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Cheryl Van Stockum
The Allen Dale main residence today, taken on Easter Sunday this year.

Allen Dale Farm, established in 1795, is one of the oldest farms in Shelby County. It is perhaps unique, for I am not aware of any other farms in the county, which have been continuously owned by members of the same family for 220 years.

Shortly after the death of Major John Allen in Frederick County, Virginia, in 1794, his widow Ann Pollock (Polk) Allen, and her ten children moved to Shelby County. Ann, whose parents were born in County Armagh, Ireland, shared common ancestry with President James K. Polk

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