November 17, 1888

1888-11-21

1888-11-21

Received Nov. 17 1888 of Dd. Allen

the sum of Five  + 45/100 dollars

in full of my ??? against

him to date.

A. Whitley

November 21, 1888

1888-11-21

1888-11-21

Rec’ of DJ Allen JP Six 60/100 dollars

fine state vs E D Colson & Sidney Horne

Nov 21st 1888

A.H. Hearne CT

Four Ancestors Ago–David Jones Allen (52 Ancestors)

This post is a part of 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge by Amy Johnson Crow at www.nostorytoosmall.com.

5/23–I decided to make this one of my 52 Ancestors posts even though it is incomplete as of this time.  Once I’ve posted all his ephemera, I’ll post something more complete.

 

I decided I would like to give a little background information on David Jones Allen as we are peeking into his life as a farmer and justice of the peace.

The facts so far:

  • Born to William and Nancy McSwain Allen on 13 Jan 1859.
  • Siblings:
    • Oney (perhaps)
    • Sarah
  • Lives in the Center Township of Stanly County, North Carolina

David’s father, William, died during the Civil War and Nancy was left to raise their children alone.  She never remarried.  I do believe David had another sibling, I’ve found the name as Oney but I have not found my own proof of the name.  This child was evidently dead by 1860 as there is no other mention of her.

I haven’t been able to find him on the 1870 census with his mother and sister, Sarah.

In 1879, he’s 20 years old.

Treasure Chest Thursday

For the next year, or more, you’ll see my latest family treasure discovery.  All of my life I’d heard about these ‘love letters’ that were sent between my great-grandparents in the late twenties.  She was a teacher.  I’d never actually seen these letters.  I’m not sure how long my aunt had the actual letters, whether it was when my great-grandmother died or before that.  A couple of weekends ago, my cousins found not only these letters but a whole trove of other treasures.

You’ve seen a few snippets in the past few week.  The letter, the “Reward of Merit”, etc.  I don’t have it all organized yet and haven’t figured out how to proceed.  I have a healthy stack of letters between my great-grandparents, some letters to my 2nd great-grandmother, a lot of receipts from my 2nd great-grandfather, both personal and where he was justice of the peace and paid fines on behalf of others, as well as samples of his own handwriting.

For now, I’ll continue to post snippets for which the date doesn’t matter so much.  Miscellaneous items which really have no other place.  I hope by next week to be able to start with something.

What you see is about half of the entire collection of papers and artifacts.  The papers have been digitized, but it remains largely unorganized.  What a task!

allen david jones papers cigar boxcaudle rosa ann cigar box smith jj letters cigar box

A Reward of Merit

allen david jones a reward of merit

A Reward of Merit

Presented to Mr. Jones Allen

by ?. ?. Wright for most improvement in Writing

At a School taught at Zoar Church begun Jan 30th

and ended Feb 10th A.D. 1882

Five Ancestors Ago–Nancy McSwain Allen (52 Ancestors)

This post is a part of 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge by Amy Johnson Crow at www.nostorytoosmall.com.

Nancy McSwain Allen was my 3rd great grandmother via

  • her son David Jones Allen
  • his daughter Virginia Allen Smith
  • her son
  • his daughter

According to her gravestone, she was born August 22, 1828 and died May 10, 1806.  The year of her birth was fairly close to what was reported on each census I’ve seen.

I’ve found a Nancy McSwain (age 21) living with Sarah McSwain (age 36) and Thomas McSwain (age 1) in Centre, Stanly County, NC.  This could be my Nancy living with a sister or sister-in-law.

Nancy and William were married with two children by 1860.  My mother’s notes indicate 1852 but I haven’t found anything to correlate that yet.

I don’t know a lot about Nancy other than she lost her husband during the Civil War and was left with two small children to raise on her own.  In 1880 she and son, David, are living in Stanly County.  In 1900, she is living with son David and his family, again in Stanly County, NC.

Her will leaves all property to her son and names him as executor.  It does not mention her daughter Sarah nor any children of Sarah.

According to my mother’s notes, her parents were Charles and Lurana Washburn McSwain perhaps of Rutherford County, NC.  However, I haven’t found the proof of this as of yet, either.

 

Sources:

  • Allen, Nancy.  US Federal Census.  1880 & 1900.
  • McSwain, Nancy.  US Federal Census.  1850.
  • Stanly County Wills.

