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Joshua Barnes Allen, Jr
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Birth: Mar. 17, 1757
Hunterdon County
New Jersey, USA
Death: Apr. 8, 1820
Harrison County
West Virginia, USA

Joshua Barnes Allen Jr. went by his middle name Barnes perhaps to distinguish himself from his Father.


Clarksburg, Sept 20, 1909

Col. Henry Haymond,

Dear Sir:--At your request I will give you the tradition of my grandfather, Barnes Allen's adventure with the Indians as I heard it from my father, Stephen C. Allen.

Joshua Allen and his son, Barnes Allen, came from Scotland to Virginia, from there to Fort Pitt, thence up the river to what is now known as Hepzibah, or the Allen farm, five miles from Clarksburg.

Joshua Allen entered a large tract of land, and his son, Barnes, planted and matured four (4) hills of corn, which gave him a settlement right to 400 acres, built a log cabin on his land and went to Fort Pitt, and was married to a German woman named Eve Swiger, and returned to his cabin in the wilderness, and started to establish a home and clear out a farm.

To this union six children were born, four boys, John, Joshua, Israel, and Stephen and two girls, Catherine (married Sterling Bartlett) Rebecca was born in 1784, (married Thomas Bartlett) lived ninety-six years, died and was buried in Hepzibah church yard, all on or in the close vicinity of the original Allen farm.

Sometime in the early (18)80's while Barnes Allen was away from home watching a deer lick, his wife, who was alone became alarmed at the continual barking of their dog, and, going to the door to see what was the matter, discovered a small party of Indians approaching the cabin. She hurried out the back door and through the thick underbrush until she reached a large beech tree with low spreading branches which stood near the Spring. She climed this tree and hid herself in the heavy foliage.

As a boy, I well remember seeing this tree. It was known as Grandmother's tree. My father never allowed it to be disturbed and it was left standing until it wasted away.

The Indians entered the cabin and after taking everything they could carry, set it on fire, and while it was burning stood under the beech tree in which Grandmother was hidden.

From the hill back of where Hepzibah church now stands, Grandfather saw the light of his burning cabin, and hastened towards it to find what little he possessed, in ruins, and his wife gone. He supposed that she had been killed, but lingered about the place hoping to find some trace of her, and after some time, hearing a peculiar bird call, which he recognized as a signal agreed upon between himself and wife in time of danger, answered the call and his wife came down out of the tree, unharmed.

He took her to the house of a settler, near the Maulsby Bridge, I think by the name of Shinn. The next morning he and Shinn started to Power's Fort, near Bridgeport, to give the alarm.

On the way, and opposite the brick house built by William Smith, on Simpson's Creek, three Indians came out from some overhanging rocks, and fired at them.

The sudden starting of Allen's horse caused him to drop his gun in the sand. Shinn fired at the Indians, and they galloped on to the fort which they reached about noon.

A party was at once made up to pursue the Indians and on reaching the place where the two had been fired upon, it was discovered that the Indians had encamped the previous night under the rocks spoken of, and that they had left a belt, a knife, Allen's gun and two while scalps.

The men took up the trail, and discovered that one of the Indians has been wounded by Shinn's shot, and that he was hidden in a swamp on the farm afterwards owned by Jefferson Smith. He was finally discovered, shot and scalped. Further pursuit was then abandoned.

Very respectfully,

Family links: 
  Joshua Barnes Allen (1728 - 1810)
  Eve Swiger Allen (1761 - 1850)*
  Eve Swiger Allen (1761 - 1852)*
  Catharine Duval Allen Bartlett (1784 - 1878)*
  John James Allen (1785 - 1860)*
  Joshua Allen (1787 - 1867)*
*Calculated relationship
Allen Cemetery
Harrison County
West Virginia, USA
Maintained by: kin Keeper
Originally Created by: Cheryl Sue Cox
Record added: Mar 14, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 25260519

- Deborah Barber
 Added: Dec. 30, 2015
My 4th great grandfather
- WVRoots
 Added: Dec. 14, 2014
I was wondering if one of the children of Joshua Barnes Allen, Jr.'s children had a daughter name "Marceline Allen, born in the mid to late 1700's who is my 5 great grandmother. Marceline and her spouse Asahel Enoch Barns, born 1751 1800 later had a da...(Read more)
- Catherine Rone Lindner
 Added: Aug. 17, 2014
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