I am searching for information on my great grandfather John Allen (1877-ca. 1940s). John Allen married Mary Cantrell in Dekalb County, TN in 1909. My grandfather is Willie Austin Allen (1916-1989), married Nettie Lucille Cantrell (1916-1981) (d/o Albert Melvin Cantrell and Nannie Bethina Moore).
My grandfather was born in Heber Springs, Cleburne County, Arkansas. My question is why John and Mary Allen left Dekalb County, TN to move west to Arkansas. Then, in the 1920’s the family moved to Huntsville, Madison County, Alabama. Mary Cantrell Allen died in Huntsville, Alabama ca. 1927. Willie had one older sister Annie Bell Allen Little; she lived and died in Huntsville, also.
I remember some stories that my grandfather told me and what I heard from my late mother Frances Allen Brazell. One story is that John and family road a train from Arkansas to Huntsville. I wonder why, they picked Huntsville, did they have some family here? I remember that he still had some family that lived in Arkansas; I think that it was the WEBB family.Also, Willie walked and/or hitched a ride from Huntsville to DeKalb County, TN to visit family.
Willie and Nettie were married in Dekalb County. They had two girls and one son; all were born in DeKalb County, TN. When, my mother was little, they moved back to Huntsville, Alabama and stayed.