Company C 26th Regiment Tennessee Infantry (3 East Tenn. Vols.) Confederate States of America

Captain Edwin Allen's Company

Cocke County, Tennessee

Home of John "Bricklayer" Allen and Nancy Mattox, which sat at the mouth of Cosby Creek and the Pigeon River, which is now located off of Wilton Springs Road. He operated a sawmill, a brickyard, and still. He built many houses and chimneys around the county. He was a horse lover and owned race horses and acquired considerable wealth and owned a number of slaves. John was born 4 Feb 1774 and died 15 Dec 1844. Nancy was born 11 Sept 1777 died 1 Dec 1859. This is where their son, Edwin Allen was born 11 November 1818.

Map to John Allen Cemetery

Researched and Compiled by Carolyn Whitaker

22 March 2012

Confederate Veterans: Row 1 E H Taylor, J W Caleway, A A Bayless, Willis Gray, W J Woody, William Whitson, J S Smart, Joseph Huff Row 2 William Vinson Fine, J W Ponder, William C Allen, R R Summer, John T "Pikey John" Allen, Joseph C Morrell, Allen Brooks, W A Denton, Robert Neely, H H Hardin, Thomas Moore. 3rd Row J C Brown, J W Harvey, William Pack, Thomas Daniel Arnold Harper, W D Mason, William Bryant, M M Shelton, J H Gilbert, J H Welch, J A Kiser, J R Knisley, James Seahorn Allen. Back Row: Lynn Buchman, J S Black, Lem Mims, A R Swann

This Company was known at various times as Captain Allen's Company, 3d Regiment East Tennessee Volunteers; Captain Stuart's Company and Company C, 26th Regiment Tennessee Infantry, Confederate States of America. Many of these men were sent to Camp Morton Federal Prison in Indianapolis,after being captured at Fort Donelson.

This is not a complete list of those who served in this regiment.

The Soldiers and Sailors records this history for this regiment.

26th Infantry Regiment completed its organization in September, 1861, at Camp Lillard, near Knoxville, Tennessee. The men were recruited in the counties of Washington, Cocke, Grainger, Rhea, Hamilton, Knox, Roane, and Sullivan.

It moved to Bowling Green, Kentucky, then Fort Donelson where on February 16, 1862, most of the men were captured. After the exchange it was assigned to G.J. Pillow's, J.C. Brown's, Brown's and Reynolds' Consolidated, and Palmer's Brigade, Army of Tennessee.

In April, 1863, the unit was reduced to eight companies and in October consolidated with the 18th Regiment.

It participated in the difficult campaigns of the army from Murfreesboro to Atlanta, returned to Tennessee with Hood, but was not engaged at Franklin and Nashville. Later the regiment was involved in the North Carolina operations.

At Fort Donelson it reported 96 casualties of the 400 engaged before being captured. The 26th had 110 men disabled at Murfreesboro and of the 229 engaged at Chickamauga, forty-three percent were killed, wounded, or missing. During December, 1863, the 18th/26th totalled 423 men and 290 arms. Only a remnant surrendered in April, 1865.

The field officers were Colonels John M Lillard and Richard M. Saffell; Lieutenant Colonels Abijah F. Boggess, James L. Bottles, and James J. Odell; and Major Thomas M. McConnell.

More history can be found at Tennesseeans in the Civil War

Life on Cosby Creek was hard, as our ancestors toiled away trying to scratch a subsistence out of the land and using what skills or trades they had managed to acquire to further their income. Education was poor in this area at that time, but their own ingenuity and self-worth pushed them ever forward to survive. Many of the pioneer spirit had landed in Cocke County in it's beginning years, prior to statehood, when the land was in it's most natural state. Together they worked side-by-side lending a helping hand when needed and sharing as good citizens. But the many events leading up to that first shot at Ft. Sumter, would begin to divide the sentiments among friends, neighbors, and families.

As the states began to secede, Tennessee was so divided that they actually tried to form another state; one with the Union and one with the Confederacy. When that failed, "all hell broke loose." And it literally did become exactly that in a very short time. Remnants of those days are still visible in many locations in the county including holes in the walls of homes and buildings all around. I just can't imagine the horror these poor people felt when the shots were fired right through their homes. They literally had to run for their lives and hide. Imagine in your mind, mamas running with their little babies in sheer panic. It's just mind-boggling to me how they endured it all.

