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Charlotte Marie Baldwin Allen

(July 14, 1805 - August 3, 1895)

 
 
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By Brian Anderson, September 3, 2018
1. Charlotte Marie Baldwin Allen Marker
Inscription. Considered by many as the "Mother of Houston," Charlotte Marie Baldwin Allen was a leader in Houston during a time when women had few rights and fewer opportunities. She was born in Onondaga County, New York, and was the daughter of Elizabeth (Warner) and Dr. Jonas Cutler Baldwin. She married Augustus Chapman Allen in 1831. Charlotte arrived in Texas in 1834 when she joined her husband and his brother and business partner, John Kirby Allen, both of whom were already actively engaged in Texas land speculation. In August 1836, the Allen brothers purchased land on Buffalo Bayou and were soon advertising the establishment of a city called Houston. Although she left Texas in 1835 for health reasons, Charlotte returned in 1837 and assumed a prominent role in the development of Houston.

After the death of her brother-in-law, John Kirby Allen, in 1838, Charlotte became a participating member in the extensive business dealings of the Allen and Baldwin families. She became involved in all aspects of business, from registering her own cattle brand in 1838 and directing the construction of a slaughterhouse to process the beef, to negotiating numerous real estate and development projects. After the Civil War, Allen continued as an accomplished businesswomen, overseeing the sale of numerous properties. She donated various plots, including
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By Brian Anderson, September 3, 2018
2. Charlotte Marie Baldwin Allen Gravesite
Old Market Square, to the city of Houston and to churches and civic organizations. When Charlotte Allen died, flags in Houston flew at half-staff in her honor. In 1907, Charlotte Baldwin Allen Elementary School became the first public school in Houston named for a woman.
 
Erected 2009 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 15715.)
 
Location. 29° 45.887′ N, 95° 23.228′ W. Marker is in Houston, Texas, in Harris County. Marker can be reached from Washington Avenue. Touch for map. Charlotte Allen is buried in Glenwood Cemetery, Section E-2, Lot 016. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2525 Washington Avenue, Houston TX 77007, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Edwin Fairfax Gray (a few steps from this marker); Archibald Wynns (a few steps from this marker); Gustav August Forsgard (a few steps from this marker); Irvin Capers Lord (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Washington Cemetery (about 400 feet away); Colonel B.F. Terry (about 500 feet away); Ellis Benson (about 500 feet away); Darius Gregg (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Houston.
 
Also see . . .  Allen, Charlotte Marie Baldwin - The Handbook of Texas Online.
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By Brian Anderson, September 3, 2018
3. Charlotte Marie Baldwin Allen Grave Marker
Texas State Historical Association (TSHA) (Submitted on September 5, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas.) 
 
Categories. Notable Persons
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 5, 2018. This page originally submitted on September 5, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas. This page has been viewed 45 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 5, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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