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Elsie “Else” Clevenger Allen

Shenandoah County, Virginia, USA
Death 1833 (aged 62–63)
Ray County, Missouri, USA
Burial Ray County, Missouri, USA
Memorial ID 111842233 · View Source
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Elsie Clevenger was born in Shenandoah County, Va. in 1770, a daughter of Thomas and Psyche/Sitchie (Pittman) Clevenger. Elsie married Reuben Allen in 1791, about 5 years before her parents moved to Cocke County, near Newport, Tenn. She and Reuben, with 4 young sons, followed Elsie's parents to Tennessee, where they lived the next 2 decades. Their other 8 children were born in Cocke County. (To access an online file of their family, click here.)

A number of relatives--both Allens and Clevengers who were native Virginians, including some who spent time in Cocke County--had moved to the Missouri Territory to take advantage of generous homesteading opportunities. Among them were 3 of Elsie's brothers. Reuben and Elsie decided around 1817 to make that westward journey with their family.

Reuben and Elsie's graves are not marked. But at least 4 of their children--Abraham, Isaac, Thomas and George--have marked graves in this apparently forsaken cemetery. An area Find-A-Grave contributor reports, "I have been to the Old Allen (Dillon) Cemetery a couple of times and it is sad to see it in its present condition."

Elsie's brother Richard is buried in the Old New Garden Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery; brother Jesse, in the abandoned Elitzer Cemetery in Clay County.

[A personal note: Elsie and Reuben's son Abraham was my father's 2nd-great grandfather. Elsie's parents were my mother's 3rd-great grandparents. Elsie and Reuben have left many distant relatives in Missouri and elsewhere that I will never know. In the summer of 1964, though, I drove my parents from northeastern Tennessee to northwestern Missouri to meet and visit some of our distant cousins, none of whom is still living. --Gene Bryant]

Virginia Marriage Records
Name: Reuben Allen
Gender: Male
Marriage Date: 3 Sep 1791
Marriage Place: Shenandoah, Virginia
Spouse: Else [Elsie] Clevinger [Clevenger]

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  • Created by: Gene Bryant
  • Added: 5 Jun 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 111842233
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Elsie “Else” Clevenger Allen (1770–1833), Find A Grave Memorial no. 111842233, citing Old Allen Cemetery, Ray County, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by Gene Bryant (contributor 47986115) .