Regiments on both the Confederate and Union sides were quickly formed. It was more difficult for the Union people, as they had to leave the state to join Union forces, but they were at great risk to try to cross the state line into Kentucky to join.

And troubles by the score developed on Cosby Creek. It wasn't until after Edwin Allen formed and had signed up boys by the dozens in Cocke County and was killed, that Capt Jefferson Denton formed his Union Home Guards in the summer of 1863. Many of the boys in Capt Allen's regiment fell into the most crucial of the battles of the war and were either killed or captured at Fort Donelson. They were then shipped off to federal military prisons, most of which went to Camp Morton in Indianapolis from Fort Donelson. After an exchange of prisoners, the boys went back to their regiment and went on to the next major battles. At the Battle of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, the Cocke county boys lost their leader as he fell on the battlefield. He was a grief-stricken man who had just lost his only son, Lewis, as a POW at the federal prison at Camp Morton, Indiana on 7 July, 1862 at age 22. He had been captured at Fort Donelson.

But the soldiers fought hard and long with gallantry. Many were captured and sent to federal prisons all over the place. I was absolutely amazed when I found William Wolfe Allen's file and saw how he was moved around within about a year to almost every federal prison in the North. It's little wonder the families had any idea of their boys whereabouts the way they transferred them around. I have to marvel at William. He fought from the very beginning, was wounded in the hip, captured twice, and fought on. After his 2nd capture at Resaca, Ga on May 16, 1864, he sadly died just after the war ended on 25 April 1865 of pneumonia at Point Lookout, Maryland. He was waiting to be released to go home. He'd been through almost every major battle and almost made it. A gallant soldier indeed!! The saddest thing in the world to me.

Edwin Allen Captain

Born in Cocke County 11 Nov 1818, Edwin was the son of the famous John "Jack" Allen, known as the "bricklayer" and his wife Nancy Mattox. He was married to Lydia Vinson and had only one son, Lewis. This poor widow lost both husband and son within a few months.

Find A Grave Memorial# 87204601

Lewis Allen Private, only son of CAPT. EDWIN ALLEN, who was son of JOHN “JACK” ALLEN, bricklayer. Died in Camp Morton, Indiana Military prison while POW

Find A Grave Memorial# 87205345

A M Allen Private Andrew Jackson Allen married Emaline McNabb, son of James Allen and Fannie Hoss Wolfe, grandson of John “Jack” Allen, the Bricklayer, Killed at Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Find A Grave Memorial# 87519706

Abraham Allen Private b 1841 d 1917 married Theodosia McMahan b 1846 (not the same one as the other mentioned), son of John “Shortfinger” Allen and Sarah McNabb. He was also a grandson of John "bricklayer". He later went to Texas

Find A Grave Memorial# 68197382

Alexander Allen Private

pg 2 Co C 26 Regt Tennessee Infantry, Pvt, Alex Allen enlisted Oct 18, 1862 Taylorsburg, by Edwin Allen muster roll June 30, 1862 to June 13, 1863 present

pg 3 Allex Allen muster roll Jan & Feb 1863 present as Alex Allen

pg 4 Alex. Allen muster roll March & April 1863 present

pg 5 Alxr. Allen muster roll July & Aug 1863 absent, on extra duty (ord. wagoner) name does not (over) pg 6 Alex Allen Sept 30, 1863 teamster receipt roll, deserted Aug 15, 1863

pg 7 Alex Allen wartrace April 30, 1863 teamster, period of service Apr 1, to Apr 30, 1863, rate of pay $7.50

pg 8 Alexr. Allen Pvt George Stuart's company, 26 Regiment Tennessee Infantry age 32 yrs, roll dated at Dalton, GA Jan. 22, 1864, furloughed in Sept, 1863, (over) pg 9 never returned

