ALLEN FAMILY CEMETERY

The Allen Family Cemetery is located on a bluff overlooking Route 11 and Mill Creek, about 3 or 4 miles south of Buchanan. It can not be seen from the road.

Photo Credit: English Showalter, Katherine Harris & Bob Hunt who visited this cemetery in April 2008.

BOTETOURT COUNTY, VA.

 

Inscriptions transcribed by Jean S. Showalter, probably in the 1960s, and scanned to a digital file by English Showalter Jr, March 2007. This list is in the order in which JSS transcribed them; at the end of this file is an alphabetical list of the filenames.

 

1. Mary E. P.Allen / wife of / Judge John J. Allen / born / Sept. 7, 1805 / died / Mar. 22, 1881 (Mary Elizabeth Payne Jackson, daughter of John George and Mary Payne Jackson, niece of Dolly Madison.)

 

2. George Jackson Allen / Private Co. K / 57th Reg. Va. / Vol. C.S.A. / son of / John J. & Mary E. P. Allen / died at the military hospital / Richmond, Va. June 25th 1862 / aged 19 years 8 months and 26 days

 

3. Baldwin Allen / Private / Botetourt Artillery C. S. A. / son of John J. & Mary E. P. Allen / Died at Tazewell, Tennessee / Sept. 2nd 1862 / aged 17 years 11 months and 1 day

 

4. James Allen / born / December 6, 1762/ died / September 26, 1844 (son of Robert and Mary Walkinshaw Allen)

 

5. Jane Allen / wife of / James Allen / died / July 13, 1826 / in the 65 year of her age (daughter of the Rev. John and Margaret Hutchinson Steele)

 

6. Mary Allen / widow of Robert / and mother of / James Allen / Died July 31,1818 / in the 83 year of her age . (Daughter of James Walkinshaw of Ireland)

 

7. John James Allen / born / in Shenandoah County Va. / September 26, 1797 / died at Beaver Dam / Botetourt County Va. / September 18, 1871 (son of James and Jane Steele Allen)

 

8. James S. Allen / born / Sept. 29, 1842 / died / June 2, 1872 [Note by ES, 04/09/07: This person is a mystery. In the files on the Allen genealogy, there is George Jackson Allen b. Sep 29, 1842, at Beaverdam, Botetourt Co., VA; d. June 25, 1862, at Richmond, VA, with a long note from the Allen Family Bible explaining that he died of typhoid and his body was returned to Beaverdam and buried on June 28.]

 

9. James Madison Allen / son of / John J. and M. E. P. Allen / born / April 9, 1840 / died / March 6, 1859

 

10. Thomas Henry Johnston / died / November 16th 1866 / in the 31st year of his age

 

11. Mrs. Ann. D. Johnston / Died May 31st 1851 / aged 76 years

 

12. (broken) Johnston / died / .... 1st 1853 / aged 46 years

 

13. Capt. John A. McCluer / born / Jan. 21, 1808 / died / Mar. 15, 1887

 

14. Thomas Wilson McCluer / Born Aug. 22, 1841 / Died Nov. 18, 1858

 

15. Mary Colvin / wife of John A. McCluer / daughter of Thomas & Mary Wilson / Died Nov. 30, 1858

 

16. Major N. C. Wilson C.S.A. / Born Sept. 12, 1839 / was killed at the battle of Gettysburg, Pa. / July 3, 1863

 

17. Col. George W. Wilson / born / July 7, 1802 / died / May 20, 1878

 

18. Susan / wife of / John C. Deisher / born / June 3,1847 / died / Dec. 24, 1872

 

19. Col. John M. Bowyer / who died / October 26th 1851/ in the 57th year of his age

 

20. Lucy M. Bowyer / wife of / Col. John M. Bowyer / who died / January 10th 1854 / in the 56th year of her age

 

21. Lewis Stanhope Bowyer / Died in infancy / Oct. 1843

 

22. Children of John & Catherine Callahan / William Died Oct. 9, 1876 / Michael Died Nov. 21, 1876 / John Died Sept. 26, 1895

 

23. Beneath this stone / are interred / the earthly remains /of / John M. Robinson / who departed this life / on the 8th day of November 1856 / Aged 49 years / Leaving an affectionate wife and nine / children to mourn the / loss of a kind and loving husband and a tender / and indulgent father / In him the poor of his neighborhood have lost a / benefactor who / was always ready to minister to their comfort and / relieve their / distress. His relations and associations (were) hospitable / generous/ and liberal to a fault for even his failings leaned / to virtue's side / His house his purse and everything which he had / seemed only / to be held by him in trust for the benefit of his friends and / neighbors, and to employ them for their use and comfort / appeared to be his greatest source of earthly / enjoyment / He leaves few that survive him who equal and none / that excel / him in all the traits of character that constitute / a noble / hearted charitable and honest man.

