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209. Peter B. P. "Port" ALLEN112,162,163,164,165,166 was born on 29 May 1846 in Polk County, Arkansas.104,107,110,167 He died on 2 September 1926 at the age of 80 in Kern County, California.167

Andrew Warde book had exact date for date of birth. Gave middle name as "Buell". Descendants think the "B" may have stood for Benton. He was always called Porter or Port.
1850 Census: initials looked more like Peter B. F. In their father's obituary, his brother Charles gave his name as Peter B. P. so maybe his name was Peter Buell/Benton Porter Allen.
A solution to his name may lie in the following. In reading a book about the Battle of Queenston Heights, 1812, in which his grandfather, Peter Buell Allen, was Lt. Col. of a militia regiment, I discovered the following. The Quartermaster General for the state militia of NY was, at the time of the War of 1812, Peter Buel Porter of Buffalo. He was directly involved with rebuilding of the forts and constructing bateaux for the crossing of the Niagara River and would have been well known to the first Peter Buell Allen. Peter B. Porter was born 1773, died 1844. He had joined with Benjamin Barton, Augustus Porter [his brother] and Joseph Annin in 1807 to form Porter, Barton & Co which openerated the carrying business from Lewiston to Fort Schlosser [sites of the camps on the Niagara just prior to the Battle of Queenston]. Politically Peter B. Porter was opposed to Stephen Van Renssalaer who commanded the American forces at Queenston and thoroughly bungled the matter. Porter constantly warned against the inadequacies of the Army and they quarreled frequently. In 1810, Porter did serve on a commission to investigate a route for the a canal across New York - the Erie Canal. Van Ressalaer and DeWitt Clinton also served on this committee. A brother of Peter B. P. Allen's was named DeWitt Clinton Allen. It is notable that their great-uncle Nathanial Allen was a contractor on the Erie Canal. I believe that Peter Buell Porter and Peter Buell Allen, both present at Queenston in 1812, were in fact third cousins.

Family records from descendants give his birth year as 1845.

His residence is listed as Canadian, I.T. in the obituary of his father in 1901. Descendants of his referred to him as "Porter" and he's listed as Porter in the 1880 Census.

1870 Census. White Twp, Polk co, AR, Hh 403 [next door to his parents]
Peter B. P. Allen, age 24, b. AR. Mary, 24, b. GA. Edwin F., age 1.
Enumerated with Peter's parents was a three-year-old boy named McCoy - some have placed him as a child of Peter and Mary's. However, ten years later he was not with either family.

1880 Census: Polk Co AR, Ozark. Porter Allen age 33 b. AR, parents b. NY. Mary F. age 32, b. AR, her parents b. GA. Edward F. age 11, Charles H. age 9, and Manerva E. J. age 5 [this is apparently be the child later referred to as Emma by descendants]

1900 Census. Indian Territory. Twp 9, Creek Nation. Hh 435
Peter B. Allen, b. May 1846, age 54, married 32 years. Born AR, parents b. NY
Mary F., wife, b. Oct 1846, age 53, six children, b. AR, father b. GA, mother b. SC
Edwin F., son, b. May 1869, age 31, married 10 years, b. AR
Emily J., dau, b. Nov 1874, age 25
Migron, son, b. Mar 1882, age 18
Porter, son, b. Apr 1885, age 15
Mary E., dau, b. Mar 1889, age 11
Lillie M., gdau, b. Jul 1891, age 8
George P., gson, b. May 1893, age 7
Minnie A., gdau, b. Dec 1895, age 5, the only child born Indian Territory

1910 Census. Pittsburg Co, OK, Canadian Twp, ED 215, Sheet 16, Household 300. Peter B. Allen, age 63, married 42 years, b. AR [parents born Inidiner - Indiana] Mary age 64, wife. Has had 6 children. William, grandson, age 9, b. OK [son of Charles Henry Allen]

1920 Census. Leflore Co, OK, Wister Twp, ED 122, Sheet 2A, Family 23. Troy C. Heflin, head of household, age 24, b. in Oklahoma, his father born in AL, his mother b. AR. Lilly M. wife, age 28, b. AR as were both her parents. Clarence M., Step Son age 8 [surname unreadable]. William O. Heflin, son age 5, Lovdie M. age 3 years, 3 months, and ?Ivie P. age 11 months, daughters. Michael Webb, age 28 and a school teacher, is a boarder. Peter B. P. Allin, Grandfather, age 73, b. AR, both parents b. NY, also lives with the family. He was widowed.

Obituary (newspaper source unknown - but probably in Kern Co, CA)
Porter B. Allen, 80-year-old retired rancher of Wister, Okla., who had been making his home in Kern County for about a month, died last night at a local hospital. He was the father of Mrs. George W. Griffith of Wood Patch; Ed Allen of Watsonville, Emmet Allen of McAllister, and Charles and Marshall Allen [Emmett & Marshall were in Pittsburg Co OK in 1920] and Mrs. Etta Griffith, all of Oklahoma. He also leaves nine grandchildren, Clyde, Addie, Maudie, and Edgar Griffith of Wood Patch, and ?Elsis/Kisie, Vernie and John Allen, Millie King and Mamie Griffith.
The body is at Payne & Sons mortuary where funeral arrangements are pending the arrival of his two sons from Watsonville and McAllister. If Port's body was taken back to Oklahoma, his grave apparently not marked - at least there is no marker next to his wife Mary.

Note: Clyde, Audy, Maudie, & Edgar Griffith were the children of daughter Minerva Emma. Elsie & Vernie were children of Porter Emmett Allen. John Allen, Millie King & Mamie Griffith were children of son Edward F. Allen. There were several other grandchildren. The children of Edward's first marriage were omitted, as were the children of son Marshall, and the son of Charles H. Allen. Port actually had 17 living grandchildren that I know of at the time of his death.


Peter B. P. "Port" ALLEN and Mary F. DUNAGAN were married in 1868.164,167,168 Mary F. DUNAGAN164, daughter of Andrew Franklin DUNAGAN and Emilia Minerva DEMPSEY, was born in October 1846 in Arkansas.168,169 She died on 20 May 1912 at the age of 65.170

Her name is also seen as Dinnegan/Dunnegan/Dunnagan. There were numerous families of this name in Polk Co AR. It is most often seen in databases online as Dunagan.

1870 census gave her age as 24, born in Georgia.
1880 census gave her age as 32, born in Arkansas with both her parents born in Georgia.

1900 census said Mary said born in AR; her father b. Georgia, her mother b. in NC.

According to information from Shirley Garrison, Mary was hit by a train and killed in March of 1912. She was hard of hearing and had on a bonnet and simply did not hear the train. She is said to be buried in the Crowder, Pittsburg Co OK cemetery.
She is listed on FindAGrave: Birth: 1845. Death: May 20, 1912 [conflicts with family story that she died in March of 1912]

Peter B. P. "Port" ALLEN and Mary F. DUNAGAN had the following children:

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i.

Edward\Edwin Franklin ALLEN.

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ii.

Charles Henry ALLEN.

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iii.

Minerva Emma/Emily J. ALLEN.

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iv.

Marshall ALLEN.

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v.

Porter Emett ALLEN.

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vi.

Mary Etta ALLEN166,167 was born in March 1889 in Arkansas.171

Etta is listed in her father's obit as Etta Griffith, living in Oklahoma. I have not been able to locate her in a census, other than as Mary E., daughter, b. Mar 1889, age 11, in the 1900 Census, Indian Territory.