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BIRTH & DEATH: Pension papers in National Archives, copy in my possession, lived in Iredell Co. NC in 1788, Vincent lived there two years, then moved to Lincoln Co. in 1790. Was probably related to Erasmus Allen. May have been son of William Allen. A William Allen lived next to John Hails according to deed of Matthew Ligon, dated 20 May 1740, Goochland Co, Va. A John Haile had a daughter Susannah Haile, who married an Allen per his will of 1744 in Essex Co, Va. Vincent on Culpepper tax rolls 1782-1787. On 1800 Lincoln Census. M-31010 F-13210 This means he had another unnamed son. 1810 Lincoln Census: M-11001 F-01001
An affidavit by Vincent Allen at Lincoln County, part of the material in his military file from the national archives:
State of North CarolinaCounty Court of Pleas & Quarterly Sessions
Lincoln CountyJuly Session 1832
On this 16th Day of July 1832 personally appeared before this Justice of the County Court aforesaid Vincent Allen a resident of Lincoln County in said state aged Seventy Six years who being first duly sworn according to law doth on his own oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefits of the provisions made by the Act of Congress passed June 7th 1832. That he enlisted in what was called the Minute Army at Culpepper Court Houseabout 1st of October 1775 in the best of his recollection under Captain John Jamieson, Col (Lawrence) Taliafero and marched under him to Williamsburg. In the January following was discharged from that service. That on 19th day of March 1781 he was drafted at Culpepper Court house in the state of Virginia & shortly afterward joined the 4th Regiment at Fredricksburg under Captain Crain, Col Febecker and continued under him until the surrender of Cornwallis, then was placed under Captain Kirkpatrick & afterward under Captain Luke Cannon at Cumberland old CourtHouse State of Virginia. Then under Leut. Robert Craddock in winter quarters at Cumberland Old Court House under Genl Febecker. That on 14th of February 1782 was marched to Georgia under Col. Posey detachment or regiment & joined Genl Morgan at Ebenezer on 7th of May 1782 in said state from there he was marched on 7th of October following & joined Genl Green at Ashley Mill ? State of South Carolina & served in his army until his term of service expired. That his draft on 19th March 1781 was for eighteen months but he served until 11th Nov 1782 when he was discharged at Cumberland Old Court House, State of Virginia, which is now out of his possession, & next he served one month as a volunteer guarding prisoners at the Albemarle Barracks, State of Virginia. Beside this service that he resided in the County of Culpepper, State of Virginia after the war, till the year 1787 or 1788 & then moved to the County of Lincoln, State of North Carolina, where he resided ever since except two years in the County of Iredell.
He hereby relenquishes every claim to a pension or an annuity, except the present and he declares that his name is not on the pension roll of any agency of any state.
Sworn to & Subscribed the day and year aforesaidVincent Allen
State of North CarolinaCourt of Pleas and Quarterly sessions
Lincoln CountyJanuary Session 1833
On the 21st day of January 1833 personally appeared Vincent Allen before the Justice of the County Court in said state, who after being duly sworn according to law doth on his own oath make the following additional declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the provisions made by the Act of Congress passed June 7th 1832.
Where and in what year were you born?
Answer: I was born in Essex County in the State of Virginia on 11th day of May 1756 and from that County my father moved to Culpepper County inVirginia when I was about 11 or 12 years old.
Have you any record of your age and if so, where is it?
Answer:I have my age set down in my Bible, now in my possession, which I copied from my father's Bible.
Did you ever receive a discharge from the service, & if so, by whom was it given & what has become of it?
Answer:I did receive a discharge from the service, but can not recollect the name of the officer who signed it. It was given at Cumberland Old Court House in the State of Virginia. After being discharged from the service I was in want of provision to live on & I sold my discharge to Reuben Waggoner in Culpepper County aforesaid, for corn, who I understood filed it in the office and drew my pay.
State the name of persons to whom you are known in your present neighborhood & who can testify as to your character for veracity & their belief of your service as a soldier of the Revolution.
Jeremiah Munday, a minister of the gospel, Robert ?????? also a minister, & soldiers, Charles Rogers, a soldier. The Honble ????? ?????? & others
Sworn to and subscribed the day and year aforesaidVincent Allen
Vardry McBeeClerk of Said Court
More pension facts:At time of Elizabeth's death, the following were listed as survivors: John, Stanly, Margaret, Hale Allen, the said Vincent Hale Allen is the only one known to be living (23 Feb 1853), the others, John, Stanly and Margaret, having left the country. (No mention of Nancy Ann who M- Nicholas Faulkner).
