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|Birth: ||Jan. 8, 1789|
James Allen was born in Mason County, Kentucky in 1789. Kentucky at that time was part of Virginia. Daniel Boone blazed a trail through the Cumberland Gap, founded Boonesborough which was the 1st chartered town in Kentucky, and lived there from 1775 to 1779.
Mason County was formed in 1788 and Kentucky became a state in 1792.His Dad, Joseph Allen, was in the Virginia Line of the Revolutionary War, and appeared in the 1790 and 1800 US Census.
James married Mary Hyzer in Mason County March 20, 1810. He was 20, just 2 months shy of his 21st birthday and she was 19. They had their 1st 5 Children in Mason County. Then left for Indiana in 1819 where James bought land in Reeve Township, Daviess County. Indiana had just become the 19th state in 1816 so once again the Allen family were true pioneers.
The Allen Family farm is located about 2 miles Southwest of Alfordsville but, of course there was no Alfordsville then, not till 1850. He and his sons cleared the land and like nearly all of the early settlers there were farmers.
1n 1823 his Mother-in-law, Elizabeth Zumwalt Allen, died and was buried where Old Union Church and Cemetery is now. She was the 1st person buried at Old Union. James with a couple of his friends would build a raft, load it up with produce and furs, and float down the White River, to the Ohio, to the Mississippi, and on down to New Orleans where they would sell their load as well as the raft then walk back to Indiana. About in 1835 he didn't return - could have been a wreck of the raft on the river, killed by Indians or the Cave In The Rock gang from southern Illinois, or a robber in the city. He left Mary with 11 kids, the youngest was Eliza who was only 4.
Mary never remarried and it was up to the oldest,Charles,to farm the land and help keep the family together.
Mary Hizer Allen (1791 - 1888)*
Charles Allen (1810 - 1894)*
Susannah Allen Chattin (1815 - 1879)*
Joseph Allen (1817 - 1895)*
Harrison Allen (1824 - 1865)*
James Allen (1825 - 1890)*
Mary Elizabeth Allen Shively (1827 - 1849)*
Andrew Jackson Allen (1828 - 1911)*
Eliza Allen McCord (1831 - 1922)*
Specifically: Lost in the Mississippi River
Created by: Deena
Record added: Mar 09, 2012
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