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Rev Thomas Hooe Allin
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Birth: Mar. 8, 1821
Mercer County
Kentucky, USA
Death: Mar. 12, 1889
Los Angeles County
California, USA

THOMAS became a member of the Missouri Legislature in 1862. At that time, he had large land holdings in the Missouri Valley. He refused an offer of $58,000 in gold for his home plantation at the edge of Lexington; after the War he was glad to get $3,800 for it. He was president of the St. Louis, Lexington and Kansas City Railroad, which he was building with some friends. When war broke out the Missouri Legislature was divided on the question of secession. Several members of the Legislature known to favor remaining in the Union were absent when the vote was about to be taken. Over strenuous objection of Secessionists, THOMAS filibustered for three days while Union supporters were travelling to Jefferson City. When the vote was finally taken, the Unionists won by a single vote.

The Governor gave THOMAS a major's commission, had him raise an armed force, and sent him to Fort Mulligan, then held by Unionists at Lexington. As Major ALLIN entered Lexington frm the East, the Confederate General STERLING PRICE entered from the South to besiege Fort Mulligan. Major ALLIN and General PRICE had been partners in business in Keytesville, Missouri, but they differed in politics. Even though both were slave holders, THOMAS believed the Union should be maintained while PRICE favored secession. Major ALLIN was surprised in Lexington and was taken prisoner by General PRICE, who then gave him a parole on condition that he neither raise nor command troops in Missouri. "This parole subsequently saved the Major's life when he was captured at his home by ANDERSON and his outlaw gang and was ordered shot. The Major said to ANDERSON, 'Captain, you better read this parole before you allow that order carried out'...ANDERSON read it and handed it to JESSIE JAMES who read it and handed it to BOB YOUNGER, who said, "We'll risk it.' Then COLE YOUNGER said, 'We better let the Major go than to have PRICE's whole army and scouts after us." So they rode away and left the Major still standing against the big oak tree." [009]

THOMAS HOOE ALLIN was educated in Danville, Kentucky. He became an attorney-at-law by profession, moving to Lexington, Lafayette County, Missouri, where he was made a member of the legislature in 1861. At that time, he was also President of the St. Louis, Lexington and Kansas City Railroad. When the Civil War broke out in 1861 he was commissioned a Major in the Union Army by the Governor, and was sent to Ft. Mulligan, in Lexington. Fort Mulligan subsequently fell to the Confederate Army commanded by General STERLING PRICE, a former business partner of THOMAS HOOE ALLIN's, and THOMAS was made his prisoner. On his word of honor, which General PRICE said he preferred to his bond, Major THOMAS ALLIN was given parole and allowed to go any place in Missouri on condition that he would not raise or command an army in Missouri. [Bio, photos provided by Michael Jones]
Family links: 
  Catherine White Hays Allin (1821 - 1906)
  Walter Allin (1843 - 1904)*
  Anna Allin Allen (1845 - 1931)*
  Julia Allin Tate (1848 - 1928)*
  Luther Allin (1850 - 1911)*
  Jewett Allin (1854 - 1936)*
  Ella Maude Allin Lander (1856 - 1933)*
  Katherine M. Allin West (1861 - 1939)*
*Calculated relationship
Forest Hills Cemetery
Hamilton County
Tennessee, USA
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Originally Created by: David Lander
Record added: Jul 08, 2007
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Rev Thomas Hooe Allin
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Rev Thomas Hooe Allin
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Rev Thomas Hooe Allin
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