Tuesday, January 27, 2015

#4 of 52...David Richmond Allen

I'm on a roll with researching varying Civil War ancestors in my family tree.  Today I'm looking at David R. Allen, one of my 4th Great Grandfathers.  He is my ancestor through my maternal grandfather, Berney Jack Thomason's line.

David Richmond Allen was born about 1817 in Georgia.  I've not verified his parents yet.  Some researchers have his parents as William A. Allen and Sara Thomason, but I have not been able to make that connection just yet.

David married Nancy Mayo (daughter of Elisha Mayo & Kiziah Thrower) 12 Dec 1838 in Walton County, Georgia.

David and Nancy had the following known children:

1) Lucinda Francis Allen (1841-1925) *my 3rd great grandmother
2) John D. Allen  (1842-1844)
3) William Elisha Allen (1844-1914)
4) Sarah Milissa Allen (1847-1915)
5) James Austin Allen (1850-1925)
6) Lewis Allen (1851-1852)
7) David A. Allen (1851-  )
8) Ambrose Allen (1853-1905)
9) Kizzie Jane Allen (1855-1927)

David Allen was a farmer in Walton County Georgia.  Along came the Civil War and on 16 Sep 1861 he enlisted to serve 3 years or the length of the war.  He became a Private of Capt J.P. Wilkinson's Company G of the 35th Rgt.  His Certificate of Disability for Discharge states he was born in Morgan County (but other Civil War records indicate Walton County; Monroe County; Walnut Grove (which is in Walton County and the county seat is Monroe).  Because of the discrepancies I do not know exactly where he was born and to whom.

David was discharged due to disability on 25 July 1862.  It states that he is 45 years of age, 5ft 9in tall, dark complexion, blue eyes and dark hair.  His occupation is farmer.

During the last two months said soldier has been unfit for duty ____ days.  Below it states "His disease originated from exposure while on duty March 6th 1862 and has not been able for duty since."

The surgeon wrote the following, "a serious affection of the legs, the result of a burn of seven years standing which renders him incapable of marching or _?__unreadable___  duty.  I therefore recommend his discharge."

The sad part is that David was discharged on July 25, 1862 but never made it home.  He died in the Confederate hospital in Augusta on 28 July 1862.  He is buried in Augusta, Georgia.  Even though according to the information at the cemetery, he was not a Capt, but a Private.  The Civil War documents including his wife's application for Widow pension also states he was a Private.

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