- Genealogists -
Tress May Francis only
had one paragraph on Daniel in her history of the May family.
Since we don't know if Daniel has any descendants, it will require
the special interest of descendants of his siblings to research
information on his life. It is quite likely he moved west, like
many of his relatives, but there is no known evidence pointing
to his whereabouts after his marriage in 1824.
1 Daniel MAY b: Abt.
1791 Washington Co., NC in the Watauga River Valley [now in Tennessee]
He was last known to be living in 1839 .
The following list of
descendants of Samuel Allen should help clarify the early marriage
relationships between the Allen family and the Patton and May
2 William ALLEN b: 1783
2 George ALLEN b: 1784
2 Samuel ALLEN, Jr. b:
2 Elizabeth ALLEN b:
2 John ALLEN b: Aft. 1794
2 (Dau.) ALLEN b: Bef. 1800
2 Margaret (Peggy) ALLEN
b: Abt. 1800
Daniel's Short Story
From the early court records of Floyd County, Daniel apparently spent some time in Prestonsburg. For example, he was given a few assignments, such as reporting on the progress of the construction of the second courthouse, by County officials. It is reasonable to assume that when he was in town he stayed with the family of his brother, Samuel.
After his father died in 1813, Daniel - though he wasn't the oldest son living in the region - was named administrator of the family's estate. [Floyd Co., Court Book 2: March 28, 1815 Session] In the 1820 U.S. census, he and Reuben were likely the young men aged between 16 & 26 in the household of their brother, Thomas. In 1824, Daniel married Peggy Allen and they quite likely left Eastern Kentucky soon afterward. He isn't listed in the 1830 census for either Floyd or Pike County and there are no records of him ever purchasing any property in either of these counties - though all of his brothers had purchased property before 1830.
We know from Daniel's
name on an indenture in Pike County for the transfer of property
to "the only brothers and sisters of Tilpolard May, deceased,"
that he was living as late as 1839. Unfortunately, the document
doesn't identify where he resided at the time. [Pike County Deed Book B:75]
*** I would appreciate
getting more documented information on the Allen family to clear
up some questionable dates I have for Samuel and to learn more
of his ancestry.