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Augustus Chapman Allen

 
 
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By Jim Evans, September 16, 2012
1. Augustus Chapman Allen Marker
Inscription.  Augustus Chapman Allen was born to Roland and Sarah (Chapman) Allen in Canaseraga, New York on July 4, 1806. He graduated from the Polytechnic Institute at Chittenango, New York, where he taught mathematics until 1827. That year, he became a bookkeeper for the H. and H. Canfield Company, in which he and his brother John Kirby Allen bought an interest. A.C. Allen married Charlotte M. Baldwin (1805-1895) on May 3, 1831. The next year, the brothers left the firm and moved to San Augustine, relocating to Nacogdoches the following year. From there, they worked with others in land speculation and provided, at their own expense, a ship called the Brutus for transporting troops and supplies during the Texas Revolution.

After Texas won its independence in 1836, the Allen brothers purchased land along Buffalo Bayou not far from Harrisburg, which had been substantially damaged during the war. The Allens planned a new town named for Sam Houston, offering it to the fledgling Texas government as a capital. The Texas Congress accepted the proposal and held the first session in Houston in May 1837. That year, the Allens were joined by their
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By Jim Evans
2. Founders Memorial Park Cemetery Entrance
parents, four brothers and a sister. On August 15, 1838, J.K. Allen died from a fever.

In the 1840s, A.C. Allen moved to Mexico. There, he served as U.S. Consul for the ports of Tehuantepec and Minotitlán, and was engaged in various business enterprises. In 1863, Allen traveled to Washington, D.C., where he contracted pneumonia. He died there at the Willard Hotel on January 11, 1864. Unable to have his body returned to Houston, his widow Charlotte had him buried in Greenwood Cemetery in Brooklyn, New York. He is remembered today as a co-founder of the city of Houston.
 
Erected 2006 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 13821.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceSettlements & SettlersWar, Texas Independence.
 
Location. 29° 45.458′ N, 95° 22.739′ W. Marker is in Houston, Texas, in Harris County. Marker is at the intersection of Valentine Street and West Dallas Street, on the right when traveling south on Valentine Street. Marker is located in Founders Memorial Cemetery. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1217 West Dallas Street, Houston TX 77019, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Gravesite of John Kirby Allen (1810-1838) (here, next to this marker); In Memory of Mrs. Rebecca Lamar
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By Jim Evans
3. Founders Cemetery
(a few steps from this marker); David Porter Richardson (a few steps from this marker); Amos B. Edson (a few steps from this marker); Major Isaac N. Moreland (a few steps from this marker); Archibald S. Lewis (a few steps from this marker); James Collinsworth (a few steps from this marker); John Austin Wharton (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Houston.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Markers Associated with the Allen Brothers
 
Also see . . .
1. Augustus Chapman Allen. Wikipedia (Submitted on September 18, 2012, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas.) 

2. Augustus Chapman Allen. The Texas Handbook Online, Texas State Historical Association (Submitted on September 18, 2012, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas.) 
 
Founders Memorial Park Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans
4. Founders Memorial Park Cemetery
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 21, 2019. It was originally submitted on September 18, 2012, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. This page has been viewed 500 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 18, 2012, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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