|Birth: ||Sep. 28, 1805|
New York, USA
|Death: ||Dec. 12, 1883|
He was active as a missionary with the Pawnee Indians in 1834-1846, and was just about the first missionary to come to the Nebraska area, where he served for over 40 years. This would make him one of the earliest of the travelers to come to Nebraska, and a definite pioneer who had a direct impact on its history.
The early-day heat for church extension used to flow, often, from what we might now call old-time revival meetings. There was often an air of passionate militancy about them. They usually had as a goal the "Christianizing of the West." Typically, "the West," which meant western New York State. Eventually "the West" meant as far out as Ohio!
In the fervor of one of the last great such fires of revival a Presbyterian congregation in Ithaca, New York, in early 1834, was conducting its annual "Day of Prayer for the Conversion of the World." Out of the convictions formed that day in Ithaca came the Rev. Sam Parker, seminary student John Dunbar, and layman Samuel Allis. These three men were commissioned by the Ithaca congregation to explore a far-far-far west spot for a likely mission among the Indians.
These three men left Ithaca on May 5th of that same year. They headed west—far west. They reached St. Louis, where they faced serious setbacks. Whatever those setbacks were they caused Rev. Sam Parker to head back home. Dunbar and Allis were themselves delayed by illness, but finally, on October 2 reached what is now Bellevue, Nebraska to work among the Pawnee Indians.
Sam remained for the long term. His mission work in Nebraska, Kansas, and Iowa was in 1834-1846. After working the frontier for a number of years Allis established a school for Indians in Bellevue, NE. He later lived at the no longer extant town of St. Mary in Mills County, Iowa; and still later in Fremont, NE, where he died at age 83 on December 12, 1883.
Samuel's wife was Emeline Palmer, whom he married April 16, 1836.
The cemetery was named for one of its "inhabitants," Dr. W. R., Wall, a Civil War Union Army colonel and physician. After the Civil War Wall migrated to Mills County, Iowa, where he settled in what is known to this day as Wall Hallow. Dr. Wall married one of Samuel and Emeline Allis' daughters. Almost all, if not all, of the people buried in the cemetery are Allises or Walls, all descendants of Samuel and Emeline.
Emeline Palmer Allis (1811 - 1883)
Henry M. Allis (1838 - 1888)*
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Record added: Sep 18, 2000
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