|Birth: ||Dec. 18, 1827|
New York, USA
|Death: ||Nov. 30, 1863|
Museum of the Kansas National Guard
Kansas Adjutant Generals
Kansas' 2nd Adjutant General
June 23, 1861 - March 22, 1862
Free-State Legislator 1857-1858
Brig. Gen. Lyman Allen was born December 18, 1827, in Groton, New York.
He was married to Ann Jeannette XXX on XXXXX.
Lived at 17 Connecticut
Occupation: salesman, tin, iron, and copper manufacturing,
Brig. Gen. Allen was highly involved in the free-state movement in Territorial Kansas. The northeastern Kansas was an extremely dangerous place during this time period. There were lootings, murder, arson, and many other acts of terriorism. In May of 1856, he and two other men were appointed by the people of Lawrence to "ask the Marshall to put a stop to the depravations committed by a large force of armed men in the vicinity of Lawrence." The territory became so dangerous territorial Gov. A.H. Reeder escaped from Kansas with Lyman Allen's help in early May of 1856. During the destruction of the Free-State Hotel in Lawrence by Sheriff Jones, he lost $574 in books, and on May 21, 1856, had his Sharp's Rifle taken from his home by a force of bushwackers.
one of the earlier settlers of Douglas County and a member of the territorial council of 1857-1858. He came to Kansas on March 24, 1855
Children: Anna, Mary Jane, Jennie, Jessie (died at 7 months), Katie (died at 10 months)
Allen was active in the free-state movement in early Kansas and served in a variety of positions which included; member of the board of trustees of Lawrence University in 1859, a member of the Emporia Town Company in 1857, which selected the site for the town of Emporia, and the railroad convention of 1860.
The Allen family all took part in the border troubles, including his father, Asaph, who had his house attacked by bushwackers. "When the guerillas knocked roughly at his door and demanded admittance, threatening to kill all the inmates if resistance was offered, but making the usual promise that no one should be hurt if the door was opened and prompt surrender made. Mr. Allen was quite old but full of courage and resolution. He told the guerillas to come on in if they could get in, assuring them that he was good for at least six ruffians as soon as they might enter. The bushwackers left and no others returned," according to the book, Quantrill and the Border Wars.
Lyman had two brother who served in the militia during the Civil War. Norman Allen, who was an editor of the Lawrence Republican which was destroyed in Quantrill raid, served as a captain in the 1st Kansas Volunteer Battery. Asaph Allen Jr., served as a captain in the 9th Kansas Volunteer Cavalry.
On July 23, 1861 Allen was appointed Adjutant General.
He served in this position until March 22, 1862.
He died at his home in Lawrence, Kansas on November 30, 1863, two months after Quantrill's famous raid on Lawrence. He is buried at Oak Hill Cemetery in Lawrence, Kansas. His two sentence obituary in the Leavenworth Conservative, describes him as a man of "high character."
A Strong Beginning
The town of Emporia was founded as a business venture in February 1857, according to well-documented town history. Kansas was a new territory embroiled in a bloody battle over slavery. Settlers were beginning to come into the territory when G.W. Brown, a young editor of The Herald of Freedom newspaper in Lawrence, saw a business opportunity to help himself and a change to help emigrants looking for a place to settle, according to a 1957 centennial-year history compiled by Robert Triplett. The idea of a town company was born. Brown gathered together four other men – General G.W. Deitzler, a Lawrence resident; Lyman Allen and Columbus Hornsby, Lawrence merchants; and Preston B. Plumb, a Lawrence print foreman – and formed The Emporia Town Company. Emporia was founded on February 20, 1857, on an area of upland prairie, six miles above the junction of the Neosho and Cottonwood rivers. The site was in what was then Breckinridge County. The Town Company had visions of a thriving and growing community. These hopes were so strong, Ted McDaniel wrote in “Our Land A History of Lyon County Kansas,” that the company decided to name the new town Emporia for a city-state in Northern Africa in ancient Carthage. Brown got the idea for the name while reading Rollins’ “History of the Carthaginians,” and noted the reference to Emporia, “a flourishing market center on the African coast and founded by the Greeks.”
Katie Janett Allen (____ - 1858)*
Age 35 Yrs, 11 Mos, 12 Dys
Oak Hill Cemetery
Plot: Section 2
Maintained by: Becky Doan
Originally Created by: MrPeepers
Record added: May 29, 2009
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