"Honey Just Allow Me One More Chance" is a rewrite of a song by late-19th
century singer Henry Thomas. On The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan, the song is
credited jointly to Thomas and Dylan. In fact, almost all the words to
Dylan's version are different (and probably written by Dylan) except for
the title, and the tune has also undergone some modifications. The
introductory verse to Thomas' version is a clear indication that this is a
"composed" as opposed to a "folk" song.
Thomas was born in 1874 or 75 (he died in 1930) and although he was not
among the first blues singers to record, he is probably the oldest
"professional" blues singer to have been captured on disc. Like many such
singers, he was actually a songster*, blues being just one of many styles
that he performed.
* "Songster" was a term used to describe black folk singers who sang in a
wide range of song styles - blues, rags, reels, ballads, white mountain
songs, hymns, pop songs and whatever else he (or occasionally, she)
happened to pick up.