This is interesting.I've been doing research on my Austin ancestors.Parents Wilson and Catharine died in the 1832 cholera epidemic leaving two small children, Mary Ann and George.I've just been to the Library of Virginia, and there's not record of guardianship in either the Hustings Court or Henrico County Court, BUT, in 1844, on Mary Ann's marriage bond, Ralph E. Allen swears that she is over 21 and there is no impediment to the marriage. This is usually something done by the bride's father or guardian.
When I did a census search, I found in the 1840 census a Ralph E. Allen living in Richmond, Ward 2.The household has 1 mail under 5, one male between 20 and 30, one female between 10 and 15, 3 females between 15 and 20 and 1 female between 20 and 30.I couldn't locate him in the 1840 census, but he does appear in the 1860 census at age 57 (est born in 1803)living with an Allergee family and a Ralph Allen, 18 years old (his son?).His occupation is listed as clerk.
Does this help?Have you come across the Austin connection?He's on my list for my next schlep to the Library of VA, but it may be a while as I live in NY State.