|Birth: ||Feb. 24, 1835|
|Death: ||Mar. 10, 1910|
J. Wesley Allen was born in Pike Co, AL on February 24, 1835. He married Lucy McNabb in Putnam County, FL on February 25, 1866 and died March 10th, 1910 in Dade County. He moved with his family to Stage Pond, Florida (Floral City) on or about December 26, 1856. We believe the J. may have stood for John and Jesse was a nickname. He resided continuously in Florida from December 26, 1856.
His parents were James Ebert Allen and wife, Matilda Willis. James was a Farmer born approx. 1803 in Gray, Jones Co. Georgia. James and his brother, John may have been orphans. After many years in AL the family moved to Stage Pond, FL in Hernando Co. abt 1850. They were farmers and citrus growers.
List of Children of James E. Allen & Matilda Willis-Allen:
Zacheus 18 b. AL Survivor of Civil War (age 32)
Jesse Wesley 16 b. AL Survivor of Civil War (age 30)
Leanora 14 b. AL
Jeremiah 12 b. AL Killed in Civil War – Age 26 (b)
Susan 10 b. AL
John J 7 b. AL Killed in Civil War – Age 21 (c)
William H 5 b. AL Killed in Civil War – Age 19 (a)
Emilie 4 b. AL
George J 2 b. AL
Also See 1850 Census in Pike Co. AL
Jesse served the Confederate States Army along with his four brothers in the 9th FL Regiment Company C. His three younger brothers were all killed in the Civil War. He was honorable discharged along with his older brother at Appomattox, VA while serving under General Robert E. Lee.
The siege of Petersburg lasted from June 15, 1864 – March 25, 1865 the youngest three brothers were killed leaving only the oldest brothers, Zacheus Allen and Jesse Wesley Allen.
Brothers killed in Civil War in Petersburg, VA:
(a) ALLEN, WILLIAM H. age 19 was 1st to die when he was wounded Jun 6, 1862 & died of Typhoid Fever June 13, 1862 in Petersburg, VA hospital – He is buried in Blandford Cemetery
(b) ALLEN, JEREMIAH He was killed in Petersburg, VA during siege of record 1864. He is buried in Blandford Cemetery, Petersburg, VA
(c) ALLEN, JOHN JAMES Killed COLD HARBOR 3JUN1864 on PICKET LINE. He was shot in the head and admitted to hospital 9/14/1864 – He also is buried in Blandford Cemetery, Petersburg, VA
1910 Capt Samuel E Hope provided written statement about five (5)Allen Brothers, who served under his command. He states the following information about the three who were killed 1864 in St Petersburg, VA and may be buried at Blandford Cemetery, St Petersburg, VA.
Civil War Service Records:
JWA applied for soldier's pension at Inverness, Florida (Citrus Co.) on December 23, 1901 and approved for same on February 25, 1903. Under the Act of 1909, Jesse W. Allen filed another application for Soldier's Pension Claim on July 28, 1909.
JW Allen's original signature is on Soldier's Application for Pension filed with the State of Florida December 23, 1902. It was filed in Citrus Co. FL and maintained in the Florida Archives. Within that application he submitted an affidavit verifying Feb 24th, 1835 as his birth date in Pike Co, AL. He listed his PO Address as: Stage Pond, FLA.
He also attests that he enlisted in the Confederate States Army in Brooksville, FL - Hernando Co, Fl in June or July of 1861. His company served under General Lee at Appomattox, VA and he was honorably discharge May 13th, 1865, upon Lee's surrender, May 9, 1865. Samuel E. Hope, his company commander, signed a witnessed verification in the above application for pension. Hope swore to JW's service and his Honorable Discharge in the State of Virginia.
JWA was awarded the Southern Cross of Honor by the United Daughters of the Confederacy. (See further info below.) It is held in safe keeping by his great-granddaughter, Mickie Allen Leonard. Enlarge photo to right to read inscription.
