Sorry for the delay in my reply.It appears that the post I made on 5/14 was lost while the forum was down.Unfortunately I don't know any more than I did in the post you replied to, but have aquestionthat you might be able to answer:
In the 1850 Wayne County Tennessee census , my HOWELL ALLEN'S household included two females, ADELINE, age 16 and ELIZABETH, age 7, both born in Alabama. Howell was born in NC.This census is the only record I have found in Tennessee related to Howell, Adeline or Elizabeth. Does your history reflect any female relatives with comparable names and ages that might give us a clue?
I did see in the 1870 Anderson Co SC census a girl, who appears to be one of Howell and Lucinda's daughters, was a domestic servant for a woman that could possibly be one of these stepsisters,but that is just a wild guess, unsupported by any evidence. Do you have any ideas on this subject?
My Howell in Wayne Co. TN is of the correct age to be the father of ROBERT ALLEN (born I think in the Carolinas), but also of Wayne Co TN in 1850 and possibly the brother of my SARAH ALLEN HAYES(born in Alabama).Robert's son, ROBERT SHELTON ALLEN, married three times, third to Mary Hayes, a younger daughter of Sarah Allen Hayes (if this lineage is correct Shelton and Mary would have been cousins).I also suspect that Howell is the H. ALLEN found in the 1840 census of Lauderdale County Alabama.Wayne County TN and Lauderdale Co AL are contiguous counties on the Alabama/Tennessee border.
So far I have no conclusive evidence about my relationship to Howell Allen, or mygreat great grandmother's true ALLEN lineage, just speculation. So I'm still trying to explore every possibility. Howell Allen of the 1850 Wayne County TN Population schedule and Anna Allen of the 1850 Wayne County TN Mortality schedule appear to be the most likely candidates.