Below is a compilation of information I prepared on Vincent Allen.I would appreciate any additions or corrections provided they are backed up with sources.
"Vincent Allen,born in 1760 at Lunenburg, VA, was named after his maternal grandfather.Within a year of his birth the family moved to Bute County NC, which became Warren County in 1779.James Walter Allen states that Vincent was the third son and fourth child of Captain Charles Allen, citing Heitman’s War Record of the Revolutionary War.However, birthdates of Vincent’s siblings seem to indicate he was the sixth child and fifth son. The Revolutionary War began when he was sixteen years old, and persisted long enough for Vincent to serve just as his father and older brothers did.Heenlisted in a Virginia Regiment, under Lieutenant ColonelPosey.This was probably the 7th Virginia regiment and he was most likely with Posey at Yorktown, VA on October 19, 1781 when Cornwallis surrendered.There are some sources which credit Vincent with being in his father’s Company, but no proof can be found to support such service. A few years after the war Vincent courted a young lady, Mary Bowdoin, who was born in 1766 in Bertie, NC, but nowresided in Granville County. Shortly thereafter Vincent began construction on a home for his future bride. Finished in 1790, the house is witness to the fact that Vincent made good use of the years following the war.The house still stands (see photos) and was a substantial home for its day.Advertised for sale on the internet in the summer of 2003, the property went quickly and thebuyer has announced plans to restore the house. In 1791 in Warren County NC, Vincentmarried Mary Bowdoin,the daughter of Judith Farrar and John Bowdoin.Marydescended from the Honorable Pierre Bowdoin, who came to America from La Rochelle, France and settled at Casco Bay, now Portland, Maine, in 1685, and later in Boston. Pierre’s son and our ancestor, John Bowdoin, settled in Northampton County, Virginia circa 1699. Vincent planted cotton on his Plantation.In 1808 his father left himone male slave named Stephen.No records have been found to indicate he had others, but itis not inconceivable . In 1811 Vincent appeared on the list of taxables in Warren County,as were his brothers, Charles and James. Vincent and Mary raised eight children.This in itself was quite a feat considering the house only had two bedrooms.One wonders where eight children slept.The house plan shows a bathroom, but that was obviously added later.Backyard privies were more likely.The interior photo shows a relatively up to date kitchen with a stove, but they too were more recent renovations.The outbuilding shown in the upper right corner of page 11 served as a kitchen for many years. Vincent died in April 1836 in Warren, TN, at the age of 76. Nancy’s grandmother, Sarah Tate Odeneal, may have been living with the family when she died.Nancy’s son, John, was the Administrator ofher estate, from which one bed and saddle were sold on September 14, 1839. In 1850, Mary died in Hardeman County, TN,whereher son, John, lived.She was 84 years old."