Find A Grave Memorial# 87314151

E S Allen (Elbert?) Private 2 Lieutenant age 21, captured Fort Donelson Feb 16, 1862 POW Camp Morton, Indiana Private until Oct 13, 1862 then elected Brvt 2 Lt, promoted to 2 Lt Jan 11, 1863, signs roll Comdg the Co., Killed in action at Chickamauga Sept 19, 1863

George Allen Private

Henderson Allen Private son of JOHN “SHORTFINGER” ALLEN and SARAH MCNABB, married THEODOCIA MCMAHAN, b 1836 died 15 Nov 1861 Nashville, buried Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Find A Grave Memorial# 50827482Another grandson of John "bricklayer"

Hiram Allen Private (believed to be the brother of CALVIN ALLEN who married Sarah E Denton; and possibly brother of Alexander Allen

pg 2 3 Corpl Capt Edwin Allen's Company, 3 Regt East Tennessee Volunteers Hiram Allen age 29 years roll dated Knoxville, Tenn Sept 18, 1861 joined for duty June 27, 1861 Camp Cumings near Knoxville by Genl Gillespie 12 months rendevous 55 miles

pg 3 muster roll to Dec 31, 1861 present

pg 4 muster roll Oct 27, 1861 to June 30, 1862 present

pg 5 muster roll June 30, 1862 to Jan 13, 1863 present, 3rd Corpl until Oct 13, 1862 then elected 2nd Sergt

pg 6 muster roll Jan & Feb 1863 2nd Sergt present

pg 7 muster roll March & April 1863 2 Sgt present

pg 8 muster roll July & Aug 1863 2 Sgt absent without leave from Aug 28, 1863

pg 9 Capt George Stuart's Company 26 Regiment Tennessee Infantry, Pvt, age 30, roll dated Dalton, GA Jan 22, 1864 joined June 27, 1861 Taylorsburg, Tenn by W R Caswell for 3 yr present for duty

pg 10 muster roll Jan & Feb 1864 Pvt present

pg 11 roll of prisoners of war at Camp Morton, Indiana; roll dated Aug 27, 1862, Corpl H Allen, captured Fort Donelson, Feb 16, 1862, Co C 26 Regt Tenn

pg 12 prisoners of war sent from Camp Morton, Ind to Vicksburg, Miss to be exchanged, roll dated Aug 28, 1862 captured Fort Donelson Feb 16, 1862, Corpl Co C 26 Regt Tenn

pg 13 pow Camp Morton, Ind, June 1862

pg 14 receipt roll 4 qr 1864, date of issue Oct 29, 1864, signature H Allen, remarks: Conv Camp Wright

pg 15 receipt roll Pvt, for clothing Mch 30, 1864

pg 16 muster roll Sept & Oct 1863 Pvt, present served as 2nd Sgt until Sept 1, 1863, reduced (over) pg 17 to ranks at that time.

pg 18 muster roll May 1, to Aug 31, 1864 Pvt absent, sent to hospital June 5, 1864, sick, by order asst (over) pg 19 Surg L H Cehen

Letter at Stokely Memorial Library, Newport, Cocke Co. Tennessee - Allen Family File 9916 Church Road Dallas, Texas 75238 August 20, 1969

Dear Miss Ruble:

Here is another descendant of an old Cocke County family I thought might be placed in your library.

Dorothy Johnston visited with this old lady last year and she told her she was a daughter of LaFayette Allen and his wife Rachel (Weaver) Allen and was the granddaughter of Hiram Allen, born 1853 in Tennessee, and his wife, Sarah Cameron.

In the 1880 Collin Co., Texas the following was listed Allen, Lafayette 27 Tenn Tenn Tenn Rachel 25 Tenn Tenn Tenn Florrie 7 Ark Tenn Tenn Joseph 5 Ark Tenn Tenn Mollie 3 Ark Tenn Tenn Ella 1 Tex Tenn Tenn ___ (male) 1/12 Tex Tenn Tenn

They had more children after 1880, including Sarah Ethel who was born in 1882.

It seems they detoured by way of Arkansas to Texas as you will note 3 of the above children were born there.

Dorothy and I have not been able to make any connection to this Allen family and ours of John "Jack" Allen but Sarah Ethel told Dorothy that Hiram was a cousin to John "Jack".

