history focuses on the union of
and Adeliza (Knowles)** Allen
and their nine offspring. The family has its roots in the
Tarpum Bay settlement (also formerly known as Glenelg) on the
Bahamian island of Eleuthera. They are the roots from which our
branches of the Allen family grow.
With more than
1,200 names entered into our family tree project as William & Addie's
descendants, ours is one of the largest families in the United States
and the Caribbean.
Each of William and
Addie’s offspring are profiled in the links below. To offer a more
complete picture of their lives, you'll also find a brief narrative of
life as they knew it and a bit about their experiences in their native
or adopted cities.
We begin by
visiting the three main areas in which William & Addie's offspring
settled: the Bahamas, Key West and Miami. Click each of the links
below for more of the Allen Family saga.
The Bahamas -
History in the Homeland
Key West - The
Southernmost Allen Legacy
Miami - Allens Making
Faye Carey Smith, Allen Family Reunion
The Allen Family
Today & Tomorrow
Today, the Allens
are scattered far and wide, though they continue to reside in South
Florida and the Bahamas in large numbers.
Estimates place the
number of Allen descendants at more than 800 living, which makes it one
of the largest families in the United States and Caribbean.
Faye Carey Smith,
granddaughter of William (Willie Butcher) Allen of the Bahamas, was
determined to bring this large family together. She began by hosting the
first Allen Family Reunion in Nassau, Bahamas, in 1985. They continued
until about 1996 when several American Allens attended the Nassau
reunion and offered to host the next one in the U.S.
The 1997 Allen
Family Heritage Reunion (held in Key West, Florida) marked the first
time all of the descendants of William & Addie Allen had the opportunity
to meet in the United States. A total of 518 of them did just that.
In 1999, the
reunion was held in Miami, and in 2000 the Allens gathered in Nassau
once again for four days of family fun in the sun.
The 2002 Allen
Family Reunion represented the first time the majority of the Allen
descendants had been documented in writing. Once again held in Key West,
the reunion featured the planting of the Allen Family Commemorative Tree
at a local park, a 1970s themed fashion and talent show, and the
highlight of the event - a keynote address at our banquet by Bahamian
Prime Minister Perry Christie, grandson of W.W. (Willie Butcher)
Allen. More than 500 Allens attended.
The 2004 Allen
Family Reunion was held in Daytona Beach, Florida, and 426 Allen
descendants, cousins and guests were in attendance. Once again,
the Honorable Perry Christie, Prime Minister of the Bahamas, was in
attendance and gave the keynote address. The Daytona Beach family
did a marvelous job and an excellent time was had by all.
In 2006, we
traveled to Nassau for our bi-annual reunion and it was an
incredible experience. Our family's statesman, the Honorable
Perry Christie, Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of the
Bahamas, was in attendance and proud to host our reunion.
Faye Carey Smith, founder of our family reunions, had passed the
baton to a new generation of reunion planners and they performed
magnificently. They implemented the Crystal Tomato Awards
and the Allen Family Pledge, which we loved. The highlight
of the reunion included a trip to our family island of
Eleuthera, where we walked in the footsteps of our ancestors and
met the descendants of William & Addie's daughter Susan
for the first time.
The 2008 reunion was held in Orlando, Florida, and in 2010, we returned to our roots as the family in Tarpum Bay on the island of Eleuthera hosted us. Both reunions presented a wonderful opportunity to bond and to learn more about this sprawling, international family.
Now that these ties
have been discovered and documented, the future holds many opportunities
for more family gatherings. Reunions present the perfect chance to gain
a sense of who we are, to develop a sense of family unity, and to pass
those ties on to future generations.
note: Addie's maiden surname had incorrectly been reported as
Culmer in the past. A search of 19th Century Bahamian
birth records has shown that she was instead formerly a Knowles,
or perhaps even a Mingo as reported in the LDS International
Genealogical Index database for Caribbean Island records.
More research will clarify.
Written by Carmen Turner,
Great, great-granddaughter of
William & Adeliza Allen of Eleuthera, Bahamas
The Allen Family History is a work
in continuous progress.
As we uncover new historical
documents and anecdotes from family elders,
adjustments will continue to be
If you have information to share, or can
help solve a family mystery,
please let me know. Corrections and updates are
The invaluable contributions of the family sources listed below are gratefully
Thank you so much for sharing your
time, stories, memories, documents and photos.
Calvin Allen, Esq. of Key West, Florida
Mrs. Sarah Allen of Key West, Florida
Mrs. Addie Dell Allen McCartney (deceased)
Ms. Amanda Moncur of Nassau, Bahamas
Mrs. Dorothy McCartney Moncur of
Mrs. Cleomie Allen Smith of Miami, Florida (deceased)
Mrs. Faye Carey Smith of Nassau, Bahamas
1900 Census (Key West)
1910 U.S. Census (Key West)
1920 U.S. Census (Key West and Miami)
1930 U.S. Census (Key West and Miami)
Bahamian Birth Records (1873, 1875 and 1877)
Bahamian Marriage Records (1871)
Florida Death Index (1969 and 1979)
Florida History & The Arts
Key West Citizen - April 26, 1962
Key West Citizen - Nov 2 and Nov 6, 1969
New York Age Newspaper - November 3, 1888
Tequesta, the Journal of the Historical Association of Southern Florida
Copyright 2005-2006 Carmen Turner.
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