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Shadrach Allen
Craven Co. NC

Shadrach Allen, was the Joseph Allen of Craven Co. NC., and wife Martha? Shadrach lived in Craven Co. North Carolina and his will proven in March Court 1780 in Craven Co.

The will partically destroyed can be found at the State Archives in Raleigh, NC. Only part has been saved. However, you can tell he had two sons and one daughter, also mentions the name of his wife.

He mentions his wife, Jemima Allen, who is left a negro woman Sarah and four sons, and the plantation.

1. Daughter Sarah Allen, one negro woman and one bed, land joining David Smith's line.
2. Son John Allen, one negro primas, cows, one negro woman and three hundred acres of land
3. Son Shadrach Allen, every negro that is not mentioned in the above, also two beds and furniture. Shadrach, Executors (of my last will and testament)-my two sons John Allen and Shadrack Allen.

This Shadrach, son of Shadrach is not the individual who married Frances Loftin 27 July, 1801 in Craven Co. That Shadrack is the son of Joseph Allen, believed brother to Shadrack, Sr.

John Allen
Son of Shadrach Allen

This John Allen can be proven the son of Shadrach Allen of Craven Co. NC., by the will of his father Shadrach and naming his mother in his will. He also mentions his brother, Shadrach who is executor of the will.

The wife of John Allen was Ann Green Bryan. William Bryan in his will in Craven Co. names a daughter Ann, wife of John Allen. John married Ann October 1785 in Craven Co. The bond date was 9 October, 1785 and was by John Allen and his father, Shadrach Allen.

Since both sons were named Burton, there is surely a connection to the Burton family. Perhaps a maternal lineage.

1. Mary Allen
2. Burton Allen
3. John Burton Allen

Will of John Allen of Craven Co. NC. proved in the March Term of Court 1795.

In the name of god Amen; I John Allen of the County of Craven and State of North Carolina being of sound and perfect mind and memory blessed be god, do this 7th day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety four, make and publish this my last will And testament in manner following.

I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Ann G. Allen the land and plantation whereon I now live including five hundred acres in one patent and two hundred acres on the back of said tract patten by myself lying and being on the Sandy Througherfair the said land given to her during her widowhood and no longer. I also lend unto my said wife one Negro man named Cesar one negro man named yellow Jack, one negro Boy named Martin; one Negro Girl named E--- during her widowhood.

I also give unto my wife one Negro woman Mama Hannah and her four children namely Cass; Simon America and Bill to her her heirs and off springs forever. Also, three head of horses to will one black mair one ball face horse, and the demby mair on her raising the colt for my daughter Mary Allen. Ten head of cattle my stock of sheep and all my farming Tools and all my household furniture except three beds and furniture compleat and one pair of the best Curtains which I shall hereafter give to my children; Two hundred dollars in cash one double Chair and Harness, all my stock of hogs except what is fill for market this year.

Item I give and bequeath unto my daughter Mary Allen Two plantations on Swift Creek the two Tracts Containing three hundred and fifty acres purchased of William Charlson , and Phillip Causey; one other Plantation in Piney Neck known by the name of John Anderson Plantation with a warrant of one hundred acres adjoining the said Anderson Trail also one hundred and fifty acres known by the name of Rum lei hill; also two hundred and seventy acres lying in the County of Beaufort purchased of Thomas Worsley to her her heirs and asigns forever.

Item: I Give and bequeath unto my Son Burton Allen the Ireland plantation containing Two hundred Acres with one hundred Acres adjoining by a Grant in my own name another plantation adjoining containing one hundred acres known by Adams Place one other plantation adjoining known by Manner place containing two hundred and twenty acres; another plantation adjoining known by Phillips place containing five hundred acres; two other plantations adjoining containing two hundred and Seventy acres known by the all Cox sands. Another plantation containing one hundred and twenty acres known by the Phillingain Sand to him his heirs and asigns forever.

Item: I Give and bequeath unto my Son John Burton Allen the plantation whereon I now live and all the lands adjoining and also Six hundred and forty Acres lying in Cumberland and all my other lands that is not before given away to him his heirs and asigns forever.

Item: All my negroe slaves to be equally divided among my three children, Mary Allen, Burton Allen, and John Burton Allen. When my daughter Mary Allen shall arrive to the age of sixteen the said Negroes and their increase shall be put into three classes of equal value as near as possible and she shall for her Lott. My eldest Son shall also draw in like manner when he shall arrive to the age of eighteen and the remaining lott shall be my youngest Son John Burton Allen to them and their heirs and asigns forever.

Item: I Give unto my daughter; Mary Allen one good bed and furniture complete with a sett of my best Curtains.

Item: I Give unto my son; Burton Allen one bed and furniture.
Item: I Give unto my son John Burton Allen one Bed and furniture.

Item: Also my Cash in hand and debts of every kind are to be carefully collected by my Executor and to be equally divided between my three Children, Mary Allen, Burton Allen and John Burton Allen. My Executors can let out to secure interest. They may do so; also I give and bequeath unto my brother Shadrach Allen one Bay Horse named H---(?) to him and his heirs and asigns forever.

Item: I Give and bequeath unto my Mother; Jemima Allen one Riding Chair and Harness during her Natural life, after her death to my daughter Mary Allen

Item: My will and desire is that all my Stock of Horses and cattle with all the rest of my property not mentioned in the aforesaid will be sold by my Executors giving of twelve months credit all the money arising from such sale to be equally divided among my three children as aforesaid.

I hereby make and ordain my worthy friends Shadrach Allen and Robert Williams my Executors of this my last will and Testament In witness whereof I the said John Allen have to this my last will and Testament set my hand and seal the day and year above written. Signed Sealed published.

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