|Birth: ||Nov. 26, 1741|
|Death: ||Oct. 10, 1832|
North Carolina, USA
The child of Ann Rhodes and John Allen.
Married Nancy Ann Lindsey in abt. 1763. In 1778, Richard Allen was elected the first Sheriff of Wilkes County, NC.
Richard Allen entered the service of the United States in 1775 as a volunteer in Capt. Jesse Walton's Company of minute men which was the first company ever raised in Wilkes County, NC at the rank of First Sergeant. At the completion of his tour of training and support, he was chosen as Ensign in the company of militia commanded by Capt. Benj. Cleveland in which they pursued Indians & Tories across the Blue Ridge and into Virginia.
Richard Allen was promoted to Captain early in 1778 when Benjamin Cleveland was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel. In Jan 1780, Captain Allen's company was assigned to Col. Andrew Hampton's regiment in defense of Charleston, SC. In the late part of 1780, his company, traveling on foot, arrived late for the Battle of King's Mountain and assisted in guarding prisoners. Richard Allen spent the remainder of the Revolutionary War in North Carolina chasing Tories. Sources indicate that after the end of the War, Richard's participation in the military earned him the rank of Colonel. This rank can be referenced by his obituary in the 1832 National Intelligencer and by the published work of Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Walter Clark, in 1907 titled, "State Records of North Carolina," both of which refer to him as Colonel Richard Allen.
Nancy Ann Lindsey Allen (1746 - 1820)
James Allen (1771 - 1838)*
William Allen (1773 - 1859)*
Jesse Allen (1777 - 1857)*
Richard Allen (1786 - 1884)*
Note: The photos of grave marker and highway sign indicate that Richard Allen had achieved rank of Colonel during the War. The highest rank achieved during the War was Captain.
North Carolina, USA
Maintained by: Bob & Bonnie McEver
Originally Created by: Gary Hood
Record added: Jan 09, 2005
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