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  • ID: I1366
  • Name: Charles W Allen Sr
  • Surname: Allen
  • Given Name: Charles W
  • Suffix: Sr
  • Prefix: Capt
  • Nickname: Charlie
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 1730 in Hanover County, Virginia
  • Death: 28 Dec 1807 in Middleboro, Warren County, North Carolina
  • Burial: Dick Kearney's place near Warren and Vance counties
  • _UID: 228A53119B1E8A4AA8666D69E8687AFA4594
  • Event: Military Service Event Revolutionary War Soldier
  • Residence: 1758 Purchased 300 acres from William Johnson in Butte County, North Carolina, which became Warren County in 1799.
  • Residence: 1763 Warren County, North Carolina
  • Event: Colonial Militia as a member of Captain Nathaniel Hart's Company, battle of Alamance Creek Military 1771 Orange County, North Carolina
  • Event: Ensign 2nd Military 20 Oct 1775 North Carolina
  • Event: Appointed Second Lieutenant in Captain Kearn's company in the second regiment of foot in the American Army Military 8 Jun 1776 North Carolina
  • Event: Captain Military 1777 North Carolina
  • Event: Transfered to 5th North Carolina Military 1 Jun 1778 North Carolina
  • Event: Millitary grants him 1,695 acres for 37 months of service Event 17 Oct 1783
  • Census: 1790 Warren County, North Carolina
  • Note:
    United States Census, 1790, Charles Allen Senior, Not Stated, Warren, North Carolina
    name: Charles Allen Senior
    event place: Not Stated, Warren, North Carolina
    page number: 56
    line number: 18474
    nara publication number: M637
    nara roll number: 7
    film number: 0568147
    digital folder number: 004440913
    image number: 00045
    Collection: "United States Census, 1790," Charles Allen Senior, Not Stated, Warren, North Carolina


    U.S., Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970 about Charles Allen
    Name: Charles Allen
    SAR Membership: 38773
    Birth Date: 1730
    Death Date: Jan
    Death Place: Warren, North Carolina
    Nancy Ann Vincent
    Rebecca Allen


    Compiled by
    J. Walter Allen

    Charles Allen who died in Warren County North Carolina in 1808 age 78 years was an outstanding figure in the development of the Nation. He was a great leader of men and spent the greater part of his life in the Military. His first experience was a Sergeant of the Colonia Militie of Lunenburg County, Virginia in 1758 in the war against the French and Indians (Hemmings Virginia Statutes Vol. 7 and pension Papers of his son Charles Allen Jr. who was in the Revolutionary War with him).

    He moved from Lunenburg County, Virginia, to what is now Warren County North Carolina in 1763 after resigning the position of Justice of the Peace. That territory was at that time in Granville County, North Carolina, where he had bought a tract of land from William Johnson in 1758.

    Soon after arriving in North Carolina he joined the Colonial Militia of Orange County and was a member of Captain Nathaniel Harts Company of the Orange County Militia organized to suppress the insurgents and was in the Battle of Alamance Creek in 1771 (Clarks North Carolina State Records Vol. 22 Page 416, 1771).

    On June 8th, 1776 he was second Lieutenant in Captain Kears Company and Col. Alexander Martin certified that Mr. Charles Allen had acted as Ensign in Captain Armstrongs Company from Oct. 1st, 1775 to Feb. 1st, 1776, and from Feb. 1st, 1776 to June 8th, 1776, he had acted as second Lieutenant in said Company. This was Colonial Service.

    When the Revolutionary War began he was appointed Captain of a Company in the Regiment of Col. Alexander Martin (Clarkes Rev. War rec. Vol. 16 P). He was transferred later to the 5th North Carolina Regiment under Col. Thomas Katen, whose name has apparently been omitted from the roster of North Carolina Soldiers compiled under the direction of the D.A.R. Society of North Carolina.

    Both of these Regiments were in the eastern campaign with General Washington around White Plains, New York and Princeston near Mommouth - Brandywine New Jersey and Valley Forge Penn (Heitimans Soldiers Continental Army and per records of Vaughan and others of Warren County North Carolina).

    He was a man of 6 feet 4 inches in height and of commanding appearance, and from the many inquiries about him from the high commanders of the army he must have been somewhat of a Military Strategist.

    He was born in Hanover County Virginia circa 1730 and married Ann Vincent (Vinson) of North Carolina circa 1755.

