|Birth: ||Dec. 30, 1756|
North Carolina, USA
|Death: ||Dec. 11, 1841|
Very little is known of the ancestry of Samuel Allen. Family tradition states that his parents came from Ireland and that the maiden name of his mother was Warren (possibly of the Governor Warren family of Virginia) It is probable that her name was Elizabeth, since each of the children of Samuel named a girl Elizabeth, and this name was carried on down through the generations. It is most interesting to note the number of Warren families found in Somerset, Pulaski, Kentucky. Judge Adams of Pulaski County, in an interview with Maud Bliss Allen said that the Warrens, Adams, Allens, Easters and Evins all came to Kentucky from South Carolina in a group with their covered wagons, provisions and families. Might then, Miss Warren be a native of South Carolina? It is probable. It is sad these ancestral problems remain obscure in spite of every effort to bring them to light. The facts remain that Samuel had a mother named Warren, that there are many descendants of the Warrens in his home county Pulaski, Kentucky, and that the name of Cerenus Warren is listed in the Somerset Families. The descendants of Samuel clung to this name Cerenus, although it is not found at any time among the Allen families of Virginia and North Carolina except among the Allen descendants with the name Warren. It was Catherine and Aliza Frazure (daughters of James and Julia Saunders Allen) who lived in Somerset in 1934 and first told the story to Maud Bliss Allen of Samuel's mother being a Miss Warren.
From this same source comes the story that he was an only child and that his mother was in her 50th year when he was born. Whether he was by a second marriage or there were half brothers or sisters from either of his parents, it has been impossible to discover. The story of his birth and being an only child was verified by Mary Allen Tibbles, "Lum" Allen, and others of the family who had arrived at an advanced age and yet could remember these stories. Being much concerned over a problem of this kind, Maud Bliss Allen visited a noted doctor who said that it was possible, though not a common occurrence for a woman in her 50th year to give birth to a first child.
It is very noticeable that the wills of the Allens of Orange County, North Carolina, mention in their list the names that fit in so perfectly with the Samuel Allen Families. It is most probable that they were of kin; however, nothing has been proved and there remains only the similarity of names and location to substantiate the theory.
Samuel Allen was born, according to his own statement in his application for Revolutionary War pension, on 30 December, 1756. On the last page of the "William Coleman Allen Ancestry and Descendants" the following is found concerning Samuel: "Andrew Jackson Allen's grandfather (Samuel) was born under the Blue Ridge, the side of which is blue in the evening light He was born in the wild land of game forests and rushing waters. Here on the fork of a creek that runs into a foaming river is a cabin that was chinked with red mud. He came into the world subject to King George III in that part of the realm known as the Province of North Carolina and was of English and Irish descent as far as we have been able to learn.
On 19 November 1832, when Samuel was 75 years old, he went to the Pulaski County Court to make application for a pension due him because of his service in the Revolutionary War. This application states that he volunteered in Redford County, Virginia, as a Mounted Volunteer Militia and furnished his own horse, rifle, and gun. He could not (at the time of applying for his pension) remember in what year he first volunteered, but stated that it was in the spring or summer of the year that the big frost fell on the 4th of May. He served in the Militia for six months making trips or tours in Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. He was discharged in Orange County, North Carolina, and soon afterwards moved from Bedford County, Virginia, to Orange County, North Carolina. He then volunteered to perform a second term of duty of nine months. During this time, he was in a battle at Heutau Springs. Then, as nearly as he could recollect, it was in July of 1782, that he volunteered for a third term of duty of eighteen months. However, before the company marched to which he belonged, his mother was taken dangerously ill. Since the family consisted only of Samuel, his mother, and a Negro girl, he did not wish to leave her, and so persuaded Robert Childress to substitute for him in this last term with the militia. For this service, he paid Robert Childress the sum of 160 pounds and attached to his Revolutionary War pension application is a copy of his promissory note to that effect. This note has Samuel's signature " X" mark as he could not write his name, torn off signifying that he had paid the debt and Robert Childress returned the note to him. (Samuel did receive a pension of $50 per year for his Revolutionary War Service.)
It was apparently while Robert Childress was serving out Samuel's third term in the Militia that Samuel married Nancy Easter on 27 August, 1782 at Hillsboro, Orange County, North Carolina. Their first child, John, was born in the county in 1783. They then apparently moved to Somerset, Pulaski, Kentucky, where Frankey, Rial, and David were born. Then in 1799 they were in Charleston, South Carolina, where their last child, Samuel, was born.
In 1803 Samuel Allen and his family, with the Adams, Easter, Warrens, Evins and others left Chester, South Carolina and traveled in a covered wagon driven by two double yoke of oxen, north into Kentucky. This migration was made because game was beginning to be very scarce in the Carolinas. The early pioneers of that time depended greatly upon the deer and other wild game and so followed it northward where the woods were more dense and their quest more plentiful. Samuel came to a little valley encircled by hills with only one entrance and here he decided to settle. It was located nine miles from what is now Somerset, Pulaski, Kentucky. As he took his family and wagon down into this valley around the winding edge of the hill, he had to cut two large trees and fasten them to the back of the wagon and drag them to keep the wagon from rolling down the steep incline on the hoofs of his oxen. The soil of the valley was very fertile and Fishing Creek with cedar, spruce, and ash growing along it's banks ran through the valley at the south.
