Capt. James Allen
b.ABT 1716 Ireland
m. bef. 1716
m. est. 1755
Facts and Events
James Allen was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Advisory on James Allen
Advisory: There was another James Allen, with approximately the same age, as this James Allen that was located in early Augusta County, Virginia that has been confused by some researchers with this James Allen. The other James Allen married Mary 'Mollie' Hogshead, daughter of John Hogshead and Nancy Wallace.
Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA
James Allen's land (Near or inside Beverley Manor NE, # of acres not listed) as shown on the map meticulously drawn by J.R. Hildebrand, cartographer. This map is copyrighted©, used by permission of John Hildebrand, son of J.R. Hildebrand, April, 2009. (Note: James Allen acquired part of John Anderson's land, as listed in the "disposition" below. John Anderson had two tracts, one tract of 747-acres in Beverley Manor; and another 270-acre tract which appears to be in the vicinity, but probably outside the boundary of Beverley Manor. It cannot be determined from Augusta County records which tract belonging to James Anderson, that James Allen acquired a portion of).
Acquisition of Land:
Disposition of Land from Chalkley's:
Will of James Allen
Records of James Allen in Augusta County, VA
From Chalkley's: (Note: some records not referring to "Capt. James Allen" may belong to the other contemporary James Allen in Augusta County).
Information on James Allen
From "Annals of Augusta County, Virginia", by Joseph Addison Waddell, pg. 153:
James Allen was the oldest son of William Allen, who came from Ireland and settled in Augusta, but at what date is unknown. A brother of William was the grandfather of Dr. Allen who long resided and practiced medicine in the Stone Church neighborhood.
It is believed that James Allen was seven years old at the date of emigration to America. His brothers, Hugh and John, were born here.
James and Hugh married sisters, daughters of John Anderson, a native of Ireland. John Allen, it is said, was a lieutenant at Braddock’s defeat, and was “lost” in that disaster. Hugh was a lieutenant in Colonel Charles Lewis’ regiment at Point Pleasant, in 1774. He was killed in the battle and his body was buried by the side of Colonel Lewis’ remains. He had three sons, John, William and Hugh, all of whom removed to Kentucky.
[The widow of Lieutenant Hugh Allen, whose maiden name was Jane Anderson, contracted a second marriage, in 1778, with William Craig, born in 1750 and died in 1829. The children of William and Jane Craig, who lived to maturity, were: 1. Jane, wife of James Patterson, of Augusta; 2. James Craig, of Mt. Meridian, died in 1863; 3. Sarah, wife of James Laird, of Rockingham; and 4. Margaret, last wife of James Bell, of Augusta.]
James Allen lived near the place now called Willow Spout, on the macadamized road, about eight miles north of Staunton. As we have seen, he was a captain of militia in 1756, He participated in the battle of Point Pleasant, saw his brother Hugh killed, and placed a stone at his grave. He died in 1810 ninety-four years of age, having been an elder of Augusta Stone Church for sixty-four years.
James and Margaret Allen had ten children, two sons and eight daughters, viz:
I. Jane Allen, wife of Captain James Trimble, who removed to Kentucky in 1783, accompanied by the sons of Hugh Allen and many others. (See “The Trimbles.”)
II. Ann Allen, wife of Colonel George Poage, who removed from the county. Their children were,—1. Allen; 2. John; 3. William; 4. Jane; 5. Mary; 6. James; 7. Thomas; and 8. Hugh.
III. Elizabeth, wife of the Rev. John McCue.
IV. Rebecca, wife of Major John Crawford. (See “The Crawfords.”)
V. Margaret, wife of Major William Bell. (See “The Bells.”)
VI. Mary, wife of Colonel Nicholas Lewis, who removed to Kentucky.
VII. Nancy, wife of Captain Samuel Frame, whose children were: 1. John; 2. Thomas; and 3. Nancy.
VIII. Sarah, first wife of James Bell, and mother of Colonel William A. Bell.
IX. William Allen, married Susan Bell, of Kentucky, and removed to Kentucky in 1783, with Captain James Trimble and others. He settled at Lexington and had six children. His oldest daughter married Matthew Jouett, the artist, and her oldest daughter was the wife of Richard Menifee, the celebrated Kentucky orator. Another daughter married Dr. Alexander Mitchell, of Frankfort, and one of her daughters married Oliver Frazer, the artist. One of Captain William Allen’s sons was Colonel William H. Allen, formerly of Augusta county, and another was Colonel James Allen, of Missouri.
X. James Allen, who married Elizabeth Tate. Their children were: 1. William, who married a Miss Poage; 2. John, who married, 1st, Polly Crawford, and 2d, Ann Barry, widow of Dr. William McCue, and removing to Michigan, was the founder of Ann Arbor, so named for his wife; 3. Mary, wife of Captain John Welsh; 4. Margaret, second wife of Major William Poage, of Augusta; 5. Nancy, wife of Charles Lewis; 6. Sarah, wife of George Mayse, of Bath county; and 7. James T. Allen, who married Miss Maynard, of Michigan.
James Allen I lived near the place now called Willow Sprout, on the Macadamized road, about eight miles north of Staunton. He was a captain of the Augusta County Militia in 1756; Captain of the Augusta Militia at the Battle of Point Pleasant in 1774; appointed constable June 24, 1742; and, in 1776 signed the petition urging religious liberty, which was sent by the freeholders of Augusta County to representatives in the legislature. He died at 94 years of age having been elder of Augusta Stone Church for 64 years.
The Battle of Point Pleasant -- At the confluence of the Ohio and Kanawha Rivers, a monument commemorates the frontiersmen who fought and died there in a battle with the forces of Chief Cornstalk on October 10, 1774. Long recognized as the decisive engagement in a protracted series of Indian wars, the Battle of Point Pleasant was designated by the U.S. Senate in 1908 as a "battle of the Revolution," and authorized the erection of a monument.