In 1897 a B.F. Allen wrote a history of his family which is quoted in a book called Genealogical Records: Schell, Cantrell, Baker, Sanders, Douglas by William Schell, self-published in 1967. B.F. says hewas the son of John Allen and Letitia Saunders/Sanders whose mother was Hannah Mitchell and father was James Saunders. Hannah was the daughter of David and Hannah Mitchell of Granville Co.N.C. Proof exists in the court records in Granville Co. After Hannah died, James Saunders married Mary Donelson, daughter of Gen. Daniel Smith of Rev. War fame.