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 Jeremiah Sidna Allen

Jeremiah Sidna Allen

Birth
Carroll County, Virginia, USA
Death 26 Sep 1941 (aged 75)
Hillsville, Carroll County, Virginia, USA
Burial Reidsville, Rockingham County, North Carolina, USA
Plot Mt. Hermon Baptist Church Cemetery
Memorial ID 28750215 · View Source
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He was involved at the shooting at the courthouse in Hillsville, VA. on March 4th 1912. There were at least three books written about the shoot-out and the trial.
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Sidna was granted a pardon in 1926 by Gov. Byrd of VA.
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J. Sidna ALLEN, 75, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Eugene Gardner at "Fairview."
His health became worse when he moved from his other daughters, Mrs. Pauline Wilson, home in Leaksville, NC.
(now Eden, NC). to Mrs. Gardners' home in Hillsville, VA.
More than 1000 people attended the service at the Gardner home.
J.Sidna Allen was a member of the Methodist Church in Leaksville, Rockingham County, NC.
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Sidnas' brother, Floyd and his son Claude were executed in Richmond, VA. for their part in the shootings.
Floyd was a son of Jeremiah Allen and Nancy Combs also.
Floyds' tombstone once read:
"Judiciously murdered by the State of Virginia at the protest of over 100,000 of its' citizens."
This has since been removed.
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On 13 March 1912, in the Carroll County Circuit Court, Floyd Allen was tried for attacking two deputies who had arrested two of his nephews for fighting and disturbing a religious meeting. The jury found Allen guilty of assault on 14 March and sentenced him to one year in the penitentiary. Allen stood up and stated, "Gentlemen, I ain't going" and shots erupted in the courthouse leaving several county officials and a spectator dead. The Allen family claimed that several court officials opened fire on Floyd Allen, while other witnesses contended that Claude Swanson Allen, the defendant's son, began the shooting. Nevertheless, Floyd Allen, Claude Swanson Allen, and other members of the Allen family were tried for murder in the Wythe County Circuit Court from April-December 1912. Floyd Allen was convicted of first degree murder on 16 May 1912. Claude S. Allen was also found guilty of first degree murder. Father and son were executed on 28 March 1913.
Sidna Allen, Floyds' brother, was sentenced to 35 years in the penitentiary for second degree murder and voluntary manslaughter. Sidna Edwards, nephew of Floyd and Sidna Allen, plead guilty to second degree murder and was sentenced to 15 years in the penitentiary. Friel Allen, Floyd's nephew, confessed to shooting the commonwealth's attorney and was sentenced to 18 years in the penitentiary for second degree murder. Wesley Edwards, brother of Sidna Edwards, received a 27-year prison sentence, 18 years for two counts of first degree murder and 9 years for second degree murder.
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Below is a link to Shober Hurd singing a song about Sidna... he calls him Sidney.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ub4BKmPYdYs
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1 April 2015:
The Carroll County Historical Society hosted a gathering this morning to announce that the deed has been signed and plans are now moving forward to begin the restoration project on the J. Sidna Allen House. Contributions to the Allen house restoration fund were made by Courthouse Productions (play proceeds) and from Friends of the Allen house (fund raising activities). Anyone who wishes to make a donation to the fund should send it to: Carroll County Historical Society, P. O. Box 937, Hillsville, VA with a notation the money is for the Allen house fund.



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  • Find A Grave Memorial 28750215
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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Jeremiah Sidna Allen (19 Jul 1866–26 Sep 1941), Find A Grave Memorial no. 28750215, citing Mount Hermon Baptist Church Cemetery, Reidsville, Rockingham County, North Carolina, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave (contributor 8) .