of Isaac C. Allen
Lyle VanHook Thanks
1. Isaac C.1 Allen was born March 15, 1755 in Scott Co., Virginia, and died December 15, 1831 in Fountain Co., Indiana. He married (1) Frances Elizabeth Pettit in Virginia. She was born in Jessamine Co., Kentucky, and died in Crab Orchard, Kentucky. He married (2) Margaret Elizabeth Poplett.
Notes for Isaac C. Allen:
Information about Isaac C. Allen was taken from family records of Belinda
Adeline Cates Kelch, a daughter of Robert Milton and Bessie Summers Cates.
Among the records mentioned above was a page of printed material that appeared
to have been removed from a magazine or some type of publication. The document
was entitled, " The Allens of Wallace/Wolf Creek" and was written for a Gordon
Allen, 9342 Crestview Drive, Indianapolis, Indiana 46240; phone 317-846-5026.
Upon contacting Mr. Allen, Lyle VanHook learned that he is a C.P.A. and is
still active in income tax work at the age of 75 years (in 1997).
The text of "THE ALLENS OF WALLACE/WOLFCREEK" follows:
Isaac C. Allen was Revolutionary War Soldier under the command of George
Rogers Clark. He participated in Clark's expedition to the capture of Kaskasia
and then the march across Illinois to the capture of Fort Sackville at
Vincennes. Family tradition says he was the third man after Clark to cross the
swollen Wabash River with a shorter man on his shoulders holding the powder to keep it dry.
D.A.R. records say that Isaac was born March 15, 1755 in Scott County,
Virginia. There could be some question about this because it seems that pioneer
settlement had not yet reached that area at that time. In any event we can be
fairly confident that he was born somewhere in the Shenandoah Valley region, of
Scotch-Irish parentage. The author of this article has made some trips and
attempts to find the parentage but no success. Several Allens, including a
brother of Ethan Allen, settled in the valley and it appears most of them came
from Scotch-Irish families which originally came into port at Philadelphia and
began migrating down the Shenandoah. These settlers were busy taming the
wilderness and didn't have much time to waste with reading and writing, which
makes it difficult to find good records.
A little history here of George Rogers Clark will reveal some of the ties
Isaac had with Clark which includes theories by this writer. During the
Revolution Patrick Henry was the Colonial Governor of Virginia and Virginia
claimed the present-day West Virginia, Kentucky, Indiana, and Illinois as part
of of her territory. Clark was a Virginia native and a friend of Patrick Henry.
Before his famous march to Vincennes he did some walking about in the Kentucky settlements. A two-volume book on Clark's life was written in 1895 by William English, a President of the Indiana Historical Society and builder of the
English Hotel which was located on the Circle in downtown Indianapolis. In his
book he lists Clark's soldiers, which includes Isaac. When Clark travelled about
Kentucky, English says he took a walk from Fort Harrod (Harrodsburg, Kentucky)
to Fort Boone (Daniel Boone's Fort), a distance of about forty miles, and that
overnight he stayed at the home of the Pettits. Now Isaac's first wife was
Frances Elizabeth Pettit. Gordon Allen believes that when Isaac went back to
his home in Virginia after leaving Vincennes, he picked up Frances Elizabeth in
the Jessamine County, Kentucky area and took her with him back to his home in
Virginia where they raised six children. Her Pettit family was not originally
in his home area because the first population census for the year 1790 shows no
Pettit family anywhere near his Scott County, Virginia home. Their children's
names were Thomas, Annie, Isham (Isom), William, Jane, and David.
When Patrick Henry wanted an army to push the British out of Virginia's
territory he called upon a fellow Virginian, George Rogers Clark, to create
a force to the job. Clark called for men to assemble at Fort Pitt (Pittsburg,
Pennsylvania). He sent one of his officers in to the Appalachian region of
present day southwestwern Virginia to pick up more volunteers. Isaac was one
of these. This force met at the falls of the Ohio (Louisville, Kentucky). When
the men were assembled Clark revealed his plan to float down the Ohio on
rafts.They came ashore near present-day Shawneetown, Illinois and marched
across country to the French settlement of Kaskasia. After capturing Kaskasia
and winning the allegiance of its citizens, he dispatched part of his army up
the Mississippi to capture Cahokia, near present day St. Louis. This completed,
he marched across southern Illinois to Fort Sackville. This was in mid-winter
and the weather was wet and nasty. The British General Hamilton was taken
completely by surprise and quickly induced to surrrender whereby he was taken
prisoner and escorted with a guard to Virginia and held as a P.O.W. but later
exchanged and released.
The death of Frances Elizabeth is unknown but it's said she died at Crab
Orchard, Kentucky. Crab Orchard is near Pettit's Station, an early fort no
longer on the map, which was established by Benjamin Pettit from Virginia. She
is possibly a descendant. Isaac's second wife was a widow, (Margaret Elizabeth
Poplett). By her he had three more children, who were James, Isaac, Jr., and
Peggie (Margaret). This Poplett name appeared nowhere in the early population
census reports so it's somewhat of a mystery where her family came from. Maybe, someone knows.
