We Meet Again
Melissa Whitehead Allen
and son Felix Allen
A Story of
the Allen Family
The Allens of Trigg County, Kentucky descend
from Jacob Allen and
Perscilla Sugg Allen of
Pitt County, N.C.
First mention of Perscilla Sugg is found in her fathers will of 1734 in
Norfolk County, Virginia Wills: No mention in the will of Perscilla's mother
Sarah Ives.. It is assumed at this
time she was deceased.
On The Move
Pitt County to Anson County
"I, Gabriel Allen of the County
of Dickson and State of Tennessee do hereby constitute and appoint my son,
George S. Allen of the County of Davidson
and the State aforesaid, as true and lawful attorney for me and in my name
to act and do as (he) may think proper towards obtaining a grant for three
hundred and twenty acres.. in the County of Warren and State aforesaid.."
dated the 15th of February 1811.
- 8 Jan 1791, Pitt Co NC, Deed Book M, p 288 -
Gabriel sold to Peter Reeves, 324 acres, part in Pitt Co, part in
Edgecombe Co. This is why he is found sometimes in Pitt and sometimes in
- 19 Aug 1791, Anson Co NC - Gabriel
bought from Burwell Lanier, 300 acres on SW side of Pee Dee River, Anson
Co Deed Book B, p 418
- 3 Oct 1791, Anson Co NC - Charles
and Gabriel deeded to
Merriman all interest (by virtue of their father's will) in land
where Merriman lived on north side of Tisons
Creek in Pitt Co - Pitt Co Deed Book M-545
- 27 Jun 1793, Anson Co NC - State of NC to
Gabriel for 300 acres, Anson Co Deed Book B-510
- 20 Feb 1797, Anson Co NC - Gabriel
sold to Richard Russell, land on Browns
Creek, Anson Co, from index, Deed Book D-E, p 163
- 30 Nov 1797, Davidson Co TN - Gabriel
bought from Thomas Molloy, 220 acres on Pigeon Creek and west side of Harpeth
River, Davidson Co Deed Book D-380
- 9 Jul 1799, Thomas Hardwick of Davidson Co TN to
Gabriel Allen of Montgomery Co TN, 20 acres in Montgomery Co on Pigeon
Creek, Davidson Co Deed Book E-153
- 15 Feb 1811, Davidson Co TN - Gabriel
Allen to son George S. Allen, Power
of Attorney to obtain grant for 320 acres located by Aaron Hickingbottom
on Collins River in Warren Co TN, Davidson Co Deed Book I-157 and Warren
Co Deed Book C-26
- 29 Oct 1815 - Gabriel Allen
of MS Territory to Moses Shumaker of Warren Co TN, for $1, 100 acres of land
on Collins River in Warren Co, Warren Co Deed Book C-38
- 7 Jul 1818 - Gabriel Allen
of Pike Co TN [should be MS] by his attorney George
S. Allen of Davidson Co TN to Aaron Higginbothan, 220 acres on Collins
River in Warren Co TN, Warren Co Deed Book C-36
- Merriman Allen [brother
of Gabriel] - 24 Oct 1818, Pitt Co NC, division of land of
Meriman Allen dec'd, 91.25 acres to son
John Allen and 102.25 acres to son Stephen
Allen, Pitt Co Deed Book AA-322
In 1790, Gabriel Allen was living in
Edgecombe County, North Carolina. His household consisted of one white male
over the age of 16, three white males under the age of 16, and six white
females. Gabriel owned seven slaves. Gabriel's wife was
William Sugg of Edgecombe County made mention of Gabriel Allen in his will,
stating, "I leave to my daughter, Euphrenia Stockdale, the bay mare I purchased
of Gabriel Allen."
Gabriel's mother was Priscilla Sugg, the
daughter of George Sugg and Sarah Ives of Norfolk County, Virginia and also
of Pitt Co, N.C. Gabriel named a son George
Sugg Allen, and the Sugg family of Edgecombe County moved to middle
Tennessee about the same time that Gabriel Allen did. Contact was maintained
between the two families after moving to Tennessee, as Gabriel and his son,
George Sugg Allen, witnessed the will
of Noah Sugg in Robertson County, Tennessee
Gabriel Allen was in Tennessee by 1797
when, on the 12 of November, he purchased 220 acres of land on Pigeon Creek,
west of the Harpeth River in Montgomery County, Tennessee. The deed was
registered in Davidson County, Tennessee because that land had been originally
included in the borders of that county.
In about 1812, Gabriel Allen and his wife,
Anne McKinney, moved to the Territory
of Mississippi and settled on Bogue Chitto several miles below Holmesville,
Pike County. A few years after that move, Gabriel
Allen died and is said to be buried near his homesite. His wife,
Anne, is listed as a widow on the 1820 Census of Pike County, Mississippi.
She is believed to have died about 1833.
Children of Gabriel Allen
and wife, Anne McKinney:
(Birth order is unknown)
GEORGE SUGG ALLEN
Born October 3, 1776, married Pharaba Russell
; had 11 children, 7 boys and 4 girls.
Born about 1780-1782; married 1) about 1812 to
Catherine Williamson; had three children; 1 boy and 2 girls. Catherine
probably died because Felix married 2) in 1828 to
Olivia McGeehee; had five children; 2 boys and 3 girls; Olivia died
in 1858. He married 3) Melissa Whitehead
; had on child, a son. Felix died on October 3, 1867.
Born March 16, 1789, married 1) in 1815 to
Elizabeth McGee; had two children; 1 boy and 1 girl. He married 2)
Sally Barksdale; had several children.
GARRETT MCKINNEY ALLEN
Born about 1794, married Nancy (or Melsy)
Gatlin; had several children.
birth year unknown, married Cornelius McGraw
; had two children, both were girls
Born April 7, 1793 married in 1815 to Daniel
McGee; had six children; 4 boys and 2 girls.
Birth year unknown, married a Mr Raglin
had four children; 1 boy and 3 girls.
Birth year unknown, married Spillbury Tribble
; had at least one child, a son.
*(According to the 1790 Census of Edgecombe County,North Carolina, Gabriel
and Anne may have had two more daughters. If so, perhaps they did not life
Dickson County, Tn
Tennessee Footprints of Gabriel Allen
View the George Sugg Allen Home on the Cumberland River
in Cheatham Co., Tn.
by Artist H.R. Lovell
Early History of Middle Tennessee
Friends of Metropolitan
Archives of Nashville & Davidson Co., Tn
I would personally like to thank the kindness and generosity
of Allen researchers who have shared their work with others. To Donald O.
Simmons of McComb, Ms, Rose Bonnell of Riverton, Utah, James M. Allen of
Ashland City, Tn, Debi Oeser Cox of Nashville, Tn, William Simmons of Baton
Route, La, Scott Trimble of California, Cheryl Young of Hot Springs, Ak,
Troyce Allen Tullier of Baton Rouge Louisiana, Jean Clark of Hopkinsville
Kentucky,Michael R. Allen of Kingsport,Tn and Sarah Foster Kelley of Nashville,
Tn without your love of family and your undying research these records would
not be on line to help others. Thank you so much!