|Birth: ||Jun. 7, 1880|
|Death: ||Jul. 8, 1901|
Son of J.R. Allen and M. Allen
John David Allen was a son of John Robert Allen (1860-1925) and Margaret (Maggie) Ann Hord Allen (1855-1931). Both of his parents are buried in the Mt. Washington Baptist Church cemetery.
John David Allen was shot by Clarence Shipp
The story of the shooting, according to friends of the family, is about as follows: On Tuesday morning (8 July 1901) Richard Hord, John Robert Allen and his two sons Charles and Dave (John David) and a man by the name of Oaks started to the field to work. They had not gone far when a volume of smoke and the loud report of a double-barreled shotgun came from a thicket. Richard Hord, who carried a double-barreled shotgun on his shoulder and a revolver girted to his waist, dropped his shotgun and threw his hands to his stomach. Dave Allen also threw his hands to his chest and uttered sounds of distress.
One of the party had a horse on which Dave Allen was placed by his father and brother and hurried home. Richard Hord with a death wound went to a tree near by and lay down. Parties in the vicinity testified at the Coroner's inquest held over the body of Hord that after Hord had been shot from ambush and the others had gone they heard heavy groans followed by words which sounded like one pleading for mercy. Shortly afterwards several shots in rapid succession were heard after which there was silence. Deputy Sheriff Fisher, of Raywick, who was on the grounds Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning, and who saw the dead body of Hord says Hord's face was torn to pieces by buckshot, that in his left side was a hole made by buckshot and that his abdomen contained a charge of buckshot. This would argue that he had been shot three or four times and the supposition is that Hord was followed to the tree where he had gone after receiving the first wound and there shot again and again by his enemy.
Dave Allen it is claimed received three buckshot in the right side from the ambush volley which first gave the men warning of their enemy's presence. These three shot passed through Allen's body and it is thought will cause his death. Men in the party attacked claim they saw Clarence Shipp run after he had fired on them. Shipp left the county immediately after the shooting. Tuesday evening the sheriff of Taylor County was notified by Sheriff Cooper that Shipp had taken refuge in Taylor County and to be on the lookout for him.
John David Allen died a few days later on 8 July 1901.
Clarence Shipp was arrested and charged with double murder. He went to trial and on 21 February 1902 THE ENTERPRISE newspaper reported Clarence Shipp, Charged with double murder on Scott's Ridge, was found not guilty.
To completely understand all the circumstances surrounding this event, one should read all the numerous newspaper stories printed during the time after the murders until the time Clarence Shipp was found NOT GUILTY.
John R Allen (1860 - 1925)
Mag Allen (1855 - ____)
Jones Creek Cemetery
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Record added: Jul 29, 2012
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