credit for the following records.

Maud B. Allen

Maud Bliss Allen

In 1926 father William Coleman Allen came to me with the two hand-written records - his own and his
father's, Andrew Jackson Allen. Andrew Jackson had started his record by 1850. He said, "1 am leaving
these books with you. I want you to be the genealogist of both the Smith and Allen families, and these books
are the Aliens. I am leaving them entirely in your care. " Then he said, "This page is the family of my
grandfather Rial Allen and his wife Margaret. These are his children, but the ONLY date we have is the birth
by year of Rial, 1791, and of Margaret, 1784. She was older. This is the only record we have of his father,
SAMUEL ALLEN, and wife Nancy Easter, but these are their children. " There were no dates. Then he said
(and it is probably significant), "You won't be able to go any farther back than grandfather Samuel. " I have
regretted through the years that I did not tlien say "WHY?" This answer may have solved a question that is
still unanswered after 36 years of diligent research.

The books were carefully laid away, and in 1929 Archibald F. Bennett started a genealogical class for
beginners. After four years of lessons and study with Archibald Bennett, I felt competent enough to work on
the Allen line and started the research. Andrew Jackson Allen wrote in his record, "My grandfather Samuel
Allen was born under the Blue Ridge mountains, the side of which is blue in the evening light. He was born
in a wild land of game, forests and rushing waters. Here on the fork of a creek that runs into a foaming
river is a cabin that was chinked with red mud. He came into the world a subject of King George III, in that
pan of the realm known as the "PROVINCE of NORTH CAROLINA" but was of English and Irish descent. "
Bless him for writing this small sketch. It does give the place of birth.

Figuring his approximate age, it seemed likely that he would be listed in the Revolutionary War roster.
Upon contacting the War Department in Washington D.C., I was fortunate in entering into correspondence
with Mr. Hillier. The following war record papers were sent to me by him, copies of which are entered in
this record.

In 1934 the opportunity came for me to go to Washington, D.C. I went to the National Archives and
studied every scrap of paper in the files on Samuel Allen . His statement that in 1783 his mother was
desperately ill and lived alone with only a Negro servant, and he had to secure the services of ROBERT
CHILDRESS to go in his stead, careful handling of his promissory note for substitute payments, etc. , etc. , and
many other papers gave little of his ancestry. After a thorough search of the census records, I felt that the
next stop should be Somerset, Kentucky. Direct contact now seemed the best method to learn something about
SAMUEL ALLEN, By this time I had learned that he always spelled his name ALLIN (the Irish spelling), but
the families and recorders spelled it ALLEN .

Many of his descendants had been privileged to live long lives, but they still had good memories and
keen minds. I sought them out, always with the question, "What about Samuel's parents?" The answer was
always the same, perhaps worded a little different. "Samuel's parents? Well, we know so linle. His mother

was a Miss Warren, and we know the Aliens came from Ireland. " I went to see Mary Allen Tibbals who said,
tSrandfather Samuel Allen was an only child, and he was born to a Miss Warren who was in her fiftieth year
at the time. " "Lum" Columbus Allen of Elihu, Kentucky said, "Well Mrs. Allen, there is nothing to tell
except that Samuel's mother was a Miss Warren and she was past forty-nine when he was born. An only child,
you know. " From Vol Allen, from Mary Holton, and from Eliza Frazure, who so kindly assisted me with the
gathering of many of the families, the same answer, "His mother was a Miss Warren and he was born just be-
fore she was fifty years of age. "

This brings to mind the question, why did everyone say "Miss Warren?" We do know that the Warren
families came up from South Carolina to Kentucky and settled in Somerset, and the names CERENUS and
CHIENA WARREN are both contained in the Allen families up to the present time. The David Allen descen-
dants told the same story .

After thirty -six years of extensive study and research, we are still wrestling with this same problem -
the name of the mother of SAMUEL ALLIN and the ancestor ALLIN of Irish "extraction. " This "Miss Warren,
b 1707" evidently was either the sister or the daughter of CIRENUS WARREN. Both names, Warren and
CERENUS are still prevalent in the Allen line down to this last generation. There has to be a connection
somewhere. The name VOLUNTINE (which is a surname in the southern states) is also a name to be con-
sidered. The spelling is VOLUNTINE, although in later years the families have changed the spelling to

This 36 years of diligent search comprizes the North Carolina Court records (87 vol. ), Orphanage Court
records, Census and National Archive records. Revolutionary War records in the National Archives, Daughters
of the American Revolution Library and the Library of Congress, the Virginia Library, the Chicago Newbury
Library, the Salt Lake Genealogical Library and the many trips to important localities and places, cemetaries
and periodicals containing lists of "Notes and Queries" read through years of research. The latter may some
day yield us the answer we desire. Until PROOF is given of Samuel's parentage, the pedigree remains the
same. A wrong name on a pedigree is the most disastrous thing that can happen. Positive PROOF will
gladly be accepted with the authority and proof.








