Thibodaux in Lafourche Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)
Richard Henry Allen
Richard Henry Allen was born in 1807, in Wilkes County, North Carolina. Following a career as a merchant in Yazoo City, Mississippi, in 1840 he moved to New Orleans and became a cotton factor. In 1859, Allen retired to Thibodaux, entered sugar cane planting, and in 1861, purchased Rienzi Plantation at public auction. During the Civil War, Allen's sugar cane crops were destroyed and the sugar houses wrecked. After the war, Rienzi became a productive plantation once again, and the still lovely home regained its lively atmosphere. A successful and self-made man, Allen was married first to Adelaide Dorsey, and second to Margaret Elizabeth Green. He had no children, and died in 1894, his will directed that "the tribunals of Louisiana... have nothing to do with my estate unless something arises that cannot be avoided." The will's unclear meaning led to years-long litigation with 14 attorneys to assist and ended with a 61-page judicial decision.
Erected by St. John's Historic Cemetery.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial Sites Churches & Religion • Settlements & Settlers.
Location. 29° 47.64′ N, 90° 49.421′ W. Marker is in Thibodaux, Louisiana, in Lafourche Parish. Marker can be reached from Jackson Street south of Seventh Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 718 Jackson Street, Thibodaux LA 70301, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Silas T. Grisamore (here, next to this marker); James Frost (a few steps from this marker); Mary King Fulford (a few steps from this marker); John A. Lovell (a few steps from this marker); Fayette Clay Ewing (a few steps from this marker); Rev. Daniel McNair (within shouting distance of this marker); John Carlton Beatty (within shouting distance of this marker); Morgan Springer (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Thibodaux.
Credits. This page was last revised on February 14, 2018. It was originally submitted on February 14, 2018, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 279 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on February 14, 2018.