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Foster Allen Florence, South Carolina 1860s South Carolina,Effingham, Timmonsville, Florence area My grandfather, before his death

We , the Allen family were told that our grandfather had a brother whose name was Jackson. Our grandfather was born in 1859 and died in 1931. We heard that he had a brother who was a few years older than he. After slavery ended the older brother left the plantation or farm and went out on his own. The younger brother Boston( my great-grand dad) stayed with the family he was with because he had some type of disability concerning his foot. We were also told that great grandad was a shoemaker. We do not know if granddad's brother Jackson 's last name changed after slavery.My grandad went on to have 9 children and they in turn had large families, one of the grandson's having 13 children and one having 9 and so on. What if there is a brother somewhere who has a large family also.? There would be many, many, cousins that we do not know about. We have large reunions now in Florence South Carolina and in Laurinburg, North Carolina. This would be great if we could really find out if great granddad had other brothers and sisters. We believe that great grandad came to South Carolina from maybe another state. We can trace him back to 1880 at age 21 on the census. He lived in South Carolina with a Sansberry family when he was 21. We can not trace him back any further. We were also told that his last name was Roberts or Robinson before he became an Allen. My grandad also lived around Darlington and Sumter South Carolina. Great grand dad's wife's name was Amelia Mack Allen, her mom was Silla Mack. We are not even sure if great-grand-dad's brother's name was Jackson. This was passed down by a relative, Foster Allen and Hattie Bell Allen. Any info, thelma@carolina.net

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