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Allen, Clifton E.

Male 1869 - 1936  (67 years)


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  • Name Allen, Clifton E.  [1
    Born 23 Feb 1869  North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Reference Number 11984 
    Died 4 May 1936  Danville, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried Cedars Cemetery, Milton, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I11758  Caswell County
    Last Modified 21 Jun 2022 

    Father Allen, Charles Jasper,   b. 16 Mar 1827, Leaksville, Rockingham County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Jan 1913, Milton, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Powers, Sarah J.,   b. 21 Mar 1832, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Oct 1910  (Age 78 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 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
    Family ID F5860  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 23 Feb 1869 - North Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 4 May 1936 - Danville, Virginia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Cedars Cemetery, Milton, Caswell County, North Carolina Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Claude Allen's Honest 4S
    Claude Allen's Honest 4S

    Newspapers
    Clifton E. Allen Obituary, The Bee (Danville, Virginia), 4 May 1936
    Clifton E. Allen Obituary, The Bee (Danville, Virginia), 4 May 1936

  • Notes 
    • Clifton E. Allen (1869-1936)

      Clifton E. Allen (1869-1936) Obituary

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      Clifton E. Allen Obituary, The Bee (Danville, VA) 4 May 1936
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      See: 1880 US Census (Milton, Caswell County, North Carolina)

      There is a Clifton E. Allen buried in the Cedars Cemetery (Milton, North Carolina) with the following life dates: 26 Feb 1870 to 4 May 1936. Until proved differently it is assumed that this is that person. the 1880 US Census shows a C. J. Allen with a son named Clifton, and C. J. Allen is buried in the Cedars Cemetery (Milton, North Carolina).
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      Tobacco auctioneer and buyer. Never married.
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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. However, see below and: See: Claude Allen Plug Tobacco Factory
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      Find A Grave Memorial: https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/53656672/clifton-e-allen/photo
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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."

      Source: Richmond Stanfield Frederick, Jr., 02 February 2022
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      1880 United States Federal Census
      Name: Clifton Allen
      Age: 11
      Birth Date: Abt 1869
      Birthplace: North Carolina
      Home in 1880: Milton, Caswell, North Carolina, USA
      Dwelling Number: 92
      Race: White
      Gender: Male
      Relation to Head of House: Son
      Marital Status: Single
      Father's Name: C. J. Allen
      Father's Birthplace: North Carolina
      Mother's Name: S. J. Allen
      Mother's Birthplace: North Carolina
      Occupation: At Home
      Neighbors: View others on page
      Household Members Age Relationship
      C. J. Allen 52 Self (Head)
      S. J. Allen 42 Wife
      Bettie Allen 22 Daughter
      F. F. Allen 19 Daughter
      C. J. Allen 18 Son
      Thomas Allen 12 Son
      Clifton Allen 11 Son
      Claud. Allen 9 Daughter
      Lenoir Allen 7 Daughter

      1900 United States Federal Census
      Name: Clifton E Allen
      Age: 31
      Birth Date: Jan 1869
      Birthplace: North Carolina, USA
      Home in 1900: Milton, Caswell, North Carolina
      Sheet Number: 5
      Number of Dwelling in Order of Visitation: 79
      Family Number: 82
      Race: White
      Gender: Male
      Relation to Head of House: Son
      Marital Status: Single
      Father's Name: Chas Allen
      Father's Birthplace: North Carolina, USA
      Mother's Name: Sarah J Allen
      Mother's Birthplace: North Carolina, USA
      Occupation: Auctiouneer
      Months Not Employed: 0
      Can Read: Yes
      Can Write: Yes
      Can Speak English: Yes
      House Owned or Rented: Own
      Home Free or Mortgaged: F
      Farm or House: H
      Neighbors: View others on page
      Household Members Age Relationship
      Chas Allen 74 Head
      Sarah J Allen 65 Wife
      Thos J Allen 33 Son
      Clifton E Allen 31 Son

      1920 United States Federal Census
      Name: Clifton E Allen
      Age: 51
      Birth Year: abt 1869
      Birthplace: North Carolina
      Home in 1920: Milton, Caswell, North Carolina
      Residence Date: 1920
      Race: White
      Gender: Male
      Relation to Head of House: Brother-in-law
      Marital Status: Single
      Father's Birthplace: North Carolina
      Mother's Birthplace: North Carolina
      Able to Speak English: Yes
      Occupation: Auctioneer
      Industry: Tobacco Warehouse
      Employment Field: Wage or Salary
      Able to Read: Yes
      Able to Write: Yes
      Neighbors: View others on page
      Household Members:
      Name Age
      Felix R Gordon 61
      Bettie A Gordon 63
      Clifton E Allen 51
      Mary A Merritt 73

      1930 United States Federal Census
      Name: Clifton E Allen
      Birth Year: abt 1868
      Gender: Male
      Race: White
      Birthplace: North Carolina
      Marital Status: Single
      Relation to Head of House: Brother-in-law
      Home in 1930: Milton, Caswell, North Carolina, USA
      Map of Home: View Map
      Street address: Bridge St
      House Number: 0
      Dwelling Number: 61
      Family Number: 62
      Attended School: No
      Able to Read and Write: Yes
      Father's Birthplace: North Carolina
      Mother's Birthplace: North Carolina
      Able to Speak English: Yes
      Occupation: Tobacconist
      Industry: Buyer
      Class of Worker: Working on own account
      Employment: No
      Household Members:
      Name Age
      Randolph Gordon 71
      Bettie A Gordon 73
      Clifton E Allen 62

  • Sources 
    1. Details: Milton, North Carolina: Sidelights of History, Charles B. Motley (1976) at 30.