John B. Allen b 1831 NC age 49 blacksmith parents b. NC location: Cave (now Cave City), Sharp, Arkansas wife: Mary A.M. Allen age 50 b. AL (remember: Augustine Allen dau of Riley b. 1848 AL !) 3daughters: Rebecca age 23, b. Al Eliza A. age 16 b. GA Sarah E. age ll b. AL so that family went back to GA at some time - maybe they lived in Tallapoosa County, AL? that is next to Tallapoosa, GA - where my g.grandfather lived and worked (not born there)
I will try to get to the library this weekend, or next week and check the census of NC records for Riley and John B. - see what turns up. The usual pattern for NC people was west to TN unless they came up from GA and lived in western NC in counties next to north GA...and the ones who lived iin NC and moved to TN usually had folks from border in VA. Will check the 1895 US Atlas maps and see where some might have lived to go from GA>AL> Arkansas -
My ancestor was Samuel Allen found of Windsor, CT and from "west of England" - probably Plymouth, Devon, England - early CT people. Then they moved to VT>Wisconsin>Iowa.My g.grandfather Dennis Collins Allen was born Wisconsin but moved with family to Iowa - he was contractor/builder and moved around - lived Tallapoosa, GA where my grandmother Lula Allen was born.She hated telling people she lived in "Tallapooooosa"- she was a card! She was about 4 feet 8 inches and a fireball of energy!
Dennis Collins Allen married Orpha Eldora Heath and when she died in 1908 he married a second time - all together he had about 13 children - haven't found records on all of them yet!Wasn't interested in genealogy until my grandmother was gone, it's a shame.My mother knew some things, but not enough!
I have seen Riley spelled different ways - which makes record searching interesting:Rilly, Wryley, Rily, Ryel, Rielly, Rilly, Raleigh, Rolly, Rolley, Wriley, Ryley,Raley, Raligh
When you add that to variations on Allen: Allain,Alewine,Allyn,Allan, Allin and Van Allen - makes hunting truly a puzzle! And my Samuel Allen of Windsor, CT is one of many early Samuel Allens of New England - and people get them all mixed up!
Riley was a popular name at the time of your Riley Allen's birth - sort of like George Washington or Abraham Lincoln being names popular for children.
I had reallhy thought that Riley Allen was married twice - since he wife "Juda, Julia, Juliana" was so young - but did first wife die, did he leave her and move away? Lots of things happened to families...including wanting to move to avoid getting into the Civil War - None of my Allens served in the Civil War - imagine -!!!