Rachel Weaver's parents, according to Sarah Ethel, were Fred Weaver and Ruth Click.

Just thought this might be of interest to some of the Camerons or Weavers still in Cocke Co.


Fredna Threatt

Find A Grave Memorial# 87311455

Hiram Allen

Confederate veteran, died Sept. 16 at the home of his son, James Allen. He had been partially paralyzed for a year and death had long been expected. He lived near Deanville and was 76y 4m 6 D. He was born in Cocke county Tennessee and was married when 19, to this union 3 children were born, one of whom, Irion Allen, now survived and lives in Collin County. He served throughout Civil War in 1 St Tennessee Regiment and was in General J.E. Johnston's Division. He was captured about 8 months before the close of the war and was a prisoner for 7 m0onths before being exchanged. He was paroled when General Lee surrendered. Hisfirst wife died previous to the war. He moved to Texas in 1867, first settling at Independence, Washington County, where he married Miss Jane Graham who survives him. To then 4 children were born and they are still living. Mrs Eliza Raney of Caldwell, Mrs. Mary Moses of Caldwell, James Allen of Deanville. He came to Burleson County 15 years ago. Was a grocer in 1870 in Washington Co., Texas. Fought at Gettysburg in the civil war

J H Allen Private

J S Allen Private James Seahorn Allen, son of JAMES ALLEN and FANNY HOSS WOLFE, grandson of JOHN “JACK” ALLEN, bricklayer, and brother of WILLIAM W ALLEN who died at Point Lookout, Maryland 1865

Find A Grave Memorial# 87771424

John Allen Private Died in hospital at Cleveland, Tenn Nov 24, 1862 age 24

W J Allen Private


Private died April 25, 1865 Point Lookout, Maryland grave no 1553, of pneumonia A Truly BRAVE SOLDIER, son of James Allen and Fannie Hoss Wolfe, grandson of John “Bricklayer” Allen and Nancy Mattox. He was the nephew of Capt. Edwin Allen, who died at the battle of Murfreesboro, Tenn. Nephew of Nancy Shrewberry Allen Denton. Captured at Fort Donelson in 1862, POW, wounded in left hip and leg at Murfreesboro 2 Jan 1863, fought through the whole war when he was captured May 16, 1864, in almost every U.S. military prison in the North. Little wonder his family knew what happened to him.

It is now proven that this gallant soldier's wife was FRANCES SARAH ANN MURRELL, dtr of John Murrell and Temperance Francis Denton. They had one baby daughter when he died named LENA RIVERS ALLEN born 1863 died 1927 who married Francis Thomas Lorentz in Dallas Co. Texas 1879. After the war John Murrell and Temperance left Cocke County and moved to Giles Co. Tennessee for a few years and eventually settled in Cooke Co. Texas. Along with them was their baby granddaughter, Lena Rivers Allen, with her mother, 1/2 sister, Ada Click, and her step father, Samuel Clevenger. Frances Sarah Ann married Samuel Clevenger 19 April 1874 in Giles Co. Tennessee. Samuel and Frances had 4 more children: Mollie, Addie, Bert, and Fannie Clevenger. Frances Sarah Ann Murrell was not so lucky with her first two marriages. After William Allen died, she married William Click, son of Lewis Anderson Click, Sr and Rachel Paxton. He was the father of Ada Click Davis, and he died in 1869 before they left Cocke Co. By 1870 they were living in Giles Co. Tennessee. Frances Sarah Ann Murrell's 1/2 sister, Mary Jane Click Doughty Bearden also went to Texas. She was the daughter of Henry Jackson Click, Jr who had married Temperance Francis Denton as her 1st husband. After Henry died in 1840 Cocke Co., she married John Murrell and they had 7 children together, William, Frances Sarah Ann, Mildred, Nancy Catherine, Charity Ellen, and Isaac Allen Murrell. Mary Jane also went to Cooke Co. Texas where her large family was raised.

