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Mary Reeves Allen


Mary Reeves was born about 1760 in an area of North Carolina that was at that time Orange or Johnston County. On 13 Jan 1780 in Orange County, she married Benjamin Downs. Benjamin Downs died sometime before 9 Sep 1785 when Mary, as Mary Downs, married Bartlett Allen in Wake County, North Carolina.

Very little information is available regarding the life of Mary Reeves Allen. There are deed records in Wake County that relate to her husband Bartlett Allen but the only mention of Mary, is in the probate records of her father, William Reeves. There is a Power of Attorney from Bartlett and Mary Allen to Jesse B. Geer (nephew of Mary Reeves Allen) to act on their behalf in the settlement of William Reeves' estate recorded in Madison County, Kentucky Deed Book P, Pg 211. Subsequent to this POA, Jesse B. Geer executed the deed "Reeves Heirs to Reeves" on their behalf wherein all of William Reeves' children sell their interests in his land to his youngest child, Jeremiah. That deed is recorded in Madison County in Deed Book Q, pgs 7, 8, 9.

Mary Downs who married Elijah Tilley in June of 1797 in Wake County is almost certainly the child of Mary Reeves and Benjamin Downs considering her age and the Downs families in the county at that time.

At present, no definitive documentation has been found as to the identity of the children of Mary Reeves; however the following would appear to be some of those children based upon extensive research of the Allen families of Wake County when compared against the ages and sexes of the children of Mary Reeves as listed on the 1800 U.S. Federal Census for Wake County. In each instance there is also evidence of a connection to these individuals such as descendants with the given name of "Bartlett" or "Reeves", and the location of Thomas Glidewell's residence in Wake County immediately joining that of Reeves family members.

The following are believed to be the children of Mary Reeves and Bartlett Allen:
  1. Frances Allen Shering
  2. Elizabeth Allen Stanly
  3. James A. Allen
  4. Susan Allen Glidewell
  5. Martha "Patsy" Allen Stanly White
  6. Thomas Allen

Mary Reeves Allen was still living in October of 1835 when Bartlett Allen mentioned in his RW pension statement that his wife was also in frail health and almost as old as he. No further mention has been found of Mary after that date.

See link to Index above for database that includes these descendants.



Bartlett Allen


Bartlett Allen was a corporal in the American Revolutionary War and served in a militia unit under Capt. Woodson Daniel of Wake County, North Carolina where he was recruited. See his RW pension statement (#S8012)

According to his RW pension statement of 1832, he was born in Nash County, North Carolina in 1757 but was living in Wake County when called into service. His parents are unknown; however, on the 1784 Wake County tax lists for Capt. Daniel's district, he is listed with no acreage beside Benjamin Allen who would appear to be his father. From deeds and other records, he appears to be related in some way to Benjamin Allen as well as Reuben Allen who was a resident of Wake County until the mid 1780's when he relocated to Elbert County, Georgia. In 1794, Reuben Allen of Elbert County, GA gave Bartlett his power of attorney to recover a debt owed him.

Various Wake County records relating to Bartlett Allen:

Wake County NC, Will Book C, p. 264
Estate sale of Martha Geer. R. 9 Apr 1791 Buyers: Bartlett Allen, William Reeves Jr., Peter Reeves, Thomas May. 21 Jan 1791. D(eputy) Sheriff: Jno. Humphries.

Wake County NC Court Minutes 1792
A Deed from Benjamin Allen to Bartlet Allen was duly proved in open Court by the Oath of Mordicai Sutherland a Witness thereto and ordered to be Registered.

Wake County NC, Will Book C, p. 498
11 Jan 1794 Allen, Reuben - Power of atty. Reuben Allen of Elbert Co. GA, gave friend Bartlett Allen of Wake Co. his power of attorney to recover debt owed him by Micajah Ferrell. Witnesses: Hicks Ellis, Starling Talley (Jurat)

Wake County NC, Deed Book Q, p. 157
Bartlet Allen of Wake Co. to John Alston of same, June 24, 1798, for 75 dollars a tract of 61 acres on the waters of the Rocky Branch adjoining Hedgpeth. Wit: Westwood A. Jones, Kinchen Bynum, John Alston, Junr.

Wake County NC, Will Book 6, p. 129

May 1803 Ferrell, Christian - Estate Sale, Buyers: Bartlett Allen, John Reynold Sr, Isaac McCallum, Archer Ferrell, James Ferrell.Exor: John Reynolds

Wake County NC, Will Book 6, p. 264
20 Mar 1804 Bartlet Allen buyer at the Estate Sale of John Burns, dec'd.

Wake Land Entries and Grants:
Wake #180 1st Jan 1803. David Daniel Entered 200 acres of vacant land in Wake County on the waters of the Neuse River on the West side on a branch called Rocky Branch, joining the lines of Tingnall Jones Senr., Bartlett Allen and Peter Hudson and Samuel Peck (sic Peak), decd. E Holding, E.T.

Wake #266 19 Nov 1805. Edwin Holding entered 200 acres of vacant land in Wake County on the Waters of Neuse River on the west side on a branch called Rocky Branch joining the lines of Tingnal Jones, Senior, Esquire, Bartlett Allen & Peter Hutson & Samuel Peek deceased. E. Holding. E.T. Entered before William Armstrong Esquire.