Name: Henry Allen 1
Birth: 2 FEB 1808 in Virginia 1
Death: 13 NOV 1849 in Scioto Co., Ohio 1
"Henry Allen was born February 2, 1808, in Grayson County (now Carroll County), Virginia, one of 11 children of William Allen and Ann Stuart. In 1791, William Allen bought 400 acres near the head of Paul's Creek in southern Carroll County south of the village of Fancy Gap, which is south of Hillsville. It was on this farm where William and Ann's children -- including Henry -- were reared. William died July 12, 1823 and is thought to be buried on his farm, which was sold in 1825. In that year, when Henry was 17, the widowed Ann and most of the children (some married and some still at home) migrated to that part of Virginia which is now West Virginia. They remained there four or five years before moving to Jackson Co., Ohio -- some in 1830 and the rest shortly thereafter.
"In 1830 brothers James, Robert, and Henry (age about 22) came to Jackson County from, one account says, Fayette County (now West Virginia). Another account says that Robert lived in adjoining Raleigh County (now West Virginia), apparently on or near Marsh Fork of the Coal River possibly near Glen Daniel just west of Beckley. So, apparently, the Allen families lived in either Fayette or Raleigh or perhaps some families in each.
"In Jackson County the brothers settled on adjoining farms along Hewitt's Fork in Jefferson Township west of Oak Hill (SR 279 runs along most of Hewitt's Fork). Later came siblings William, Isaac, and Anna and their mother (who died there May 1839). Another sister and her husband, John and Nancy Allen Clark, also came to Jefferson Township, possibly as early as 1829. The 1840 Jefferson Township census shows five Allen brothers -- Isaac, James, William, Robert, and Henry -- living on adjoining farms.
"Carr Allen, Henry's older brother, stayed in Carroll County (at least for a while before moving to what is now West Virginia) and became the grandfather of brothers Sidna and Floyd Allen, who were involved in the 1912 Carroll County Courthouse shooting tragedy in Hillsville, Virginia.
"In Jackson Co., Isaac married Rachel Massie, sister of Abigail; Allen brothers married Massie sisters.
"Henry and Abigail's eight children were all born on their Jackson County Hewitt's Fork farm before the family moved to Scioto Co., Ohio, in 1848, sixteen years after their marriage. The move to Winter Road, Madison Township, Scioto County was one of only a few miles, as Jefferson Township, Jackson Co., is only two townships away from Madison Township, Scioto County. The late Lyle Bonzo, great-grandson of Henry and Abigail, told that the couple's 10 or 11 year old son William walked behind the wagon all the way from Virginia to Madison Township. William no doubt DID walk behind the wagon, but what Lyle didn't know was that they moved from just across the county line, not straight from Virginia.
"According to Lyle, they owned an entire section (640 acres) of Madison Township land (Section 24). They owned and cleared nearly all the land along Winter Road, including what was later their son William's place, adjoining theirs. Henry built their house, a two-story log with shed kitchen, on the south side of Winter Road by a spring. A foundation can still be found there today for either the house or barn. The house and barn sat beside a small creek which crosses Winter Road at a bend in the road. The house burned sometime after Henry's and Abigail's deaths. The story goes that it accidentally caught fire when sons of Alva Ethan Allen, Henry and Abigail's grandson, set fire to dead grass on the place to flush out a rabbit they were hunting. Alva Ethan, son William and Hannah, and his wife and children lived on his parents' place after their deaths.
"Henry was a shoemaker by trade but farmed in Scioto County. He died, however, November 13, 1849, from pneumonia the next year after moving there, at the age of 41. His daughter Emily was 14, and his son William was 12 when Henry died. William's daughter, Elizabeth Allen Bonzo, told that Henry caught a cold which turned into pneumonia after being out in a cold rain helping a sow give birth. He was buried on the north side of Winter Road on his farm in the first of three graves now at the site, which Abigail intended to be the start of a family cemetery.
Father: William Allen , Jr. b: 20 JUN 1756 in Lunenburg Co., Virginia
Mother: Ann Stewart b: BEF 1770 in North Carolina or Virginia
Abigail Massey b: 16 DEC 1814 in Monroe Co., Virginia
6 NOV 1832
in Jackson Co., Ohio 1
Notes for Henry Allen and Abigail Massie (These notes come to me from Bill Allen and are from something titled "Henry and Abigail Massie Allen" by Shirley McCoy Smith):
"Henry Allen (1808-1849) and Abigail Massie (1814-1881) were married November 6, 1832, in Jackson Co., Ohio - he, age 24 and she, 17.
"The three graves on Henry and Abigail's farm are those of:
* Henry Allen (1808-1849)
* James W. Allen (1864-1871), son of William and Hannah Purtee Allen and grandson of Henry and Abigail, who died of diptheria at age 7
* Melissa Allen (1869-1871), daughter of Isaac and Julia Irwin Allen and granddaughter of Henry and Abigail, who died at 2 1/2"
- Anna Allen b: 18 OCT 1833 in Jackson Co., Ohio
- Emily Jane Allen b: 17 JUN 1835 in Jackson Co., Ohio
- William Harrison Allen b: 14 MAR 1837 in Jackson Co., Ohio
- Isaac Allen b: 16 DEC 1838 in Jackson Co., Ohio
- Robert Allen b: 17 SEP 1840 in Jackson Co., Ohio
- Elizabeth Allen b: 28 JUN 1842 in Jackson Co., Ohio
- Levi Allen b: 20 OCT 1844 in Jackson Co., Ohio
- David Vinton Allen b: 6 SEP 1846 in Jackson Co., Ohio
- Title: Joseph Allen Desc..FTW
Text: Date of Import: May 10, 2005