An affidavit by Elizabeth Allen to the Lincoln County Court: (NC)
On the 4th day of September 1838, personally appeared in open court, being a court of record, Elizabeth Allen, a resident of Lincoln County, State of North Carolina, aged eighty four years, who being first duly sworn according to law, doth, on her oath, make the following declaration, in order to obtain the benefits of the provisions made by the act of Congress passed July 4th 1836 & the explanatory of said act passed March 3rd 1837. That she was married to Vincent Allen on the 27th day of January 1776, who afterwards entered the service of the United States in the Army of the Revolution as a private. That she recollects he once marched under the command of Captain Jameison, but is unable to state the time he marched or any other officers in the command, nor can she the engagement, if any in which said Vincent Allen was. That said Vincent Allen resided in Culpepper County, State of Virginia, when he entered the service. That he was draughted, as she has understood, she cannot state the battles in which he was engaged, that she can remember to have heard of his being at Savannah and ??? Charleston in South Carolina while in the service. That she has no documentary evidence in her possession in support of her claim, but ??????? to refer to the petitions & affidavits of said Vincent Allen , filed in the office of the Secretary of War, by him when he applied & obtained a certificate for a pension. She further swears that she was married to said Vincent Allen on the 27th day of January 1776 in Culpepper County, State of Virginia, that her husband, the aforesaid Vincent Allen died on the 30th day of May 1834, and that she was a widow on the4th day of July 1836 & still remains a widow and will more fully appear by reference to theproof hereto annexed. Your petitioner has been to state that after the death of her husband on 30th Mat 1834, she applied for the balance of his pension, which had accrued from the time of his drawing the same before his death, ?till her death?, & his being informed that the certificate of pension was attached to his papers & that she ??????? to refer, also to his original papers, when he first applied for a pension, which she has been informed was on 16th March 1833.
Sworn to and Subscribed in Open Court(Elizabeth Allen, Her Mark)H Cansler, Clerk
Another affidavit by Edmond Waggoner:
State of North Carolina
Lincoln County on the 3rd day of September 1838 came Edmund Waggoner of said county, aged 82 years of age (who from bodily infirmities is unable to get to Court) before said Robert Burton, a Justice of the Peace in & for said Court & made oath in due form of law, that he was acquainted with Vincent Allen, now deceased, before he was married, in Culpepper County, State of Virginia, that he was his own cousin, that before the Revolutionary War, he, the deponent, moved to South Carolina with his father, that some time after, he the deponent, moved back to Virginia & found the said Vincent Allen living with Elizabeth the present Applicant as his wife & understood that they had been married some time before and was acknowledged among the connections?as such that some forty five years ago the deponent moved to Lincoln County NC & some two years later Vincent Allen and Elizabeth also moved to Lincoln County &lived not far from the deponent as man and wife till his death; also he states that he paid a second visit to Virginia before his removal to N Carolina & then saw said Vincent Allen & Elizabeth living as man and wife, he further states that said Elizabeth Allen has never married since the death of said V Allen, that he ever heard of andbelieves that she never has. He further states he always understood and believes that said Vincent Allen did serve as a drafted soldier in the Revolutionary War for eighteen months or more.
Sworn andsubscribed before me the date above Robert Burton, J P
Signed by Edmond Waggoner in a very fragile handwriting.
Upon these depositions Elizabeth was owed a payment of $393.33. I'm not sure if she ever received it.
