Andrew and Mary Allenís son
was John Milton Allen and he married Letitia Cooke.
Letitia and, John Allen, began their
voyage from Convoy, County
Donegal, Ireland to America in February, 1851 just a few days after they were
married. Johnís brother, Cunningham traveled with them. They traveled on the
ship Cato from Ireland. Another ship's captain saw the ship go aground and
flounder. It really didn't sink, but rather got stuck in shallow water
near Nassau and over a period of days, broke apart.
Everyone survived. Bahamasí natives, "wreckers" (rackers)
came out in small boats and took them ashore. The entire Bahamian region is on
a shallow plateau and navigating between the islands is hazardous. So many
ships got stuck that these wreckers made a living taking people ashore. John
and Letitia Andrew, Mary, and Cunningham caught a
ride on another ship bound for New Orleans a few weeks after the Cato went down 2-3 miles north
of the island of Bimini in 16 feet of water. They stayed in Nassau, New
Providence, John poured
whiskey into bottles and Letitia sewed shirts
together until they got a another ride to New Orleans. They stayed in New Orleans, worked for a while for a few months, until they had
money for passage to Princeton, Indiana.
In 1870 Johnís parents, Andrew and Mary Allen came to
and lived with Cunningham. Andrew Allen was born 1788 in Ireland, and died 1876 in Gibson County, Indiana. He was buried in Archers Cemetery, Gibson
County, Indiana. His wife, Mary Unknown was born 1786
in Ireland and died 1872 and is also buried in Archer Cemetery, Gibson County Indiana.
Ruth Sprowl Chandler is the
granddaughter of Letitia and John Allen. She is
buried at Archer Cemetery.
Contributed by Sue McFarland, 1 Jan 2013