This is from the Burkett and Alford site by Dorothy Alford which is located on Rootsweb:
"The Allens were members of the Tinkling Springs Presbyterian Church near present-day Fisherville, Virginia, in the Shenandoah Valley. The church and cemetery are well cared for (1984) and services are still held there regularly. Note: Deeds and land plats indicate that the Allens and Thompsons owned land in the area in the 1730's and 1740's. Change Date: 26 NOV 2000
Marriage 1 Spouse Unknown Children 1. Rachel ALLEN ID: I3786 Name: Rachel ALLEN Reference Number: 115 Sex: F Note: !before her marriage was from Augusta Co., Virginia. Her family came to Abbeville District, South Carolina, just prior to the American Revolution. Note: So far research has not uncovered the pedigree of the Allen family beyond the father of Rachel. Note:
Change Date: 26 NOV 2000
Father: James ALLEN
Marriage 1 Matthew THOMPSON II Children 1. Elizabeth THOMPSON b: ABT 1763 in Pb.Augusta Co., VA ID: I3785 Name: Matthew THOMPSON II Reference Number: 114 Sex: M Note: The Thompsons and Allens came to Abbeville District, South Carolina just prior to the American Revolution. He was a Revolutionary War Soldier in Virginia. The families were residents in the same area of Virginia and the Thompsons were members of the Peaked Mountain Presbyterian Church a few miles north of Tinkling Springs. Deeds and plats indicate that the Thompsons owned land in the area in the 1730's and 1740's. Note: Jerry Thomson of Huntsville, AL has done extensive research on the Thom(p)son line in the US and has made several trips to Ireland and Scotland in search of family origins but has been unable to find a definite connection. He has spent a great bit of time in the Abbeville area seaching out exact locations of the homesteads -- and he is still looking for the location of Fort Bull, a Revolutionary War fort in Abbeville County... Change Date: 26 NOV 2000
Marriage 1 Rachel ALLEN Children 1. Elizabeth THOMPSON b: ABT 1763 in Pb.Augusta Co., VA"
I think we are talking about two different James Allens, as this one was a Captain in the French and Indian Wars in Colonial America.However, here is what I have according to LD McPherson in the book: Calhoun, Hamilton,Baskin and Related Families:
"Rachel Allen was the daughter of James Allen and wife, Mary, residents of Augusta County, VA, James Allen served as Captain in the French and Indian Wars, for which service his descendents have been admitted to membership in the Colonial dames of America.James Allen signed will April 28, 1788 recorded in Augusta County, VA, October 18, 1701 naming daughters, Rachel Thompson<>, Margaret Bell and son William Bell, Agnes Shields, Rebecca McClure, <> Elizabeth McNair, Mary Allen<>*** sons Francis, **** son-in law David McNair, son James Allen"<> bequething to: "son James Allen, my home plantation."
That is what I have.I do not have the original will.I think that would be worth looking at.
I don't want to jump to conclusions, but according to this book James Allen Sr, father of Rachel Allen had a son named James Allen.Jeames AllenSr also had a daughter with the last name McClure, could Rebecca have been a sister to your John?