'Til 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
  • 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 Edgecombe.
  • 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
"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.

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 Anne McKinney.

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 in 1800.

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)

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.

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 to adulthood.)

Dickson County, Tn
Tennessee Footprints of Gabriel Allen

North Carolina

Pitt Co., N.C.
Perscilla Sugg Maund Allen
Jacob Allen
Edgecombe Co. N.C.

Gabriel Allen

View the George Sugg Allen Home on the Cumberland River in Cheatham Co., Tn.
Artist H.R. Lovell

Montgomery Co, Tn
Gabriel Allen
The ALLEN House
by Artist H.R. Lovell

Cheatham Co., Tn

George Sugg Allen
Dr. George Sugg Allen
Dickson Co., Tn

Gabriel Allen
Davidson Co., Tn

Ferry's of the Cumberland
Bluegrass Opry
Cheatham Co., Tn
Dr. Rufus Allen
West Nashville

Early History of Middle Tennessee

Friends of Metropolitan Archives of Nashville & Davidson Co., Tn

Pike Co., Ms.

Gabriel Allen
Marion Co., Ms.

Barnabas Allen

George S. Allen Family
Trigg County, Ky.
Trigg Co., Ky.

Robert Heaton Allen
Arnold M Allen
Sellers WKy Database
Listing the Allens
Sellers WKy Obituaries
"including many Allens
 and descendants"


Grimes Co., Tx.

Sally Allen
abt 1815
A Special Letter
Kose, Texas


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!