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INDIAN WARS AND PIONEERS OF TEXAS.
Samuel L. Allen was married late in life, being
considerably above fifty years of age. He
was united in marriage to Miss Margaret E.
Caffrey, of Yazoo County, Miss., daughter of
Margaret P. and her husband, Thomas T. Caffrey.
Mr. Allen resided in Houston until his death,
which occurred in his eighty-seventh year. He left
an only child, a son, named Augustus C. Allen in
honor of Mr. Allen's deceased brother, one of the
founders of the city of Houston. His son is a
practicing attorney of learning and.ability, and
occupies an enviable position at the bar in that city
and his section of the State.
Benjamin Chapman settled at Saratoga, N. Y
When the Revolutionary War ended. He was con
tissioned Captain of a company by Governor Clil
ton of New York, and fought for the independenc
of the American colonies from the inception of th
struggle in 1776 to its close in 1783. He and hi
devoted wife, who during the absence of her hus
head in the army performed several deeds o
heroisr (as did many of the women of that tryinl
beriod) went industriously to work to repair thei
atb fortunes, neither daunted or depressed
co'nIt they were comparatively homeless, theii
o.o lloua residence, situated on a high and eon
esant O Point, having been burned by a detachWit'
of British troops as a signal to other forces
wpith hich they were co-operating. Despite the
trivations and dangers they had encountered and
thean anCial losses that they sustained, Mr. ChapWin
ad his wife were happy at the return of whitewin
ged Peace to the long distracted land
each Other's love, happy because of the freedom
helaed by their country and the fact that they had
eraled to gain it, and happy in their children, seval
of whom were sons (all of whom were afterwards
successful in life) and two daughters, the
YOungest of whom, Sarah, was wooed and won by
iie and his fair voung bride made their first home
in the village of Canasareaugh, N. Y., and where he
boght an Indian clearing consisting of a considerable
tract of ground on which was situated a substantial
five or six-room log-house surrounded by
several acres in cultivation. Here, in 1806, their
frst child, Augustus C. Allen, was born. He was
so delicate that they had faint hope of raising him
to manhood. The atmosphere in his room was kept
at an even temperature night and day and every
means that parental affection could sugget was
. employed to tide him over the critical point
of infancy. As other and sturdier boys grew
up about them they were assigned such labors
Me and duties as came within their strength,
le but the first born was kept at school until
is he graduated at the Polytechnic in the village of
Chittenango, N. Y., at that time the famous school
if of the section. The adjacent villages of Canasag
reaugh and Chittenango, both bearing Indian names,
r were about fifteen miles distant from the important
, town of Syracuse in the same State. After gradur
ating, Augustus C. Allen became a professor of
mathematics in the Polytechnic School at Chittenango;
but finally decided to seek a wider field and
accepted a position in the city of New York as
bookkeeper for H.
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