About the year 1825 Isaac and his clan migrated from Virginia to Morgan
County, Kentucky. His daughter, Annie, married Lewis Henry and remained in
Morgan County where she raised her family of ten children. She's buried in the
Henry Cemetery on Caney Road near the village of Index. Isaac's son, William,
married Jane Summers, and his daughter, Jane, married John Summers III. His
son, Thomas, married Elizabeth Summers.(William, Jane and Thomas Summers were children of John Summers II). Thus, there are close ties of the Allen and
Summers families. Records in Morgan County show where Thomas and his
brother-in-law, John Summers III were assigned to lay out a road in the Caney
Creek area. Also they took up about 50 Acres of land from the government. As
for Annie's husband, Lewis Henry, his family also came from Virginia and it's
possible he was related in some way to Patrick Henry. This would be interesting
Most of Isaac's people left Morgan County after a short time and took up land
around the Wolf Creek Church area, 2 and 1/2 miles south of Wallace, Indiana,
purchased from the government. His son-in-law, John Summers III, donated land
for the church and cemetery. Many of these people, including Isaac, are buried
there. Over the years Isaac's descendants have multiplied rapidly and there are
surely thousands living today in all parts of the nation. To date, Gordon Allen
has identified about 300 of these and hopes to find many more so as to compile
a publication to be placed in libraries, and some for sale. (Anyone interested
and claiming descent should contact Gordon Allen, 9342 Crestview Drive,
Indianapolis, Indiana 46240, phone 317-846-5026. Please show how you are
descended and provide as much detail as possible such as dates of birth,
marriage, deaths, parentage, children, brothers, sisters,etc., also where
others can be contacted.)
Note: During a telephone conversation with Gordon Allen, Lyle VanHook was
informed that the familys of Summers and Allen were acquainted with each other
in Virginia before either of them emigrated to Indiana..... which he stated,
"was about 1827".
For those who have interest in an affiliation with the Daughters (or Sons)
of The American Revolution, and who wish to use their descendancy from Isaac C. Allen for qualification purposes, they can find a listing for him in the 1990
DAR Patriot Index - Centennial Edition, Part one.
More About Isaac C. Allen:
Burial: Near Wallace, Wolf Creek Cemet, Parke Co., Indiana
Children of Isaac Allen and Frances Pettit are:
Thomas2 Allen, born June 13, 1790 in Scott Co., Virginia; died
July 07, 1841. He married Elizabeth
Summers Allen February 01, 1809.
Notes for Elizabeth
married a son of Isaac C. Allen, Thomas Allen.
Annie Allen Henry, born February 06, 1792 in Scott Co., Virginia; died in
Index, Morgan Co., Kentucky. She
married Lewis Henry.
More About Annie Allen
Burial: Index (Caney
Rd), Henry Cemetery, Morgan Co., Kentucky
Isham (Isom) Allen, born May 15, 1793 in Scott Co., Virginia.
He married Martha May Montgomery Allen.
William Allen, born March 1794 in Scott Co., Virginia.
He married Jane Summers Allen.
Notes for Jane Summers
!Jane Summers married
William Allen, a son of Isaac C. Allen.
Jane Allen Summers, born February 23, 1800 in Scott Co., Virginia; died
October 10, 1855 in Parke Co., Indiana. She
married John Summers III July 25, 1816 in Scott Co., Virginia; born September
07, 1789 in Fairfax Co., Virginia; died January 05, 1872 in Parke Co., Indiana.
More About Jane Allen
Burial: October 1855,
Wolf Creek Cemet, Sugar Creek Twp., Parke Co., Indiana
Notes for John Summers
!John Summers III, born
and raised in Virginia, moved his family to Sugar Creek
Twp., Parke Co., Indiana
in 1827. He settled near where he later donated the
land for the Wolf Creek
Church and some of the land for the cemetery.
The Wolf Creek Community
is located at the Northern line of Parke County and
the Southern border of
Fountain County, immediately south of Wallace, Indiana.
(The information on this
page was taken from " The History of the Town of
Township, Fountain County, Indiana" at Covington Public
Indiana. Bio of Joseph Marx Summers.)
His 1st marriage was to
Mariah Barbara Runkle (b. 2/25/1792:d. 6/17/1815)
His second marriage was
to Jane Allen (b. 2/23/1800:d. 10/10/1855), daughter of
Isaac C. Allen.
This marriage produced
the 11 following children.
1. John Summers IV
7. Julia Ann Summers (Thomas)
2. David S. Summers
8. Thomas A. Summers
3. Joseph Summers
9. William A. Summers
4. Mariah B. Summers
10. Andrew J. Summers
5. Isaac Summers
11. Louisa Jane Summers (Van Cleave)
6. Martha Summers
Following Jane Allen
Summer's death, he married Mary S. Van Cleave.
More About John Summers
Burial: January 1872,
Wolf Creek Cemet, Sugar Creek Twp., Parke Co., Indiana
David Allen, born November 01, 1802 in Scott Co., Virginia; died August
16, 1861. He married Elizabeth Quillen December 11, 1824 in Scott Co.,
Children of Isaac Allen and Margaret Poplett are:
John2 Allen, born March 07, 1803 in Scott Co., Virginia.
James Allen, born February 15, 1805 in Scott Co., Virginia.
Elizabeth Allen, born January 29, 1807 in Scott Co., Virginia.
Susie Allen, born May 20, 1808 in Scott Co., Virginia.
Margaret(Peggie) Allen, born 1814 in Scott Co., Virginia.
Sarah Allen, born Abt. 1816 in Scott Co., Virginia.
Jr. Allen Isaac, born September 1820 in Scott Co., Virginia.