Author: Eve S. Gregory


William Allen (1768–1831)

William Allen was a planter, member of the House of Delegates (1802–1810), and businessman who, at the time of his death, owned more than 700 slaves, one of the largest numbers in the state. Born in 1768, Allen did not attend college and instead relied on what one obituary writer termed “a very shrewd mind” and “strong common sense.” As a young man he inherited much of his family’s wealth in Surry County and invested wisely in various businesses. He lived in luxury for the rest of his life. He died in 1831.