I saw your message and couldn't help but wonder if your Allens were connected with the family of Benjamin Allen (wife Sarah) who left Rowan Co.,NC about 1825 and went to Smith Co.,TN...taking his sons and daus. Dau. Charlotte Allen and husb. John Kepley. John may have drowned there prior to 1829 when family is found in Effingham Co.,IL. Benj died 1841 there. I never have found who the father of John Kepley was.