Frances Sarah Ann Murrell Allen Click Clevenger with her daughters,

Ada Click Davis, Mollie Clevenger Henderson, and Fannie Elizabeth Clevenger Rice. Contributed by Carolyn Leverich Atkinson, descendant of Lena Rivers Allen Lorentz

The Lorentz Family of Lena Rivers Allen and Francis Thomas Lorentz. Contributed by Carolyn Leverich Atkinson

See his military history at Find A Grave Memorial# 87169688

Wilson Allen Private son of JOHN “SHORTFINGER” ALLEN and SARAH MCNABB

George Baxter Private to Sargent

Samuel Baxter Private

Perry Bird private

Aaron Bryant private

Brummet Bryant private

Alexander Cameron private

John Cameron private

Joseph CAmeron private

A B Clevenger

Ananias Clevenger

James Clevenger

William Clevenger

Abraham Denton

Allen M Denton

A C Faubion

Abraham Faubion

James Henry Faubion

Moses J Faubion

Jacob Hopkins

son of Benjamin Parker Hopkins and Ruth Tinker. Originally joined 26th Regiment and later transferred to 5th Tenn due to injury. Married 1st Margaret Jane Hassler in Murray Co Ga 25 June 1867 and 2nd Eugenia Bell Edwards in Whitfield Co. Ga 23 April 1885.

Find A Grave Memorial# 15131378

Fountain Lane

John Lane

Joseph Lane

R H Lewis

R M Lewis

Russell Lillard

Chamberlain Mantooth

George Roberts

Pvt Co C 26 Regt Tennessee Infantry Confederate George Roberts married Elizabeth Hickey

Find A Grave Memorial# 87400433

enlisted Oct 18, 1862 Taylorsburg by Ed Allen

muster roll for June 30, 1862 to Jan 13, 1863 present

register of C.S.A. Post Hospital, Dalton, Georgia, disease Icterus, admitted Jany 22, 1863

muster roll Jan & Feb 1863 absent sick in hospital

Register of St. Mary's Hospital Dalton, Georgia, complaint died of diarrhea , chunica, & Genl debility, admitted Jany 29, 1863 died March 5, 1863 remarks: Left 1 coat, 2 blankets, 1 pr shoes, hat, effects given to his wife

Office of St Mary's Hospital Dalton, Ga March 17, 1863 Recieved from Dr. W J Holt one coat, 2 blankits, one pair shoes, and one hat, the effects of George Roberts, Private 26 Tennessee Compny (C) who died in St. Mary's Hospital March 5th, 1863 to be delivered to his wife. Brummit Bryant

muster roll March & April 1863 died Dalton Ga March 5, 1863, St Mary's Hospital

muster roll Dalton Ga, Jan 22, 1864 Pvt George Roberts Capt George Stuart's Company, 26 Regiment Tennessee Infantry Confederate age 35 years died in the hospital at (over)Chattanooga, Tennessee in January 1863

Preston Southerland

Find A Grave Memorial# 87807495

William Robinson Swaggerty b 1842 d 1915 married Lydia Annis Allen, daughter of James Allen and Fannie Hoss Wolfe, granddaughter of John “bricklayer” Allen

Find A Grave Memorial# 87518316


Santa Rosa, Texas Sept. 1941

The Newport Times Newport, Tennessee

We read with such interest Mrs O’Dell’s story of the Allen Family I should like to add a few items to her history to complete some of the record that she did not have, and to correct an item or two in which I think she was in error I think it might be reasonably inferred from one item in Mrs O’Dell’s story, that many of the Allen offspring, of which I happen to be one, inter-married with double cousins, cousins and soforth, that made the network of family relations complicated. So far as I ever knew or ever heard none of the JOHN (JACK) ALLEN descendants ever married even first cousins.

