Hey Y'all since last posting have put together more info. on my line.
Hiram Allen b. 1796 SC died aft 1880 prob. Talladega Co. Al. He had two wives, 17 kids.
His son, Columbus H. Allen b. 1843 Jackson Co. GA is my gr grandpappy.
The more I talk to other Allen descendants the more I find diabetes in the families.
Dyslexia also, both my sons diagnosed as children. Both are highly intelligent also, both graduated in the top third of their class, one was 17th out of about 500. Have found out that the majority of children with Dyslexia, are above average in intelligence.
Three of the five children of my parents had above average IQ's. Yes, I was one of the three with above average IQ. (wouldn't have known it from my grades in school.)
Three of us had a speech impediment that was also genetic.Two of my children also had to have speech therapy and two of grandchildren so far are in speech therapy.
One sister had two children with the speech impediment, the other sister had only "perfect" children according to her.
After speech therapy, we never shut up, according to my late daddy.It has something to do with a muscle that connects the tongue to the bottom of the mouth.They use to call it "lazy tongue".I had to exercise that muscle by sticking my tongue out to touch my nose, cheek, and chin.That part was fun sitting in front of a mirror getting to stick my tongue out!There were lots of other exercises using the tongue to make it work when a person talks.Some things never change.My grand daughter was showing me her "tongue" exercises the other day.