Upon his return from Civil War Jesse and his older brother continued to farm their citrus crops in Western Central Florida. It is there on February 25, 1866 he married Lucy McNabb (born in GA) in Putnam County, Florida.
Several years after later he sought work with the famous Henry Flagler who was extending the Florida East Coast Railroad (FEC) from St. Augustine, FL thru Miami to Key West and building a hotel in Miami. Jesse worked and lived the remainder of his life in Miami-Dade County. He died of "Acute Indigestion" March 10, 1910 in Miami-Dade County, FL and is buried in the Old Miami City Cemetery in the Civil War Veteran's Memorial Circle.
Upon JWA's death his wife, Lucy McNabb (1842-1914)filed an application for Soldier's Widow Pension, March 25, 1910. These files are also filed and maintained in the Florida Archives. Lucy soon left Miami and lived out her life in Marion County, FL with their daughter, Laurel. Lucy is buried in Hill of Rest Cemetery - Citrus County, Floral City, Florida.
Jesse and Lucy had 12 children. Alice, Lucy, George, Marvin, Anderson Lee, Austin, Laurel & Lorena (twins), Pearl Mildred, Rosa and the youngest son, Eugene. Anderson Lee Allen died March 31, 1922, at age 48 in a R.R. Accident. He is also buried in the Miami City Cemetery due south of the Civil War Veteran's Memorial Circle.
The following is JW Allen's lineage through his youngest son, Eugene B. Allen:
Eugene Bridges Allen married Maud Rema Lawton-Allen (b. New Orleans, LA) in Miami, FL. Eugene served as a Conductor on the Florida East Coast Railway, traveling from Jacksonville to Key West. When Eugene retired he was awarded a gold watch for his years of service. It is also held in safe keeping by his granddaughter, Mickie Allen Leonard. In 1961 Eugene Bridges Allen died of colon cancer and was buried in Flagler Memorial - Miami-Dade County.
JWA was grandfather to Eugene & Rema's only child, a daughter: Mildred Lenora Allen was born August 23, 1918 in Miami, died July 19, 2008 in Fort Lauderdale, Broward Co., FL with burial in Evergreen Cemetery; Mildred attended Miami-Edison High School and married William B. Leonard (b.3/10/1919-d.3/15/1988, who is also buried in Evergreen Cemetery-Ft Laud, FL). Mildred (pictured to right) lived most of her life in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
JWA was Great Grandfather of: Leslie Allen Leonard, Jerald Allen Leonard, Mickie Allen Leonard(Hensler-Norman).
JWA was GG Grandfather of: Raymond Allen Hensler, Robert Paul Norman and William Franklin Norman, Shannon Darlene Leonard and Shawn Leonard.
GGG Grandfather of: Carson Monroe Hensler and Harper Rae Hensler: Shawn Gregory Leonard.
A Southern Cross of Honor was awarded to J. W. Allen. When and by which UDC Chapter is unknown. The Cross is in the possession and safe keeping of J. W.'s great, granddaughter, Mickie Allen Leonard (Hensler-Norman), of Fort Lauderdale, Florida and Nashville, Tennessee.
The Southern Cross of Honor was a military decoration meant to honor soldiers and veterans of the Confederate states. During the War Between the States, there were shortages of metals and many medals were not minted or awarded. In Atlanta, 1898, members of the United Daughters of the Confederacy decided to produce the original medal. Over the next few years, tens of thousands medals were awarded to Confederate veterans who had provided "loyal, honorable service to the south and given in recognition of this devotion". Only a Confederate veteran could wear the Southern Cross of Honor, and it could only be bestowed through the UDC.
Lucy McNabb Allen (1842 - 1914)
Anderson Lee Allen (1874 - 1922)*
Eugene Bridges Allen (1886 - 1961)*
Miami City Cemetery
Plot: West side within Civil War Memorial Circle
Created by: Mickie Allen Leonard (He...
Record added: Sep 30, 2006
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