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Re: Lula Brantley, Dodge Co., GA married to Mr. Chester
Posted by: Jean M. Coleman (ID *****2283) Date: February 10, 2007 at 07:29:47
In Reply to: Re: Lula Brantley, Dodge Co., GA married to Mr. Chester by Bernice Wright of 369

Thank you so much for the information! My grandmother Lula Genevieve Allen was NOT born in Minnesota as the 1900 US Census shows - there are several errors in that Census about D.C.Allen family - I don't know who gave the info to the Census taker! She and two sisters were born in Tallapoosa, GA. My grandmother was born Feb. 14, 1888 (yep - a Valentine!). My great-grandfather, D.C.Allen, was a contractor/builder.
He built the famous Lithia Springs Hotel in Tallapoosa. I have a picture of it on my bedroom wall - a beautiful bldg, but no longer exists - tho' the springs are still there - a lot of homes in Tallapoosa have furniture from the old Hotel. I have visited Tallapoosa,GA.

Dennis Collins Allen also built hotels and other buildings in Fitzgerald, GA, where he supposedly met Antoinette Brantley.
He traveled around a good bit as a contractor/builder. He is supposed to have built the Flat Iron Building in Atlanta, GA also, but I have no proof of this.

If Hazel were born in Rhine, GA then probably Antoinette went home for birth of baby...I will ask Hazel's daughter about that - if she knows....

Probably they were married in Atlanta area where D.C.Allen had a home when his first wife Orpha Eldora Heath died in Feb. 1908 when my mother was infant. My grandmother left my mother with her husband, my grandfather J.B.Baker, Sr., and went by train to her mother's funeral. While she was away my grandfather caught flu and had rheumatic fever - leaving him permanently with a dread heart condition. He never fulfilled his dream of being a jeweler. He and grandmother lived in Minnesota where he was studying jewelry, but they also lived in Cincinnati, Ohio for the same reason. My mother was thus born in Cincinatti, Ohio -far from home.
Her brother J.B.Baker, Jr. was born in Miami,FL because the doctors told grandfather to go where he could be outside in the sunshine and not do heavy work. D.C. Allen came to Florida just after - not sure why - that is why "Tiny" shows up in Miami, FL. with the children. I was born in 1932, but the "first children" were so mad at the "second wife" that they didn't have any contact with I never met "Tiny" or the second set of children - what a shame! My uncle J.B.Baker,Jr and his wife did later meet them and keep up with them....

The 1880 US Census is correct - Walter Jonathan Allen adopted the grandchild named (Carrie Allen she was called). We think the child was "out of wedlock" baby - but Orpha and Dennis C. eventually married. Walter Jonathan Allen was born in Vermont and moved to Wisconsin , then Iowa. His wife Lydia Bernard was born in Prince Edward Island, Canada, but we think her family moved to Wisconsin also...where they were married.
Her sister Jane Bernard is listed as living with them - also born Prince Edward Island, Canada.

The house at 143 Ashby Av. Atlanta probably is still standing, I have driven by there as a teen-ager - but don't know about it now. I will have our son use "google-earth" or similar to try and see - isn't that fascinating!

If you would be so kind as to send me a copy of the real estate ad for the house on Ashby Av. I would be so very happy. My e-mail is I have my own e-mail, but can't print out what I want sometimes - so I use his e-mail for genealogy.

I do appreciate so much all of this information - it "clicks" with what I have - and what my mother wrote down with my help. She wrote a book about her father (J.B.Baker,Sr.) and his life, so of course included a lot about her mother's (Allen (side of the family. It is a published work (published by my brother) but limited copies to family members. He paid for it, and we are eternally grateful.

I am typing all this info as a response in hopes that some other Allen descendant will see it and contact me. I have not found out much about Claude or Major and know Elizabeth moved to New York City ( my mother lived with her for a while there) and then Alaska and Washington states.

Jean Coleman

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