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ALLEN, John*
COX, Amy*
ALLEN, John*


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ALLEN, John* 300,340,987,1808,1923

  • Born: 8 Feb 1720, London Grove, Chester County, Pennsylvania Colony 298
  • Marriage: SCARLETT, Phebe* on 12 Sep 1740 in London Grove, Chester County, Pennsylvania Colony 300
  • Died: 1 Oct 1754, London Grove, Chester County, Pennsylvania Colony 298
  • Buried: London Grove Cemetery, Chester County, Pennsylvania, United States 305

bullet  Birth Notes:

John Allen b 2m-8-1720 in London Grove Twp, Chester Co, PA, d 10m-1-1754, bur London Grove FBG, Chester Co, Pa, s/o John Allen and Amy Cox.

bullet  Burial Notes:

Church records say that John Allen was buried at London Grove FBG, London Grove Twp, PA. However, a thorough search of the cemetery reveals no marker with his name.

In the early days of Quakers in America, the use of "boughten" tomb stones or grave markers was frowned on, or discouraged by Church Policy. In many instances, the only marker a grave would have would be a small stone picked up in the field or woods. Others would have only initials, or year of death engraved on the stone. The stones were not anchored in any way and they were easily moved about. Many of these early graves are lost.


bullet  Noted events in his life were:

1. Residence, 12 Sep 1740, London Grove Twp, Chester County, Pennsylvania Colony. 300

2. Appearance in Document, 18 Apr 1741, New Garden Mtg, Chester County, Pennsylvania Colony. 301 John Allen Jr was present at the wedding of Alexander Mode and Rebecca Allen on 18-4m-1741.

3. Appearance in Document, 19 Mar 1743, New Garden Mtg, Chester County, Pennsylvania Colony. 327 John Allen Jr is in attendance at wedding of Philip Ward and Emey Allen

4. Appearance in Document, 8 Nov 1752, New Garden Mtg, Chester County, Pennsylvania Colony. 324 Jno. Allen Jur is a witness at the wedding of Simon Dixon and Elisabeth Allen.

5. Appearance in Document, 17 Jan 1754, New Garden Mtg, Chester County, Pennsylvania Colony. 322 Jno Allen Jr is present at marriage of Moses Fraizer and Mary Allen.

6. Property, 26 Nov 1754, Cane Creek Mtg, Orange County, North Carolina Colony. 1924 There is a copy of a surveyor's drawing for John Allen land grant in Orange County, NC, dated 26 Nov 1754. It shows 600 acres stradling Cane Creek. The text of the land grant is as follows: "This plan represents a tract of land surveyed for John Allen laying on both sides of Cain Creek on the west side of Haw River joyning John Wrights line: beginning at a whiteoke running thence south one hundred and ten chains to a black oke thence north along John Wrights line one hundred and ten chains to a white oke thence east fifty four chains fifty links to the first station containing six hundred acres."

7. Property, 20 Feb 1756, Orange County, North Carolina Colony. 1923 John Allen granted 600 acres in Orange County in the Parish of St Matthew on both sides of Cane Creek on the W side of Haw River, joining John Wright, surveyed 26 Nov 1754. Sworn chain carriers for survey were Jerremiah Piggott and Wm Cox.

8. Appearance in Document, 15 Mar 1756, Orange County, North Carolina Colony. 987 John Allen owned property adjacent to Simon Dixon.

9. Appearance in Document, 7 Dec 1769, London Grove Twp, Chester County, Pennsylvania Colony. 316 The will of [father] John Allen mentions son John Allen, deceased, had previously built a home on the 200 acre tract owned by father John Allen. Also mentions son John Allen's children Hannah, Amy, Ann, John, and Samuel.

10. Story: Chester County, Pennsylvania Colony. 1925 Lester Allen describes a visit to an old house in Chester County. Lester Allen believes the house must have been an early home of John Allen and Phebe. The owner of the house had framed an old deed to the property, and that deed was from Isaac Cox, his wife Phebe (widow of John Allen), and children of John Allen. Isaac Cox was acting attorney for the children. The house is across the road from John Allen's father's original grist mill site. The house today is a large frame house, but it still contains a single room that is one of the oldest structures in Chester County. The walls of the room are very thick and made of stone. The owner said the old door to the room was very thick, and they had replaced it with a modern door when they moved there. Presumably the door was so thick to protect the occupants from Indian attacks. The floor of the room was stone and was not level.

