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Allen, Charles Jasper

Allen, Charles Jasper

Male 1827 - 1913  (85 years)

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  • Name Allen, Charles Jasper  [1
    Birth 16 Mar 1827  Leaksville, Rockingham County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Reference Number 11978 
    Death 23 Jan 1913  Milton, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Burial Cedars Cemetery, Milton, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I11752  Caswell County
    Last Modified 16 Apr 2024 

    Mother [Allen], Sarah Unknown,   b. Abt 1800, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship natural 
    Family ID F53628  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Powers, Sarah J.,   b. 21 Mar 1832, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 15 Oct 1910 (Age 78 years) 
    Marriage 8 Oct 1851  Wake County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Reference Number 90458 
    Notes 
    • North Carolina Index to Marriage Bonds
      Name: Charles J Allen
      Gender: Male
      Spouse: Sarah Powers
      Spouse Gender: Female
      Bond Date: 8 Oct 1851
      Bond #: 000151029
      Marriage Date: 8 Oct 1851
      Level Info: North Carolina Marriage Bonds, 1741-1868
      ImageNum: 006456
      County: Wake
      Record #: 01 006
      Bondsman: Wm G Briggs
      Witness: James T Marriot
      Performed By: Drewry King, Justice of the Peace
    Children 
     1. Allen, Virginia,   b. 9 Mar 1852, Raleigh, Wake County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 2 Nov 1928, Hamlet, Richmond County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 76 years)  [Father: natural]  [Mother: natural]
     2. Allen, Bettie Ann,   b. 7 Mar 1855, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 24 Aug 1941, Danville, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 86 years)  [Father: natural]  [Mother: natural]
     3. Allen, Charles Jasper Jr.,   b. 1856, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 1860 (Age 4 years)  [Father: natural]  [Mother: natural]
    +4. Allen, Florence,   b. Abt 1861, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 7 Dec 1941, Danville, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location (Age ~ 80 years)  [Father: natural]  [Mother: natural]
     5. Allen, Thomas J.,   b. Feb 1867, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [Father: natural]  [Mother: natural]
     6. Allen, Clifton E.,   b. 23 Feb 1869, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 4 May 1936, Danville, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 67 years)  [Father: natural]  [Mother: natural]
    +7. Allen, Claudia Lorraine,   b. 3 Mar 1872, Milton, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 3 Nov 1966, Danville, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 94 years)  [Father: natural]  [Mother: natural]
     8. Allen, Lenoir,   b. Abt 1873, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [Father: natural]  [Mother: natural]
     9. Allen, Leonard,   b. Jun 1875  [Father: natural]  [Mother: natural]
    Family ID F5860  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart
    Last Modified 16 Apr 2024 

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBirth - 16 Mar 1827 - Leaksville, Rockingham County, North Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarriage - 8 Oct 1851 - Wake County, North Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDeath - 23 Jan 1913 - Milton, Caswell County, North Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBurial - - Cedars Cemetery, Milton, Caswell County, North Carolina Link to Google Earth
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    Pin Legend  : Address       : Location       : City/Town       : County/Shire       : State/Province       : Country       : Not Set

  • Photos
    Claude Allen's Honest 4S
    Claude Allen Plug Tobacco Factory, Milton, NC
    Claude Allen Plug Tobacco Factory, Milton, NC
    Claude Allen Plug Tobacco Factory, Milton, NC
    Claude Allen Plug Tobacco Factory, Milton, NC
    Allen's Plug Tobacco Factory (Milton, NC)
    Allen's Plug Tobacco Factory (Milton, NC)
    Allen's Plug Tobacco Factory (Milton, NC)
    Charles Jasper Allen, Virginia Allen, Florence Allen, Claudia Allen, Florence's Son, Claudia's Daughter: 24 July 1895 Danville, VA

    Newspapers
    Allen's Plug Tobacco Factory. The News and Observer (Raleigh, NC), 8 February 1976
    Allen's Plug Tobacco Factory. The News and Observer (Raleigh, NC), 8 February 1976

  • Notes 
    • Charles Jasper Allen (1827-1913)

      Charles Jasper Allen Family

      Claude Allen's Honest 4S

      (for larger image, click on photograph)
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      Family Photograph: CJ Allen with daughters, Virginia, Florence, Claudia; Florence's son, and Claudia's daughter: 24 July, 1895, Danville, Virginia.
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      C. J. Allen (1827-1913) is the first we have knowledge of living in the Allen-Gordon-Brandon home in Milton, Caswell County, North Carolina. This, with a few others, is the only remaining one in Milton referred to as "raised houses." The lower portion is of masonry construction with the second floor wood-framed. Originally fifteen or twenty wide steps led to the second story main entrance. The lower floor contained the kitchen and dining room. The house was later owned by Felix R. Gordon, then Annie C. Brandon. Allen operated a plug tobacco factory about thirty yards west of the homeplace. This is the only known building remaining in Milton that was used for the manufacture or sale of tobacco. Source: Milton, North Carolina: Sidelights of History, Charles B. Motley (1976) at 66.

