Are you descended from either of the following??....
1) John Alvis Allen, or J. Alvis Allen.Born 1838, died 1916. Possibly married to a "Lydia". Son of John Allen and Sarah Crawford Allen.
2) Sarah Jane Allen, born Dec. 1855, died either Jan. or June 13, 1928. Daughter of Samuel T. Allen and Jane Brown Allen. Sarah married Eli C. Phillips on 11-1-1874.
I believe John Alvis and Sarah were born in, and spent all or the majority of their lives in, Randolph County, NC.I know they are buried there.
Story goes that they are among the Allens that stayed in NC despite the local lawlessness and political chaos after the Civil War.Other Allens went to Illinois after the war. The two Allen groups lost contact with each other.