Mrs. O’Dell hows that JACK ALLEN was at one time the SHERIFF of Cocke County. I think that is an error. There was an other JOHN ALLEN, who settled on Cosby who was the Sheriff referred to. He was known in the later years of his life, as SHERIFF JOHN ALLEN to distinguish him from the JOHN (JACK) ALLEN. I have heard my father and mother both say many times that the two families were not related. SHERIFF JOHN ALLEN settled and lived on the place where GEO. ALLEN now lives His wife was a daughter of JOE HUFF, who settled and lived aat the place where DAVE WILLIAMS now lives. SHERIFF JOHN ALLEN’S children were ISAAC, WILLIAM (BILL), who married JACK ALLEN’S daughter, RHODA, and JOHN JR, generally known as POTTER ALLEN The daughters were, KATY, who married WILLIAM MCSWEEN, BETTY, who first married GEORGE EASTERLY, and after his death, married MALCOMB MCNABB, and NANCY, who married JOHN LILLARD, JR. So BILL ALLEN and his wife were not related, and NANCY, who married JOHN LILLARAD, a grandson of JACK ALLEN’S were not related. JACK ALLEN’S daughter, that mrs O’Dell has no record of her marriage (my mother always spoke of her as AUNT MILLY), married ELIS MCMAHAN.

ELLS MCMAHAN and ANDERSON MCMAHAN were brothers, and married the sister but their children did not inter-marry. ANDERSON’S MCMAHAN’S family moved to Georgia, and so far as I know, none of them still live in Cocke County. ELI MCMAHAN and his wife MILLY, lived and owned the place where this scribe was born and raised. She died there, and was buried in the little cemetery near the home. After her death, he married a lady in South Carolina by the name of SMITH, a daughter of WILLIAM SMITH, a large planter of that state. ELI MCMAHAN drove stock to South Carolina, and in that way became acquainted with the young lady whom he married and brought to his home in Tennessee. The SMITH wife was not satisfied to live in Tennessee, so they sold the place to my grandfather JOHN WEAVER, and moved to her home back in S. C. After this second wife died in S. C., he went to ARKANSAW and lived for some years with his son, GEORGE MCMAHAN, a son by his first wife. When he was an old man, he came back to Cocke County and lived for some time with his son-in-law, TOM HARPER, near Bridgeport, where he died.

TOM HARPER’S first wife was a daughter of ELI and MILLLY MCMAHAN. She was the grandmother of the HARPER boys there at Newport

My grandfather, RUSSELL ALLEN, married LOU ROSE, that lived on the opposite side from, and a little further up the creek than the JACK ALLEN residence, and grandfather married in that family. When I was a boy, growing up, there was an old man by the name of RED ROSE who lived in the Bogard community. He and my mother were first cousins. He would come to our home, and he and mother would talk about the old settlers and I was an attentive listener.

Sometime in the early 50’s grand father, RUSSEL ALLEN sold out his lands on COSBY and he owned large acreage, (the farms later known as the ISAAC ALLEN FARM, now owned by MRS CREED DENTON, the JOHN T. (PIKY) ALLEN FARM, the OWENS FARM and the ISAAC LAYMAN FARM, and he with his younger children, those younger than my mother, and his brother in law, BILL ALLEN, with his family, moved to Texas in covered wagons, and after traveling over Texas for a year or two, and of the millions of acres of rich level land, they apparently could not find anything to suit them, they drove back to Cocke county, driving the same horses and wagons they started out with. BILL ALLEN after returning from Texas, settled over in Sevier County, where he was killed during the Civil War, and my grand father bought a farm about three miles out of Cleveland, Tennessee, where they lived until he and grand mother died about the year 1888.

Now Mrs O’Dell’s story, with what I have added to it, and subtracted away, is, I think, a very true history of the JACK ALLEN family.


Another story appeared in the newspaper written by Manor Gray Roberts in his colum "Sass From Sassafras". He called Felix Grundy Lewis "Temper" Lewis

William Allen had been to Sevierville. As he came back to his house on Cosby, he came by the way of Jones Cove. He met Temper Lewis’ Scouts. He could see under the eyes of Temper a stern storm brewing. Having a jug of whiskey attached to his saddle, Allen gave them all a drink of his moonshine. He thought that would appease the expression of that violent face. After a few moments of idle talk, Allen started to ride on to Cosby. The smoke curling out of the log houses was the last he ever saw, as one of the scouts, taking deadly aim, shot and killed Allen. It was November 1864. William Allen was buried in the Allen Cemetery, now on the Harrison farm, near the entrance to Carver’s Orchard. (This would be William Allen born 1812, son of John "Sheriff" Allen, and husband of Rhoda Allen, dtr of John "Bricklayer" Allen)

To further the connections to the Allens are the Weavers. Due to everybody and his brother naming a son John Allen, they had to give some kind of designation to distinguish one from the other. And with skads of kids it's a nightmare trying to sort out the families, especially in a burned county. So I'll attempt to give some background on the families, as Capt Edwin recruited everybody and his dog out of his family to serve with him. Some of the boys I still haven't figured out which family they belong to.