    He was the son of Charles Allen who was born in Hanover County Virginia circa 1705 who died in Lunenburg County Virginia 1759 and his wife Susanna (probably Wave) of Henrice County Virginia (Will of Susanna Wave Henrice County Va. 1735. Valentine Rec. Vol. 1 Page 2 mentioned daughter Susanna Allen).

    He was grandson of Richard Allen Jr. born in New Kent County Virginia and his wife Sarah Walker (See will of Elizabeth Walker Henrice County 1728) and a great grandson of Richard Allen, Vestryman of St. Peters Parish New Kent County Virginia 1687-1725.

    Ann Vincent wife of Captain Charles Allen was partly of French extraction and was a granddaughter of Thomas Vincent who died in Northhampton County North Carolina in 1763, and a great granddaughter of Thomas Vincent (Vinson) of Charles City County Virginia and his wife (probably Poythress). This Thomas Vinson came over with Captain Eppe who was from county Kent England (Henrice County Virginia Land Records Vol. P).

    His descendants were apparently imbued with the Military Spirit from childhood as he had many grandsons in the 1st North Carolina Regiment in the War of 1812, which was under Jackson at New Orleans and hundreds of more distant relatives who followed the fortunes of North Carolina, Tenn. And other Southern States in the Armies of General Robert E. Lee, Belfore, Forrest and others.

    In private life his descendants represented all trades, professions and business from captains of industry to the farmer.

    In his home life Captain Charles Allen was a devoted husband and a loving father. He reared 10 children as follows: William, Charles, Elizabeth,John, Vincent, Rebecca, James, George, Mary and Ann. He believed ineducation and educated his entire family.

    He belonged to that school of thought which gave freely and voluntarily of their wonderful ability that mankind might progress, and thatGovernment might be improved upon for the benefit of his generation andof generations to come.

    As a man and a citizen he was noble in life, actuated by the highest and most honorable motives, true to his convictions and every trust imposedupon him and uncompromising in what he thought was right.

    He loved and lived the principles of the Christian religion and reared his family under the guiding influences of the church.

    His children married into the very best of Virginia and North Carolina families.

    His oldest daughter Elizabeth married Joel Wrenn, a Captain of a Company in the Revolutionary War, from Warren and Franklin Counties NorthCarolina.

    His son Charles who was in his father's Company during the Revolution married Pattie Jenkins in Warren County North Carolina in 1781.

    His son George married Abigail Johnson of Granville County North Carolina, daughter of Cannon Cooper of Virginia.

    His son James married first Nancy Myrick, daughter of William Myrick, a Revolutionary Soldier of Isle of Wight County Virginia, and second MaryHartwell, widow of Dr. Henry Macon of Warrenton, North Carolina.

    His son John married first a sister of Nancy Myrick, daughter of William Myrick, and second Winifred Vanlandingham, whose ancestry were fromVirginia and Holland.

    His daughter Rebecca (b.1764 d. 1869) married John Pearce of Halifax County North Carolina, who was a descendant of Captain William Pearce,member of the Virginia Council from James City County Virginia.

    His daughter Ann married Rueben Huff, of Brunswick County Virginia, who did his part in the American Revolution.

    His daughter Mary married James Turner, who belonged to that family of Turners of Isle of Wight County Virginia, who with the Blounts and othersof that section did so much in establishing the Independence of theNation.

    His son Vincent Allen married Mary Bowdoin, a descendant of Hon. Pirre Bowdoin, who came to America from La Rochelle, France and settled atCasco Bay now Portland Main, in 1685 and later in Boston. His son Johnsettled in Northampton County circa 1699.

    Mary Bowdoin was a daughter of Judith Farrar and John Bowdoin.

    Judith Farrar was a granddaughter of George Farrar, who died in Mecklenburg County Virginia in 1772 and his wife, Judith Jefferson,daughter of Thomas, the first Jefferson and his wife Mary Field. MaryField was a daughter of Major Peter Field and his wife Judith Soanedaughter of Hon. Henry Soane, Speaker of the House of Burgesses ofVirginia, who first married Henry Randolph, who came to America in 1642from Little Houghton Northamptonshire England - and uncle of WilliamRandolph of Warwickshire (Val. Papers 20 Vol. 4 Page 2303).

    George Farrar was a grandson of Col. William Farrar of the Council of Virginia and son of Captain William Farrar, Sheriff of Henrice County,and his wife Priscilla Bough, who married in Henrice County Virginia in1682.

    Priscilla Bough was a daughter of William Bough and his wife Jane Hatcher and widow of William Branch son of Hon. Christopher Branch the emigrant.

