by Matthew PonY Bones Proctor
Larkin Allen born 1833.
These are WORDS that concern the
life of Porter Wagoner’s Great Grandfather Larkin Allen.
Larkin Allen—Supper Pie
Larkin Allen. Larkin Allen. He
bred horses and he would shoot down a horse thief that would try to
steal any his horses.
Once, a fool stole a Lark Allen
horse and was way too many gallops ahead of Mr. Lark Allen in hot
pursuit. Allen just whistled loudly as could be and the horse heard
the Lark whistle and just bucked the God damn thief off into the
field. Allen rode up steadily to the busted up horse thief now
confounded with shock. Mr. Lark Allen put some bullet holes into
that horse thief and he did not arise on Sunday like any Lazarus---
Larkin fought for the Union army.
HE had to wander back home. His
wife was due to give birth.
HE was called a DESERTER since he
made the moral decision to go home to protect Sarah.
Whilst gone some confederate scum
attacked the farm. They Stole all the food. Destroyed the live
stock. Sarah laid up in bed wouldn’t tell them a God damn
thing. She had hidden the silver and gold through weary warning
words traveling faster than any rebel
God Damned confederates burned all
the baby clothes Sarah had hidden under the bed. Did they also
violate this very pregnant woman?
God damn Rebels burned all of West
Plains, Missouri down.
Neighbor Feuds….last through
blood generations. One really became its own ghost when such a feud
resulted in the very death of Larkin Allen. The ghost curse of this
feud would haunt several blood generations on both sides.
IT started with some saddle trash
making some damage to the property. Some even accused of Larkin
Allen of being a horse thief.
Later Morgan Shillon is made very
This in probability being the source
of the hateful vengeance that ambushed Larkin All He was murdered in
cold blood …shot torn down from the saddle. They killed the
horse too. This was the 1870s.
Larkin Allen---Fiddler. He fiddled
drunk. He fiddled sober.
He is the Great Grandfather of
All facts were taken from the high
holistic ghostly epic and do I strongly recommend: Eng, Steve (1992),
A Satisfied Mind: the Country Music Life of Porter Wagoner, Rutledge
Hill Press, ISBN 1-55853-133-5