Allen, John Rhodam (Rhody)

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  • Name  Allen, John Rhodam (Rhody) 
    Born  1742  Saint Charles, Charles, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  24 Aug 1820  Mt Vernon, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried  old union church, jefferson Co. Ill Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I849  Polen Crosby
    Last Modified  14 Mar 2012 

    Father  Allen, Thomas,   b. 1702, St Charles, Charles, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1770, Stafford, Stafford, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Bradley, Ann,   b. 1702,   d. Strafford, Strafford, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  1732  Charles, Talbot. Co, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F621  Group Sheet

    Family 1  Ransom, Mary Emily,   b. 1744, Stafford, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1807, Summer, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  1765  Saint Charles, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    Married:
    • other source = 1770
    Children 
     1. Allen, Theophilus,   b. 1770, Charles, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Nov 1832, Caney Creek, Ohio Co. Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Allen, Mary Emily,   b. 24 Apr 1773, Charles, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Dec 1837, Pleasant Grove, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Allen, Nathaniel Nelson,   b. 7 Feb 1775,   d. 1859
     4. Allen, Sarah,   b. 8 Apr 1777, Edgecombe Co. NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Nov 1832
     5. Allen, Elizabeth,   b. 1782, Edgecombe, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Sep 1850, Mt Vernon, Jefferson, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Allen, Henry,   b. 26 Mar 1782, Edgecombe Co. NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 May 1873, Lauderdale Co. Al Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. Allen, John Rhodam Jr.,   b. 10 Apr 1785, Edgecombe Co. NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Nov 1851, Jefferson Co. Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location
     8. Allen, George Wesley,   b. 1787, Edgecombe Co. NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1851
    Family ID  F592  Group Sheet

    Family 2  Overby, Lucinda,   b. 1775, Jefferson Co. Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1849 
    Married  1810  Jefferson Co. Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Allen, Margaret,   b. 1812, Summer, Tenn Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Allen, John Wesley,   b. 1813
     3. Allen, William,   b. 1816
    Family ID  F630  Group Sheet

  • Headstones
    John Rhodam Allen
    John Rhodam Allen

  • Notes 
    • Called "Rhody" Allen
      Was a Methodist minister circuit rider.
      Master cabinetmaker, abolitionist and constable for Jefferson Co. Ill
      Organized a wagon train of 41 families and went to Shiloh Twp, JeffersonCo. IL in 1819
      Bought 160 acres of land 25 mar 1820.
      Powerful man, shoulder logs
      Private in the Revolution from NC

