The starting point for this query is Nancy Allen Sharpe, who was born about 1775 in Henrico Co, VA.The question is where did she get her name?
Nancy Allen Sharpe was the only child of William Sharpe and Ann ( ------).William Sharpe was the son of William Sharpe and Elizabeth (------).
William senior died in 1768 or 1769, leaving his widow Elizabeth, three sons -- Julius, William and Isaac, and daughters Nancy, Ursula, Ruth, Elizabeth, Susanna, and Sarah. (Daughter Elizabeth Sharpe married Robert Allen before 1785.)
William junior was mentioned in his grandfather Robert Sharpe's will dated 5 Jun 1772.He was left land on condition that (1) he have legitimate issue, and (2) he pay some of his siblings in cash for their legacies.He died about 1782, when his wife had married John James Woodfin and Woodfin was appointed guardian of the property of Nancy Allen Sharpe (Nancy inheriting the rights to the land devised by William's grandfather), and Woodfin finally paid the legacies on her behalf (and then married her to his son by a previous marriage to get control of the land).
Ann (-----) Sharpe Woodfin died between 1787 and 1795.John James Woodfin died about 1805.
The naming pattern would suggest that there was a Nancy Allen.The existence of a Nancy Sharpe, sister to William, suggests that this Nancy Allen might have been Elizabeth's mother.It could also be that Ann was an Allen.
Is there an Ann Allen of the appropriate age who might have married William Sharpe junior around 1772 to 1775?Is there an Elizabeth Allen a generation earlier whose husband is not identified, who might have married William Sharpe senior?