I also have a William Riley Allen dead end. My Great grandfather was born 3-4-1868 in Jasper county Illinois, He married a Melodia Rude. What I don't know is his parents, the information I do have is sketchy since he was a woods colt. On his marriage certificate for mothers maiden name he just drew a line through it and for his father helisted William Allen. The story has always been that his mother was Heelen Allen and was not married she died when he was four and he was raised by a mr and mrs lottie and Henry Peters. Any body out want to claim a woods colt.