I was so happy to see your posting. While I'm not sure exactly where Col. William Allen fits in, I can supply the following information. My great, great grandfather was Henry Allen. He lived in the Lincoln and Catawba County, North Carolina. He and two of his brothers fought in the Civil War (Confederates) Both of his brothers died at Gettysburg and he died 3 days later from wound he sustained at Gettysburg. He was married to Rachael El Vira Edwards, a full blood Catawba Indian. They had three sons. After Henry's death, Rachel lived with her boys on Indian Land and can be found on the United State Census before and after she married Henry Allen as living on Indian Land. Their boy's names were Joseph H. Allen, Waymouth Allen and my great grandfather John Webster Allen. Joseph H. Allen disappeared and we don't know what became of him.
Henry Allen's father was Levi Allen and Levi's father was Reuben Allen born in 1772 four years before we gained our independance from England. I think Reuban had at least 13 or 14 children. My father just sent me a CD with all of the history, but I haven't had a chance to look at it yet.
I believe the "Catawba Purchase" you mentioned was a time when the Catawba Indians had not been formally recognized as an individually tribe and they were being shuffled back and forth between North and South Carolina. Many of them sold the land they had been living on. The Catawba Indians were just only formally recognized by the United States Government as a separate Siou-Speaking Tribe in 1962. Many of the Catawba Indians fought for the Confederate Cause. I am in the process of sending all of great, great grandmother's Census records and her picture to the Catawba Indian Nation.
Please tell me where Col. William Allen fits in all of this. I'm almost positive that one of Henry Allen's brothers that died at Gettysburg was named Joseph H. Allen and that Henry and Rachel named one of their sons after him.
I'm most anxious for your reply. By the way, my father has all kinds of pictures of the Allen's and a scanner so he could e-mail them to you if you are interested. My scanner went out on me and I haven't purchased a new one yet. Hoping to hear from you soon. Sincerely Kathryne