John Weaver b 1786 d abt 1855 married Elizabeth Susan Thomas and had these children:

1) Isaac W Weaver b 1814 d 1851 married Harriet Allen b 1821 d 1905, daughter of John “Jack” Allen, bricklayer and Nancy Mattox

2) Mary Polly Weaver b 1816 d 1909 married Isaac Allen b 1817 d 1895, son of John “Sheriff” Allen and Margaret “Peggy” Huff

3) Elizabeth Susan Weaver

4) Catherine Weaver b 1818 d 1886 married my 2nd great grandfather, William Columbus Click as his 2nd wife, 1st being Phoebe Gray

5) William Thomas Weaver b 1821 d 1903 married Nancy Allen, daughter of Russell Allen and Lou Rose. Russell son of John “Jack” Allen, bricklayer, and Nancy Mattox. Their son JOHN WEAVER b 1869 d 1954 in Texas and writer of the article

6) Frederick Weaver b 1828 d 1875 married Rutha T Click, daughter of Lewis Anderson Click, Sr and Rachel Paxton. Lewis Click Sr brother of William Columbus Click

7) Nancy Weaver b 1830 d 1894 married David Rankin Shults

8) Abraham Weaver b abt 1832 married Julia Blackwell

Children of John “Jack” Allen, known famously in Cocke County as “Bricklayer” for his wonderful stonework in Cocke County, b 1774 Botetourt Co. Virginia d 1844 He married Nancy Mattox b 1777 d 1859

1) Mary Allen “Polly” b 1797 d 1875 married Elias Sisk, son of Bartlett Sisk and Mary Campbell, sister of Nancy Campbell who married James Gray. James Gray was father of my 2nd great grandmother, Phoebe Gray who married William Columbus Click. The Campbell girls are daughters of Elias Campbell and Elizabeth Yowell of Culpeper Co. Virginia. Yowell’s were early Germanna settlers. This is part of the tribe who was fuedin' over our burying slaves in our Click Cemetery.

2) Elizabeth Allen b 1799 d 1896 Murray Co Ga married Anderson McMahan

3) Matilda Allen b 1802 married, as a 15 year old bride, John Lillard, Jr , son of John Lillard, Sr and Sarah Campbell, another daughter of Elias Campbell and Elizabeth Yowell, and sister to Nancy and Mary Campbell above.

4) Nancy Shrewsberry Allen b 1804 d 1877 married Abraham B Denton b 1798 d 1864, son of John Denton, Sr and Mary Moore

5) James Allen b 1806 d 1848 married Fannie Hoss Wolfe b 1811 d 1880

6) Russell Allen b 1809 d abt 1888 married Lou Rose

7) John “Shortfinger” Allen b 1812 d aft 1880 married Sarah McNabb and 2nd supposedly Sarah Shoate. He did have a second marriage, but not sure if that’s correct. His sons Wilson and Henderson above

8) Rhoda Allen b 1814 d 1857 married William “Bill” Allen b 1812 d 1863/65 Jones Cove, Sevier Co. Tenn bushwacked, he was son of John “Sheriff” Allen and Margaret Peggy Huff

9) Emilia Allen “Milly” b 1816 married Eli McMahan. Their daughter, Theodocia married Thomas Harper and was grandmother of the Sheriff of Cocke County, James Mack Harper b 1892 d 1975

10) Capt Edwin Allen b 1818 d 1862 Murfreesboro, Tennessee. The gallant soldier who led this regiment, married Lydia Vinson b 1818 d 1906. Only son Lewis Allen b 1840 d 1862 Camp Morton Federal Prison, Indianapolis, Indiana. He never married and therefore left no descendants.