I see you toiling down the tedious years,
You bearded, bent and gaunt old pioneers.
Sowing and reaping, sowing once again,
In patience, for an unborn race of men.

I see you struggling in the wilderness.
Where failure meant starvation, and success
A cabin in the clearing, roughhewed, rude.
Garments of homespun, and the humblest food.

Genealogy tells me whence you came:
I only know a few of you by name;
Yet, in my heart, I know that most of you
Were valiant, strong and honest, too.

But one a gentle dreamer was, I know.
Who, lured by shadows, let the substance go.
'Twas he who crossed the trackless, wOd prairie.
I'm glad he handed down his dreams to me.






b 1 February 1880

md 20 June 1902


d 3 July 1968

Compiler of this ALLEN GENEALOGY

Dies At 88

Maud Blis£ Allen, 88, 220 Can-
yon Rd,, nationally recognized
genealogist, (bed Wednesday in
Salt Lake City
of causes inci-
dent to age.

Mrs. Allen
devoted the past
40 years of her
life to genealogi-
c a 1 research.
Her books are
found in many
of the great
genealogical li-
braries of fte „ .„
United States. **"• *"«"

A member of The Chmrh of
Jesus Christ of Latter-day
Saints, she served as a teacher
in the Young Women's Mutual
Improvement Assn. and in
genealogical classes.

Mrs. Allen was bom Feb. 1,
1880, in Salt Lake Oty, a daugh-
ter of Charles Henry and
Matilda Wilcox Bliss. She grad-
uated from LDS Business Col-

On June 20, 1902, she was
married to Wilford Jackson
Allen. Their marriage was later
solemnized in the Salt Lake
Temple. Mr. Allen died April 6,

The mother of nine children,
she was a gold star mother.
Five of her sons served in
World War H.

Servlving are two daughters
and four sons, Mrs. C. Bicknell
(Ruby) Robbins, Salt Lake City;
Mrs. Alfred (Mignon) Holfert,
Silver Spring, Md.; Lt Cmdr.
Bruce B. Allen, Palo Alto,
Calif.; Duana Allen, Miami,
Fla.; Capt. Arthur E. Allen of
the Salt Lake County Sheriff's Of-
fice, Sandy; Lorin S. Allen, St.
Paul, Minn.; 25 grandchildren;
48 great-grandchildren, and one
brother, Walter S. Bliss, Chica-
Funeral services will be held
Saturday at 2 p.m. at 4760 S.
State St., where friends may call
Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Sat-
urday one hour before the ser-
vices. Burial will be in the Salt
Lake City cemetery.


Origin of the Name

The name ALLEN was originally a place name. Although their opinions differ to some extent, English,
German, French and Latin authors who have commented upon the derivation of the name come to the follow-
ing conclusion: the name is from the ARYAN root (a-l-a) meaning mountainous. It is first found as a place
name in the uplands of ancient Samatta, north of the Caspian Sea, where Mount AUanus was located, and
from whence the powerful Allans derived their name prior to the Christian Era. According to Clausius these
people were descended from the Massagetea who defeated Cyrus the Great 350 years B,. C.

It is also significant that about the same time we find the Celtic root Al, meaning high or sometimes
white or bright, among the place names of Scotland where the Demnii, the original tribe found there on
Ceaser's arrival in 55 B.C., lived. These people must have settled there at a much earlier date. This
tribe had a town called Alan or Alwan situated on a river of the same name which the Romans latinized to
Alanna. Many places in Ancient Britain have names derived from "Al. " Fitz Allen or Allan was one of the
earliest to have this name in England. There are many spellings: AUyn, Allyne, AUen, AUin, Allan and
others, but it is evident that the name was originally from the Ayran root and planted by the Ayrans as a
place name where they located and thence carried it to other places in Britain, Scotland and elsewhere.


There are many coats of arms in the heraldry of the Allen race, and many definitions: a hound or one
who is fleet, majestic, graceful; bright, fair, handsome; Irish-Alwin, Alain. Chaucer applied the name to a
breed of large dogs. In Scotland the name was at one time McAlain. The original ancestor was descended
from the monarch of Ireland in the 5th century from whom all the sovereigns of Scotland and many of those
of England were descended. One of the first to use the surname was Thomas Allen, Sheriff of London, 1214 -

Henry Aleyn (Hundred Rolls)
p 24 Derivation of Names
Comp. Am. Gen.

