Name: James Evins ALLEN 1 2 3
ALIA: James Evens /Allen/
Birth: 14 AUG 1807 in Somerset, Pulaski, Kentucky, USA 1
Death: 16 SEP 1886 in Lewiston, Cache, Utah, USA 1
Burial: 18 SEP 1886 Lewiston, Cache, Utah, USA
LDS Baptism: 17 NOV 1835 1
Also known as James Evens Allen, James Evans Allen.
Photo of James Allen:
Sketch of the life of James Allen
Born 1807, Pioneer of 1862 - compiled by Maud Bliss Allen from interviews, diaries and records and contact with the different families.
JAMES ALLEN was born the 14th day of August, 1807 at Pulaski Co. Kentucky, a few miles out of Somerset, the eldest son of Rial and Margaret Evans. He grew up in a very beautiful valley nine miles out of Somerset near where the Fishing River flows. He fell in love with his cousin Nancy Allen, daughter of Rial's brother John and his wife Rachel (McDaniel) Allen. She was born in January, 1809. The parents were very much concerned about these two cousins marrying and they did everything in their power to dissuade them, but to no use, they were very much in love and determined to wed, and finally the parents gave their consent and they were married at Somerset and moved to Waitsboro, Calloway County, Kentucky. This is a station on the Columbia River and is situated on the Cumberland Pass. It is a very beautiful country, the mountains covered with beautiful green dense foliage. For miles and miles the beautiful dogwood blooms along the fences, and when the summer comes the wild honey-suckle vines adorn the hills and valley so abundant that its fragrance is wafted thru the breeze all along the highways. They moved to Calloway County in 1828.
It was here the first three children were born. James and his family belonged to the Baptist Church. In a little book, President Wilford Woodruff carried on his mission which he calls his "Journal" there is a very interesting item where he says, he stopped over night at the home of brother James Allen. The next day, the 17th of November, 1835 in a large "Creek" which flows near their place, he baptized Brother Allen, his wife, and three other people.
in 1836 James went to Nauvoo for a time, and in Far West, [Caldwell Co.] Mo., one of his children were born in 1839. The later children were born in Waitsboro, Kentucky again. In the summer of 1844, James and his brother, Andrew Jackson with some of the family went up to Illinois to mingle with the saints. When they got there a terrible gloom was over the little band of people as the prophet had been killed and the city was in mourning and deep sorrow. They were very disappointed they were too late to see the Prophet. They visited with some friends from Kentucky, Bros. Benjamin Clapp and Daniel Thomas and then returned to their home in Kentucky.
James finally settled in Andrews County, Mo., as he had decided to come west with the saints in 1847, but for lack of funds he and his brother Lewis, with their families remained there. Their father had moved from Kentucky to Missouri in 1844 and was the owner of a fine farm near what is now St Joseph City. He was always very proud of his wonderful pedigreed stock and thoroughbred horses, of which there were none better in the land.
By 1862, James had accumulated enough finances to make the trip west. A year before this on the 3rd day of June, 1861, he and Nancy had buried their eldest daughter, Rachel Mahala who was the wife of Lafe Irvine, leaving two little daughters motherless. When the families started west, Lafe, in a horse and vehicle rode west with them bringing his two children with him on a horse and buggy. He had wanted Margaret to marry him and care for his children and he was in hopes that by coming with them he could still persuade her to do so, but her answer was always "No", so as he found the journey useless he decided to go back to Missouri. Thru the fighting during the Civil War, he would not take sides with any one, and upon his return, he was put upon by a band of "Gorillas" and murdered. These men then took his two daughters and left them at the home of his mother. Nothing is known of those two children further.
In May of l862, James and Lewis with their families started west, light hearted and happy in the thought that they would be able to make their home with the saints in Zion, and to join their brother, Andrew Jackson and sister Sarah whom they had not seen in fifteen years. There was one horse team in the crowd. Lewis had three covered wagons driven by oxen. James had two covered wagons also driven by oxen, and a buggy with a span of horses. They had other horses and these were used to drive the cattle. There were about fifteen head of milk cows, two colts, and abundant provisions for the trip.
Their father Rial lived with a daughter Elizabeth Snyder. When they were ready to leave, they mounted horses, these three and rode all day with their loved ones and then after an affectionate farewell, they turned back upon the road toward their homes and Lewis and James, with their families and all their earthly belongings started on their long journey to Utah.
One night just toward dark, they saw a large herd of buffalo. The men followed them quite a way but did not get any. Antelope were often seen, but it was many weeks before they saw an Indian. He was on a horse and came up with a large feather in his headpiece. He tried to carry on a conversation but it was impossible to understand him. From this time on they saw many Indians, carrying their young on their backs and coming to their camp to beg.
In Colorado, they picked up Marion Allen, uncle James' oldest boy, who had been working at a mine at Pike's Peak. He was glad to be re-united with his family and continued west with them. On a great flat, during a terrible rainstorm, there were thousands of tiny toads that came out of the cracks of earth and the children felt sorry for them, they never saw such a sight and could never believe there could be so many. It was a sight they never did forget. Upon arrival at Fort Laramie, they were able to buy much dried buffalo meat.
