Reuben Allen and Elsie Clevenger, both born in 1770 in Shenandoah County, Va., were married Sept. 29, 1791 in Rockingham, Va. They raised their family of 12 in Cocke County, Tenn., before moving to Ray County, Mo.
Elsie's parents and some of Reuben's relatives made Cocke County their permanent home after moving from Virginia. Reuben's father, John, remained in Virginia. But John's son Isaac, Reuben's older brother, also made Cocke County his home, coming while the area was still part of North Carolina. Isaac's son John, who settled in the Cosby area (near present-day Carver's Apple Orchard), served as sheriff of Cocke County after serving in the War of 1812. Another of Isaac's sons, Jackson Allen, was the father of Rachel Allen, wife of Arch Clevenger. (An Arch/Rachel family photo includes Jackson, who lived with them after his wife Rose died.)
One of the attractions to Cocke County for these Virginians was Big Pigeon Primitive Baptist Church, an affiliate of their Big Spring Primitive Baptist Church in Shenandoah County. Big Pigeon was the first church established in Cocke County (before Cocke was a county and Tennessee was a state) and its most prominent religious institution in the 1790s and early 1800s. A reading of church minutes (starting with footnote on p. 15) indicates that Reuben Allen was an active member. Big Pigeon members who moved to Missouri transferred their membership to New Garden Primitive Baptist Church.
Reuben and Elsie's oldest son, Abraham Allen, was born in Virginia but grew up in Cocke County, where he married and raised his first family. He raised a second family in Missouri.
Reuben and Elsie's son James Madison Allen, born in Cocke County, married Sarah Frakes, who was probably a cousin of his older brother Abraham's second wife, Elizabeth Frakes. James and Sarah's son Reuben (named after his grandfather) has a Find-A-Grave memorial with portrait.
Reuben and Elsie's son George William Allen married Eliza Gryder. Their son Almorine has a Find-A-Grave memorial.
Reuben and Elsie's daughter Psyche/Syche married Thomas Keeney. There is an online data sheet for their family.
Elsie Clevenger Allen (1770 - 1833)
Isaac Allen (1796 - 1859)*
Old Allen Cemetery
Created by: Gene Bryant
Record added: Jun 05, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 111843408
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