I just read with interest your post of a couple of years ago regarding William Riley Allen.Jan Signaigo said she had a "Dead End" Allen with William Riley Allen.My wife's line also dead ends with William Riley Allen in Missouri.What we have is him marrying a Sara Jane Risenhoover.Children in the household were:
Alice Rose Allenb. 1874d. 1965 Heber Springs, AR Lewis Allen Joseph Allen Charles Allen Melvinia Allen Melinda Allen Louisa Jane Allenm Lafayette Endsley
I'm wondering if this could be your William Riley Allen.We know that Alice Rose Allen was the daughter of William Riley Allen and Sarah Risenhoover, but the others could well be children of an earlier marriage if the earlier spouse had died;the use of the name Malinda for a child is particularly significant if Jan's identifying Malinda as a wife of William Riley Allen is correct.It would also not be unusual for a child (Alice) to be named after an earlier child who had died young.
From family anecdotal history, we know that both William Riley and Sarah died shortly after Alice Rose Allen's birth, and she grew up with her older sister, Louisia Jane.
I know this sounds like the purest form of speculation, but sometimes that's the first step to proof.Does this sound like it might fit in with your group?