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Rachael Elvira (Viry Edwards) Allen
Rachael was the widow of Henry Hartwell Allen.Henry was a confederate soldier from North Carolina who died at Gettysburg Pennsylvania.Rachael was the mother of 4 sons; all were living at the time of the 1880, 1900 and 1910 census.At least 3 of the sons moved with her from Indian LandTownship, Belair Post Office, Osceola, Lancaster County, South Carolina to Chickasaw Nation, Indian Territory (Now Oklahoma) about 1882.Sons, William Franklin and Major Weymouth, were first identified from the 1900 Indian Territory census.The other two sons, John W. and Joseph H. were identified from the 1880 Indianland TWP, Lancaster County, South Carolina census.The third son to move West is believed to be John W. Allen.The author believes that John W. may have been near Paris, Texas before 1900.He and his family were not identified in the 1900 Indian Territory or Texas census.It is thought that he finally settled in Oklahoma.The final destination of the fourth brother, Joseph H., is not known but the author believes that he settled near Athens, Georgia.A photograph exists to lead one to that conclusion until further research occurs.
Rachael ElviraEdwards Allen was born May 12, 1834 in Lincoln County, North Carolina.Her mother, Jane Hill and fatherEdmund Edwards, were also born in North Carolina.Rachael died in Artesia, New Mexico, on December 19, 1922 according to the funeral home record for that period.This date is also on the death certificate.The gravestone inscription (GSI) shows Rachael died December 20, 1922 which is thought to be the date of her interment.
The 1900 Indian Territory census shows her as born May 1833, but the GSI shows her born May 12, 1834.The Artesia, New Mexico Funeral Home record of that day confirms the 1834 birth date of Rachael.The 1860, July 23, Lincoln County, Catawba Springs, North Carolina census shows Rachel to be 22 years of age.
Rachael is listed as Elvira Allen, 35 years of age, along with sons William F., John W. and Waymouth in the 1870 Lincoln County, Catawba Springs TWP, Beatie's Ford Post Office, North Carolina.The fourth son, Joseph, was yet to be born.The 1870 census was taken on August 17, 1870.Rachael and her three sons, William F. John W. and Major Waymoreth are shown residing in the household of Elizabeth Hill, which may have been a sister of Jane Hill Edwards.Also listed in the household was a Vashti Hill.
The 1880 South Carolina census shows Elvira to be 44 years of age and that census was taken on June 12, 1880.Also listed are three of her four sons,They were John W., Major Weymouth, and Joseph H.Joseph was born 1873, in North Carolina, according to the 1880 census.The oldest son, William Franklin is shown living in Gaston County, North Carolina.He is residing in the household of his widowed grandmother, Mary Polly (Howard) Allen.This census was the 1880 River Bend TWP, Gaston County, North Carolina census.
While tracking William Franklin Allen, several interesting facts emerge from this census listing.Mary Allen, during her married life was known as Polly (Howard) Allen as shown in her North Carolina marriage bond and 1850, 1860 and 1870 Lincoln County, North Carolina census records.Since her husband Levi was alive in the 1870 census, he died between 1870 and 1880.The Howard genealogy says Polly died in 1872.This author believes that it may have been her husband Levi that died in 1872.
The Mary Allen household consisted of William Franklin Allen, grandson, Woodbury Allen, son, Mary's daughter in law Mary Emma (Painter) Allen and Willie Allen, grandson. William Franklin arrives and settles in Artesia, New Mexico in 1900.Woodbury and Mary Emma remain in River Bend, Gaston County, North Carolina.Willie (William H. Allen) marries and remains in River Bend, Gaston County, North Carolina.William H. is identified as the youngest child, William Allen, found in the 1870 Lincoln County, North Carolina census household of Levi Allen.Willie (William H.) is shown as a grandson of Mary in the 1880 census.At this writing the author is unsure of the parentage of William H. Allen.
In addition this author's finding disputes an ancestry record posted on several genealogical sites concerning the birth and death dates of Woodbury's parents.Census records validate this author's finding concerning Woodbury's parents and siblings.
In summary, Rachael Elvira (Edwards) Allen (William Franklin Allen's mother) has been identified in the 1850 North Carolina, 1860 North Carolina, 1870 North Carolina, 1880 South Carolina, 1900 Indian Territory (Oklahoma), 1910 New Mexico and 1920 New Mexico census.
When Rachael lived in Indian Territory she lived with her son Major Weymouth and his family.When she moved to Artesia, Eddy County, New Mexico, she lived with he first born son, William Franklin, and his wife, Mary Jane (Cook) Allen and their son Henry Crowel Allen.The reason for this change in households may have been that Rachael Elvira was getting on in years and Major and his family were moving around, finally settling in San Joaquin County, California, about 1915.This family probably followed William Franklin (Frank) to New Mexico, probably Artesia, although this has not been proven.From New Mexico the family went to Glendale, Arizona.In 1907 a son, Beauregard, was born in Glendale, Maricopa County, Arizona.In 1910, a daughter, Eugenia, was born in Duncan, Graham County, Arizona.This author believes that this child died young.A younger son, Weymouth, was born in New Mexico indicating the family went back to New Mexico from Arizona.They later returned to Glendale, Arizona.The family was in Glendale, Maricopa County, Arizona in 1913 and 1914.Sometime later they settled in the San Joaquin, O'Neil Township, (Stockton) area of California and a child, Suella, was born in 1916.)
William H. Allen