More than anything else, this website is about of my 5th Great-Grandfather John Allen who died in Montgomery County, Kentucky in 1804 and his elusive earlier life. Its purpose is to hopefully encounter a reader who recognizes something within this website that relates to their family; something that might help both of us further our ancestry.
An attempt has been made to discuss only those elements that may be pertinent in some way to discovering John Allen's ancestry and origin; if not now, perhaps later.
We have located many documents for our John Allen. These include his marriage bond dated June 18, 1794 for his marriage to Ann Griffin, Ann's permission from her father Richard Griffin to marry John, preacher Elijah Summars' record of the marriage, John's appointment to Elder in the Lulbegrud Baptist Church the 3rd Saturday March 1794, his will dated January 23, 1804, estate inventory dated February 27, 1804, final estate settlement dated August 30, 1820, from which the names of the children from his 1st marriage to an unknown wife are derived and a court document dated March 18, 1826 giving John's heirs clear title to his 510 acres on Slate Creek.
What hasn't been proven yet is where John lived before moving to Kentucky, the name of his 1st wife, the names of his parents or the names of his siblings.
Clark, Fayette, Madison and Montgomery Counties are located in Central Kentucky in the Bluegrass Region.
The larger cities are Lexington, Richmond, Winchester and Mt. Sterling, all connected by I-75 and I-64.
The 1788 Fayette Co., KY tax list indicates John was living somewhere on the north side of the Kentucky River across from Ft. Boonesborough. This is the earliest date we have that definitely corresponds to our John Allen.
Many early settlers lived near the forts in Fayette and Madison Counties, as it wasn't safe to live in the less protected areas just to the east until 1792. Then John Allen, along with some of his neighbors, moved eastward into the part of Clark Co. that was to soon become Montgomery Co. He lived in that area until his death in 1804 at his homestead on Slate Creek.
John Allen, b. 1744 - 1756, d. Jan 1804, Slate Creek, Montgomery Co., KY, Elder, Lulbegrud Baptist Church, Mt. Sterling, KY
1st wife, Hannah
Catron/Catey, b. abt 1774, m. Jonas Fortner
Sarah/Sally, b. abt 1776, m. John White
George, b. 1782, m. Barbary Myers
Joshua, b. 1784, m. Eleanor Davenport
Hannah, b. 1787, m. Abraham Downs
William, b. 1789, m. Sally
John Jr, b. 1790
2nd wife, Ann Griffin, m. June 18, 1794, Clark Co., KY
Female, b. 1795, possibly an Elizabeth who married William Forkner
Richard, b. 1797, m. Edy Williams (my line)
Daniel, b. 1799, m. Nancy Hughes
Elijah, b. 1800, m. Caty Williams