      Thomas Allen*BIOGRAPHY ref: bios0032.txt by John Peck (A Rhoda Allen descendant) Re: [John] Rhoda Allen (ABT 1742- to 24 Aug 1820) last update 09 Mar 2003.
      From family oral history, Rhoda Allen's ancestor Thomas Allen [or Allin] was born in 1650 in Ulster Province, Antrim, Ireland. His wife was possibly named Sarah. Around 1690/92 he and his teenage son Robert Allen, born abt 1674, emigrated to Port Tobacco, in Charles County, MD, on the ship "Charles" Both were Indentured Cabinet Makers. Thomas may have shown up in the 1704 Rent Roll Census St. Peter & Paul of VA, but apparently died on 2 May 1733 in Charles Co., MD. Robert Allen may have married about 1699 into the McDonald clan in Chs Co., MD. Their 1st child Thomas was born about 1702 in Chs Co., MD, but probably about 1704 this family moved to land inVirginiaand was listed on the 1704 census, and also in a 1749 land sale in Southhampton Co., VA. Robert must have returned to Chs Co.,Marylandto die there about. 1775. Robert's son Thomas, a wood worker b about 1702, may have been a Captain inVirginiain 1724. He appears to possibly be the Thomas in the 1732MarylandProbate records, the 1734 Chs Co. Tax rolls, then back to Southhampton Land in VA. He is believed to have died in Strafford Co.,Virginiaabt 1770/1775
      [John] Rhoda Allen, Thomas allen's son, was b about 1742 in Charles Co., Md. He reportedly had 4 brothers. He was said to have been a bonded servant but worked off his bond before getting married about 1765/69 to Mary Emily Ransom (b about 1744) of probably Strafford Co.,Virginiaacross the river from Charles County. He was a wood worker and Methodist minister circuit rider, as were many of his sons. He was a master cabinetmaker, which craft he also passed on to his sons. A son Theophilus was born 1770 and a daughter Mary Emily born 1773, both supposedly in Charles County, MD. Rhoda reportedly moved his young family across the Rappahannock into Stafford Co.,Virginianear Dumpries. Rhoda bought land in Edgecombe Co.,North Carolinain 1773. He served in the American Revolution in 1775 as a Private in NC. His son Nathan N.G. Allen was born in 1775 in Edgecombe Co, NC. An El Nino occurred from 1776 to 1778- yielding very cold weather during the Revolution. About 1790/93 he moved his family to Gallatin Co, TN. He is thus qualified for a First Family of Tennessee Certificate. He had moved to Sumner Co., TN by 1793 where he registered a brand, and on 8 Apr 1794 he had bought 70 acres from John Williams, and was on the Sumner tax list. The Allen family had 8 children: Theophilis (b1770), Mary Emily (b 1773), Nathan N.G. (b 1775), Sarah (b 1777), Elizabeth (b 1780), Henry Davis (b 1782), John Rhodam (b 1785) and George Wesley (b 1787.) Three El Ninos occurred from 1782 to 1790, each yielding weather lasting several years. Mary Ransom died c1790/1807.
      In 1810 Rhoda married a 2nd time to Lucinda Overby (b 1770) in Sumner County, TN. They had 4 children: Margaret N. (b 1811), John Wesley (b 1813) and William S. (b 1815.) In 1815, the deadliest volcano eruption in recorded history had led to the "year without a summer" in the eastern U.S. Rhoda was on the 1817, 1818, 1819 Sumner Co. Tax rolls. About 1819, Rhoda Organized a wagon train of 41 families, along with William Maxey, husband of daughter Mary Emily Allen, Rhoda's son, Rev. (John) Rhodam Allen II, and migrated to Shiloh Twp., Jefferson Co., IL with Lucinda and their three minor children. By 1820 he had bought 160 acres in Jefferson Co, IL and was in the census as one of the first families in Jefferson County. He was reported to be a Constable and Abolitionist in the County. On 24 Aug 1820, Rhoda reportedly died of a heart attack at age 78 while carrying a twelve foot long log to be used on a building he was erecting. He was the first to be buried in the Old Union Church Cemetery of Jefferson County. In 1854 part of Rhoda's land that passed to son N.N.G. Allen at Cherokee County, Texas was sold by son NNG Allen and wife to John Maxey in IL. Rhoda allen and his 3 emigrant ancestors here may qualify for The Order of The First Family of Maryland for resident in Maryland prior to 4 July 1776.
      SOURCE: From family oral history
      Submitted by: John Peck
      BIBLIOGRAPHY: Granville O. Allen, Our Allens: From Maryland to Muscle Shoals Via the Mid-West, Florence, Alabama, Private Publication, 1995; George, Teresa J. Oral Family History - Allen Family, Burlington, KS,66839; William Filby & Mary Mey, Passenger & Immigration Lists Index 1981; VAGenweb, Charles County Maryland Probate Records, Inventories, Book 1717-1735, at http://ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/usgenweb/md/charles/court/probate1.txt; Mormon LDS CD 3 and 43, Mormon LDS, POBox 417,Salt Lake City, UTAH 84150 at http://www.familysearch.org/; Stiehler, Christian Allen ,N.N.G. Allen, on Allen Genforum, 20 Apr 2000; Spencer, Peg ,Robert Allen to Rhodam-Rhody Allen; Allen Genforum, September 17, 2001; Virginia/ U of Moncton, ,1704 - Census of VA, at http://www.umoncton.ca/etudeacadiennes/centre/white/sha.html; VAGenweb, ,Southampton County, Virginia Deed Book 1 - 1749 to 1753, at http://searches.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/ifetch2?/u1/data/va+index+9378149032247+F; Unknown webmaster, ,Robert Allen, at http://www.crosswinds.net/~marlerjc/rallen.html#G0495A: Thomas Allen; Combs & Families of St. Mary's County, Maryland 1700-1799, ,Maryland Probate Records, at http://www.combs-families.org/combs/records/md/stmarys/md-sm1.htm; Charles County Maryland Genweb ,1734 Tax rolls of Charles Co, MD, at http://ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/usgenweb/md/charles/taxlists/ch1734tax.txt; Black, Virginia & also Bob Franks, Mantachie, MS 38855 ,Allen Family; Peden, Henry C. Jr , Marylanders to Kentucky, 1775 to 1825., Westminster, Md.: Family Line, 1991. (FHL Book 976.9 W2p; computer number 636856.), Family History Library Catalog at http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Search/RG/guide/Kentucky; Daughters of Revolution,DAR Patriot Index, Centennial Edition; U.S. Gov't records, Bounty land 80 ac Military papers - from U.S. Gov't, U.S. Gov't, 25 Mar 1852, Warrant #81496; Nacogdoches County, TX ,1854 Handwritten IL deed (inherited land from Rhoda Allen) of Nathan N G Allen & wife Margaret [Quin] - heirship sold to John Maxey in IL;North CarolinaState, Rhoda Allen Revolutionary War Pay Vouchers: Request Received 9-17-1999, Dept. of Cultural Resources: Div of Archives and History.109 E. Jones, St, Raleigh, NC; par East Tennessee Historical Society, First Families of Tennessee Certificate # 12519, 03 Jun 1999; Sumner Co Genweb1793 Sumner Co, TN Stock Marks & Brands; Sumner County Clerk 1794 Land sale to Rhoda Allen in Sumner Co, TN; Sumner Co., TN Genweb 1794 Sumner Co., TN Tax List; Betty (ID *****6227) on Allen Genforum Talitha Allen daug. Nathan Allen/Celia Bloodworth May 27, 2002; Genweb Jefferson Co., IL 1821 Jefferson County Census at http://www.rootsweb.com/~iljeffer/; Jamesdowa@yahoo.com A List of the Agnatic Descendants of some Early Irish Immigrant ALLENs: Other Allens from Ulster via Virginia at http://www.peak.org/~mransom/contents.html#1999; Maxey Family, Maxey Family; Itawamba Genealogy Society, MS, PO Box 7, Mantachie, MS 38855, 1796/1832 Bible of Family - Nathan Nelson Graves Allen & Celia Bloodworth - Front pages only; Shy, L.B. Allen: Oral Family History & Analysis Seal Beach, CA 90740-4654; U.S. Weather & Social Events, at http://www.monterey.edu/faculty/SharpGary/world/1739-1816.html & http://www.monterey.edu/faculty/SharpGary/world/1739-1816.html.



