Elsie Clevenger was born in Shenandoah County, Va. in 1770, a daughter of Thomas and Psyche/Sitchie (Pittman) Clevenger. Elsie married Reuben Allen in 1791, about 5 years before her parents moved to Cocke County, near Newport, Tenn. She and Reuben, with 4 young sons, followed Elsie's parents to Tennessee, where they lived the next 2 decades. Their other 8 children were born in Cocke County. (To access an online file of their family, click here.)
A number of relatives--both Allens and Clevengers who were native Virginians, including some who spent time in Cocke County--had moved to the Missouri Territory to take advantage of generous homesteading opportunities. Among them were 3 of Elsie's brothers. Reuben and Elsie decided around 1817 to make that westward journey with their family.
Reuben and Elsie's graves are not marked. But at least 4 of their children--Abraham, Isaac, Thomas and George--have marked graves in this apparently forsaken cemetery. An area Find-A-Grave contributor reports, "I have been to the Old Allen (Dillon) Cemetery a couple of times and it is sad to see it in its present condition."
Elsie's brother Richard is buried in the Old New Garden Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery; brother Jesse, in the abandoned Elitzer Cemetery in Clay County.
[A personal note: Elsie and Reuben's son Abraham was my father's 2nd-great grandfather. Elsie's parents were my mother's 3rd-great grandparents. Elsie and Reuben have left many distant relatives in Missouri and elsewhere that I will never know. In the summer of 1964, though, I drove my parents from northeastern Tennessee to northwestern Missouri to meet and visit some of our distant cousins, none of whom is still living. --Gene Bryant]
Thomas Clevenger (1746 - 1810)
Sitchie Pitman Clevenger (1743 - 1847)
Reuben Allen (1770 - 1823)*
Abraham Allen (1794 - 1844)*
Isaac Allen (1796 - 1859)*
Thomas Allen (1804 - 1840)*
Elias Clevenger (1764 - 1846)*
Elsie Clevenger Allen (1770 - 1833)
Richard Clevenger (1773 - 1838)*
Jesse Clevenger (1775 - 1860)*
George William Clevenger (1783 - 1837)*
Old Allen Cemetery
Created by: Gene Bryant
Record added: Jun 05, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 111842233
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