It was the latter part of August when they arrived in Utah ValIey. On the 30th of August, James traveled to Willow Creek, which is now Draper, and informed his brother Andrew Jackson that the wagons and their families were some twenty-Five miles back in the canyon, at the home of Randolph Alexander's and Andrew Jackson went back with them. The Alexander's informed them there was some fine land some forty miles up on the Weber River. The next day they all went up there, but they found no suitable location so started back for the Allen home at Willow, which they reached. on the 6th of September and six days later, on the l2th, Andrew Jackson Allen gave them a grand party, and they all rejoiced at being together and among the saints. They indulged in old fashioned dancing and finally persuaded James to go on the floor and make a real try, but under no amount of persuasion could they get Lewis to join them.
After spending the winter at the Allen home, James decided to settle in Cache Valley where he farmed and made a home for his family. Here in Cache Valley and in Idaho are a great number of James and Nancy's descendants. They were the parents of eight children all of whom lived to marry. After Nancy's death, James married a Henrietta Tolbe.*
James took a trip back to Kentucky and spent one winter there among his loved ones. Kentucky kinfolks say they remember him as a fine, very kind hearted old gentleman.
The foregoing facts have been gleaned by interviews, diarys, records and conversation with different families in Kentucky, Idaho, Arizona, and Utah, by personal interviews, that the record of these peoples lives might remain with their descendants. Maud Bliss Allen [end]
[*Note: James was married [sealed] to Henrietta Talboe 21 Mar 1870, eight years before his wife Nancy died 26 Mar 1878. See 1870 Census, Utah County (Salt Lake City) where James was living with both wives and daughter Nancy.]
For a short history of Far West Missouri at the time James Allen was there [ca 1839], go to:
SHORT HISTORY OF CALDWELL COUNTY, MISSOURI, Chapter I
From the Indian Days to the End of the Mormon Occupation.
"After the surrender of Far West, the Gentiles demanded the immediate removal of the Mormons from the whole state. Some Mormons sold their farms at a low price, some traded for a team and wagon; some even abandoned their farms without sale, in their haste to leave for Illinois which was to be their home until they went to Utah. By June 1839, most Mormons had left Caldwell County."
Father: Rial Easter ALLEN b: 1791 in Orange Co., North Carolina, USA
Mother: Margaret "Peggy" Mary EVINS b: 1784 in Knox Co., Tennessee, USA
Nancy McDaniel ALLEN b: 5 JAN 1809 in Somerset, Pulaski, Kentucky, USA
17 JAN 1831
in Pulaski Co. Kentucky, USA
- Marriage Ending Status: Death of one spouse
Photos of James Allen & his wife (& cousin) Nancy Mcdaniel Allen are at:
Sources for this family were "Allens, Seven Generations Of Allens" by Maud B. Allen and
a family group sheet from the Allen Family Organization.
Nancy & James were first cousins. Henrietta/Henrieta/Henriette listed in the census records below was James's second wife in polygamy.
I searched the 1850 U.S. Census transcription, Calloway Co., Kentucky at
but did not find this family. [LMW]
"This is a partial transcription. District No. 1 is currently being transcribed from the microfilm."
1860 U.S. Census Index to images:
Missouri, Andrew Co. [James's father, Rial, is on page 128.]
Allen James 46 m
Nancy 44 f
Allen Margaret 23 f
Samuel 21 m
John 18 m
James 16 m
Nancy P. 14 f
William 12 m
1860 U.S. Census Image: [Images are slightly blurry.]
867 - 853- James Allen; age 46; male; farmer; value: 3500; personal: 970; born KY
Nancy Allen; age 44; female; born KY
Margaret Allen; age 23; female; born KY; attended school in year
Samuel Allen; age 21; male; born ? [MO?]; attended school in year
John Allen; age 18; male; born KY; attended school in year
James Allen; age 16; male; born KY; attended school in year
Nancy P. Allen; age 14; female; born Ky; attended school in year
William Allen; 12; male; born MO[?] attended school in year
1870 Utah County Census (Salt Lake City) # 76 -
Allen, James 63, Male, White, Farmer, Tennessee, land value $500. personal value $150.;
Nancy 60, Female, White, Keep house, Tennessee.;
Nancy J. 25, Female, White, At house, Tennessee;
Henrieta 49, Female, White, Keep house, Denmark.
1870 U.S. Census, Utah Territory, Salt Lake County, Willow Creek Ward, Post Office: Draperville, page 10, 14 September 1870, Lines 26-30, Dwelling #76, Family #76
Allen, James; age 63 [?messy]; male; white; farmer; real estate value $500.; personal value: $150.; born Tennessee; male citizen over age 21.
Allen Nancy; age 60; female; white; keep house; born Tennessee.
Allen, Nancy J.; age 25; female; white; at home; born Tennessee.