Aliens of Ireland bore as coats of arms. Ar a chev gu bet 3 torteaux each charged with a talbot pas or
on a chief as. A lion pass bet two cresent erm. Creat:- a demi heraldic tiger or and gu gorged with a collar
counter charged, chained or holding bet the paws a flower of three branches proper. Motto: Fortis et Fidelis.

Also Arms per Fess sable and or, a pale engrailed countercharged and three talbots passant of the second,
collars gules Crest: a talbot passant or, collared gules.

Very little is knov'^/n of the ancestiy of Samuel Allin, Revolutionary War soldier. His parents came from
Ireland, it is said, and the surname of his mother was Warren.

Through many years of research there has been no substantial proof to verify this story handed down by
his descendants. From the same source comes the story that Samuel was an only child and that his mother
was in her fiftieth year when he was born. Samuel Allen does not state in his Revolutionary papers where
he was born. However, he enlisted in Bedford Court House, Virginia. He states that after his second enlist-
ment he moved to Orange County, North Carolina. His marriage occurred there 27 August 1782. The list
of the names in the wills of the Aliens of Orange County, North Carolina fit in perfectly with our own
families. It is probable that they were kin. However, nothing has been proved to substantiate this except
the similarity of names and location.

Samuel AUin was born, according to his own statement, the 30th of December, 1756. In the record of
Andrew Jackson Allen, his grandson who kept a very fine record, in the journal of his life he says, "Andrew
Jackson Allen's grandfather was born under the Blue Ridge, the side of which is blue in the evening light.
He was bom in a wild land of game, forests and rushing waters. Here, on the fork of a creek that runs into
a foaming river is a cabin that was chinked with red mud. He came into the world a subject of King George
the third in that part of the realm known as the Province of North Carolina and was of English and Irish
descent as far as we have been able to learn. " This statement is taken from the family record of "William
Coleman Allen, Ancestry and Descendants, " on the last page.

"Samuel Allin, (resided Pulaski County, Ky. ) served Va. Mai. pnd, 1835."(V. 256) Soldiers and Sailors,
page 102 by Virkus. On Sept. 7, 1841, the pensioner certified that he had been a resident in Pulaski
County, Ky. for the space of thirty -eight years past, and that previous thereto he had resided in Chester
County, State of South Carolina. No R-8009-IIMB. General Accounting Office. Samuel Allen 78 acres -
1805 Pulaski, on Cold weather Creek bottom water Fishing Creek also 47 acres April 23, 1815 Fishing Creek,
Land grants.

In 1803 Samuel Allin went with his family into the valley of Kentucky (nine miles out of what is now
Somerset) in a covered wagon pulled by two double yoke of oxen. He came across a little valley encircled
by hills with only one entrance. Here he decided to settle. As he took his family and wagon down into
this valley, around the winding edge of the hill, he had to cut two large trees and fasten them to the back
of the wagon and drag them after it to keep it from rolling down the hill on the hoofs of his oxen. The
valley is very beautiful. The bottom of the valley is very fertile. Fishing Creek runs to the north of the
land. The hills contain much slate rock. They are covered with foliage. To the south on the side of the
hill he cleared the timber from an acre of land and this land has been in constant cultivation for the past
one hundred and thirty years. Along the edge of Fishing Creek grow cedar, spruce and oak. The soil is
rich and fertile and one can imagine the pleasure and contentment derived from farming and the raising of
stock in so beautiful a place.

Here Samuel built a home in 1803, one of the finest of its kind in the period in which it was built. It
was one and one half stories and made of logs. In the top part were two rooms and a fire place. There was
a fire place down stairs and the ground floor was also divided into two rooms. The home faces south and
is located a short distance from the creek. It stands today with its narrow staircase and partly decayed wooden
floor, a relic of a forgotten past and a sturdy generation who thrived in this little nook of the lovely blue
grass country. Years ago this log cabin was weather boarded so the logs are not visable. (1934)

Samuel Allin and his wife Nancy are buried about ten rods west of their home, on the banks of Fishing
Creek. Their graves are covered with green. In this cozy, shaded nook near the cedar and oak trees, lie the
remains of this pioneer couple with their grandson. Near them are the graves of their three slaves. Their
graves are marked with a stone taken from the hills. On this slate-like slab is inscribed "Samuel AUin, born
30 Dec. 1756, died 11 Dec. 1841. " On the other, which is now broken into three parts is "Nancy Allen
died 11 Feb. 1829. "

