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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 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
Founders Memorial Park Cemetery Entrance image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans
2. Founders Memorial Park Cemetery Entrance
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.)
 
Location. 29° 45.458′ N, 95° 22.734′ W. Marker is in Houston, Texas, in Harris County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Valentine Street and West Dallas Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Houston TX 77019, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. John Kirby Allen (1810-1838) (here, next to this marker); Amos B. Edson (a few steps from this marker); Origins of Freedman's Town (approx. 0.2 miles away); Sam Houston Park Monument (approx. 0.4 miles away); Sons of the Republic of Texas (approx. 0.4 miles away); Ancient Order of Pilgrims
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By Jim Evans
3. Founders Cemetery
(approx. half a mile away); Pillot House (approx. half a mile away but has been reported missing); San Felipe Cottage (approx. half a mile away but has been reported missing). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Houston.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. John Kirby Allen, the brother referred to in the marker text.
 
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.) 
 
Categories. Notable Persons
 
Founders Memorial Park Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans
4. Founders Memorial Park Cemetery
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 18, 2012, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. This page has been viewed 352 times since then and 45 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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