Here’s Your Sign #7 ~ Colonel Richard Allen Sr.

For many years I have been collecting photos of and information about the various signs that have been placed in honor of some of my ancestors. These signs are a glimpse into some event and/or place where they lived. Some of the signs are small like a placard with a few poignant words, some are large, and they go into great detail, and then there are those that are somewhere in between. Each one gives added life to those ancestors.

Richard Allen sign Roaring river, Wilkes Co NC

Colonel Richard Allen Sr, my 5th great-grandfather, was born on November 26, 1741, in Baltimore, Maryland. His family moved to Wilkes County, North Carolina when he was 5 years old. When the Revolutionary War began, he readily signed up. He quickly rose through the ranks to become a Colonel. He participated in several battles but is most notable for his courage during the Battle of Kings Mountain. After the war, he was appointed the first Sheriff of Wilkes County. In 1785 he served as Justice of the County, He was also a delegate to the Hillsborough Convention in 1788 and the General Assembly and served on the House of Commons in 1793. He then served as Sheriff again from 1798-1804. He died on October 10, 1832, in Edwards, Wilkes Co, North Carolina at the age of 90.

I am a professional genealogist, writer, photographer, wife, mother, and grandma. I have two books available on Your Family History: Doing It Right the First Time and Planning Your Genealogy Research Trip. You can also connect with me via Facebook or Twitter.

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