The hills contained much slate rock and were covered with foliage. One can imagine the pleasure and contentment derived from the toil of farming and stock raising in so beautiful a place.
On the south side, Samuel cleared away the timber from an acre and here built one of the finest homes of that period. It was made of logs and built a distance from the creek facing south. Both the ground floor and the upper half story were divided into two rooms and both had a fireplace. Many years ago the cabin was weather boarded covering the logs, but it stood until the 1930's with its narrow staircase and partly decayed wooden floor---a relic of the forgotten past and a sturdy generation who thrived in this little nook of lovely blue grass country.
About 10 rods west of the home on the banks of Fishing Creek in a cozy shady nook near the cedar and oak trees where the graves of Samuel and his wife with their grandson (Gilmer Allen) and also three slaves. They were marked with a stone of slate-like slab taken from the hills. For many years these stones lay covered and un-noticed until Mr. Cornelius Wesley, the owner of the plantation, found them and took up the stones, scrubbed and scoured them until the crude markings were legible. On one was written Samuel Allen, born 30 December 1756, died 11 December 1841, and on the other which was broken into three parts was "Nancy Allen, died 13 February, 1829". Some time after 1936 a monument was placed here by the DAR.
The valley Samuel settled and where he lived for 38 years tilling his soil and growing his thoroughbred horses and prize cattle was sold by Mr. Wesley (in about 1940) to Pulaski County. The small entrance and the natural small outlet from this valley with more than 45 acres of deep valley made a wonderful natural reservoir and today it is filled with the rushing waters of Fishing Creek before they go down to the Cumberland Gap. The graves were moved to the city Cemetery in Somerset. Though all vestige of the past removed and the blue waters cover its many land marks and trees, the memory of the six graves resting in the quiet shade of the tall trees on the banks of the creek, the old log home with its discarded fireplace, old spinning wheel in the corner and tall bell once used for calling the hungry men to a fine hot dinner, and the gardens and fertile valley, will remain as a vivid picture in the writer's (Maud Bliss Allen) vision always .
[Brøderbund WFT Vol. 3, Ed. 1, Tree #0032] Samuel Allen enlisted at Bedford Court House, Virginia, in Captain David Grissom's Company of Colonal Jefferson's Virginia Regiment, in the spring of the year (Year unknown) and served six months in the American Army. About 1780 he moved from Bedford Court House, Virginia, to Orange County, North Carolina, where he served nine months under Captain Grissom, who also had moved there. He fought in the Battle of Guilford Court House and Eutaw Springs. August 27, 1782, he married Nancy Hester in Orange County, North Carolina.
Later he moved to Chester County, South Carolina, and removing from there in 1803, to Pulaski County, Kentucky. In 1805 he entered 76 acres of land on Cold Weather Creek, which is a tributary of Fishing Creek, and in 1815, he entered 47 acres on Fishing Creek. Here Nancy Hester Allen died February 13, 1829. In 1832, Samuel Allen applied for a pension and received fifty dollars a year form the government. The last payment of pension was made September 4, 1841. His death occurred December 11, 1841. Both he and his wife were buried in the family burial ground on the banks of Fishing Creek. The place of his burial is located on a place later owned by Cornelius Wesley, and is about nine miles northwest of Somerset, Kentucky.
More About SAMUEL ALLEN:
Buried at: Aft. 11 Dec 1841, Family burial ground on Fishing Creek, KY then graves were moved to Ringgold Cemetery, W. Somerset KY.
Medical Information: 85 yrs. old at time of death.
Miltary: Abt. 1776, Revolutionary War Veteran.
More About NANCY EASTER:
Also known as: 1782, Nancy Hester, is the name the index of marriage records, Orange Co., NC. has, but her name was probably Easter.
Buried at: Aft. 13 Feb 1829, Family burial ground on Fishing Creek, KY then graves were moved to City Cemetery, Somerset. Pulaski, KY.
More About SAMUEL ALLEN and NANCY EASTER:
Marriage: 27 Aug 1782, Orange Co., NC
Children of SAMUEL ALLEN and NANCY EASTER are:
2. i. JOHN EASTER2 ALLEN, b. 1783, NC.; d. 04 Apr 1851, Somerset, Pulaski, KY.
3. ii. FRANCES (FRANKIE) ALLEN, b. 06 May 1784, NC.; d. 06 May 1846.
4. iii. RIAL EASTER ALLEN, b. 1791, Orange Co., NC.; d. 29 Sep 1865, St. Joseph, Buchanan, MO.
5. iv. DAVID ALLEN, b. 17 Sep 1797, Chester Co. SC.; d. 18 Oct 1881, Bushnell, McDonough, IL.
6. v. SAMUEL (UNCLE SAM) ALLEN, JR., b. 15 Sep 1799, Chester Co., SC; d. 04 Dec 1882.
Nancy Easter Allen (1761 - 1829)*
John Easter Allen (1783 - 1857)*
Frances Easter Allen Dick (1786 - 1849)*
Rial Easter Allen (1791 - 1865)*
David Easter Allen (1797 - 1881)*
Samuel Easter Allen (1799 - 1882)*
Maintained by: Eric Allen
Originally Created by: Richard Allen
Record added: Jul 16, 2005
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