It looks like Henry's daughter Sarah was born a little earlier than 1829 and may have died before her father.Here is a copy of the will info along with some other bequests and the lines of his children.
Name: Henry D. Allen I (Capt)
Given Name: Henry D.
Suffix: I (Capt)
Birth: 26 Mar 1782 in ,,North Carolina
Death: 25 May 1873 in ,Lauderdale,Alabama
Burial: Arkdale,Lauderdale,Alabama Allen Cemetery
Ancestral File #: 246G-665
On the 1850 census for Lauderdale County, Alabama, 2nd Division East of the Military Road, microfilm roll M432-7, page 322, dwelling and family 288, you will find:
Henry D. Allen age-69 farmer born-North Carolina
Mary 65 North Carolina
Martha 19 Alabama
Other Allen researchers say that Henry D. Allen I (Capt.) was born in Virginia, but from the1850 census it shows his birth place as being North Carolina.
WILL OF HENRY D. ALLEN reads as follows:
The State of Alabama
In the name of God Amen.
I, Henry D. Allen, being of ill health but of sound mind and disposing memory, and calling to mind the frailty and uncertainty of human life, and being desirous of settling my wordly affairs, and directing how the estate with which it has pleased God to bless me shall be disposed of after my decease while I have strength and capacity so to do, do make and publish this my last will and testament, hereby revoking and making null and void all other last wills and testaments, by me heretofore made.
At first I commend my immortal being to God who gave it, and my mortal body to earth, to be buried with little expense, or ostentation, by my executor hereinafter named, and as to my wordly estate, and all the property, real, personal or mixed of which I shall die seized and possessed of, or to which I shall be entitled at the time of my decrease, I devise, bequeath and dispose thereof in the manner following to wit:
My wish is that all my just debts and funeral charges shall be paid out of my estate as soon after my decrease as shall be convenient to my executor.
I give, devise and bequeath to my beloved wife, one hundred and twenty acres of land owned by her before her marriage with me, that it be hers, in fee simple and not to be distributed, but the title to be perpetuated to her by my executor, and also that my beloved wife, Mary R., have of my personal estate, one years provisions, for her and her family, from and after my decrease. And also that she has the two beds and furniture bought by her at the Robertson sale at fifteen dollars each, and that she has the use, and to remain in possession of my dwelling if she desires, free of any charge until after the sale of the lands. The foregoing is a separate and distinct bequeath, and I further will that my real estate, including my homestead of which I die seized and possessed, be sol under an order of the Court of Probate. Terms of sale one third cash, the balance on one and two year credit with notes and good security, and a lien on the land and the proceeds of which after deducting expenses, to be equally divided between my beloved wife M. R. Allen, and my children as follows.
To the heirs of my daughter, Nancy Shelbourne, wife of Samuel Shelbourne, deceased, to the heirs of my son, Robert B. Allen, deceased, to the heirs of Sally Miles, deceased, wife of Alexander Miles, and Eliza Taliaferro, wife of William Taliaferro, Buford T. Allen and my daughter Mary Pettus' heirs, former wife of W. W. Pettus, Elizabeth Todd, wife of F. B. Chisholm, Martha Briggs, wife of John W. Briggs. And when I spek of heirs of my deceased sons and daughters, I mean for them to have their distributive of what is coming from my estate, to their deceased fathers and mothers, and also the same distribution of all other money contained in this my last will and testament.
I also desire that all my personal and mixed property including all my household and kitchen furniture, stock of every description, all impliments of industry, all grain stores and groceries on hand, except one years support for my wife and her family, and all other means be converted into cash. After my decease, and after paying expenses, to be equally divided between my wife and all my children, and heirs of my deceased children to receive a distributive share of the amount coming from my estate to their deceased parents.
And I also further will and bequeath, that as aforesaid, all the money and other means not included in the foregoing, be equally divided between my wife, M. R., and my children as aforesaid, to descend to the heirs of my deceased children. I desire that all my personal property be sold to the highest bidder for cash, but that my heirs may bid for the same, or for the real estate to the amount of their distributive share or interest if they see proper.
And my will is, that nothing be chared for any advances heretofore made to any of my heirs, that nothing is to be chared for rent of lands, nor occupation of same, nor for any property or money advanced to any of them. And my meaning is, that the heirs of my deceased children receive the equally of what is coming to their parents, and no more.