    It will be observed from the above notable ancestry of those descending from Captain Charles Allen through his son Vincent Allen that they areeligible to join the Colonial Dames under Col. William Hatcher, Hon.Christopher Branch, Hon. Henry Soane, Hon. William Farrar thedistinguished lawyer and emigrant, Captain Charles Allen and probablyothers.

    John Allen and Nancy Allen children of Vincent Allen moved to Tennessee and their descendants live in that State and Texas. Others of thisfamily married in North Carolina and reside in and near the bountifullittle town of Warrenton.

    It is for those who have descended from this soldier patriot and gentlemen to snatch the torch that fell from his grasp upon his death andbear it through the darkness of the present hours. In these days ofbewilderment and despair for so many of our people, it is for us to holdunflinchingly to the faith of our fathers and support by deeds and wordsa popular confidence in the institutions and ideals which have made greatthe American Nation he fought so manfully to establish.


    I Charles Allen of the County of Warren and State of North Carlolina being of sound mind and memory do make and ordain this to be my last Willand Testament.

    First it is my will and desire that all my just debts be paid.

    Item: It is my will and desire that my beloved wife Ann Allen should have the use of my land and plantation whereon I now live and my five Negroesnamely Sal, Peter, Matthew, Velery, and Pink during the term of hernatural life and after my said wifes death, I give and bequeath theaforesaid land and plantation to my son James Allen to him, his heirsforever.

    Item: I give and bequeath unto my son John Allen at the death of my wife the above named Negro man Peter to him, his heirs forever.

    Item: I give and bequeath unto my son Vincent Allen my Negro man named Stephen, which he has now in his possession, to him and his heirsforever.

    Item: I give and bequeath unto my son George Allen my Negro man named Merridy, which he has now in his possession, to him his heirs forever.

    Item: I give and bequeath unto my daughter Ann Huff my Negro boy named Solomon, during the term of her natural life and at her death to beequally divided between all her children to them their heirs forever.

    Item: I give and bequeath unto my son Charles Allen my Negro man named Lewis to him his heirs forever.

    Item: It is my will and desire that my daughter Rebecca Pierce after the death of my wife should have the use of the above named Negroes Veleryand Pink and their future increase during the term of her natural life,and at her death to be equally divided between all her children.

    Item: I give and bequeath unto my daughter Mary Turner my Negro boy named Anderson to her, her heirs forever.

    Item: It is my will and desire that after the death of my wife that the aforesaid named Negros Sal and Matthew be sold by my Executors and themoney arising from such sale to be equally divided between my son WilliamAllen, my daughter Ann Huff and my daughter Elizabeth Wren to them theirheirs forever.

    It is my will and desire that all the rest of my property not otherwise given any should be sold and out of the proceeds to pay all my just debtsand the surplus if any remaining to be equally divided between all mychildren equally.

    I hereby constitute and appoint my three sons Vincent Allen, George Allen, and James Allen executors to this my last will and testament. Inwitness whereof I have forever set my hand and seal this twenty eighthday of December in the year of our lord one thousand eight hundred andseven.

    Charles Allen, Seal

    Will of Charles Allen, registered 28 Dec. 1807 and probated in the Warren County February Court term 1808. Wife Ann. Sons: James, executor, John, Vincent, executor; William, George, executor, and Charles. Daughters: Ann Huff, Rebecca Pierce, Sally Huff, Mary Turner and Elizabeth Wren. Witnesses: Charles Marshall (Jurat) & Nathan Turner (Jurat) . Abstracts of Warren County, North Carolina, Will Book 14, p 175.


    Historical Register of Officers of the Continental Army During the War of the Revolution
    April 1775 to December 1783
    New, Revised, and Enlarged Edition
    By Francis B. Heitman
    Washington, DC
    The Rare Book Shop Publishing Company Inc. 1914

    Google Books:

    Charles Allen appears on page 67.

    Allen, Charles (N. C.). Ensign 2d
    North Carolina, 20th October, 1775; Lieutenant, 8th June, 1776; Captain, ? , 1777; transferred to 5th North Carolina, 1st June, 1778, and served to -.


