I also have a mysterious Allen Family! If this sounds familiar to anyone out there, please help: James Edgar Allen was born to Emma or Emily Richmond in either Campbell Co. TN or McCreary Co., KY around 1909. The only solid evidence we have is a Whitley Co., KY, marriage license in 1935 which lists him as 26 years old, and lists his parents as Emma Richmon(d) and a James Allen. We are fairly certain that Emma and James were never married. There is some huge "secret" about James, and we're very curious. (Is it just that they were never married, or he was already married to someone else, or what?) Family stories say that his (Allen) family offered to support this illegitimate child, but the Richmond family declined any assistance. 25 years ago or so when family members were still alive to ask, we got the reply "you don't want to know"...well, yes, we do. My father-in-law is getting very elderly and this James b in 1909 is my father-in-law's father. I'd really like to assist him in finding some answers. Any help would definitely be appreciated!