This came from "Pioneers of Wiregrass, GA" Volume 7:
George W. Allen was born in Appling County, Feb 15, 1837 one of the two sons of John M. Allen Sr. and his wife Jane Tyre Allen.The elder Allen was a native of Maine and died in the 1840s, and his widow about 1848 married Thomas Woods in Appling County and had further issue.The family lived in that portion of Appling made into Pierce County in 1858.George W. Allen was married four times.His first marriage was in 1856 to Keziah Davis, born 1841, daughter of George W. Davis, Jr., of Pierce County, By her three children were born, viz:Mary Jane b 1857 m Seaborn B. Roddenberry 1/2/1881, John A. b 1858 m Catherine Ammons, 11/9/1886 in Pierce Co., and George W. Jr., b 1861 m Julia Ann Ammons, 4/1/1884, dau of James B.
The first marriage ended in separation and divorce.The second marriage was in Charlton County in 1868 to Mary Ellen Grooms, born 1849 daughter of Josiah Grooms of Charlton County.By her five children were born, viz:
Captain Crum, b 1869 m Martha Johns, Gertner b 1872 m Henry Levi Herrin, Joseph C. b 1874 m Penny Thomas daug of Riley T., DredB. b 1875 m Charity Kelly, G. Colquitt b 1877 m Gussie Highsmith 1/29/1900.
The second wife died about 1885 and Mr. Allen then married Katie Knox, born 1852, daughter of Wiley Knox of present Brantley County.She died about 2 years later in childbirth, the child also dying.The fourth marriage was 5/3/1891 to Mary (called "Mollie") Ammons, born 12/25/1851, died 4/16/1927 daughter of James B. Ammons.By her three children were born, viz:Patrick Henry b 1892, died single age 21 yrs, William Robert b 1894, m Vandella Wainwright, Emeline b 1897 m 1) Alex. Mills, 2) Noah Jordan.
Mr. Allen was living in lower Wayne (now Brantley) County when the civil war began.He volunteered and enlisted 3/3/1862 in Co. (?) 50th. GA Infantry Regiment, C.S.A., a Pierce County company.He was wounded and captured at Crampton's Gap, Maryland 9/4/1862.He was confined in Fort Delaware Federal Prison until 12/18/1862 when he was exchanged.He rejoined his command, and was promoted to corporal in March 1864.He was again captured at Cedar Creek, VA, 10/19/1864 and was kept in Elmira NY Fed. Prison until 6/16/1865 when he was paroled and returned home.
Following his second marriage, Mr. Allen moved to Charlton County and located on the Great Satilla River and established a ferry known as Allen's Ferry.About 1880 he moved 2 miles SW to the present old Allen homestead and lived there until his death 12/16/1904.He and his last three wives were buried in the Allen family cemetery about half-mile east from his homeplace.He was a member of Folkston Lodge, No. 196, F&A.M. at Folkston, originally known as Traders Hill Lodge.
The son, Joseph C. Allen, a=was Receiver of Tax Returns of Charlton County, 1905-1909 and then was Tax-Collector 1911-1913 and Clerk of Charlton Superior Court 1913-1921.The youngest son, W.R. Allen served an unexpired term of three years as Receiver of Tax Returns of Charlton County. E.F. Allen, a grandson, was Clerk of Superior Court in Charlton County, 1943-1945, and another grandson J.C. Allen, held the same office in Brantley County for eight years.
Brother of George was John M. Allen Jr. 1835 - 1862, married to Sarah Moody b 1835 daughter of Thomas Moody and Elizabeth Ann Thornton Moody of Ware (now Pierce) County.To them were born five children, the last one being only three months old when the father died:Nathaniel Joseph b 1853 m Frances Winn dau of Joseph J., Sarah Elizabeth b 1855, m Rev. Richard A. James 2/1/1872, John Riley b 1857 m Jane Highsmith, James Washington b 1860 m Georgia A. Sapp, July 18, 1883 dau. of John H., Oceana b 1862 m. Richard A. Lee, son of Jackson 8/25/1878
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