Hallelulah!I finally found the article after about 3 days at the library.....It did not list any Allens.These are the names: Daniel Brown, Edward Williams, Aunt Phyllis (slave), Henry Conley, son in law to Daniel Brown, Jon Tramnel, William Westmoreland, Thomas Abernathy, David Houston, Benjamin Cleveland (who the town was named for), Elisha Capps, William Bell, William England, William Alley, Wilber (or Wilkes) Lenard, James & Peggy Holcomb, Thomas Mauldin, Jesse Lovelady, Old Aunt Mary Foster, Rev. William Crumley, Adam Vandiver, John Gibbs, Wash Evans, James Foster, Moses Hawsaw, Job Sosebee (my gggg grandfather, one of the later descendants married my grandmother who was an Allen), John Coker, John Carol, Widow Bennett, Bobby Trotter, John Stovall, Issac Baker, William Sumter, John Kelly, Tom Edwards, William Merritt (later married into the Allen family), John Carter, Wesley Henderson, John Fuller, John Martin, John T Parks, Theron Wheeler, Jim Black, Major Frank Logan, Benjamin Ellison, Rev. Jesse RichardsonAbraham Littlejohn, John last name unknown, John Edwards, Jim Shellnut, Jim Pruitt, Andy Jones, John Adams, Allen Edwards, Benjamin West, Frank West, John Wilson Robert Tramnell, John Adamnson, Adam Pitner, John Shellnut, Jim Monroe, William York, John Cantrell, Virgil Nolan, Peter Loggins, and Jim John Dukes.
It was said that the two parties left within a day of each other, and used the same campfire.They left Burke County March 1, 1822 led by Daniel Brown and Edward Williams, and the 2nd party was led by Rev. Jessie Richardson, Abraham Littlejohn and Adam Pitner.They left Rutherford about the same time.
They purchased land from the Cherokees for one cent per acre.They were the first white people to settle in the area.Others had passed through, but not settled.