First I would like to ask if you have your Howell Allen in any census before 1860, specifically the 1850 census.If you do that would eliminate him as my Howell Allen who was a widower in the 1850 Wayne County TN Population Census. Although I am not sure, I think my Howell might also be the H. ALLEN in the 1840 Lauderdale County census.Wayne County TN and Lauderdale Co AL are contiguous counties on the Tennessee/Alabama border.Although not contiguous to Anderson Co. SC,they are not so very far away, lending to the possibility that we could be looking at the same man.
In 1850 my Howell Allen was aged 50, on reviewing the 1860 Anderson Co SC census where Howell Allen, the husband of Lucinda appears to be 64, I wonder if his age might not actually be 60 instead.I have examined the "4s" (fours) in the rest of the page and find them to be much more distinctly written than the one in Howell's age.I have also examined the "6s" (sixes) and "0s" (zeroes) and see that many of them appear to have a "parenthetical" appearance, with open bottoms.Do you have other documentspertaining to Howell's age that would support a birth year of 1796?
I think I may have mis-stated the facts regarding the 1870 census data. I think I indicated that a daughter of Howell and Lucinda appeared as a domestic servant in anotherhousehold on the SAME page as Lucinda.That is incorrect. In fact, I find Nancy Allen, age 12 a domestic servant in the household of George and Elizabeth McDavid, but Lucinda is NOT on the same page (Page No.9?/stamped #403 HN 62 FN 61).I believe Lucinda is enumerated in the 1870 census with Martha and William in her household, however I do not find that page in my records.Where I got confused is that George and Elizabeth McDavid were neighors of Howell and Lucinda in 1860. (They were HN 455 FN 449, Howell and Lucinda were HN 459 FN 453)
I have no information on "my" Howell Allen other than that found in the 1850 Wayne Co, Census - including whether he is actually my ancestor.If he is indeed the father of my great great grandmother AND the father of a fellow researcher's great grandfather, he apears to have been born in NC about 1800, resided in SC in the late 1820 to very early 1830s, when at least one son was born and in AL from the still early 1830s to the early 1840 at least, where at least three daughters were born,before residing in Wayne Co TN in 1850.I think it likely that he was the widower of Anna Allen who appears in the 1850 Wayne Co Mortality Schedule.He could read and write and had property (valued ataround $400 I think - without looking at the data).I can not find a trace of Howell, or the two girls in his household, in Wayne County after the 1850 census.Your Howell Allen is the only other candidate that I initially found,and that is why I am interested in learning more about him in order to verify that he is my 3g grandfather or eliminate him as the same.