11) Harriett Allen b 1821 d 1905 married Isaac W Weaver b 1814 d 1851, son of John above

Children of John “Sheriff” Allen b 1787 Culpeper Co. VA d 1863 married Margaret Peggy Huff b 1788 d 1862. Peggy was the aunt of Charity Huff who married Union man, JEFFERSON DENTON. John was son of Isaac Allen b 1755 Culpeper Co VA d 1831 supposedly married Frances Elizabeth Pettit. In the book "Over the Misty Blue Hills" by Ruth O'Dell, page 87, an article written by Cora Massey Mims states

"Sheriff John Allen was the ancestor in direct line of my husband's grandmother Katherine Allen McSween. As an in-law of that family, I heard may tales of pioneer days, and their family life on Cosby Creek. The old John Allen homesite is now occupied by GEORGE ALLEN, s descendant of the 3rd generation. He is now (1949) in his 80's.

"In my younger married life I was taken to see great-aunt Elizabeth, (note: Wood), a daughter in law of Sheriff John, then widowed, but still living in the old two-story log house. George, her son, was married in middle life, and afterwards built a new house, but the old one is still standing vacant, its front door riddled with bullet-holes, fired during the evil days of the Civil War."

1) Catherine Allen b 1811 married William Murdock McSween

2) William “Bill” Allen b 1812 d Nov 1864 Jones Cove, bushwacked by Felix Grundy Lewis Scouts, married Rhoda Allen b 1814 d 1857, dtr of John Bricklayer Allen

This is Grundy Lewis obituary in McKinney, Collin Co. Texas


Grundy Lewis Passes Away

Grundy Lewis aged, 72 years , one of Collin Counties best known citizens, died Thursday night at his home seven and a half miles west of town, after an illness of about ten days duration. Mr. Lewis was born in Tennessee and commanded a company from that state durig the Civil War, in which he served with gallantry as a soldier of the Confederacy. In 1859 he married Miss Lavinia Bryant and is survived by her and the children. In 1868 he moved to Texas and Collin County and has been a citizen of this county for over forty years, leaving hundreds of friends to deplore his death. The burial took place Saturday afternoon at Walnut Grove Cemetery in the presence of a large number of friends and relatives. We extend condolence to all to whom his death has brought bereavement.

3) Elizabeth “Betty” Allen b 1815 d 1901 married George Easterly and Macolm McNabb

4) Isaac Allen b 1817 d 1895 married Mary Polly Weaver b 1816 d 1909, daughter above

5) Nancy Allen b 1824 d 1912 married John M Lillard b 1819 d 1875 son of John Lillard Jr and Matilda Allen above

6) John J Allen Jr ‘POTTER JOHN” b 1828 d 1909 married Elizabeth Wood b 1834 d 1920. John J Allen served with the 62nd Tennessee Infantry Co I CSA

An article in the Newport Plaintalk Newspaper tells of the 150th anniversary of the war and the markers which are being placed for commemoration in Cocke Co.

The Battle of Murfreesboro (Confederate View) an excerpt of the article:

"On the 20th of April, 1863, Lieutenant-General Hardee, under instructions, furnished the following names of officers of his corps who fell at Murfreesboro, who were conspicuous for their valor, to be inscribed on the guns of one of the reserve batteries: Maj. Henry C. Erwin, Forty-fourth; Maj. James T. McReynolds, Thirty-seventh; Capt. E. Eldridge Wright, Wright's battery, and Capt. Edwin Allen, Company C, Twenty-sixth."

"The fourth sign will be located in Wilton Springs, near the intersection of Hwy. 321 and Middle Creek Road. "Janice and Tifton Haynes, owners of Whisperwood Retreat and Creekwalk Inn, are sponsoring this sign," said Lewanski, "which will tell the story of a company of Confederate troops organized by Captain Edwin Allen. Most of these young men hailed from the Wilton Springs, Edwina, and Lower Cosby communities, so it is only appropriate that the sign be located in this area."

Camp Morton, Indianapolis, Indiana

Crown Hill Confederate Cemetery, Indianapolis, Ind

Confederate Prison Site Alton, Illinois

80 Acres of Hell – Camp Douglas, Illinois

Point Lookout Prison, Maryland

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