I am researching my Allens in Southwest Virginia and there was a James Allen who died in Washington County, VA in 1855. His place of birth was given as Orange County, NC and his parents names were listed as Daugherty and Rebecca Allen. I've been told that Daugherty and Rebecca Gillan were married someplace in Delaware. My oldest known Allen ancestor was Thomas Allen, born about 1802. I'm not sure of his parents' names, though, as he died in 1843 before death records were kept and I've not found a will of any Allen which names my Thomas.