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  • ID: I06322
  • Name: William Allen III 1
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 1795 in Grayson Co., Virginia 1
  • Death: ABT 1847 in Pike Co., Kentucky 1
  • Note:
    (Taken from "The Hanging Rock Iron Region Of Ohio, Volume 1, Chapter VI, Pioneers and Pioneer Matters Jackson County"):

    "When the first census of Jackson County was taken in 1820 the inhabitants were found to number 3,746. When it is recalled that the voting population was fewer than five hundred, it will be seen readily, that it was a county of large families. By 1830 the population had increased to 5,941 and to 9,447 in 1840. Much of the increase from 1830 to 1850 was due to the coming of the Welsh immigrants into Madison, Jefferson, Bloomfield and Franklin townships, and to the building of two iron furnances. Between 1840 and 1860, the Massies, Kellys, Waltons, Allens, Corns and many other families sold their farms to the Welsh and moved south to Lawrence, others to Scioto and the rest farther west.

    "Farming was, of course, the only occupation of the pioneers except at the Salt Works, but there were two classes of farmers, the squatters and the settlers. When real settlers came who had bought the land titles, the squatters moved on into the wilderness. The actual settlers were men of a higher type. They followed the trail of the squatters into the woods, spied out the choice house sites selected by many of them, entered their land, bought the claim of the squatters, in order to secure peaceful possession, for a gun or a few dollars, made a small plantation of corn and tobacco, built a cabin, and then returned to Virginia, to bring their families into the new country in autumn when the creeks were low, and wild vegetation had lost its rankness. All of Jackson County outside of the Salt Reserve was Congress lands.

    "The sports of the pioneers were very different from those of today in that many of them were a part of the every-day life of the people. Log rolling is hard labor, but when all the neighbors gathered, the event became in a measure a holiday affair with its big dinner and supper and dance afterward. House raisings, corn huskings, fodder and flax pullings, cotton seedings, apple peelings, and quiltings were all joyous occasions, and while there was much sport, the co-operation of so many was of material benefit to the community. In case of desperate illness in the family or accident to the head of the family, the neighbors came and did all the needful work, thus preventing the distress that leads to poverty and penury. There were other more purely social or religious affairs, spellings, singings, camp meetings, and revivals, which on the whole had an uplifting tendency. The funeral was also a great institution in the woods, for neighbors did not count the miles when sickness or death came into a family, and they traveled ten to fifteen miles sometimes to show sympathy and render service. Another of the sports of early days was horse racing. There was racing everywhere, to and from camp meetings, musters, weddings, but regular courses were also laid out and measured. Races were held at least as often as twice a month. Unfortunately these gatherings were the occasion for much drinking and fighting as well as racing and gambling. Several tragedies finally checked the sport. Shooting matches had a fascination that continued down to 1913. Some farmers provided turkeys for the matches. There was much drinking during the day, with an occasional fight, and a dance was always given at night which was occasionally broken up by fighting. The girls wore calico dresses, but they had heavy shoes, for the dances were usually held in winter. The dancing was done in a small log cabin, with a roaring fire in the big chimney and the room was always crowded; but certain conventions, well understood, and observed, prevented many improprieties winked at in pretentious dwellings today."


    (Taken from: "History of Jackson Co., Ohio Sesquicentenial Edition 1803-1805 Page 2 John E. Sylvester, Editor):

    "Jackson County - While those rugged settlers from Virginia and Massachusetts wee conjuring up a new State at Chillicothe, other pioneers were finding the Scioto salt springs over here on Salt Creek, then unnamed. They were a rough lot of roistering frontiersmen who elbowed the Indians aside, staked out lots on the creek and kindled fires under their iron kettles to boil down the brines. Soon a better class of emigrants settled on Salt Creek and built a row of log cabins on the bluff above the creek. Within a dozen years, many of these had walked over the lonely Indian trail to the land office at Chillicothe and signed up for government acreage. And they were followed back to the uplands of what is now Jackson County by settlers from around Chillicothe who had found the malarial swamps of the Scioto Valley filled with ague. (Ague is "a fever - as with malaria - with recurrent chills and sweating" according to Webster's Dictionary). They came here to escape the "shakes", if not the Indians."

    (The preceding notes were provided by Bill Allen)

    Father: William Allen , Jr. b: 20 JUN 1756 in Lunenburg Co., Virginia
    Mother: Ann Stewart b: BEF 1770 in North Carolina or Virginia

    Marriage 1 Lucinda Ayers b: 1800 in Patrick Co., Virginia
    • Married: 26 MAY 1823 in Surry Co., North Carolina 1
    1. Has Children Affira Allen b: 12 MAY 1825 in Virginia
    2. Has Children Living Allen
    3. Has No Children Mary Anna Allen b: 27 SEP 1829 in Virginia
    4. Has Children Elihu Perry Allen b: 1833 in Henry Co., Virginia
    5. Has Children Henry A. Allen b: 1834 in Henry Co., Virginia
    6. Has Children James Carlisle Allen b: 1837 in Virginia
    7. Has Children Martha Matilda Allen b: 30 MAY 1840 in Jackson Co., Ohio
    8. Has Children Elkanah Allen b: 1843 in Jackson Co., Ohio
    9. Has Children Samuel H. Allen b: 18 DEC 1845 in Pike Co., Ohio

    1. Title: Joseph Allen Desc..FTW
      Media: Other
      Text: Date of Import: May 10, 2005

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