You are right about the "damn yankee" stuff.... I think my Allen line had about 3 rough things to fight, #1 They were southerners who were sympathetic to the North and fought for the Union, and for that I heard that they were ostracized, #2 some did marry Cherokee Indians and #3 There was a disputed will somewhere with some bad feelings.My mother is 73 and she said they never went around their Allen relatives and when asked was told to more or less leave it alone.I have a 4 page letter dated March 20, 1862 from a T.Allan Richmond VA, written to Mattie Burns Winn and Edwin in Allendale GA (Banks County) basically thanking them for taking care of his family while he was away (war?) while "others" who were "under much superior obligations" (family???) treated them with COLD NEGLECT and INDIFFERENCE.It also spoke of the untimely death of his brother Robert. These hostilities have lasted through a couple of generations.
I am trying to find the Allan/Allen connection.It exists and I am convinced that the reason for the name change was the rift(s) whatever they were.My correspondence from Texas was very surprised that there were any Allens at all in Georgia because they thought they were all "run out".I think the ones that stuck around got ostracized though.I should post this entire letter to see if anyone can make anything out of it.I also think that it may be possible that "Allen" may have been the middle name of some relative, which got dropped.Maybe took the mother's maiden name or something....Just speculation though. cheryl