Your Joseph may be connected to my Allens.I have a Joseph Allen b. abt 1837 (based on age listed on Census records).He is the son of John (Jack) Allen who is a brother to my gr,gr,grandfather, Elisha Allen. I was told Joseph left NC and went to Richmond, VA but I have no proof of that.He is not listed in any of the NC census I have found so he must have left NC.
The Joseph I have, had at least 1 brother, William R. Allen who had a son, Joseph, born 1859. My Elisha Allen would be the brother of your Joseph's father if he is of this Allen line.If you have the names of any siblings of your Joseph, it may help in trying to see if there is a connection. Omeda