 

24. Mary / wife of / John M. Robinson / Died Feb. 23, 1888 / Aged 76 years

 

25. Our little daughter / Mary S. Robinson / born / March 31st 1851 / died / Sept'r 9th 1854

 

26. Mrs. Eleanor Robinson / born / 15th June 1809 / died / 23rd. Sept'r. 1830

 

[26a. Eleanor Robinson / Born March 31, 1773 / Died Sept 2, 1856 / As for me I will behold thy face / in righteousness. I shall be satisfied / when I awake in thy likeness.]

 

27. Isaac F. Robinson Jr. / born / 22nd June 1812 / died / 11th March 1832

 

28. Joseph F. Robinson / Born March 25th 1838 (?) / Died December 16th

 

29. George B. St. Clair / died / Sept'r 29th 1868

 

30. Elljean St. Clair / born July 25, 1843 / died / June 10, 1909

 

31. Betsy Mary / born March 6, 1838 / died July 13, 1839 / also / Ferdinand Claiborn / born

& Dec'r 16, 1853 / Died Feby 14, 1855 / infant children of / Col. G. W. and Susan M.

32. Wilson

 

33. Mother& Babe / Bettie / wife of / D. Eugene Rosenbaum / daughter of J. M. and Mary Robinson / Born Apr. 7, 1845 / Died Aug. 27, 1878

 

34. Mary Ford / daughter of / D. E. & Bettie / Rosenbaum / died Aug. 25, 1878 / aged 6 days

 

35. Pat Poague / died / Sep. 3, 1891 / age 3 yr 6 m

 

36. Mary Poague / died / June 16, 1892 / age.3 mos.

 

37. Kathleen Poague / died / Apr. 30, 1895 / age 2 mos.

 

38. James R. Poague / died / Aug. 6, 1896 / age 13 years

 

 

Based on the death dates listed above, the earliest burial in this cemetery took place in 1818 (#6, Mary Allen) and the last in 1909 (#30, Elljean St. Clair). There are 40 names listed above, 3 under #22; one name has no death date. By decades, the number of burials was:

1810s 1

1820s 1

1830s 3

1840s 2

1850s 10

1860s 5

1870s 8

1880s 3

1890s 5

1900s 1

 

The family names with number of gravestones:

Allen 9

Bowyer 3

Callahan 3

Deisher 1

Johnston 3

McCluer 3 The McCluers and Wilsons were allied by marriage.

Poague 4

Robinson 6

Rosenbaum 2 The Rosenbaums and Robinsons were allied by marriage.

St. Clair 2

Wilson 4 The Wilsons are at #16 and 17, #31 and 32.

 

 

3. Baldwin Allen / Private / Botetourt Artillery C. S. A. / son of John J. & Mary E. P. Allen / Died at Tazewell, Tennessee / Sept. 2nd 1862 / aged 17 years 11 months and 1 day

 

2. George Jackson Allen / Private Co. K / 57th Reg. Va. / Vol. C.S.A. / son of / John J. & Mary E. P. Allen / died at the military hospital / Richmond, Va. June 25th 1862 / aged 19 years 8 months and 26 days

 

5. Jane Allen / wife of / James Allen / died / July 13, 1826 / in the 65 year of her age (daughter of the Rev. John and Margaret Hutchinson Steele)

 

4. James Allen / born / December 6, 1762/ died / September 26, 1844 (son of Robert and Mary Walkinshaw Allen)

 

7. John James Allen / born / in Shenandoah County Va. / September 26, 1797 / died at Beaver Dam / Botetourt County Va. / September 18, 1871 (son of James and Jane Steele Allen)

 

9. James Madison Allen / son of / John J. and M. E. P. Allen / born / April 9, 1840 / died / March 6, 1859 [This stone was not see on 3 April 2008. The image is from a photocopied page given to me by Katherine Harris. The photographer was Margarette Tynan, Photo taken in 1999 for the Botetourt County Heritage book. Mary Allen, Baldwin Allen and George Jackson Allen are also on the page, and the stones were more legible then, but the black and white images are small and have not been scanned. Also on the page: Col. George W. Wilson, whose stone was broken and is not legible in the photocopy; and Susan Deisher.]

 

6. Mary Allen / widow of Robert / and mother of / James Allen / Died July 31,1818 / in the 83 year of her age . (daughter of James Walkinshaw of Ireland)

 

1. Mary E. P. Allen / wife of / Judge John J. Allen / born / Sept. 7, 1805 / died / Mar. 22, 1881 (Mary Elizabeth Payne Jackson, daughter of John George and Mary Payne Jackson, niece of Dolly Madison.)