History of The Culpepper Minute Men
At the Virginia convention held May 1775, in Richmond, the Colony of Virginia was divided into 16 districts and each district instructed to raise and discipline a battalion of men "to march at a minute's notice."Culpeper, Fauquier and Orange counties, forming one district, raised a cadre of 350 men, 150 men from Culpeper, 100 from Orange and 100 from Fauquier, called the Culpeper Minute Men. Organized July 17, 1775, under a large oak tree in "Clayton's old field" (later known as Catalpa Farm). The Committee of Safety commissioned Lawrence Taliafero, of Orange, to be the Colonel; Edward Stevens, of Culpeper, to be the Lieutenant Colonel; and Thomas Marshall of Fauquier to be the Major of this Battalion. They also commissioned ten Captains for the Companies which were to make up the Battalion, among them were: John Jamieson, then Clerk of Culpeper County and a member of the Committee of Safety; Philip Clayton; James Slaughter; George Slaughter; and Capt. McClanahan, A Baptist minister, who regularly preached to his troops. (It was the custom then to put all the Baptists in one Company, for they were among the most strenous supporters of liberty, The Methodists went into another, according to the wishes of the Committee of Safety which recommended that the different religious denominations each organize companies of their own kind.)They adopted uniforms consisting of hunting shirts of strong, brown lines, dyed with an extract of the leaves of trees (probably the broad of oak leaves). On the breast of each shirt was worked in large white letters the words: "LIBERTY OR DEATH." (A wag of the times said that this was too severe for him, but that he would enlist if they could change the motto to "Liberty or be Crippled."Their flag had a rattlesnake with 13 rattles, coiled in the center, read to strike. Underneath it were the words: "DON'T TREAD ON ME." On either side were the words: "LIBERTY OR DEATH." And at the top "THE CULPEPER MINUTE MEN." The Minute Men took part in the Battle of Great Bridge, the first Revolutionary battle on Virginia soil.No sooner were they formed than the companies of Culpeper Minute Men were absorbed into regiments of the Continental Line, and by Act of Assembly in October 1776, they were dissolved and merged into the militia.Several original Culpeper Minute Men were sufferers at Valley Forge.
BIRTH: Age 84 in 1838 when filed an affidavit for pension.
DEATH: Will on file at Lincoln Co NC Courthouse, copy in my possession, and pension papers of Vincent Allen.
Will of Elizabeth Allen
In the name of God, Amen.I Elizabeth Allen of the County of Lincoln, State of North Carolina,being of sound & disposingmind & memory ??? & publish this as my last will& testament. In the first place, I commend my soul to God who gave it to me hoping in a joyful ressurrection ? ? ? at the great day of judgment.After my funeral expenses and debts are paid I will and bequeath all my property in the following manner:Viz I will bequeath the tract of land which was conveyed by?Osborne? Proctor to me in the County of Lincoln aforesaid, joining lands of Henry Keever, John Lynch & others to John Allen my grandson, son of Vincent Hail Allen to hold in trust for the use and benefit of the said Vincent Hail Allen during his natural life. All the profits & rents of said land to be applied by the saidJohn Allen to the support and maintenanceof my sonVincent Hail Allen during his natural life. But in no case to be taken for the debts of said Vincent Hail Allen. & in case the said John Allen shall suffer the said Vincent Hail Allen to reside and cultivate said land it shall not be a breach of trust. & after the death of said Vincent Hail Allen I will & bequeath the said tract of land to my two grandchildren Vincent Hail Allen & John Allen to be equally divided between them the sons of Vincent Hail Allen. I allow & authorize my Executor to sell any part of my land or every part either privately or public on whatever terms he may think best, & at what time he may think proper, and give title for the same to satisfy all my debts & demands. I also will and bequeath to my son John Allen, one dollar. To my daughter Nancy, one dollar. To my daughter Susan, one dollar. To my daughter Stanly, one dollar. To my daughter Lucy, one dollar. To my daughter Peggy, one dollar. To my son Andrew, one dollar. To my grandson John Allen my bed & furniture to hold in trust for the use & benefit of my said son Vincent Hail Allen during his natural life, and after his death to belong to my said grandson John Allen. My rifle gun I will & bequeath to my grandson Vincent Allen son of said Vincent Hail Allen to keep in trust for the use & benefit of my said son Vincent Hail Allen during his natural life & after his death to be the property of said Vincent Allen. All the rest & balance of my property which I may have at my death consisting of money, notes, or anything else I will & bequeath to my grandson Thomas Neal Allen son of said Vincent Hail Allen. Except what provisions that may be on hand at the time of my death, I will that to be expended for the support & maintenance of said Vincent Hail Allen and his family. I hereby appoint my trusty friend Jacob Helderman Executor of this my last will & testament, & no other person - In witness whereof I have set hereunto my hand & seal this the 30th day of May one thousand eight hundred forty seven- signed sealed & delivered in the presence ofWm W Munday, Andrew Helderman.
Some believe Elizabeth to be a Hail or Proctor or Mitchell or Waggoner. I have researched all these and have found nothing.
From a Bible in my possession:
I am interested in sources for Vincent's parents and Elizabeth's name Henley.