The Allen Family
William Allen, Mary Allen, Amanda Dennis, two unidentified women and William Bellware
William Allen & Mary Johnson
William Allen was born in Wolfe Co., Kentucky near Campton on August 17, 1861. He was the twelfth of thirteen children of James Allen and Nancy Roberts. His siblings were Samuel, John, Granville, Stephen, Susan, Dulcenia, Mary, James, Jefferson, Eliza, Nancy and Martha. William's wife, Mary Margaret Johnson was born in Frenchburg, Kentucky on September 23, 1869. Her parents were Francis Johnson and Amanda Clay Phelps, both of Kentucky. Mary had one sister, who was also named Amanda. She married William T. Dennis in Frenchburg in 1888. Mary's grandfather, Austin Johnson, witnessed the first marriage in Menifee County in 1869. It was between Sarah Hackney and Joseph Phelps. Joseph was the brother of Amanda Clay Phelps.
Five Generations (l. to r.)Amanda Clay Johnson, Mary Allen, Lillie Bellware, William Bellware & Billy Bellware
Menifee County, Kentucky
William A. Allen married Mary Margaret Johnson in Menifee Co. on August 24, 1882, just two months after the big flood that took the lives of six people near Frenchburg and one month before Mary's thirteenth birthday. They had only one child, Lillie, who was born September 7, 1884. William Allen worked as a farmer in Menifee Co. until he and Mary moved to Middletown, Ohio on June 30, 1906. Lillie married another Menifee Co. native, John Shirley Bellware, in their hometown, on April 12, 1899. John took up farming despite having received some college education in Ohio in the early 1890's. John and Lillie had two of their five children in Menifee Co. before leaving Kentucky for Middletown, Ohio around 1903.
William Allen in front of his store in Middletown
Middletown and Dayton, Ohio
Nancy Roberts Allen
Stephan Allen, his wife Lydia their children and Nancy Allen
William's brother, Stephen, later buried the hatchet with some of Shackleford's kin. Particularly a son-in-law of Shackleford, named George Washington Miller. Two of Stephen's children married children of G.W. Miller. Stephen Allen and George Miller also agreed to be buried near each other in a cemetery in Lincoln Co., Kentucky where Stephen died in 1930. Stephen was quite young during the Civil War; he was only fourteen when he joined up in 1863. He started as a waterboy for his unit. One story is told is how, after becoming separated from his unit, cold and hungry, he broke into the house of a mother feeding her children. He stole a skillet of cornbread and burned his hand in the act. He regretted the theft when he realized that he might have stolen that family's only food. The scar from that burn, which he bore for the rest of his life, was a constant reminder of what he had done. Stephen Allen put his rebel days behind him after the war and is said to have flown an American flag outside his home regularly. He later became a Wolfe Co. judge.
William's sister, Dulcenia lived in Wolfe Co. as well. She first married William Miller and then Wilson "Turk" Combs. She had a somewhat violent married life. It has been reported that William Miller was killed by a rock thrown during an Election Day disturbance. Turk Combs was accused of throwing the rock, but he fled before being arrested. Miller died about a month after the incident. Turk later married Dulcenia, Miller's widow. She is said to have shot Turk herself when she found him with another woman. Apparently, he survived as they died within three days of each in August 1937. Dulcenia and Turk died at ages 85 and 93, respectively.
Other Siblings of William Allen
Some of William's other siblings that stayed in Wolfe Co. include Granville, who farmed there until he died in 1897, and his sister, Mary, who married Isaac Combs. Some of William's siblings moved to Menifee Co. including sisters, Susan, who married William Combs and Martha, who married Joey Lee Nickell. His brother, Jefferson Allen, married Mary Slusher and lived in Menifee Co. at the turn of the century. He died there in 1931. His brother John also lived in Menifee Co. for a while. William's brother, Samuel lived in Lawrence Co. and his brother, James, lived in Maggofin Co. The twins, Eliza and Nancy married Colson Duff and Lawrence Hammer, respectively. Both of them went on to raise large families.
Descendants of William Allen
While William had only one daughter, he has many descendants. He had five grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and twenty-five great great grandchildren. One of those great great grandchildren is the compiler of this information, whose grandfather was William Clay Bellware, first grandson and namesake of William Allen.
These photos and stories were gathered with the help of numerous people, including, June Sachs, a granddaughter of Stephen Allen; Carole Bays, a great-great-granddaughter of Granville Allen and Marge and Eunice Bellware, granddaughters-in-law of William Allen. Other researchers instrumental in accumulating this information were Imogene Amburgey, great granddaughter of Jefferson Allen, Mike Sweeney, a researcher of the Allen family and Barbara Ingram, an authority on Menifee Co. genealogy.
This page is maintained by Daniel A. Bellware and was last updated on December 9, 2000.
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