Seeking information on my g-g-grandfather I.A. (or J.A.-records hard to read) Allen. Born in Alabama abt 1844, married Annie Mae Howard (b. abt 1845) abt 1861. Census says father born Ala, Mother born NC. For Annie Howard, both parents born in TN Children were Susan Frances Allen b.1862, James A. Allen b.1866, John Allen b.1869, Benjamin J. Allen b.1872, Annie Allen b.1874, and Holly D. Allen b.1877. All children listed as born in Alabama. In 1880, family lived in Bear Creek, Shelby county, Alabama. Family tradition says that either I.A. or Annie Howard or both were at least part Cherokee. Never have been able to prove this. In 1881-Susan Frances Allen married John Nelson Hawkins and I have lots of records from that point forward.