    Notes provided by Gail S. Tomlinson, Senatobia, Mississippi (2011 August)

    It has long been the feeling, bolstered by the often quoted research of Worth S. Ray in his popular book, Tennessee Cousins, A History of Tennessee People (1950) that Charles Allen, Senior, was the son of Julius Allen, of the much publicized Valentine Allen lineage. The accuracy of this is challenged by the fact that Charles Allen, son of Julius, lived in Henrico County, Virginia and moved to Mecklenburg County, Virginia, in 1780. [For documentation, see notes on Julius Allen; GST] Mr. Ray's book should be considered a source of strong and numerous clues, but it contains little documentation. At this time (Oct. 2010) this writer has left our subject Charles Allen linked to Julius in this family report for the sake of flow of information and research data. Considering the names of the children of Charles and Ann Allen, and the proximity of residence and interaction of descendants of Julius and his father Edmund to Charles and Ann and their descendants, it would seem that the families are related. It is hoped that on-going research will shed decisive light on this relationship. Worth Ray, it should be noted, is related to the descendants of Valentine Allen at some point, and thus had a personal interest in the relationships of the Allen family.

    Documentation for Revolutionary War Service:
    William Saunders, The Colonial Records of North Carolina, Vol. 10, (State of North Carolina)
    Page 622: "Saturday June 8, 1776 resolved that Mr. Charles Allen be appointed as 2nd Lt. in Captain Kearnīs company in the second regiment of foot in the American Army of this province." Page 623: "Colonel Alexander Martin certified Mr. Charles Allen had acted as ensign in Captain Armstrongīs company from the last day of October last until the first day of February last and from that time as a 2nd Lt. in the said company until this date (June 1776). Resolved that the paymaster pay the wages due to the said Charles Allen from the time of his appointment to the said offices by Col. Martin."

    Charles, Sr. did not collect all the pay due him during the time of his Revolutionary war service. He collected a sum afterward, as shown in an abstract of Army accounts found in Clark's Colonial and State Records of North Carolina, Vol. XVII, p 189, citing: "Abstract of The Army Accounts of The North Carolina Line;" Settled by the commissioners at Halifax from the 1st of September, 1784, to the 1st Feb. 1785, and at Warrenton in the year 1786, designating by whom the claims were receipted for respectively," shows: Captain Charles Allen #29 was paid 694 pounds 9 shillings 10 pence, received on his behalf by his Atty D. H. Mumford. [Copy of original document in writer's file, GST]

    Roster of Soldiers from North Carolina in the American Revolution (North Carolina Daughters of the American Revolution: 1932), p 27: Charles Allen, Ensign 2nd N.C. Oct 20, 1775, Lt. June 8 1776, Capt..., 1777, transferred 15th N.C. June 1, 1778, and served to .... (From Heitman's Register) P 58: Allen, Chas., Capt., 2nd Regiment--Col. Alexander Martin, Omtd Jan. '78. P 233: Military Land Warrants Continental Line, #24, Charles Allen, Capt., 1,695 acres, 37 months service, Oct. 17, 1783, Maj. Tatum, self.

    On 7 January 1793, a land grant of 1695 acres in Davidson County, Tennessee, on the South side of the Cumberland River was awarded Charles Allen for his Revolutionary War service. He later assigned it to Robert Bowman (Book #81, p 392, grant #2121 and #2402, North Carolina Land Grants in the State of Tennessee, NC Archives, Raleigh). This must be the assignment of the land granted to Allen Oct. 17, 1783. (This particular tract includes what is now Kingston Springs, in Cheatham County, Tennessee, and the surrounding area. Description of property and maps in files of GST, thanks to JRA.)

    N. B. It was not unusual for such grants to be converted to funds by assigning them to individuals or to land companies.

    Summary of Revolutionary Service: On Oct. 20 1775, Charles Allen of Bute County NC enlisted as an Ensign in the 2nd Regiment NC Militia under Col. Alexander Martin. He was promoted to Lieutenant June 8, 1776. This regiment was assigned under General Washington and spent the winter of 1776-1777 in Valley Forge. The fought in the battles of Brandywide, Monmouth and Germantown. In 1777, he was promoted to Captain and on June 1, 1778, he was transferred to the 5th NC Militia under Col. Thomas Eaton. He served with the militia until Cornwallis surrendered, fighting at Briar Creek, and Guilford Courthouse and across North Carolina under Generals Nathaniel Green and Jethro Summner. He was almost 50 years old by the time of his last enlistment.

    Friendship with George Washington:
    James Walter Allen speaks in glowing terms of Capt. Charles Allen's friendship with George Washington during the Revolutionary period. The most that can be said is that they faught together, in all likelihood knew each other and were acquaintances. While they could have been close friends, that is not a matter of record.

