Marsha, thanks for the information - it was beneficial to me to separate the different John D. Allens.
My John D. Allen was b. 15Aug1838 in Cole County, MO.His father was Theodore J. Allen b. abt 1813 in Tennessee and d. 17Jan1842 in Cole County, MO. His mother was Druscinda R. Hand b. 01Jan1808 in Kentucky.John married 1st Mary Elizabeth Clogston on 28Mar1861 in California, Moniteau Co., MO.Cole Co. was split and Moniteau Co. formed from it.I was able to find the marriage certificate on line. They had the following children: 1Minerva Lawson Allen b. 14Mar1862 in Kansas 2Emma Lee Allen b. 05Dec1863 in Colorado Territory. (John and his brother Albert were freighters and carted goods to Colorado from Kansas). 3Nettie Armilda Allen b. 28May1865 d. 23Dec1869 in Fall River, Greenwood Co., KS 4twins: Martha Barce Allen b 27Sep1868 in KS, d. 16Jun1939 in Houston, Harris Co., TX 5twin: John Orlin Allen b. 27Sep1868 in KS (don't know anymore about him except that he went West) 6 Lewis Theodore Allen b. 09Aug1871 in KS d. 21Sep1927 in GA on his way to FL to live with his sister.
Mary Elizabeth and John divorced 09Sep1989 in Greenwood Co., KS.Mary moved to Jasper, Newton Co, MO.
John remarried 2nd Rebecca Jane Steem 02Oct1899 in Versailles, Morgan Co,., MO.She had two grown daughters from a prior marriage.John and Rebecca did not have any children.
I recently found a descendant of Rebecca, I believe a great grand daughter, who sent me a picture of John D. and Rebecca.Her and her husband take care of the cemetery plot making sure it is cared for.The tombstone has both their names; but only the years for John D. Allen (1827-1923).The funeral home that handles the burials for the Versailles Cemetery sent me a photo of the tombstone and also notes "served in confederate army". I cannot find anything to support his military service.
I was able to find Rebecca's death certificate, but not John's.
1900 John was 61 according to the Cesus Record and lived with Rebecca in Moreau (Versailles), Morgan Co. MO
1910 John was 71 according to the Census Record, same location
1920 John was 82 according to the Census Record, same location
Rebecca d. 26Mar1922 in Versailles, MO of pneumonia John d. 1923 according to the tombstone and funeral home records.
If you do the math, 1920-82 = 1838; supports the birth date I have for John, but does not support the information on the tombstone, which I believe is incorrect.
I suppose I need to locate another living relative that might have an exact death date then I could look more easily for an obituary.John was the last sibling to pass away.
If anyone should have information about his military service, that would be great.