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Joshua Barnes Allen Sr.

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Joshua Barnes Allen Sr.
Born about in Amwell, Hunterdon County, New Jersey Colony
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Died in Hepzibah, Harrison County, Virginia (now WV), USA
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This info in my notes is from Harrison county, West Virginia, deed book 3, p 232. The Joshua Allen of Harrison County W.V.(Deed Book 3, Page 232) says: of the legal heirs of the estate of William Allen deceased of Hunterdon, in the state of New Jersey... He is granting Power of Attorney to his son Barnes Allen and his son-in-law Aaron Smith. October 16, 1798.


West Virginia Estate Settlements
Harrison Co., WV (formed 1784)
Joshua ALLEN, Inventory dated Nov 23, 1810


Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlement of Virginia[1]
The Allen Family;
When the Revolutionary War soldier James Townsend was stationed at Nutter's Fort on his fourth tour, he became acquainted with the Joshua Allen family. In 1775, Joshua Allen settled at what is now Hepzibah but was then the Allen farm, five miles outside of Clarksburg. Joshua Allen, owned 350 acres on the West Fork of the Monongahela River, adjoining lands claimed by John Simpson, this land was to include his settlement made in 1775, and a preemption right to 1000 acres adjoining (History of Harrison County, West Virginia, by Henry Haymond, 1910, p.32). John Wilson, 400 acres, on both sides of West Fork of Monongahela River, adjoining lands of Joshua Allen, to include his settlement made in 1775 (p. 32, ibid).
Joshua Allen and his son, Barnes Allen, came from Scotland to Virginia, from there to Fort Pitt, thence up the river to what is now known as Hepsibah, or the Allen farm, five miles from Clarksburg (p. 144, ibid). This was on the opposite side of town from Elk creek where James Townsend eventually settled. James probably made several returns to Clarksburg after his tour of 1779, in his courtship with Catherine, born Oct. 10, 1761, daughter of Joshua Allen. They were married Jan. 20, 1784, probably eloping to a yet unknown place back east, since their marriage is not on record at any logical archive deposit. After their honeymoon, they settled on the Back Creek of Jackson River, Augusta County, now Bath, where James had purchased 153 acres of land on November 21, 1780.
Solomon Townsend;
Perhaps it was due to Catherine's need for a "nanny" that her sister Elizabeth Allen came to Back Creek from her father's homestead near Clarksburg. As it is, James' brother Solomon obtained a marriage bond on August 8th, 1787 and married Elizabeth, daughter of Joshua Allen. The ceremony was performed by Rev. Archibald Scott. The church for which Rev. Archibald Scott was pastor is the Bethel Church, located five miles outside of Durbin, which is now Pocahontas Co., WV. (EHB)[2]


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  1. by Lyman Chalkley, 1980
    VOLUME II, p. 307 - 1787,
    August 8, Solomon Townsend and James Townsend, surety. Solomon Townsend and Elizabeth Allen, daughter of Joshua Allen (consent). Teste: :Peter Sanders,
    Samuel Tompson.
  2. Source: Harold Bright

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On June 12, 2015 at 12:50GMT Nae X wrote:

Allen-13990 and Allen-821 appear to represent the same person because: Kitty Linch rejected this merge originally because of slight differences. After researching, these two are absolutely the same person. If you are using the dates derived from DAR and also other sources, and the property inventory in 1810 for each, then they are the same. I've PPPd Allen-821. Difference in spouse name Sarah E vs Elizabeth? Otherwise, same person. Please review and merge. IF you feel that they are not ready to be merged, please set them as an unmerged match temporarily until you can complete the research needed to merge.

There are disputed orgins for Joshua...some say born in Scotland, some in America. Son Barnes, though is listed as born in Scotland...if sister Sarah is the correct, then it is highly unlikely he was born in Scotland 6 years after Sarah is born in New Jersey. Thanks for your consideration. Nae

On May 25, 2015 at 04:36GMT Jacky Clark wrote:

Allen-13990 and Allen-821 appear to represent the same person because: Many of the facts are the same please collaborate and merge