In research of my Allen family line, which is also in Surry county North Carolina, I copied information on Adoniram Allen. I have not connected this with my line. There is a letter "The Allen Family of Clay County Kentucky" by Bee Wilson Holms. My great-great-great grandfather, Adoniram Allen, was the progenitor ar at least the kinsman, of most of the Allens of Clay County, Kentucky. Part of the story of Adoniram is based upon documented data but a great deal of it rest on tradition and half-remembered events. One tradition was related to me by my friend Issac Gabbard, now deceased, of Owsley County, Ky., several years ago: "The first two Allens who came into Clay County from North Carolina were 'Squirrelman' Job, known as 'Old Job' and his brother, Adoniram. It is a family legand that these two brothers came through Cumberland Gap and on into Clay County when there wasn;t a riding switch cut from a tree. 'Old Job' is said to have given a gun for all the land on Road Run in Clay County." Now there was a 'Squirrelman' Job, all right, but it has never been established that htere was one of the right age to have been Old Adoniram's brother. According to another bit of information, however, there must have been a good deal of differencein ages of these Allen brothers. In the book "Genealogical Gleanings" by Joseph Legonship, on page 36, we rea: "One David Allen is mentioned as from Alabama. He tells that he was born in New Jersey, 1761, fought from Surry County, NC, in the Revolution, then went to Tennessee. That he went to way with his brother, Adoniram Allen" (We get used to many spellings of the name Adoniram. It may be Adiram, Adirnam, Niram, in fact almost anything.) Now anyone who descends from Adoniram was told in childhood that he lived to be 104 and there are still many living today who remember this age carved on a stone at his grave in Laurel Point Cemetery. That stone is now gone because many years ago a poplar sprout grew up beside the grave and when it grew large, it was wanted for a raft to send to market. When the tree was removed, it broke the tombstone and in recent years, graveyard cleaners hauled the rubble away. But there are those who still remember their father telling how he used to prop up the parts of the stone when he was a little boy. Someone recalls that Old Adoniram was two years younger than George Washington, which would make him born 1734, died 1838. Since he was in the 1830 Clay County Census and not in the 1840, at least we have proof that we are in the right decade. One of the best sources of early information on Adoniram Allen is found in "Dickey Interviews". In an interview with Allen Robertson in 1898, he said: "My father married Alie Allen, daughter of Adoniram Allen, nicknamed "Tegious" or 'Tejus' because he was so particular. Teges Kentucky and the two Teges Creeks were named for him. (on some of the early maps the spellin of these creeks is Tedious). He was born in New Hampshire, near the Vermont line. He was a captian in Col. Cleveland's regiment at the Battle of King's Mountain in the revolution. After the war he went to Georgia, then back to North Carolina, for about a year, then to Kentucky. Men went from Madison County to hunt and one of these hunters from the Blue Grass was William Morris, called 'Cud', who settled at the Forks of Goose Creek and Red Bird Creek."