Allen, Henrietta; age 49; female; white; keephouse; born Denmark; parents of foreign birth.
[Scanned to this couple's marriage scrapbook in this Family Tree Maker file.]
1880 U.S. Census, familysearch.org
Census Place Draper, Salt Lake, Utah
Family History Library Film 1255337
NA Film Number T9-1337
Page Number 297D
Name Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age Birthplace Occupation Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace
James ALLEN Self M Male W 72 KY Farmer KY KY
Henriette ALLEN Wife M Female W 58 DEN Keeping House DEN D
Marian ALLEN Son S Male W 45 KY Farmer KY DEN
Mary ALLEN Wife M Female W 30 IA Keeping Hou
Francis ALLEN Son S Male W 8 UT KY IA
Harriet ALLEN Dau S Female W 6 UT KY IA
Charles ALLEN Son S Male W 4 UT KY IA
John ALLEN Son S Male W 7M UT KY IA
Below are exerpts from a letter that was probably written by James Henry Allen, son of Samuel Jackson Allen. In Aug 1990 James's daughter Lenna Allen Eliason said that she thought it was her father's writing. Transcribed by Leslie Mikesell Wood, spelling was kept as written:
[on page 1& 2] "First of all - Samuel J. Allen was born in Far West Mo. Jan 8th 1839. His father was James Allen Sr. and his mother was Nancy McDaniels. The parents having met the Prophet and others they became converted and had been babtized but none of the children, seven in number, had yet joined the church.
The greater part of all members, then at Far West begun to prepare to move on to the West, as was their aim. The Allen family was numbered with them. All went fairly well [start of his page
Two] and they at last found themselves entering the long looked for Valley. All were overjoyed.
The Allen's chose to locate at place known as Draper while others continued on toward the Lake. They had not been there long when it became necessary to send teams and help to other imigrants on the trail or soon ready to come. President Young knowing Grand Father's condition. That he had horses and wagons, etc. came to him and asked if it was possible for him [to] take teams and make a trip for imigrants. The answer was "I cannot go myself but I will send Sam." Soon Sam and others to go were on their way."
[on page 4] "The Allens', as we have them, were from Missouri, Kentuckey, Virginia etc. Seemed to move much for thise times. They were not members of any church - did not seem to get excited about Religion. James Allen my G.F. finally chanced to meet the Prophet Joseph also others of the good brethren and it made a lasting impression on him also grandmother. They joined the Church and soon headed west with others and located at Draper. The boys, John R, James V, William L, Marion F, and Samuel J located in Lewiston to begin with but James V. finally moved to Smith Field, John R. to Idaho, Marion to Arizona." [For complete letter go to page for James Henry Allen.]
- Rachael Mahala Caroline ALLEN b: 12 JAN 1832 in Waitesboro, Calloway, Kentucky, USA
- Francis Marion ALLEN b: 1 APR 1834 in Waitesboro, Calloway, KY
- Margaret Mary ALLEN b: 18 SEP 1836 in Waitesboro, Calloway, Kentucky, USA
- Samuel Jackson ALLEN b: 8 JAN 1839 in Forest City, Holt, Missouri, USA
- John Rial ALLEN b: 29 JAN 1841 in Waitsboro, Calloway, Kentucky, USA
- James Valentine ALLEN b: 2 MAR 1843 in Waitesboro, Calloway, KY
- Nancy Jane ALLEN b: 2 NOV 1846 in Murray, Calloway, Kentucky
- William Lewis ALLEN b: 14 JAN 1850 in Waitesboro, Calloway, KY
Henriette "Hennie" TOLBOE b: 17 JUN 1821 in Grenaa, Randers, Denmark
21 MAR 1870
ancestry.com [image #16] [transcribed by Leslie Mikesell Wood]
1900 U.S. Census, Utah, Cache County, Lewiston, Supervisor's District #273, Enumeration District #76, Sheet #8B, 13 June 1900, Line 93, Dwelling #139, Family #144
Allen, Hennretta; head; white; female; born June 1821; age 78; widowed; 0 children born; 0 children living; born Denmark; parents born Denmark; immigrated: 1868; 30 years in US; can read, write & speak English; owns mortgage-free house.
[Census page image is in this couple's marriage scrapbook in this Family Tree Maker file.]
- Title: "Allens, Seven Generations of Allens"
Author: Maud Bliss Allen
- Title: Allen Family Organization, family group sheet.
- Title: Death Cert. for Samuel Jackson Allen
Author: Informant was James Allen of Lewiston.
Publication: State of Utah-Death Certificate. [Photocopy]
Media: Civil Registry
Text: Name of father: James Evens Allen, name of mother: Nancy Macdanial, both born in Kentucky.
Note: Informant was James Allen of Lewiston., Death Cert. for Samuel Jackson Allen, (State of Utah-Death Certificate. [Photocopy]), Name of father: James Evens Allen, name of mother: Nancy Macdanal, both born in Kentucky.