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Lieut Jesse K. Allen

  • Birth 5 Sep 1828 Kingston, Roane County, Tennessee, USA
  • Death 15 Aug 1858 Yakima, Yakima County, Washington, USA
  • Burial Hillsboro, Montgomery County, Illinois, USA
  • Memorial ID 9443792

Lieut. Jesse K. Allen

Was born in Kingston, TN., September 5, 1828. At an early age, went with his parents to Hillsboro, IL., which was about the time of the location of the county seat of Montgomery County, when there were but very few residents in the town.

Jesse's father William Allen, was born in Kingston, Roane County, TN., January 15, 1799, and was married to Mary K. Killingsworth, the mother of Jesse K. Allen, to whom were born eleven children.

Jesse attended such academy as far as means could be afforded him, and it was here he gave promise of the future man. He was here noted for his industry and untiring energy in his efforts to acquire an education. He particularly excelled in mathematics and those studies which called more particularly for the exercise of the reasoning faculties. He was held in very high esteem by the Faculty of the Hillsboro Academy, which was at the period second to none in the State.

Lieut. Allen, having finished the school course at the military academy, looked about him for something to do. At this time, there happened to be a vacancy in the cadetship from his Congressional District, and, through Gen. Shields and his friends in Hillsboro, and the then Representative in Congress, the appointment to West Point was secured to him.
He was a Cadet at the United States Military Academy, Sep. 1, 1851, to July 1, 1855, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to Bvt. Second Lieut. of Infantry, July 1, 1855. He graduated with honor and distinction.
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After he graduated, he was appointed Lieutenant in Company B of the 9th Infantry, in garrison at Ft. Columbus, NY., 1855, — and Ft. Monroe, VA. He was appointed full Second Lieut., 9th Infantry, Oct. 16, 1855.

He was transferred to frontier duty at Ft. Vancouver, Wash., 1856, — Yakima Expedition, 1856, — Ft. Simcoe, Wash., 1856‑58, — and in Scouting, 1858, being engaged in the surprise of a party of Yakima Indians, where he was killed, Aug. 15, 1858, on the Upper Yakima, Wash.: Aged 28.

About 3 o'clock on the morning of the 15th of August, 1858, in the moment of accomplishing a successful surprise on a camp of Indians, he was shot down, and thus, in his early manhood, and while the dew of youth was on his brow, he was called upon to die the death of a soldier. He died as he had lived – in the line of duty. Buried, Oak Grove Cemetery, Hillsboro, IL.

He had a brother who was killed during the Civil War, Dr William A Allen, memorial # 56812927


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  • Maintained by: Ancestral Sleuth
  • Originally Created by: Bev
  • Added: 10 Sep 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 9443792
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Lieut Jesse K. Allen (5 Sep 1828–15 Aug 1858), Find A Grave Memorial no. 9443792, citing Oak Grove Cemetery, Hillsboro, Montgomery County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Ancestral Sleuth (contributor 48171177) .