It’s Time to Clear Up Some Confusion About Thomas Allen

There are so very many inaccurate or incorrect websites and pedigrees floating around the Internet and websites such as Ancestry.com, that I felt it necessary to start a site dedicated to sharing information about Thomas Allen, his ancestry and his descendants, purely for the purpose of clearing up the matter and sharing accurate information with other Allen researchers.

First, let me explain that the Thomas Allen in question was my great-great-great-grandfather on my maternal grandmother’s side of the family. I am in possession of the family Bible of Thomas Allen’s son, Robert B. Allen, in which are recorded many of the only extant birth, marriage, and death dates for the family. The Bible was published in 1854.

(Please see the documented academic article I wrote that was published in 2013 in the “Magazine of Virginia Genealogy.” A copy can be found by clicking here.)

The Thomas Allen in question was born in 1798 in Granville County, North Carolina, and died in Smyth County, Virginia in 1843. He was the son of Samuel Allen, Jr. and his wife, Frances “Fannie” Rice, who married as her second husband, John Earl. After Samuel’s death (his estate appraisal was filed in November of 1801) and her remarriage to John Earl in 1807, the family relocated from North Carolina to Southwest Virginia. This move occurred probably shortly after 1810, when John Earl was enumerated in the census of Granville County. The birth of a son born to John and Fannie Earl occurred about 1812 in Virginia, meaning they had already moved well in advance of their having been enumerated in the Washington County, Virginia, census of 1820. Thomas Allen had one sister, Elizabeth, who was born about 1799/1800.

Thomas Allen married only once in his life. His wife was Elizabeth Snider, who was married first to John Mackey Crow, by whom she had a son and a daughter. Her first husband having died in 1815, Elizabeth married Thomas Allen in 1821. The couple had three sons and a daughter, of which one son died young and another married but died without issue. Thomas’ descendants were the result of the marriages of his only daughter, Mary Ann, to George Washington Cullop, and his surviving son, Robert Batey Allen, to Paulina Jane Killinger.

I plan to post copies of records and photos here, including many that have never before been available on the Internet or elsewhere. I welcome constructive input from other researchers working on this family line. Thomas Allen’s roots go back to Louisa County, Virginia, and beyond. Fannie Rice’s parentage is a bit hazier, but I shall try to shed some light on the Rice family, as well.

Welcome to the Allen Family Archives.

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