      Note that this may be Claude J. Allen. See: Claude Allen Plug Tobacco Factory
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      "Cliff Allen was the man who operated the factory. Died in middle to late1930s. I remember him wearing white linen suit and Panama hat." Source: Jean B. Scott 4 February 2018 post to the Caswell County Historical Association Facebook Page.
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      Cedars Cemetery, Milton, Caswell County, NC, Grave Marker Inscription:

      Our Father
      C. J. Allen
      Born Mar. 16, 1827
      Died Jan. 23, 1913
      He died as he lived, a Christian
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      The manufacture of plug tobacco really took off in North Carolina after the Civil War. I see that Charles Jasper Allen (1827-1913) may have participated in that conflict (but not confirmed with respect to any primary source).

      Charles Jasper Allen was born in Rockingham County, NC, but married Sarah J. Powers (1832-1910) in Wake County, NC. Their first child, Virginia Allen was born 9 March 1852 in Raleigh, Wake County, NC. So, when did Charles Jasper Allen move to Milton, Caswell County, NC?

      The next child, Bettie Ann allen (1855-1941) was born in North Carolina, but I have not found the exact location. Was it Wake County or Milton?

      While there are obvious problems with the following census record, it is the closest I found for this Allen family in 1860. The head of the household, presumably C. J. Allen, is shown as a "Tobacco Trader" and not a tobacco manufacturer. Note the $3,000 in person estate value, which in 1960 before the Civil War often suggested slave ownership (and farm operations).

      1860 United States Federal Census
      Name: A C Allen
      Age: 33
      Birth Year: abt 1827
      Gender: Male
      Birth Place: North Carolina
      Home in 1860: Milton, Caswell, North Carolina
      Post Office: Milton
      Dwelling Number: 896
      Family Number: 906
      Occupation: Tobacco Trader
      Real Estate Value: 1000
      Personal Estate Value: 3000
      Household Members:
      Name Age
      A C Allen 33
      S J Allen 27 [Sarah J. Powers Allen?]
      S J Allen 9
      E Allen 7 [Elizabeth/Bettie Allen?]
      C Allen 4 [Charles Jasper Alllen, Jr.?]
      F Allen 1 [Florence Allen?]

      If Charles Jasper Allen began the Claude Allen tobacco business after the Civil War his son Clifton E. Allen (1869-1936) would have been unborn or just a young boy, not coming "of age" until 1890. We do not know what he was doing in 1890 as the census records for that year were destroyed.

      In 1900 he was living in his father's home in Milton with his occupation given as "Auctioneer" -- presumably, based upon what we know about his career, this was a tobacco auctioneer.

      By the time of the 1910 United States Federal Census, Charles Jasper Allen was a "retired tobacconist." However, it does not appear that Clifton E. Allen assumed operation of the Claude Allen tobacco factory in Milton. The attached Clifton E. Allen obituary suggests his entire career was in the tobacco trade -- but as an auctioneer and buyer (not as a manufacturer).

      At the time of the 1920 United States Federal Census, Clifton E. Allen, age 51, was living in the household of his brother-in-law Felix R. Gordon, single, and described as a "Tobacco Warehouse Auctioneer" and a Wage or Salary worker. His father had died in 1913.

      In 1930, the census shows Clifton E. Allen working on his own account as a "Tobacconist/Buyer."

      Clifton E. Allen died in 1936. Emily Jean Bradsher Scott was born in 1925. She may have remembered Clifton E. Allen in the 1930s, but he apparently had nothing to do with the Claude Allen tobacco factory.

      "Cliff Allen was the man who operated the factory. Died in middle to late 1930s. I remember him wearing white linen suit and Panama hat." Source: Jean B. Scott 4 February 2018 post to the Caswell County Historical Association Facebook Page.

      You provided the following, which is interesting: Lois Angle Love's nephew brought me an envelope with a tobacco plug in it - handwritten on the envelope was "Allen Factory, Cliff Allen's father". This in no way suggests that Ciff Allen had anything to do with the Milton tobacco factory.

