Person:James Allen (117)

m. bef. 1716
  1. Capt. James AllenABT 1716 - 1810
  2. Lt. John AllenEst 1722-1738 - 1755
  3. Lt. Hugh AllenEst 1722-1738 - ABT 1774
m. est. 1755
  1. Jean AllenABT 1755 -
  2. Ann Allen1759 -
  3. Elizabeth Allen1761 - 1831
  4. Mary Allen1763-1775 -
  5. William Allen1765-1780 -
  6. Rebecca Allen1769 - 1851
  7. James Allen1771 -
  8. Nancy AllenBEF 1774 -
  9. Sarah 'Sallie' Allen1779 - 1804
Facts and Events
Name Capt. James Allen
Gender Male
Birth? ABT 1716 Ireland
Marriage est. 1755 to Margaret 'Peggy' Anderson
Death? 1810 Stone Church Cemetery, Augusta, Virginia, United States

James Allen was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia


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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:

James Allen acquired land from his father-in-law, John Anderson, as proven in the "disposition of land", listed below. The following record also shows that John Allen's land was in the vicinity:
  • Page 395.--20th August, 1771. John Poage and Mary to Barbara Smith, £60, on branch of Middle River of Shanandore. 170 acres, corner James Allen's land. Delivered: John Poage, 6th July, 1772.

Disposition of Land from Chalkley's:

  • Page 47.--19th October, 1790. Andrew Anderson and Martha and James Allen and Margaret to John Griner, part of tract patented to John Anderson, deceased, and by him conveyed in his lifetime to Andrew and James.

Will of James Allen

  • Page 361.--30th May, 1809. James Allen's will--To wife, Margaret; son, James; daughter, Polly Lewis; to grandsons, Allen Trimble, Allen Page, Allen McCue; has heretofore deeded land to his children. Executors, sons William and James. Teste: James Allen, Peter Hanger, James Kinney. Proved, 28th May, 1810. James qualifies.

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).

  • Vol. 1 - AUGUST 27, 1751.- (179) Road ordered to be viewed from John Anderson's to the Co. Ho. by John Poage and James Allen.
  • Vol. 1 - MARCH 23, 1756. - (63) James Allen, qualified Captain of Foot.
  • Vol. 1 - AUGUST, 1757 (C). - Allen vs. Rooke.--James Allen, Captain, complains qui tam, because John Rook refused to answer call to go out vs. French and Indians, 1756.
  • Vol. 1 - NOVEMBER, 1757 (A). - Allen vs. Mathers.--James Allen, Captain, 1756, complains qui tam that William Mathers, a common soldier, refused to turn out when called. Process not served, because defendant is on duty in a fort.
  • Page 357.--19th May, 1761. John Hind and Jean ( ) to Hugh Allen, £130, 100 acres in a loop neck or turn of Cathey's River; William Ker's line; Thomas Story's line, small island cor. Story. Delivered: James Allen, administrator Hugh Allen, 11th March, 1794.
  • Vol. 1 - AUGUST 19, 1767.- (220) Hugh Allen appointed surveyor of highway from James Given's Mill, by his house, to Stone Meeting House, and the following to work the road: Saml. Hinds, Robt. Stevenson, Wm. Kerr, John Stewart, John Campbell, James Allen, John Anderson, Hugh Allen, William McClure, James Allen, Saml. Bell, Andrew Lockhart, John Burnside, Saml. McKee, James Searight, Thos. Storey.
  • Vol. 1 - AUGUST 19, 1767.- (220) Hugh Allen appointed surveyor of highway from James Given's Mill, by his house, to Stone Meeting House, and the following to work the road: Saml. Hinds, Robt. Stevenson, Wm. Kerr, John Stewart, John Campbell, James Allen, John Anderson, Hugh Allen, William McClure, James Allen, Saml. Bell, Andrew Lockhart, John Burnside, Saml. McKee, James Searight, Thos. Storey.
  • Page 84.--17th November, 1772. John Poage to Rev. John Craig, John Anderson, Robert Poage, Alexander Blair, James Allen, Sr., Alexander Walker, Michael Dickey. James Henderson, Andrew McComb, James Allen, Jr., George Moffett, being the session and regularly chosen for the Congregation of Augusta or Stone Meeting House and appointed as Commissioners to act in behalf of said congregation and to accept and take a title for a tract of 27 acres for the sole use of a Dissenting Presbyterian Congregation as a place of Public Worship. Patent to John Poage, 14th July, 1769, corner old brick kiln.
  • Page 528.--12th August, 1772. Robert Stephenson's will--To wife, Martha; to son, Thomas, all lands; to each of living daughters, $1; to "my Mary Rankin, my daughter-in-law"; to grandchildren and Mary Rankin. Executors, John Polock and James Allen, Jr. Teste: James Anderson, Joseph (his mark) Reaburn, James Allen, Sr. Proved, 18th August, 1772. James Poage ("executor therein named") and James Allen qualify with Jno. Anderson, James Allen.
  • Vol. 1 - MAY, 1773 (B). - John Anderson vs. S. Mathews, Mathew and James Lockhart.--Chancery writ, 29th June, 1769. James Lockhart was Sampson Mathews's father-in-law, in 1765. Orator became joint security with Mathews on bond of James Lockhart and Randall Lockhart for collection of public levy in 1765; sometime after securities asked G. Jones and P. Hog to liquidate the account of the Lockharts, when a considerable defalcation was found. Patrick Lockhart was son to James. James Allen was son-in-law of John Anderson. Robert Bratton, aged 60 years, 20th May, 1772. Silas Hart, aged 50 years and upwards, 20th May, 1772. Randall Lockhart was son to James. William Crow, aged 30 years and upwards, 22d August, 1772. James Allen's deposition taken in Botetourt, 1771. Hugh Allen was James's brother.
  • Vol. 1 - JANUARY 17, 1775. - (35) Of Hugh Allen, deceased, for a horse proved by brother, James Allen; of John Ladlers, for driving pack horses; of sundry persons for work on the expedition under James Allen and Hugh Allen--certified by Andrew Lewis; of Wm. Kinkead, for sundries for Militia; of Ralph Stewart, for provisions for his Company of Militia.
  • Vol. 1 - MARCH 25, 1775. - (55) Administration of estate of Hugh Allen, decd., granted to widow Jane and brother James. (Was Hugh killed on the expedition of 1774? See Court of Claims, supra.)
  • Vol. 2 - Fee Books of Augusta Court - 1779 - page 106, James Allen and Jane Craig, late Jane Allen, and administratrix of Hugh Allen, deceased

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.