I am not researching this family, and I noticed several messages concerning Reubens; don't know where these fit in.From the booklet "Mt. Jackson - the Past of the Present and the Future" which was put out by the local chamber of commerce:
"White Hall (pictured) - Of the number of old homes around Mount Jackson owned by the descendants of Reuben Allen I, White Hall is perhaps one of the oldest.It is located north of Mount Jackson and east of Hawkinstown.From the time Reuben Allen I's descendants obtained their first Fai8rfax land grants to the present day, constant ownership has been maintained."
"Reuben Allen I's son, Reuben II, amassed during his short life span of 30 years, 1,070 acres of land which extended from Triplett School in Mount Jackson to the land of Joseph Hawkins in Hawkinstown."
"When Reuben Allen III, just three years old when his father died probably either of an epidemic or by an Indian raid, reached his majority, he sold to his Uncle Jackson Allen a 140 acre tract on the northern portion of his land.It is this Allen who possibly built the original log house, later known as White Hall.Jackson sold the property to his son, Reuben, who lived until 1806 when he sold White Hall to his younger brother, Israel Allen."
"It was Israel who enlarged the house from a log cabin to its present size to accommodate his large family - seven sons and four daughters."
"Israel's son, John Jackson Allen purchased the home place in 1846.He willed White Hall to his son, George W. Allen, in 1858.Four years later, George was killed in the Civil War."
"White Hall passed into the hands of his two sisters.Since that time White Hall has continued to be inherited by allen descendants - one of whom married a man with a truly American name, George Washington James Monroe Fleming.Since 1927, White Hall has been in the ownership of the Flemings."
"The Cave That Became A Dairy - As early settlers of southern Shenandoah County, the Allen family discovered a small cave in some rocks situated atop a knoll in their very backyard.The original homestead, built of logs, was known as White Hall, near Hawkinstown.This cavity let to a stream of clear sparkling water some 30 feet below the surface.To obtain the water was a difficult climb down and an arduous one back up again."
"Israel Allen, son of reuben II, who had obtained the original land grant from Lord Fairfax of 625 acres, built a brick building near the opening of the cave.Then he dug a well to strike the water vein and enlarged the mouth of the cave.By these improvements, he owned one of the most valuable places in the County in the early 1800s for preserving milk, butter and even meat.In warm weather the opening from the milk house to the water discharged a continuous current of cool air directly into the dairy.In winter the constant temperature from the cave kept the foods from freezing.The dairy is no longer in use - today electricity with the resultant refrigerators has supplanted the dairy of yesterday."
"More About White Hall - George W. Allen, born in 1841, inherited White Hall from his fahter, John Jackson Allen, in 1858.In May, 1861, he became the Captain of the newly organized company at Mt. Jackson, known as Allen's Infantry.The group numbered some 60 to 70 men.The ladies of the town volunteered to make their uniforms.The sewing room for this project was the little red brick Union Church.Young George went off to fight for the Confederacy in the Civil War and was killed one year later in 1862."
"White Hall passed on to his two sisters.The old home place continued in the Allen family until 1927, when Kate S. Walker, the Allen descendant and owner, sold White Hall to George Washington James Monroe Fleming.Even this sale did not break the succession of Allen ownership because his wife, Bertie Alice Hawkins Fleming, was an Allen descendant."