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Penelope Johnson Allen Research (Gift of Mrs. Helen Maroon) (genealogy)

Identifier: MSC 0618

Scope and Contents

Genealogical research by Penelope Johnson Allen, given by her granddaughter Mrs. Helen Maroon. Includes: The Family of Gossett by Evangeline Gossett Newcomer; Chatata Valley by Elizabeth Cate Manly; Howard Family Record: A Short Sketch of My Life by James Marion Howard; The DeKalb Legend, Vol. 5, 1977-78; Morgan Migrations, 4 issues; Northwest Georgia Historical & Genealogical Society Quarterly, 1 issue; 14 folders of genealogical research. Additional genealogical items, photographs, scrapbook and slide from Ft. Loudon (With Elsworth Brown’s name on them) recd. May 2000. Penelope Johnson Allen (1886-1985) was a native of Chattanooga, Tennessee. She graduated from Chattanooga High School in 1904 and attended Mrs. Starrett’s School in Chicago, and Western College at Oxford, Ohio. After college, she was a newspaper reporter in Chattanooga and active in the suffrage movement in Tennessee. Penelope Johnson Allen was active in a number of clubs and lineage societies and was avid genealogist and historian. Mrs. Allen served one of the state supervisors for the Tennessee Historic Records Project of the WPA from 1937 to 1942. She published a series of articles in the Chattanooga Times entitled “Leaves from the Family Tree” later collected and published in book form. She published a number of history and genealogy books over a long and productive life. 1500 volumes of Tennessee County records were transcribed and indexed before the project ceased in World War II. The complete volumes were bound and added to the library research collection. The master file of these volumes in the Tennessee State Library and Archives but also available here on microfilm. This collection is a large set of volumes not completed as the project was shut down.


  • 1970-1985

Conditions Governing Access

Material is available for research. Prior arrangement MUST be made by contacting the Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection at


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Other materials received at the time were cataloged and added to the book and pamphlet collections.
Penelope Johnson Allen Research (Gift of Mrs. Helen Maroon) (genealogy)
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Repository Details

Part of the Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection Repository

601 S Gay Street
3rd floor
Knoxville Tennessee 37902 United States