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      In 1814-16, an expedition went to the Northwest Territory to survey and map that area of Illinois that became Jefferson, Hamilton, and White Counties. John Rhodum Allen and William Maxey went with them, and after seeing the prairie decided this was the place they wanted to bring their families and settle.

      John Rhodum "Rhody" Allen and son-in-law William Maxey went back to Sumner Co., TN and organized a wagon train from Sumner Co., TN in about 1818 to the Jefferson Co., IL area. There were forty-one families (more than 100 wagons). A very large wagon train.

      They followed the Ohio River and crossed at Cave-in-the-Rock, following what became the Old Goshen Trail to Moore's Prairie. The wagon train members first settled in Moore's Prairie. Many had bounty warrants from service in the War of 1812, which they claimed in that area.

      The year 1818 was a year with no summer: there was an earthquake in the Midwest and contributing weather patterns, which we now call the El Nino/Nina. So, it must have been a very trying time for this group, and probably bonded these families together that first year through sheer determination.

      This came from family notes, and Jefferson County, IL History Books confirmed this.

      I started this list in 2001 and this is everyone I had on the list so far.

      1. Rev. Rhody Allen, Lucinda Overby Allen and their children: Margaret,John Wesley and William S. Allen.

      2. William Maxey, Mary Emily Allen Maxey, and their children. With their married children, there may have been 21 families.

      3. John Wilkerson, Elizabeth Allen Thomas Wilkerson, her Thomas children:William, Mary James, and Wilson, and their Wilkerson children.

      4. Rev. John Rhodam Allen, Phoebe Wilkerson Allen, and their children.

      5. Edward Fergerson/Ferguson, John Fergerson, James Nelson Fergerson, and families.

      6. James Johnson, Clarissa Maxey Johnson, and their children.

      7. Nathaniel Parker, Mary Emily Maxey, and their children.

      8. Owens family, Sarah Owens.

      9. John and Sarah Tyler, and their children.

      10. James C. Davis and family

      11. Ransom and Charlotte Moss and children.

      12. Zadok Casey and family.

      13. Thomas Mackey Casey.

      14. Shadrack, Edda, & Peter Owens

      15. Theophilus Cook, Elizabeth Caldwell, and family

      16. Shadrack and Mary Overbay

      17. Ridgeway Family- Elizabeth Ridgeway

      18. Campbell family

      19. James Douglass

      20. Rodgers/Rogers Family

      21. King Family

      22. Henry Burchett Maxey

      23. Bennett Nelson Maxey

      24. Carter Maxey and family.

      25. Ridgeway Family

      26. Lowery Family

      27. Moore Family

      28. Taylor Family

      If you have anyone else to add, please do so. There are probably another 15 families not listed yet.
      The original scouting trip had Carter WILKEY as the huntsman. His brother, Bennett Maxey WILKEY and mother, Hester MAXEY WILKEY - sister to William Maxey - came out in 1816. Bennett Maxey WILKEY s/o Henry WILKEY and Hester MAXEY married Jane CALDWELL 08 Jun 1815 Smith Co., TN - sister of Elizabeth CALDWELL who mar. Joshua ROBERSON just before they came to IL. Joshua ROBERSON is half-brother to Theophilus COOK.

      William and Hester's sister, Elizabeth MAXEY, was mar. to Daniel CRENSHAW - and they were in what would become Moores Prairie Twp., JCI early as well.

      I do not know who else would have come on the Wagon Train - my WILKEY line was already there before this. Trying to remember when the four sisters of Bennett Maxey, Carter, and Richard WILKEY came out - Mr & Mrs Jacob WELDON, Mr. and Mrs. ROBINSON, Abel and Prudence WILKEY ALLEN, and Melvina "Vine" WILKEY HICKS and her son, Col. Stephen G HICKS and two daughters whom I have yet to figure out names for.

      First adult burial in Old Union Cemetery

    Died:
    • Old Union Cemetery


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