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Valentine Allen (1726 - 1797)

LTC Valentine Allen
Born in Goochland, Virginia Colonymap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married 26 Feb 1753 in Cumberland County, Virginiamap
Descendants descendants
Died at age 71 in Rockingham, North Carolina, United Statesmap
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Lieutenant Colonel Valentine Allen served with North Carolina Militia during the American Revolution.
Valentine Allen was part of a Southern Pioneer Family.

Valentine fought in the Revolutionary War as a Lt. Col. in the North Carolina Militia and therefore played a part in creating this great nation of ours, Valentine is memorialized on a monument erected by the D.A.R. in Glenn's Chapel Baptist Church Cemetery, Ayersville, Rockingham Co., [1]

Valentine Allen, b. St. James Parish, Henrico Co., Va., 13 March 1727 according to Boddie [2] he was born 29 Apr. 1730 in Goochland Co., Va.), d. Rockingham Co., N.C., 17 Sept. 1799 [2], bur. Henrico Co., Va. Ref-Boddie : "Lt. Col. Valentine Allin, son of Mary (Hunt) and Capt. William Allin, was born March 28, 1730, in Goochland County, Va., and died Sept. 17, 1798, in Rockingham County, N.C. He married Feb. 25, 1753, Nancy (Anne) Arnold, the daughter of William Arnold. Valentine moved to Rockingham County, N.C., where he served as a Lieutenant Colonel, North Carolina Troops, Quartermaster, during the Revolution [1] He made his will August 18, 1797, recorded 1798. His legatees were children: Mary Peay wife Nancy. Also 'To daughter Mary Peay's children that she had by her former husband, John Chadwell, Decd m. Cumberland Co., Va., 26 Feb 1753

Valentine Allen and his wife lived on the Dan River near Long Island Ford. The Allen family cemetery is located on the Motsinger farm near the Dan River and near the original homesite of Valentine and Nancy Allen.

Valentine Allen was the first of the Allen family to reside in Rockingham County. Virginia. In 1790, only seven slave holders had more than 20 slaves. Valentine Allen was one of the seven with 28 slaves, which indicates that he was a wealthy Planter on a large scale with a large plantation. The earliest records found on this Allen family were in Charles City , Virginia.

Valentine was 3rd of 9 children born to William Allen. His father was Captain William Allen, born about 1690. William Allen married Mary Hunt. She was born May 15, 1695 and died March 8, 1763 in Buckingham County, Virginia. William's will names nine children; the third child being named Valentine Allen. He was born about 1730 and married Ann (Nancy) Arnold February 26, 1753 [3]

The exact date Valentine Allen and his wife moved to Rockingham County is not known, but he was well-established there long before 1790. Valentine Allen served with the North Carolina Troops in the Revolutionary War[1]

Ancestor of First Lady Laura [Welch] Bush: Valentine Allen m. Nancy Anne Arnold .Mary Allen m. John Chadwell .David Chadwell m. Jane Johnson .Mary Chadwell m. James T. Aldridge .Nancy Jane Aldridge m. Dr. William Franklin Welch .Mark Anthony Welch m. Marie Lula Lane .Harold Bruce Welch m. Jenna Louise Hawkins .Laura Lane Welch m. GEORGE WALKER BUSH (b. 1946), US President [4]

Research Notes

Find a Grave has Birth date of Apr 29 1726, with alternate birth day of Mar 13 1730 from SAR applications. Sibling Mary has birthday of Mar 1726, so birthdate is incorrect for one of them. Also has information about Will, stating death was Aug 1 1797. [5]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Daughters of the American Revolution, DAR Genealogical Research Databases, database online, ( : accessed Dec 5, 2017), "Record of Valentine Allen", Ancestor # A001866.
  2. 2.0 2.1 John Bennett Boddie, Historical Southern Families, vol. 3 (1959, repr. 1967).
  3. .marriage bond was found in Buckingham County, Virginia Court Records.
  5. Find A Grave, database and images ( accessed 26 July 2019), memorial page for LTC Valentine Allen (29 Apr 1726–1 Aug 1797), Find A Grave: Memorial #54257716, citing Allen Family Cemetery, Madison, Rockingham County, North Carolina, USA ; Maintained by Mert57 (contributor 46939092) Memorial plaque with no dates
  • DAR -- National Numbers 235067, 426664 & 307338.
  • VAF -- "Valentine Allen Family" on pp. 146-147 of The Heritage of Rockingham County North Carolina [1983]
  • "United States Census, 1790," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 9 August 2015), Valentine Allen, Rockingham, North Carolina, United States; citing p. , NARA microfilm publication , (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll ; FHL microfilm .

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Allen-15961 and Allen-38 appear to represent the same person because: Same name, same siblings, same spouses, same children, DOB and DOD similar
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