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PVT, CO K, 11 TEXAS INFANTRY.
Although A. J. "Jack" Allen has not been located in the 1850 census it is believed that he was already a resident of Henderson County or Anderson County, Texas. Records note that by 1853 A. J. Allen owned property in Henderson county.
The Henderson County marriage records confirm Andrew J. Allen and one Jane E. Clark were married the 15th of June 1853. Not much is known of this union except it's recording in the East Texas records. In all probability
Jane Clark Allen deceased before the 1860 census since she was not enumerated with A. J. Allen in that census year. Jack and Jane did have a son, John A. Allen, who was born 6 August 1857 at Bethel, Anderson County, TX. Jane and Jack were together at least four years. Perhaps other records can be located on Jane’s family. There were a number of Clark families in the East Texas area where Jane and Jack Allen married but no Clark family connection for Jane has been established to date.
That Jane Clark Allen deceased or disappeared is verified when A. J. Allen married his third wife, Mary McLeod Smith (widow of R. S. Smith), December 31, 1858 in Anderson County, TX. Jack and Mary are enumerated in the 1860 census, on a farm, in Anderson County, Texas (Bethel Post Office). Along with Mary and his children Nancy Ann Allen age 9 and John A. Allen age 3 were her children Mary Smith age 15 and T. Ella Smith age 7.
Mary McLeod was the daughter of Alexander and Jane McLeod (McCloud), some say she was born in Mississippi Territory in 1811 and she was a number of years older than "Jack" Allen. Mary's parents and their children moved to Caddo Parish, Louisiana near the community of Greenwood
after 1830 and then moved again into East Texas. Mary's first marriage to R. S. Smith was in Louisiana about 1839 where their children Mary and Ella were born. It is believed they later moved to the Henderson - Anderson County Texas area and it is thought her husband died there about the year 1857. Mary McLeod Smith and "Jack" Allen were united at a time both needed a new spouse to care for the children of each and support the family. A family anecdote indicates Jack Allen may have "advertised" for his wife but research has not validated the story. Mary's age as somewhat older than Jack might give credence to such an occurrence and she most certainly needed a man to support her two young Smith daughters while Jack needed a woman to mother his two young motherless children, Nancy Ann and John A. Allen. Mary became the only mother the four children really knew.
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In the 1850 census, Mary McLeod is listed with Robert Smith in Sabine County, Texas with several children including John, William & Mary.
In the 1860 census, Robert Smith (he died 1862) is still in the same area of Sabine County with sons John & William who are listed 10 years older. In the same census, Mary is with A J Allen in Anderson County with daughter Mary Smith (10 years older) & Ella Smith (born after 1850) along with A J's children.
Given the marriage date, Mary McLeod Smith Allen must have divorced/left Robert Smith. Also, in 1860 census, she is listed as being 4 years older than A J, not 14 years older.
Hiram S Allen (1789 - 1853)
Elizabeth Williams Allen (1803 - 1856)
Mary Ann McLeod Allen (1811 - 1896)*
Sarah Parthenia Wood Allen (1822 - 1851)*
Jane E. Clark Allen (1825 - 1857)*
Nancy Ann Allen Jobes (1851 - 1919)*
John A. Allen (1857 - 1941)*
Jabitha Allen Hannar (1820 - ____)*
Andrew Jackson Allen (1825 - 1911)
Claiborn W Allen (1828 - ____)*
H. D. Allen (1845 - 1922)*
Maintained by: Toby
Originally Created by: Jim Davenport
Record added: Dec 25, 2008
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