Allen was probably a son of Jones Allen, of James City County, but no extant records verify any details of his family history. At least six other men named John Allen lived in Tidewater Virginia during the latter years of the eighteenth century, not counting John Allen, of Surry County, with whom the councillor has often been confused.
John Allen is first unambiguously mentioned in the land tax books for James City County in 1795 as proprietor of 100 acres of land, formerly the property of Jones Allen. In the same year the county's personal property tax list identifies John Allen as an attorney. A court case begun in 1800 in neighboring Charles City County mentions a gambling debt that he owed to William F. Allen and identifies William O. Allen as his executor.
1796–1798 - John Allen represents James City County in the House of Delegates.
December 14, 1798 - The General Assembly elects John Allen to the Council of State.
December 21, 1798 - John Allen votes for James Madison's Virginia Resolutions protesting the Alien and Sedition Acts.
January 23, 1799 - John Allen takes the oath of office as a member of the Council of State.
May 13, 1799 - John Allen dies in Richmond.
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Gentry, D., & the Dictionary of Virginia Biography. John Allen (d. 1799). (2018, May 25). In Encyclopedia Virginia. Retrieved from http://www.EncyclopediaVirginia.org/Allen_John_d_1799.
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Gentry, Daphne and the Dictionary of Virginia Biography. "John Allen (d. 1799)." Encyclopedia Virginia. Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, 25 May. 2018. Web. READ_DATE.
First published: March 29, 2017 | Last modified: May 25, 2018