"The Bluegrass Opry"
Wonderful times and wonderful music! Meet the Bluegrass Opry Band of Cheatham Co., Tn. Composed of left to right: Will ALLEN, Lige HEATH, Mashe READ, Uncle Jeff HALE, Tommie ALLEN, Robbie ALLEN, Luty HEATH, Pearl BOYD, Beulah ALLEN, Lydia ALLEN, Mable & Frank ALLEN.
Rev. Andrew Franklin (Frank) ALLEN was the first known child of Elbert Carroll ALLEN and Tennessee WATKINS. He was born on the 22nd of June in 1850 in Tennessee and died on the 31 of Jul 1924. He married Jim Ella HALE.
Frank was the minister at Pond Creek.
Many family members were also members of the New Bethel Church located in Davidson County, Tn on the Cub Creek Road and Pond Creek Road crossing. These church roll records were destroyed in a house fire at the home of Robbie and Emma Allen along with the family Bible information. Shepard Allen had seen the bible recordings and was aware of some of the entries. Other Allens who were members of that church were:
The children of Andrew and Jim Ella Allen were:
- Rev. Andrew Franklin Allen (Frank)
- Henry Allen
- Bascom Allen
- George Washington Allen (Wash)
- James Russell Allen (Jimmy)
- Elbert Carroll Allen (Carroll)
- Nannie Irene Allen born Jan 12 1876 and died Aug 2, 1878. Nannie is buried at the Allen Cemetery on River Road, Davidson County, Tn.
- Robbie Allen
- Emma Allen
- Dr. Rufus H. Allen - died 1919 and buried at the Mt.
Olivet Cemetery in Nashville, Tn.
A Special Plea
If anyone might possibly have a copy of the New Bethel Church Records, that were made before they burned, please notify Jim Allen 2430 River Road, Ashland City, Tn 37015.
Photo courtesty of Michael R. Allen, Kingsport, Tn.
Compiled and Researched by Betty Sellers
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