Amanuensis Monday

From GeneaBloggers:

Amanuensis Monday is a daily blogging prompt used by many genealogy bloggers to help them post content on their sites.

An Amanuensis is a person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another. Amanuensis Monday is a daily blogging theme which encourages the family historian to transcribe family letters, journals, audiotapes, and other historical artifacts. Not only do the documents contain genealogical information, the words breathe life into kin – some we never met – others we see a time in their life before we knew them. A fuller explanation can be found here.

Amanuensis Monday is a popular ongoing series created by John Newmark at Transylvanian Dutch.

Today, I’m transcribing the will of Nancy McSwain, my 3rd great-grandmother via:

  • her son, David Jones Allen
  • his daughter, Virginia Allen Smith
  • her son
  • his daughter
Nancy McSwain Allen Will

Page 1

Nancy McSwain Allen Will page 2

page 2

State of North Carolina

Stanly County

I, Nancy Allen of the aforesaid County and state, being of sound mind, but considering the uncertainty of my earthly existence to make and declare this my last will and testament.

  1.  My executor hereinafter named shall give my body a decent burial, suitable to the wishes of my friends and relatives and pay all funeral expenses, together with all my just debts out of the money which may come into his hands belonging to my estate.
  2. I give and devise to my son David Jones Allen the track of land on which we now live containing 157 ½ acres more or less to have and to hold.
  3. I hereby constitute and appoint my son David J Allen my lawful executor to all intents and purposes to execute this my last will and testament according to the true intent and meaning of the same and every art and clause thereof hereby revoking and declaring utterly and all other wills and testaments by me heretofore made.

In witness whereof, I, the said Nancy Allen do hereunto set my hand and

[page 2]  seal, this 10th day of May 1899.

Nancy X her mark Allen (seal)

Signed and sealed and published and declared by the said Nancy Allen to be her last will and testament in the present of me, who at her request and in her presence do subscribe our names as witnesses thereto.

Witnesses:  TP Snuggs, Mary A Snuggs

Five Ancestors Ago–William Allen (52 Ancestors #5)

I found a challenge yesterday and thought it would be a perfect way to really get this blog going.  I’m going to go back (cheat) and add the other two for previous weeks and I’ll catch up the other two posts sometime later.  In August of 1862, William Allen headed to war.  On August 6th, his will was recorded in Stanly County.

This is my last will that my wife Nancy shall after my death have all my possessions; all that is mine shall be hers to raise my children with.  This is my last will and testament.

When I came across the will I was surprised at how short it was, but in a way, it goes right along with how the last few months of his life went.  Two days later, on August 8th, he enlisted in Stanly County.

He traveled all the way to Northhampton County, just over 200 miles, then headed towards Fredrickburg, Virginia.  Family legends holds that,

he made his will and left in August, laid out in the fields in December or January in the snow, caught pneumonia, and was dead by February.

It seems there were a lot of deaths from disease more so than actual war wounds.

According to his records, he has black eyes, dark hair, and a dark complexion and was 6’1 1/2″.   His records  also say he died on February 4, but someone whom I corresponded with, the person actually provided me with these records, wonders if that’s wrong because of another date that’s out there in March.

This I don’t know.  What I do know is that in May 1863, his father, Joseph Allen, took his will to open court for probate and he left behind his wife, Nancy McSwain Allen, and two small children, Sarah and David.  I haven’t found what happened to Sarah yet, but Nancy and David were never apart.  She lived with him until her death.

William is my third great grandfather.

Three Ancestors Ago…A Picture doesn’t always tell the whole story (52 Ancestors #3)

For this photo, Grandmother Allen (Rosa Caudle Allen) took little Virginia and Margie to Troy. It may be hard to tell from the photo, but this was no simple feat. She had to get them up early and get a ride to the train station in Norwood (a couple miles away). Then, they took the train from Norwood to Troy, a distance of about 15-18 miles as the crow flies. It was coal powered, so they wore their old clothes for the trip. Once they were in Troy, Grandmother picked up their new dresses and got them all gussied up. The pair was finally ready for their picture! After the picture, it was time to undo everything! They changed back into their old clothes and carefully packed up the new dresses. They rode the train back to Norwood and an uncle was there to pick them up. What a long day! But also, what a beautiful picture.

Virginia Allen is my great grandmother.

Picture of the Allen Sisters ~1910

Allen Sisters, ~1910