      Until more is known, I am using the working hypothesis that "Claude Allen" was a trade name and not a person. Perhaps the Milton tobacco factory should just be called the "Allen Tobacco Factory."
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      1850 United States Federal Census
      Name: Charles Allen
      Gender: Male
      Age: 23
      Birth Year: abt 1827
      Birthplace: North Carolina
      Home in 1850: Western District, Rockingham, North Carolina, USA
      Occupation: Laborer
      Industry: Industry Not Reported
      Line Number: 37
      Dwelling Number: 407
      Family Number: 407
      Household Members Age
      Sarah Allen 50
      Charles Allen 23
      Louisa Allen 20
      John Allen 14
      William Allen 11
      Mary Allen 9

      1860 United States Federal Census
      Name: A C Allen
      Age: 33
      Birth Year: abt 1827
      Gender: Male
      Birth Place: North Carolina
      Home in 1860: Milton, Caswell, North Carolina
      Post Office: Milton
      Dwelling Number: 896
      Family Number: 906
      Occupation: Tobacco Trader
      Real Estate Value: 1000
      Personal Estate Value: 3000
      Household Members:
      Name Age
      A C Allen 33
      S J Allen 27
      S J Allen 9
      E Allen 7
      C Allen 4
      F Allen 1

      1870 United States Federal Census
      Name: Charles Allen
      Age in 1870: 44
      Birth Year: abt 1826
      Birthplace: North Carolina
      Dwelling Number: 27
      Home in 1870: Milton, Caswell, North Carolina
      Race: White
      Gender: Male
      Occupation: Farmer
      Male Citizen Over 21: Y
      Personal Estate Value: 500
      Real Estate Value: 1500
      Inferred Spouse: Sarah Allen
      Household Members:
      Name Age
      Charles Allen 44
      Sarah Allen 30
      Virginia Allen 17
      Bettie Allen 15
      Florence Allen 11
      Jasper Allen 8
      Thomas Allen 5
      Clifton Allen 2
      Claudie Allen 4/12

      1880 US Census
      Name: C. J. Allen
      Age: 52
      Estimated birth year: abt 1828
      Birthplace: North Carolina
      Occupation: Farmer
      Relationship to head-of-household: Self
      Home in 1880: Milton, Caswell, North Carolina
      Marital status: NA
      Race: White
      Gender: Male
      Spouse's name: S. J. Allen
      Father's birthplace: NC
      Mother's birthplace: NC
      Occupation: Farmer
      Neighbors: View others on page
      Household Members:
      Name Age
      C. J. Allen 52
      S. J. Allen 42
      Bettie Allen 22
      F. F. Allen 19
      C. J. Allen 18
      Thomas Allen 12
      Clifton Allen 11
      Claud. Allen 9
      Lenoir Allen 7

      1900 United States Federal Census
      Name: Chas Allen
      Age: 74
      Birth Date: Mar 1826
      Birthplace: North Carolina
      Home in 1900: Milton, Caswell, North Carolina
      Sheet Number: 5B
      Number of Dwelling in Order of Visitation: 79
      Family Number: 82
      Race: White
      Gender: Male
      Relation to Head of House: Head
      Marital Status: Married
      Spouse's Name: Sarah J Allen
      Marriage Year: 1850
      Years Married: 50
      Father's Birthplace: North Carolina
      Mother's Birthplace: North Carolina
      Months not employed: 0
      Can Read: Yes
      Can Write: Yes
      Can Speak English: Yes
      Neighbors: View others on page
      Household Members:
      Name Age
      Chas Allen 74
      Sarah J Allen 65
      Thos J Allen 33
      Clifton E Allen 31

      1910 United States Federal Census
      Name: Charles J Allen
      Age in 1910: 83
      Birth Year: abt 1827
      Birthplace: North Carolina
      Home in 1910: Milton, Caswell, North Carolina
      Street: Bridge Street
      Race: White
      Gender: Male
      Relation to Head of House: Head
      Marital Status: Married
      Spouse's Name: Sarah Allen
      Father's Birthplace: North Carolina
      Mother's Birthplace: North Carolina
      Native Tongue: English
      Occupation: Tobacconist
      Industry: Retired
      Employer, Employee or Other: Employer
      Home Owned or Rented: Own
      Home Free or Mortgaged: Free
      Farm or House: House
      Able to Read: Yes
      Able to Write: Yes
      Years Married: 60
      Out of Work: N
      Number of weeks out of work: 0
      Survivor of Union or Confederate Army or Navy: CA
      Neighbors: View others on page
      Household Members:
      Name Age
      Charles J Allen 83
      Sarah Allen 78
      F R Gordon 52
      Bettie Gordon 55
      Billy Williams 0

  • Sources 
    1. Details: Milton, North Carolina: Sidelights of History, Charles B. Motley (1976) at 66.