Mary Allen Darrow

Interviewer: Miss Irene Robertson

Person interviewed: Mary Allen Darrow, Forrest City, Arkansas

Age: 74

"I was born at Monticello, Arkansas at the last of the Cibil (Civil)

War. My parents' names was Richard and Ann Allen. They had thirteen

children. Mother was a house girl and papa a blacksmith and farmer.

"My great-grandma and grandpa was killed in Indian Nation (Alabama) by

Sam and Will Allen. They was coming west long 'fo'e the war from one of

the Carolinas. I disremembers which they told me. Great-grandpa was a

chief. They was shot and all the children run but they caught my Grandma

Evaline and put her in the wagon and brought her to Monticello,

Arkansas. They fixed her so she couldn't get loose from them. She was a

little full-blood Indian girl then. They got her fer my great-grandpa a

wife. He seen her and thought she was so pretty.

"She was wild. She wouldn't eat much else but meat and raw at that. She

had a child 'fo'e ever she'd eat bread. They tamed her. Grandpa's pa

that wanted the Indian wife was full-blood African. Mama was little

lighter than 'gingercake' color.

"My Indian grandma was mean. I was feard of 'er. She run us down and

ketch us and whoop us. She was tall slender woman. She was mean as she

could be. She'd cut a cat's head off fer no cause er tall. Grandpa was

kind. He'd bring me candy back if he went off. I cried after him. I

played with his girl. We was about the same size. Her name was Annie

Mathis. He was a Mathis. He was a blacksmith too at Monticello and later

he bought a farm three and one-half miles out. I was raised on a farm.

Papa died there. I washed and done field work all my life. Grandma

married Bob Mathis.

"Our owner was Sam and Lizzie Allen. William Allen was his brother. I

think Sam had eight children. There was a Claude Allen in Monticello and

some grandchildren, Eva Allen and Lent Allen. Eva married Robert Lawson.

I lived at Round Pond seventeen or eighteen years, then come to Forrest

City. I been away from them Allen's and Mathis' and Gill's so long and

'bout forgot 'em. They wasn't none too good to nobody--selfish. They'd

make trouble, then crap out of it. Pack it on anybody. They wasn't none

too good to do nothing. Some of 'em lazy as ever was white men and

women. Some of 'em I know wasn't rich--poor as 'Jobe's stucky.' I don't

know nothing 'bout 'em now. They wasn't good.

"I was a baby at freedom and I don't know about that nor the Ku Klux.

Grandpa started a blacksmith shop at Monticello after freedom.

"My pa was a white man. Richard Allen was mama's husband.

"Me and my husband gats ten dollars from the Old Age Pension. He is

ninety-six years old. He do a little about. I had a stroke and ain't

been no 'count since. He can tell you about the Cibil War."

Interviewer's Comment

I missed her husband twice. It was a long ways out there but I will see

him another time.

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