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Allen in Hillsdale County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Captain Moses Allen

 
 
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By Duane Hall, May 17, 2013
1. Captain Moses Allen Marker
Inscription.  Moses Allen fought in the War of 1812, later serving as a captain in the Michigan militia. He became the first "white settler" in present-day Hillsdale County, settling here in April 1827, two years after working on the Chicago Road (present-day US-12) survey. The area once known as Allen's Prairie now constitutes the village of Allen. When the Allens built their cabin, their closest neighbor was fifty miles away. Soon, more settlers moved to the prairie. Allen had claimed his tract, but it was not until 1829 that the U.S. government declared the land "ready for sale." That summer, he began building a log tavern, but died in October. His widow completed a tavern that same year along the Chicago Road. The area's first school was built here in 1831. Moses Allen is buried in Allen Township Cemetery.
 
Erected 1994 by Bureau of Michigan History, Michigan Department of State. (Marker Number L1899C.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Settlements & SettlersWar of 1812
Captain Moses Allen Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 17, 2013
2. Captain Moses Allen Marker
View to east along W. Chicago Road (US 12)
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. In addition, it is included in the Michigan Historical Commission series list. A significant historical month for this entry is April 1827.
 
Location. 41° 57.393′ N, 84° 46.23′ W. Marker is in Allen, Michigan, in Hillsdale County. Marker is on West Chicago Road (U.S. 12) 0.1 miles west of Park Drive, on the left when traveling west. Marker is located at the Allen Area Historical Society. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 151 W Chicago Road, Allen MI 49227, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Allens' Own Congressional Medal of Honor Recipients (a few steps from this marker); Assistant Chief Wilson (within shouting distance of this marker); Allen Civil War Monument (approx. half a mile away); Site of First Log Cabin in Hillsdale County (approx. half a mile away); Allen World War Honor Roll (approx. half a mile away); Wayside Memorial Park (approx. 5.6 miles away); Litchfield World War II Memorial (approx. 5.7 miles away); Quincy Public Library (approx. 5.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Allen.
 
Grave Site of Captain Moses Allen image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 17, 2013
3. Grave Site of Captain Moses Allen
Located in the northwest corner
of the Allen Township Cemetery
Headstone of Grave Site of Captain Moses Allen image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 17, 2013
4. Headstone of Grave Site of Captain Moses Allen
The tablet on the headstone reads:
Placed by Ann Gridley Chapter D.A.R. in honor of Captain Moses Allen who, in 1827, made the first settlement in Hillsdale County
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on July 16, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 503 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 16, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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