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Samuel . A4llme and the rexas ReolutioH
Edited by MARC S. SIMMONS
A INTERESTING BUT LITTLE KNOWN FIGURE OF THE TEXAS
revolutionary period was Samuel Tabor Allen.' Of Eng-
lish ancestry, he was born in Connecticut on July 19g,
1809. His father was Thomas Allen, his mother Eunice Johnson.
Samuel had two older brothers, Thomas J. and Caleb, born in
1805 and 1807 respectively, and three younger sisters, Eunice,
Emily, and Lucy.
The prospect of cheap land and a chance to claim his fortune
led Samuel Allen at the early age of twenty-one to emigrate to
Texas. Arriving in the Mexican province by ship from New
Orleans on July 21, 183o, he bought a mule and set out to view
the country. Within a month, he was convinced that he had found
the "eden of North America ... the fairest spot on earth," and
he enthusiastically wrote his brother Caleb, urging him to hasten
to Texas and establish himself in business.
In 1832, Allen was one of that group of "most prominent,
popular, and useful citizens of Anahuac and Liberty" who were
imprisoned without authority of the law by the customs collector,
John D. Bradburn.2 Three years later, he appeared at the general
consultation of November, 1835, as a delegate from the munici-
pality of Viescas in the Sterling C. Robertson Colony. At that
1Photostats of the two letters by Samuel T. Allen are presently in the possession
of his great-great granddaughter, Betty Allen of Houston. Miss Allen, who was
given the letters by her grandfather, graciously provided the writer with copies of
them as well as a number of the biographical details in the introduction. She is
uncertain whether the original letters are extant.
2John Henry Brown, History of Texas (2 vols.; St. Louis ), I, 178.
3Viesca was reorganized by the same Consultation which officially changed its
name to Milam.
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 68, July 1964 - April, 1965. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101198/. Accessed April 20, 2014.