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  • Name: William Allen , Jr. 1
  • Sex: M
  • Name: William Allen 2
  • Birth: 20 JUN 1756 in Lunenburg Co., Virginia 1
  • Birth: 20 JUN 1756 in Henry, VA, USA 2
  • Death: JUL 1823 in Pauls Creek, Grayson Co., Virginia 1
  • Death: JUL 1823 in Pauls Creek, Grayson, VA, USA 2
  • Note:
    Notes for WILLIAM ALLEN, JR:
    CARROLL 1765-1815, page 336


    The tradition is that his father was another William Allen and that the son came to what is now Carroll and settled on the crest of the Blue Ridge on a tract of 400 acres which had been awarded him for his services in the Revolution.

    It may be that his father was named William and it may also be that researchers have confused him with the William Allens who settled on lower Chestnut Creek in Carroll at the same time this William was settled on the Goodspur. It may also be true that he participated in the Revolution, but it is clear that his land grants had nothing to do with anybody's military service. His grant in 1791 was for 400 acres on Pauls Creek and the Goodspur and was acquired by him from a Moses Johnson who had the tract surveyed in 1782 (Grants 25-179; Henry, Survey 1-240). It is not clear when William came to the area; he is not listed in the Henry Co. tax lists for 1778-1780, but is listed on the Patrick rolls in 1791. Probably he came to Pauls Creek in the middle 1780's.

    A little later he bought another survey; the second was for 88 acres, and he acquired it from John Jones (Grants 39-512). In 18i0 he deeded his sons Carr and John each 40 acres of his large tract. He had already sold John Bryson 150 acres of it and had sold his smaller tract to Stephen Jones (Grayson, D.B. 2-541; Patrick D.B. 1-523). He reacquired the 40 acres he deeded John, and he died in 1823 owning 220 acres of his large grant.

    He left a will which was written July 12,1823 and probated that same year at September Court (Grayson, W.B. 1-282). By it he left his wife all his estate for her lifetime together with the right to dispose of it.' The will simply identifies her as Ann. Two years later his heirs sold the homeplace to John Edwards Jr. (Grayson, D.B. 5-194) and the deed lists the heirs as the widow Ann and eight children: (1) John Allen (2) Carr Allen (3) Robert Allen (4) William Allen (5) Bailey Allen (6) James Allen (7) Polly Allen who had married Dudley McMillan and (8) Nancy Allen. John and Carr Allen did not sign the deed.

    Within a few years after his death, Ann and all the children, except two, sold their share of the land and headed through West Virginia to Jackson Co., Ohio.

    In 1810 William, Carr and John had a dispute with Johnson Snow who swore out a peace warrant for them. The affair resulted in their having to give bond before the Grayson Court at the May Term 1810. The other court records which bear the name William Allen refer to those of the same name on Chestnut Creek.

    Will of William Allen of Grayson Co., Virginia in Will Book 1, page 282, Grayson Co., Virginia July 12, 1823

    I, William Allen of Grayson Co. and State of Virginia, being weak in body but perfect mind and memory to make this my last will and testament in the following maner to wit; it is my will first, that my just debts be paid out of my personal property. Then it is my will that my beloved wife, Ann, shall possess all my personal and real estate during her natural life and then to dispose of it as she thinks proper. In witness whereof I have hereinto set my hand and affixed my seal this 12th day of July, 1823.

    Signed and sealed in presence of

    V Wheeler
    Bailey Allen William Allen (his mark)
    James Allen

    Deed Book 5, Grayson Co., Virginia page 194, July 23, 1825

    This indenture made this 23rd day of July in the year of Our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and twenty five between Ann Allen, John Allen, Car Allen, Robert Allen, William Allen, Baley Allen, James Allen, Polly McMillan and Dudley, her husband and Nancy Allen of the county of Grayson and the State of Virginia of the one part and John Edwards, Jr of the Co. and State aforesaid of the other part. Withnesseth, that for and in consideration of the sum of two hundred Dollars current money of Virginia to them in hand paid, before the ensealing and delivery of these presents, the reciept, whereof is hereby acknowledged, hath bargained, sold released and confirmed unto the said John Edwards, Jr one certain tract or parcel of land situate lying and being in the county aforesaid on the head waters of Paul's Creek, containing two hundred and twenty acres, be the same more or less, it being part of a survey of four hundred acres which William Allen, Sr, deceased, and in fee simmple of afore the said William Allen, Sr in his lifetime having given to each of his sons, John Allen, and Car Allen, forty acres a piece and to John Bryson one hundred acres if we understand it right and after taking out their claims all the balance of the said tract we the undersigned subscribers have sold to the said John Edwards, Jr we being the widow and heirs of the said William Allen, deceased, the said land bounded with lines as followeth to wit; beginning at a chesnut tree on the side of the mountain on the south side of said branch thence new lines South sixty seven degrees. East 80 poles crossing said branch to a chestnut tree on the side of a steep mountain on the North side thence North 60 degrees West 80 poles crossing said branch to a red oak, on the side of the Good spur thence with the side of the same to the first station and after taking off of the above we named two forty acres including on one side of the survey and the Bryson's at the upper and balance to them and John Edwards. With all woods, ways, water and water courses, trees, orchards, houses, fences, and all other involvements, thereunto belonging or in any ways appertaining to have and to hold the same unto the said John Edwards, Jr with its appurtenances to hold and fully enjoy the same and we do ourselves, our heirs, forever do warrant and defend the right and title of the land and premises to him, the said John Edwards and his heirs forever against the claim or demand of any person or persons whatever, either in law or equity. In witness whereof we have hereunto set our hands and affixed our seals the day and year above written.

    Signed and sealed and delivered in presence of

    Ruben Branscomb (his mark) Ann Allen (her mark)
    Robert Allen (his mark)
    James Branscomb (his mark) William Allen (his mark)
    Bailey Allen (his mark)
    James Allen (his mark)
    Polly Allen (her mark)
    Dudley McMillan (his mark)
    Nancy Allen (her mark)

    James Allen

    Father: William Allen , Sr. b: 1725 in Virginia
    Mother: Agness ?

    Marriage 1 Ann Stewart b: BEF 1770 in North Carolina or Virginia
    • Married: ABT 1780
    1. Has Children John Henry Allen , Sr. b: 1784 in Grayson Co., Virginia
    2. Has Children William Carr Allen b: 17 JAN 1786 in Grayson Co., Virginia
    3. Has Children Robert Allen b: 17 NOV 1792 in Grayson Co., Virginia
    4. Has Children William Allen III b: 1795 in Grayson Co., Virginia
    5. Has No Children James Allen b: 1800 in Grayson Co., Virginia
    6. Has Children Mary Allen b: 6 JUN 1801 in Grayson Co., Virginia
    7. Has Children Bailey F. Allen b: 1802 in Grayson Co., Virginia
    8. Has Children Nancy Allen b: 1806 in Virginia
    9. Has Children Henry Allen b: 2 FEB 1808 in Virginia
    10. Has Children Isaac Allen b: 28 DEC 1810 in Virginia
    11. Has No Children Living Allen

    1. Title: Joseph Allen Desc..FTW
      Media: Other
      Text: Date of Import: May 10, 2005
    2. Title: OneWorldTree
      Text: One World Tree (sm) [database online]. Provo, UT:, Inc.
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