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Askew, Mahala Allen
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Source: Peg Spencer, 8 November 2006

Mahala Allen, the daughter of Theophilus and Elizabeth Allen, was born between 1795 and 1798 in Sumner County, TN, the third born in a family of ten children. She died in Fish Hook, Fairmount Twp., Pike Co., IL between 1843 and 1849. She married Isaac Askew on 10 September 1813 in Sumner County, TN. He was born in 1793 in Sumner County, TN or Franklin Co., VA and died in October 1865 on his farm near Barry, Pike Co., IL.

Her father, Theophilus Allen, was the son of John Rhodum "Rhody" Allen and Mary Emily Ransom.

Mahala Allen's grandfather, John Rhodum “Rhody” Allen, had great foresight. About 1810, he could see where slavery was leading the country. He could see what was going to divide this country many years before there was any talk of civil war, and he went to each of his adult children and told them to make a decision about where they wanted to live, when the issue of slavery became one of national consequence. He was against slavery, against the ownership of one human by another, and wanted his children to free their slaves. Those who would not, he moved to the South. The rest he moved to Illinois, which was considered a free state.

In 1815, after the birth of their first child, Isaac Askew and Mahala Allen Askew, and Mahala's father, Theophilus, mother Elizabeth, and their children and families moved to Ohio County, KY; some Allens had slaves, like her brother Asa Allen, and some, like the Askews, just moved with the family.

Mahala and Isaac Askew had Levi George Askew on 1 February 1815 in Sumner County, TN. Seven children were born in Ohio Co., KY: John James, Theophilus Allen, Rhoda Elizabeth, Jane, William Perry, Emily Ann Frances, and Richard Henry Allen were born in Ohio County, KY.

After Theophilus's death in the fall of 1833, the Askews, along with Mahala's brothers, William George, Isaac, Henry, and Asa Allen, moved to Illinois, leaving some of Mahala's siblings behind. Asa Allen owned slaves in Kentucky and didn't bring them to Illinois.

After Mahala and Isaac Askew moved to Illinois, they had the last of their thirteen children. Louisa Ellender Askew (my great grandmother) was born in Brown County, Illinois in 1834. Martha, Joseph R., and Mahala Askew were born in Fish Hook, Pike Co., IL.

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