I keep seeing where people are putting the birth date for Samuel Allen that married Sarah Prater at any where from 1855 to 1865.
This can not be correct.Two records disprove this.First it is recorded in the Russell Co. Court records: Court, July 26, 1796 P323 - Samuel Allen exempted from paying poll tax & county levy on account of his age & bodily infirmities.
Now even if we go along with the " He was born in 1855 date then he would have only been 41 years old then and you can bet you sweet bippy they would have collected taxes from him.
Second in the Henry Co. VA court records for the year 1782 one year prior to the year that he and Sarah married (1783) it is recorded:"Samuel Allen made oath that he served as a Capt.Under Col. Wise and Col. Byrd in 1760."
Now to be a Capt. I would guess that he was at least 20 years old, and if you subtract that from 1760 we are looking at a date of 1740 or before.Which means that he was at least abt 33 years old when he and Sarah married.