m. BEF 1727
Facts and Events
Robert Allen was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA
Acquisition of Land from Orange County, Virginia Records:
Records in Augusta County, VA
From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:
Information on Robert Allen
Robert Allen emigrated ca 1737; one of first settlers in Shenandoah Valley
Robert Allen (b. 1700c) purchased 685 acres from Jost Hite (part of Hite's 5,018 acre patent land) for 49 pounds on 20 May, 1742. (Tract 140E, Map 8). By Deed of Gift, Robert gave 342 acres of his tract to his son John Allen on 5 Feb. 1760. This land, located about 2 miles southwest of Winchester, Virginia, lies on the south side of Opequon Creek on both sides of Frederick County Highway 628/Middle Road.
Robert first married to Deborah Montgomery, came to Orange County, Virginia from Armaugh County, Ireland. By 1747, he had married his second wife Sarah (Cathey) Givens, widow of Samuel Givens.
Robert Allen was deceased by 1 August 1769 when his will (dated 19 December 1765) was proved in Frederick County Court. He listed wife Sarah and sons: John, Thomas, Robert, and David Allen. He left the plantation he lived on (most likely the remaining 342 1/2 acres) to his son Benjamin Allen. He bequeathed five pounds each to his grandsons, Robert Allan and Robert Givens. He appointed sons Benjamin and John to serve as his executors.
John Allen (b. 1725c), the son of Robert Allen and Deborah Montgomery, was deceased by 2 July 1794 when his will (dated 13 May 1794) was proved in Frederick County Court. Children listed were: Robert, Ann, Thomas, Martha, Elizabeth, John, Washington, James and Catherine. He also listed daughter Deborah's son Peter Allen Tharp. His wife Ann and sons Robert and Thomas were appointed to serve as executors. Ann Allen, Robert Allen and Joseph Lucky (administrator's of Robert Allen's estate) sold 342 1/2 acres (the 1760 gift to Robert from his father) to Charles Magill, Attorney, for 1,971 pounds, 15 shillings U.S. money on 12 October 1796.
Benjamin Allen and his wife Margaret sold the land which he had inherited from his father Robert Sr. to Theodus McCarty for 675 pounds on 31 May 1777.
Robert Allen, Jr. purchased 290 acres north to his deceased father's 685 acre tract from Samuel Pritchard and his wife Margaret on 5 November 1771. Pritchard had purchased the 290 acres from John Harrow who had purchased it from Jost Hite. (Tract 140F, Map 8).
Robert Allen, Jr. was deceased by 6 December 1791 when his will (dated 15 November 1791) was proved in Frederick County court. He bequethed the lower (east) section of the plantation to his son Montgomery Allen. He left the upper section to his wife Martha and after her death, it would devolve to son Montgomery. Daughters listed were: Deborah, Martha, Ann, Mary, Elizabeth, Nancy and Sarah (under 18 years of age). He appointed son Montgomery and Archibald Magill to serve as executors.
David Allen was deceased by 16 November 1779 when his will was (dated 8 September 1779) proved in Augusta County Court. He appointed his brothers, John Allen in Frederick County and Thomas Allen in Shenandoah County, to serve as his executors. He listed his father Robert and his wife's mother Mary Allen (perhaps her maiden name and consequentily, David's aunt as well as mother-in-law.). His wife Elizabeth's maiden name may have been Reed since Mary Allen married William Reed. Children listed were: Robert, John Crooks, James, David, James, Joseph and Mary.
Thomas Allen, son of Robert Sr., married Abigail Millar, daughter of William and Catherine Dubois Millar. They moved to the present-day Front Royal, Virginia area from William and Tabitha Russell on 9 December 1767 for 35 pounds. This land is a part of the 4,950 acre tract patented to William's father (also named William Russell) on 17 December, 1735.
Thomas was deceased by 9 September 1822 when his will (dated 27 September1815 with codicil dated 13 September 1819) was proved in Shenandoah County court. Relatives listed were: his wife Abigail; his deceased son William's two children; grandson Thomas M. Allen; daughter Deborah Russell and her sons Thomas, William and Robert Russell; sons Thomas, Robert and David Allen; grandsons Algernon S., Thomas G., and William T. Allen; deceased daughter Rebecca Williamson's son Philip D. Williamson. The codicil recorded the death of his son Robert M. Allen and the bequest of one-third of Robert's inheritance to his widow Rebecca. Sons Thomas Allen, Jr. and David H. Allen and nephew isaac Miler were appointed to serve as executors.