 

22. Children of John & Catherine Callahan / William Died Oct. 9, 1876 / Michael Died Nov. 21, 1876 / John Died Sept. 26, 1895

 

18. Susan / wife of / John C. Deisher / born / June 3,1847 / died / Dec. 24, 1872

 

10. Thomas Henry Johnston / died / November 16th 1866 / in the 31st year of his age

 

37. Kathleen Poague / died / Apr. 30, 1895 / age 2 mos.

 

36. Mary Poague / died / June 16, 1892 / age.3 mos.

 

[26a. Eleanor Robinson / Born March 31, 1773 / Died Sept 2, 1856 / As for me I will behold thy face / in righteousness. I shall be satisfied / when I awake in thy likeness.] [This stone was not recorded by JSS]

 

26. Mrs. Eleanor Robinson / born / 15th June 1809 / died / 23rd. Sept'r. 1830 [=Eleanor L. Robinson]

 

27. Isaac F. Robinson Jr. / born / 22nd June 1812 / died / 11th March 1832

 

34. Mary Ford / daughter of / D. E. & Bettie / Rosenbaum / died Aug. 25, 1878 / aged 6 days

 

30. Elljean St. Clair / born July 25, 1843 / died / June 10, 1909

 

29. [In memory of] George B. St. Clair / died / Sept'r 29th 1868

 

31. and 32. Betsy Mary / born March 6, 1838 / died July 13, 1839 / also / Ferdinand Claiborn / born Dec'r 16, 1853 / Died Feby 14, 1855 / infant children of / Col. G. W. and Susan M. Wilson

 

16. Major N. C. Wilson C.S.A. / Born Sept. 12, 1839 / was killed at the battle of Gettysburg, Pa. / July 3, 1863

 

No stone was found for the remaining names.

 

x08 8. James S. Allen / born / Sept. 29, 1842 / died / June 2, 1872 [Note by ES, 04/09/07: This person is a mystery. In the files on the Allen genealogy, there is George Jackson Allen b. Sep 29, 1842, at Beaverdam, Botetourt Co., VA; d. June 25, 1862, at Richmond, VA, with a long note from the Allen Family Bible explaining that he died of typhoid and his body was returned to Beaverdam and buried on June 28.] [No stone matching this description was found on 3 April 2008.]

 

x11 11. Mrs. Ann. D. Johnston / Died May 31st 1851 / aged 76 years

 

x12 12. (broken) Johnston / died / .... 1st 1853 / aged 46 years

 

x13 13. Capt. John A. McCluer / born / Jan. 21, 1808 / died / Mar. 15, 1887 [At least one McCluer stone was lying on the ground, and was legible, on 3 April 2008, but I did not photograph it.]

 

x14 14. Thomas Wilson McCluer / Born Aug. 22, 1841 / Died Nov. 18, 1858

 

x15 15. Mary Colvin / wife of John A. McCluer / daughter of Thomas & Mary Wilson / Died Nov. 30, 1858

 

x17 17. Col. George W. Wilson / born / July 7, 1802 / died / May 20, 1878 [This stone is on the page of photocopied photos. It was broken and lying on the ground.]

 

x19 19. Col. John M. Bowyer / who died / October 26th 1851/ in the 57th year of his age

 

x20 20. Lucy M. Bowyer / wife of / Col. John M. Bowyer / who died / January 10th 1854 / in the 56th year of her age

 

x21 21. Lewis Stanhope Bowyer / Died in infancy / Oct. 1843

 

x23 23. Beneath this stone / are interred / the earthly remains /of / John M. Robinson / who departed this life / on the 8th day of November 1856 / Aged 49 years / Leaving an affectionate wife and nine / children to mourn the / loss of a kind and loving husband and a tender / and indulgent father / In him the poor of his neighborhood have lost a / benefactor who / was always ready to minister to their comfort and / relieve their / distress. His relations and associations (were) hospitable / generous/ and liberal to a fault for even his failings leaned / to virtue's side / His house his purse and everything which he had / seemed only / to be held by him in trust for the benefit of his friends and / neighbors, and to employ them for their use and comfort / appeared to be his greatest source of earthly / enjoyment / He leaves few that survive him who equal and none / that excel / him in all the traits of character that constitute / a noble / hearted charitable and honest man.

 

x24 24. Mary / wife of / John M. Robinson / Died Feb. 23, 1888 / Aged 76 years

 

x25 25. Our little daughter / Mary S. Robinson / born / March 31st 1851 / died / Sept'r 9th 1854

 

x28 28. Joseph F. Robinson / Born March 25th 1838 (?) / Died December 16th

 

x33 33. Mother& Babe / Bettie / wife of / D. Eugene Rosenbaum / daughter of J. M. and Mary Robinson / Born Apr. 7, 1845 / Died Aug. 27, 1878

 

x35 35. Pat Poague / died / Sep. 3, 1891 / age 3 yr 6 m

 

x38 38. James R. Poague / died / Aug. 6,1896 / age 13 years

Photos provided by Katherine Harris

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