“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Wallis in Austin County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Martin Allen

(November 28, 1780 - December 30, 1837)

Martin Allen Marker image. Click for full size.
By Gregory Walker, April 16, 2011
1. Martin Allen Marker
Inscription. As a young man Martin Allen assisted his father, Benjamin, in surveying roads in their native state of Kentucky. He married Elizabeth Vice in 1804 and by 1810 they and their three children were living in Louisiana.

Martin joined the Gutierrez-Magee Expedition's bid to rid Texas of Spanish rule in 1812-1813. His father and nephew were killed at the decisive Battle of Medina. Martin, on a recruiting mission at the time, survived.

After a brief stay in Arkansas territory, the Allens moved back to northwest Louisiana about 1818 and settled in a community which shortly thereafter was named Allen's Settlement in Martin's honor.

In 1821 Martin traveled to nearby Wharton County as one of Stephen F. Austin's Old Three Hundred colonists and was among the first settlers on the Colorado River. About 1834 the Allens purchased land here at Eight Mile Point (so named for its distance from San Felipe de Austin) from their son, Miles N. The Allens lived on this property for the rest of their lives.

Allen family members operated a "Public House" about mile east of here that was frequently visited by future hero of the Alamo, William B. Travis. Martin, a Texas War for Independence veteran, was buried near the "Public House" in the Allen family cemetery.
Erected 1993
Location of Martin Allen Marker image. Click for full size.
By Gregory Walker, April 16, 2011
2. Location of Martin Allen Marker
by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 6344.)
Location. 29° 40.088′ N, 96° 6.91′ W. Marker is near Wallis, Texas, in Austin County. Marker is at the intersection of 36th Division Memorial Highway (State Highway 36) and Johnston Road, on the right when traveling south on 36th Division Memorial Highway. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Wallis TX 77485, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 17 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Liedertafel (approx. 8.5 miles away); J.J. Josey General Store (approx. 9.7 miles away); A Town Hall (approx. 9.7 miles away); Early Roads To San Felipe (approx. 9.7 miles away); Stephen F. Austin's Cabin (approx. 9.7 miles away); John Bricker (approx. 9.7 miles away); Powell Point School (approx. 14.2 miles away); Frazarville (approx. 16.9 miles away).
Categories. Settlements & SettlersWar, Texas Independence
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas. This page has been viewed 511 times since then and 107 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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