And I will bequeath out of my estate, before any division is made to the heirs, fifty dollars to be paid to him in cash to my grandson H. D. Briggs, son of John W. Briggs. And to H. D. Allen, Jr. I give a sorrel colt, and to William Robertson I give a pided colt. Interlined above W.W. Pettus'name.
And lastly I do nominate and appoint my son Buford T. Allen, to be my executor of this my last will and testament.
In testimony whereof I, Henry D. Allen, to this my last will and testament subscribed my name and affixed my seal this 3oth (thirtieth) day of August in the year of our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and Seventy, 30th day of August 1870.
Henry D. Allen
Signed, sealed, published and declaired by the said Henry D. Allen, as and for, his last will and testament in presence of us, who at his request, and in his presence, and in the presence of each other, have subscribed our names as witnesses thereto this 30th day of August 1870.
(Ref:"Shelburne, The Book of Samuel" by Richard W. Buck, (Gateway Press, Inc., 1001 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, Maryland 21202, 1986, pages 269-271).
Henry D. Allen I (Capt) gave a deed of gift to his daughter, Nancy (Ann) (D. or T.) Allen Shelburne, and it is recorded in Bellville, Austin County, Texas in DEEDS OF TRUST BONDS PROBATE ETC, Volume B from 1849 to 1865, page 145, number 130. (Family History Library film 1019283, item number 4).
Here is how the Deed of Gift reads:
STATE OF ALABAMA
Know all men by these present that I Henry D. Allen of the State and County aforesaid and in consideration of the natural love and affection which I bear unto my daughter Nancy Shelburne of the County of Austin and State of Texas and also in consideration of the sum of one dollar to me paid by my said daughter Nancy Shelburne as and before the sealing and delivery hereof the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged have given granted, bargained and sold and by these presents do give grant bargain and sell unto my said daughter a color skin Negro Girl named Eliza aged about fourteen years a slave for life. And I the said Henry D. Allen do give the said Negro girl to my said daughter to have and to hold during her natural life and at her death to go together with the increase of said Negro girl to heirs of the body of my said daughter. And it is my further intention that the said Negro girl shall be valued to my said daughter at the sum of one thousand dollars, which said amount is my intention to deduct from the amount that my said daughter my be entitled to from my estate as one of my heirs.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this March 3rd 1857.
H. D. ALLEN
J. W. Briggs
L. P. Williams
THE STATE OF ALABAMA
Before me Wiley T. Hawkins, Lauderdale County Judge of the Probate Court of the County aforesaid and Ex Offices the Clerk and Reporter of the seal of said County the same being a Court of record. Henry D. Allen to me will know who acknowledged that he signed sealed and delivered the foregoing deed of gift to Nancy Shelbourne on the day and year the same bears date, for all the purposes and objects set forth and contained in the same.
In testimony whereof I hereunto subscribe my name and affix the seal of said county as office in Florence the 15th day of March A.D. 1857
W. T. HAWKINS PROBATE JUDGE
Filed June 29th 1857 Recorded same day Wm Bradbury, Clerk
(Betty Bass has a copy of the above Deed of Gift in her possession).
Change Date: 31 Oct 2002 at 10:31:58
Marriage 1 Mary (Polly) R Barnes b: ABT 1787 in ,,North Carolina
Married: ABT 1803 in of Gallatin,Summers,Tennessee
Nancy (Ann) (D or T) Allen b: 13 Dec 1805 in Gallatin,Summers,Tennessee
Sarah (Sally) Allen b: 13 Nov 1807 in of,Lauderdale,Alabama
Robert B Allen b: 3 Dec 1809 in of,Lauderdale,Alabama
Eliza Allen b: 6 Jan 1812 in of,Lauderdale,Alabama
Bluford (Blueford) Turner Allen I b: 29 Jan 1815 in ,,Tennessee
Henry D Allen II b: 15 Apr 1817 in of,Lauderdale,Alabama
Nelson G Allen b: 22 Jul 1819 in of,Lauderdale,Alabama
Elizabeth A (Betty) Allen b: 1 Jan 1822 in of,Lauderdale,Alabama
Mary J Allen b: 16 Jul 1825 in of,Lauderdale,Alabama
Margaret N Allen b: 13 Nov 1827 in of,Lauderdale,Alabama
Martha E Allen b: 19 Dec 1829 in of,Lauderdale,Alabama