I am not sure that this is related to your question but I have researched a Allen family back to Virginia. I have just looked at my records and cannot find what I am looking for. I remember that a Allen man married a lady whose last name was Nance. A son in the next generation had a middle name of Nance. This family was in southern Virginia and several members of this family moved to SC and Georgia. Go to Rootsweb.com or FamilySearch.org. or use this web site a look for a person named Beverly Allen. He is attached to this family and died in Georgia. I hope this is helpful and not a wild goose chase.