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  • ID: I06727
  • Name: Abigail Massey 1
  • Sex: F
  • Birth: 16 DEC 1814 in Monroe Co., Virginia
  • Death: 2 JAN 1881 in Pike Co., Ohio
  • Note:
    "Abigail was born December 16, 1814, in Monroe Co., Virginia (now West Virginia on Virginia border) of Jeptha Massie and Anna Meadows. At one time the family was in Greenbrier Co., adjacent to and north of Monroe. Sometime after Abigail's birth and prior to 1820 (during her first five years), the family moved from Monroe County to Jackson Co., Ohio, along with some of Jeptha's brothers. Abigail was said to be a relative of Henry Massie, founder of Portsmouth, Ohio.

    "Elizabeth also told about the family's struggle for survival following Henry's death. When he died, the house hadn't been completed and the farm not well established, and the widowed Abigail and children found themselves near starvation. To make some money the girls would stay at the homes of neighbors to help out when a child was born. It was told that Abigail traveled miles to near Stockdale in Pike Co., Ohio, where wild turkeys roosted in a grove of trees. Before dawn she would knock turkeys from low branches with a pole in order to have meat for their table.

    "Some years after the Civil War, Abigail sold the farm. It is unknown what year she sold out, but the two graves beside Henry's, those of grandchildren, are dated 1871. The 1870 Madison Township census shows Abigail, 56, still there with only a grandchild at home, and an 1875 property map shows her still owning the land. But the 1880 Pike Co., Seal Township, census shows her at age 66 living with their youngest child, David, 34, his wife, Margaret Irwin Allen, 24, and their three children. Henry and Abigail's oldest child, Anna Allen Downing, and her family also lived in Seal Township, Pike Co., near David.

    "So, Abigail apparently left Winter Road between 1875 and 1880. A 1900 Madison Township map shows Fred Winter, for whom the road is named, owning the property with the Allen house and graves.

    "Abigail died 31 years after Henry, on January 2, 1881, at the age of 66. Her granddaughter, Nancy Elizabeth White, was 12 at the time. Abigail is buried in Barger Cemetery on the farm of George and Anna Allen Downing along the Scioto River between Piketon and Waverly on Piketon Lower River Road. Today the cemetery is on the property of a Ryder family.

    "Also buried there are four of Henry and Abigail's grandchildren -- David's children who died before the family moved to Clinton Co., Ohio. In the same cemetery is George Downing buried by his first wife, Elizabeth Barger Downing. No stone for second wife, Anna Allen Downing, is found there, but she is believed to be buried elsewhere on the farm, possibly in a second cemetery.

    "The Madison Township census for 1850, the year following Henry's death, lists the widowed Abigail as 31 and a native of Virginia, but her age actually would have been 35. The children were all listed as Ohio natives: Anna, 17; Emily, 15; William H., 13; Isaac, 11; Robert, 9; Elizabeth, 7; Levi, 5; David, 4.

    "The 1860 Census lists Abigail, 45, with all eight children still at home: Anna, 25; Emily, 24; William, 23; Isaac, 21; Robert, 18; Elizabeth, 17; Levi, 15; David, 13. (However, Emily's entry was an error, as she had been married for six years.) All five sons served in the Civil War which began the year following this census.

    "In ten years Abigail went from having seven children at home to having none. The 1870 census lists Abigail, 56, and only a grandson, Edwin Louis Allen, 10, one of daughter Ann's two illegitimate children.

    Father: Jeptha Massey
    Mother: Anna Meadows

    Marriage 1 Henry Allen b: 2 FEB 1808 in Virginia
    • Married: 6 NOV 1832 in Jackson Co., Ohio 1
    • Note:
      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"
    1. Has No Children Anna Allen b: 18 OCT 1833 in Jackson Co., Ohio
    2. Has No Children Emily Jane Allen b: 17 JUN 1835 in Jackson Co., Ohio
    3. Has Children William Harrison Allen b: 14 MAR 1837 in Jackson Co., Ohio
    4. Has No Children Isaac Allen b: 16 DEC 1838 in Jackson Co., Ohio
    5. Has No Children Robert Allen b: 17 SEP 1840 in Jackson Co., Ohio
    6. Has No Children Elizabeth Allen b: 28 JUN 1842 in Jackson Co., Ohio
    7. Has No Children Levi Allen b: 20 OCT 1844 in Jackson Co., Ohio
    8. Has Children David Vinton Allen b: 6 SEP 1846 in Jackson Co., Ohio

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