“Sidney Allen”

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


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

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  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