Here's the next "installment" on the Isaac Allen family.
James W. Allen b. abt 1838, TN
Nathan Allen b. abt 1841, TN
Thomas Jefferson Allen b 26 Mar 1844, Louisville, KY
d. 13 Sep 1911 married, Margaret J. Kirk
Anna Elizabeth Allen b. 1845 d. 1928 m.WP Shoemaker
Albert H. Allen b 1846/47 m. 18 nov 1869 to Melissa Tanner
Nancy I. Allen b 1849, KY, d. 1862
Sarah F. Allen b 1850/1851, KY m. James H. Simpson 8 Jul
1966 then Jacob Stites 20 Sep 1870
Laura E. Allen b. abt 1853, KY
Theodosia E. Allen b. abt 1857, KY
Mary J. Allen b. 1859 KS (twins)
Eliza R. Allen b. 1859 KS d. 1864
Charles R. Allen b. abt 1862
This information was gleaned from Census Records, Wills etc. from Bourbon County Records.This family moved from Tennessee to Kentucky around 1841 to 1844 and from Kentucky to Kansas 1857-59.
My husband is related to Albert H. Allen.We actually found him by working backward.All we knew is that his grandfather, Ura, was orphaned as a boy.He lived with relatives (Stites and Shoemaker) in Ft. Scott.It was easy to make the connection from there.However, we don't know how Albert and Melissa died.
Thomas J. Allen was sheriff in Ft. Scott.The following is his obit. from the Fort Scott "Monitor", Thursday, September 14, 1911.
THOS. J. ALLEN DIES SUDDENLY
Died last Evening at 7:30 o'clock of heart trouble.
He was sheriff two terms
Served Much in Public Life-Had Lived Here Since Early Boy-Hood
The news of the death of T.J. Allen, more familiarly known as Tom Allen, caused a great deal of regret over the city this morning.Mr. Allen had enjoyed good health for a man of his age and his death so sudden was a severe shock to his family and friends.Death occurred at the family home, three miles southwest of the city last evening at 7:30 o'clock.
Mr. Allen, after eating a hearty supper, had gone out into the yard to rest.He was sitting down and asked a small boy to get him a glass of water.Before the lad returned with the water Mr. Allen was dead.The sons were summoned and carried their father into the house.Medical aid was summoned, but death had been sudden and sure.Heart trouble was given as the cause.The deceased was prominently known, having served much in the county and city offices.He served two terms as sheriff of Bourbon county, and following the expiration of his term he was proprietor of the Huntington House for a time.Later he served two years as city marshal.
Louisville, Kentucky, is the birthplace of the deceased.He was born on March 26th, 1844.He came to this county when just a boy, his father settling on a farm northwest of the city.Major E.L. Marble was one of the first settlers of this place and the first boy he met after arriving here was Tom Allen,then a white-haired youngster.Mr. Allen's father was shot by a neighbor in the early sixties.There had been a difference between the two, and the man, hot-headed, killed his neighbor.In those days an affair of that kind was a common occurrence, most people knowing of no other way to settle a quarrel.
The deceased was married to Miss Margaret Kirk and the children born to this union numbered nine, one daughter, Mrs. Ida O'Hara, having died several years ago.The following are left with the wife:Miss Rena Allen, who lived at home, C.W. Allen, of Falls City, Neb., Mrs. W. T. Shaw, Walkertown, Kan., Henry M. Allen,Idaho Springs, Colo., Mrs. J. L. Messenger, Lawrence, Kan., Leonard Allen, and John T. Allen who live west of the city and Mrs. H. B. Birmingham of Kansas City.There are two sisters, Mrs. Lizzie Shumaker of N. Broadway and Mrs. Dora Gray of Cohasset, Cal.
Mr. Allen had made a success of farming and though past 67 years of age was able to do much work about his place.He was a member of the First Baptist Church of this city and was also affiliated with the M.W.A. and the A.O.U.W. lodges.
Arrangements for the funeral are deferred until all the children have been heard from.///
From the Fort Scott Monitor, Friday, September 15th, 1911
ALLEN FUNERAL SUNDAY - Services for late T.J. Allen to be Held When son arrives from Colorado.
The funeral services of Thomas J. Allen will be held Sunday morning at 10 o'clock from the family home southwest of the city.Rev. Marriott of the First Baptist Church will officiate and interment will be made in West Plains Cemetery.The time of the funeral is deferred until the arrival of a son Henry who is coming from Denver, Colo. and who cannot arrive before tomorrow night.The sons, son-in-laws and one grandson will act as pall bearers.They are Walter, Henry, Leonard, John, Will Shaw, J.L. Messenger, H.V. Birmingham, and Frank Messinger.
Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Messengerand son of Lawrence and Mr. and Mrs. H.V. Birmingham of Kansas City, are here while a nephew William Vaughn is expected from Neosho, Mo.
That is really most of the information I have.I thought the T.J. Allen particularly interesting and feel it contains many "leads".
Enjoy - and Merry Christmas!Dorothy