For many years these stones lay covered and unnoticed. Mr. Cornelius Wesley, the owner of this planta-
tion, found them and took up the stones for the writer, scrubbed and scoured them, and the crude markings
are now legible. He takes great pleasure in caring for these graves. The Daughters of the American Revolu-
tion are making an effort at the present time (1936) to have the government put suitable markers on the
Revolutionary War veterans' graves, and the families of these descendants wiU make every, effort to put a
marker at the resting place of Nancy Easter Allen.

Maud B. Allen (1934)
Written 1936


September 21, 1931

This letter refers to your file No.
In reply refer to BA -J -AW F

Mrs. Wilford J. Allen
Salt Lake City, Utah

Dear Madam:

You are advised that it appears from the papers in the Revolutionary pension claim, S. 2343, that Samuel
Allin was born December 30th, 1756, place not stated.

He enlisted in Bedford Court House, Virginia in the Spring or summer of year not given, and served six
months in Captain David Grissoms' Company, Col. Jefferson's Virginia Regiment.

After this service he moved to Orange County, North Carolina. He stated that Captain David Grissom
also moved to Orange County, North Carolina.

Samuel Allen, while residing in said Orange County, served nine months in Captain David Grissom's
North Carolina Company, and was in the battles of Guilford Court House and Eutaw Springs.

He enlisted the year that Comwallis surrendered, but his mother was taken very sick, he hired a substitute,
Robert Childress, to serve in his stead.

Samuel Allen was allowed pension on his application executed November 19th, 1832, then a resident of
PULASKI County, Ky.

There are no data as to his family, other than the reference to his mother, as given above.

Very truly yours,

(signed) A. D. Hiller,
Assistant to Administrator


In Reply Refer to:

BA-J-EEL January 11, 1932

Mrs. Wilford Allen
Salt Lake City, Utah

Dear Madam:

Reference is made to your letter of recent date relative to securing the date of death of Samuel Allin, a
soldier of the Revolutionary War, whose history was furnished you on September 21, 1931.

In order to secure the date of last payment of pension, the name and address of person paid, and possibly
the date of death of the Revolutionary War pensioner, Samuel Allin (S. 2343), you should address the

Comptroller General, General Accounting Office, Records Division, this city, citing all of the following

Samuel Allin, Certificate No. 22240, issued October 18, 1833, rate $50 per annum, commenced March
4, 1831, Act of June 7, 1832, Kentucky Agency.

The Revolutionary War records of this office do not show a claim for pension on file on account of the
services of a David Allen, as described by you.

Very truly yours,

(signed) A. D. HILLER
Assistant to Administrator


Records Division

In Reply Please Quote

Mrs. WUfordJ. Allen
Salt Lake City, Utah


April 19, 1932

In reply to your letter of March 8, 1932 requesting Information concerning Samuel Allin, Certificate
#22240, Kentucky Agency, a pensioner of the Revolutionary War, you are advised the records of this office
show the last payment of pension covering period from March 4, to September 4, 1841, was made to E.
Thompson, as attorney for the pensioner at Lexington, Kentucky, on September 30, 1841.

On September 7, 1841, the pensioner certified that he had resided in Pulaski County, Kentucky for the
space of thirty eight years past; and that previous thereto he resided in Chester County, State of South

No further Information has been found of record In this office.


(signed) N. W. Richardson
Chief, Records Division





Mrs. W. J. Allen
Salt Lake City, Utah

Feb. 13th, 1934

Dear Madam:

Your letter received asking location of land in Pulaski County, Ky. in the name of William Spears:

100 Acres-1799 Pulaski on Fishing Creek.
72 Acres -1806 Pulaski on Pointers Camp Creek.
300 Acres-1835 Pulaski on Pointers Camp Creek.

Samuel Allen

78 Acres-1805 Pulaski, on Cold Weather Creek, bottom water of Fishing Creek

47 Acres-Apr. 23, 1815 Fishing Creek (Filson Club Publication)

These are the only grants I find in these names.
Price of certified copies-$l. 50


(signed) Mrs. E. B. Addams

WASHINGTON D.C., 1934 and 1939

SAMUEL ALLIN - His pension papers on file at National Archives, Pension Bureau.

Although the Census Bureau sent me the record of Samuel Allen, North Carolina and Virginia (he spelled

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