    Charles is buried on his property in Warren County, which in 1946 was identified as 3 miles from the town of Middleboro on the Vance/Warren County line. Photographs of his tombstone have been made through the years. [A photo taken in September 2010 is in this writer's file thanks to Jim Allen of Mt. Pleasant, California.]

    1758: Charles Allen, Sr. purchased 300 acres from William Johnson in Butte Co., NC. This area became Warren County in 1779. (Granville County Deed Book C, p 406). He obtained other land by grants and purchases.

    1761, 10 Aug: William Johnson to Charles Allen, 5 lbs. Va. money for 100 A. in Granville Co., Adj. sd. Allen, Christmas, and Capt. Hawkins to the Clear Glade, part of the Earl Granville Grant, 4 No. 1757. No witnesses. Acknowledged Bute Aug. Court 1764, Ben McCulloch, CC. Reg: 27 Sept. 1764, Sugan Johnson, P.R. (Deed Bk. A, p 17) Mary Hinton Kerr, Warren County, North Carolina Records, Volume II, Abstracts of Deed Book A, 1764-1766, Deeds of Colonial Bute County, N.C. (Self-published)

    1766, Oct 12: Charles Allen, of Bute Co., to Allan Love & CO. 20 Pds. Va. money for 100 A. in Bute Co. bought from William Johnson, beginning at the Broad Path called Christmas's Path, adj. Hawkins & Thomas Stroud, to the Long Branch. Wit: Robert Turnbull, Thomas Stroud. Ack: by Charles Allen, Bute January Court 1767, Ben McCulloch, C.C. Reg: 23 March 1767, by Will Johnson, P.R. (Deed Bk. l, page 240)

    1768, 3 November: William Johnson to James Ransom, both of Bute Co. 50 Pds. Va. money for 150 A. in Bute Co. beginning at Bridle Creek where Charles Allen's Path crosses, down the Flatt Branch to where sd. Johnson's line crosses the branch, adj. Allen & Macon, part of a tract bought from Joseph Montfort. Wit: James Johnson, Priscilla Johnson. Ack: by William Johnson, Esq., Bute August Court

    1769, Ben McCulloch, C.C. Reg: 12 January 1770, by William Johnson, P.R. (Deed Bk. 2, page 292) (Deed records of Warren County, NC, part 3 of 3 (need exact title), by Mary Hinton Kerr.

    Brent H. Holcombe, County, North Carolina: Minutes of the Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, 1767-1779 (Columbia, SC: self-published, 1988)
    1767, October: Charles Allen appointed to do road work, p 3.
    1768, February: Charles Allen appointed to a road crew, p 10.
    1779, 9 Nov.: Charles Allen acknowledged a deed to James Ransom, Esq., ordered to be
    recorded, p 344.

    Mary Hinton Kerr, Warren County, North Carolina, Records, Vol. III, Abstracts of Will Books 1779-1814, Book 9; page: 1798: 2 March; Feb. Ct. 1798. Charles Allen to Gov. Saml. Ashe. Bond for 250 Pds. as Constable in Warren Co. Sec: James Allen.

    -- Gail S. Tomlinson, Senatobia, Mississippi (2011 August)
  • Change Date: 15 Sep 2012 at 11:35:14

    Father: Charles Allen b: ABT 1705 in Hanover County, Virginia
    Mother: Susanna Wave b: in Henrice County, Virginia

    Marriage 1 Nancy Ann Vincent b: 1734 in North Carolina
    • Married: 1752
    • Note:
      U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900

      Name: Charles W. Allen
      Gender: male
      Birth Place: VA
      Birth Year: 1730
      Spouse Name: Nancy Ann Vincent
      Birth Place: NC
      Spouse Birth Year: 1735
      Year: 1752
      Number Pages: 1
    1. Has No Children William Allen b: 1755 in Lunenbury County, Virginia
    2. Has Children Charles Allen Jr b: 8 Mar 1758 in Lunenbury County, Virginia
    3. Has No Children James Allen b: 1759 in Culpeper County, Virginia
    4. Has No Children John Allen b: 14 Jul 1759 in Culpeper County, Virginia
    5. Has Children Vincent Allen b: 1760 in Lunenbury County, Virginia
    6. Has No Children George Allen b: 1762 in Bute County, North Carolina
    7. Has No Children Ann Allen b: 1763
    8. Has Children Rebecca Allen b: 1764 in Bute County, North Carolina
    9. Has No Children Mary Allen b: 1767
    10. Has No Children Elizabeth Allen b: 1768
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