“Sidney Allen”


The Allen Family is in court; Sidney and the others break out by shooting the judge and starting a gunfight in the court. Recaptured and brought home, he is sentenced to a long prison term instead of being executed


The members of the Allen family seem to have been the backest of backwoodsmen. Floyd Allen was sentenced to a year in prison by Judge Thornton L. Massie, whereupon the whole family started shooting and made their escape. Later captured, Claud (no e, according to contemporary sources) and Floyd were eventually executed; Sidney ("Sidna") was sentenced to prison. - RBW

Historical references

  • 1912 - Trial of the Allen family

Cross references


  • Vernon Dalhart, "Sydney Allen" (Columbia 15042-D, 1925) (Domino 3642, 1925; Banner 1672, 1926)
  • Henry Whitter, "Sydney Allen" (OKeh 40109, 1924)


  1. Laws E5, "Sidney Allen"
  2. Hudson 104, pp. 242-243, "Sidney Allen" (1 text)
  3. Gardner/Chickering 140, "Sidney Allen" (1 text)
  4. Thomas-Makin', p. 155, (no title) (1 text, 1 tune)
  5. Warner 113, "Hillsville, Virginia" (1 text, 1 tune)
  6. Burt, pp. 254-255, "Sidney Allen" (1 text)
  7. Darling-NAS, pp. 191-192, "Sidney Allen" (1 text)
  8. DT 777, SIDALLEN
  9. Roud #612
  10. BI, LE05


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1936 (Hudson)
Keywords: prison fight trial feud
Found in: US(Ap,MW,SE,So)