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John Showell Allen
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Birth: Sep. 19, 1788
Mecklenburg County
Virginia, USA
Death: Feb. 7, 1855
Chambers County
Alabama, USA

Abbeville Dist. South Carolina Marriage Record:

John S. Allen and Ruth Linton on June 30, 1814. (Ruth Linton Allen 1795-1835, died in Lowndesville, SC, buried in Smyrna Cemetery.)

Edgefield County, South Carolina Marriage Record:

John S. Allen and Mrs. Charlotte Simmons on January 16, 1840.
1850 Anderson County, (Western Div.) SC Census:


John S. Allen 62M Farmer R$3,000 (20-Slaves) Born VA
Charlotte Allen 49F Born SC
John C. Allen 9M Born SC
Mary A. Simmons 19F Born SC
F. E. Simmons 15M Born SC
Sarah C. Monday 16F Born SC
Susan E. Monday 13F Born SC
Columbia J. Ashley 15F Born SC
Virginia V. Ashley 13F Born SC
Mary E. Mason 14F Born SC
Virginia White 14F Born GA
Mary E. Shaw 16F Born SC
Elizabeth Bush 17F Born GA
From Tuck Wilson - Timeline of John Showell Allen's Life:

1787 - Born in Mecklenburg County, Virginia, the first child born to 22 year old Arva Allen and Polly Clarke. (Monument in LaFayette Cemetery reads 1788.)

1789 - Family moves to Abbeville District, South Carolina.

1814 - Marries next door neighbor 19 year old Ruth Linton when he is 26.

1815-1835 - They have eight children.

1827 - Elected Justice of the Peace. History of Lowndesville, SC; Carlisle; p 237.

1835 - Ruth dies from complications of childbirth.
1838 - Trustee for the Lowndesville Academy, a co-ed private school.

1840 - 16 Jan, John Showell Allen marries Mrs. Charlotte Simmons in Edgefield District SC.

1843 - John is being sued by __________ in Charleston and Sidney Linton, farm is threatened. John buys goldmine on Kings Mountain NC and makes enough money to pay off his debts and keep the farm.

1843 - Goldmine 1 & 2 letters written. John misses both Alex and Laurinda's wedding while working the mine.

1849 - John sells the plantation, clearing $11,679.

1849 - John is living at the Benson Hotel in Anderson, SC when news reaches him that his daughter Caroline's
husband has been murdered by a slave. He writes his son George. (See GWAllen papers September 28, 1849.)

1850 - Census living in Anderson, SC with wife Charlotte, son John C. Allen, age 9, and 10 teenage girls who
have seven different last names.

1852 - John has moved to Cartersville, Bartow County, Georgia where he owns the only hotel. Alex visits him
and writes George that Pa is slipping mentally and wants him to move close to either him or George. (See GWAllen
Papers July 27, 1852.)

1855 - Dies at son George's place February 7, 1855. There were letters to the effect that he was to be buried in Smyrna Cemetery next to his first wife Ruth Linton but he is not on a list of graves from that place. (Buried in LaFayette Cemetery, Chambers County, AL.)
Family links: 
  Ruth Linton Allen (1795 - 1835)
  Caroline Elizabeth Allen McCants (1816 - 1890)*
  George Washington Allen (1823 - 1891)*
*Calculated relationship
"Born in Mecklenburg Co., Virginia; Departed this life in Chambers County, Ala."
LaFayette Cemetery
Chambers County
Alabama, USA
Created by: Churchwell
Record added: Aug 10, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 74706257
John Showell Allen
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John Showell Allen
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