11. Story. 1926 John Allen was a man close to nature. He was an outdoor type and loved to hunt. It was said that his hunting area extended from southern Pennsylvania to the area of North Carolina where Snow Camp is now located. At that time buffalo and deer were plentiful in North Carolina. It is not clear whether he first came alone or whether he came with Simon Dixon, who married John's sister Elizabeth in 1752. John Allen and Simon Dixon liked what they saw in North Carolina, and when land began to open up, they both put in for land grants. John returned home and began to dispose of his property in Pennsylvania in preparation for moving to North Carolina. Before this could be accomplished, he took sick and died. He was buried at London Grove Friends Burying Ground in Chester County, PA.

Another version of the story has John Allen visiting Simon and Elizabeth (his sister) Dixon at Cane Creek, applying for a land grant, then returning to Chester County to dispose of his property before moving.

12. Story: Panther Story. 1927 There is a family legend called "The Panther Story" about John Allen. On one of his hunting expeditions, "he became very weary and lay down on a mossy bed in a clear open glen and proceeded to rest, but unexpectedly fell asleep. Suddenly, as though we was warned, he awakened and found himself nearly covered with leaves. He immediately sensed his danger, and being a man near to nature, he knew exactly what had happened to him, and soon, to prove his correctness, a mother panther came and covered him with more leaves. In the meantime, he had not moved, and continued to lay as though dead while she proceeded in her act of covering him as her prey. He knew when she had finished, for he could hear her going off through they leaves and brush. He surmised that she was going for her kittens which she would bring back, and as he supposed, give them a lesson in the correct way to pounce upon and kill a victim. Then afterwards, she would let them share in the feast. When she could be heard no longer, he arose, carefully laying back the leaves. Then, finding a charred log nearby the form and size of a man, he lay it in the place where he had been and carefully covered it with leaves. He then climbed into a nearby tree, gun in hand in readiness to await her return. Soon, he could see her coming with her kittens close behind. With her eyes steadily fixed on the mound of leaves, she jumped onto a nearby tree which was lying on the ground, and her kittens followed. Leaving them there, she jumped down and crept nearer the mound of leaves and prepared for the fatal plunge. She crouched and sprang. The charred log rattled from her claws, and leaves flew in every direction. When these had settled and the noise had ceased, she remained perfectly still, then gradually began looking around. With each turn of her head, raising the level of her eyes, she reached the lower branches of the trees. When she spied the man, her eyes riveted, she prepared for a spring. He was in readiness, however, and the spring was forever stopped by an ounce ball of lead which found its mark between the fiercely gleaming eyes of the panther. The proud hunter returned to Philadelphia with the beautiful skin which measured eleven feet from tip to tip. During another of his hunting expeditions in North Carolina, John Allen came across a beautiful strip of country lying on each side of a flowing stream of water, later called Cane Creek. He returned with one Simon Dixon, and together they purchased several hundred acres of land from the government, Allen taking the eastern part and Dixon the western part in what is known as Alamance and Chatham Counties today. They founded a Quaker settlement and built a meeting house some time before the Revolutionary War. (Author unknown)".

13. Story. 1062 John and Phebe Allen are ancestors of Herbert Spencer Hadley (1872-1927). He was Governor of Missouri 1909-1913, and was a leading candidate for President at the Republican National Convention in 1912 (which ended up nominating Taft after Theodore Roosevelt left to form the Bull Moose Party). Woodrow Wilson won the election. Herbert was great grandson of John Hadley (1782-1859) and Hannah Allen.

14. Occupation: Hunter.

15. Religion: Quaker.


John* married Phebe* SCARLETT, daughter of Shadrack* SCARLETT and Phebe* BOWATER, on 12 Sep 1740 in London Grove, Chester County, Pennsylvania Colony.300 (Phebe* SCARLETT was born on 4 Nov 1722 in Chester County, Pennsylvania Colony 298 and died in 1815 in Randolph County, North Carolina, United States 298.)

bullet  Noted events in their marriage were:

1. Marriage Notice, 12 Sep 1740, London Grove Mtg, Chester County, Pennsylvania Colony. 300 John Allen son of John Allen of Londongrove in ye County of Chester and Province of Pensilvenia, and Phebe Scarlet daughter of Shadrach Scarlet of ye sd. Township of Londongrove decd. ... 12, 9m, 1740 ... at ye Meeting house in Londongrove ...

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