Matilda Roberts Mar 2, 2005 3:13:40 GMT -6
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Matilda Roberts Connell Allen Allen
Matilda Fair Roberts, daughter of Elisha & Martha Gil Roberts, was born in Kentucky on 12 Jun 1808, & came to Texas with her parents about 1822. She was married in 1830 to John H. Connell, a native of Pennsylvania, who had come to Texas in 1826 with Sterling C. Robertson. Connell was a merchant & at the convention of 1832 he represented Mill Creek, in present Austin County. During Connell's lifetime, he acquired a considerable estate. He died & was buried at Viesca in 1834. Mr. & Mrs. Connell were the parents of two children: John H. Jr., who married Jennie Howlett; & Josephine, the wife of Anderson Hamblen.
On 11 Dec 1834, Matilda F. Connell was granted a Colonial Headright League. The title to the land, which later fell into Bell County, was dated 3 Feb 1835. Mrs. Connell is listed as one of the earliest settlers on the Leon River and experienced many of the hardships & dangers along with much sorrow during those early days. She was married in 1835 to Samuel T. Allen, a prominent early Texas settler from New York.
Allen was one of those who had been arrested & imprisoned with William B. Travis during the Anahuac disturbances in 1832. The act which had brought about the disturbances was the arrest, by Juan Davis Bradburn, of Travis & Patrick C. Jack. Local citizens demanded a release of the prisoners, adopted the Turtle Bayou Resolutions, which brought on the Battle of Velasco & resulted in Bradburn losing his command.
On 17 Jan 1836, his name appeared on the muster roll of Capt. S. C. Robertson's Company of Rangers, which was organized at Viesca. When Stephen F. Austin returned to Texas from two years imprisonment in Mexico, he learned that an official call had gone out for a consultation. Believing that it might be the means of obtaining support from Mexican liberals opposed to Santa Anna's centralistic tendencies, he lent his support to the call. Elections were held throughout Texas for delegates & Samuel T. Allen was elected from the municipality of Viesca. On 1 Nov 1835, the Consultation met in San Felipe de Austin & Allen was appointed to the committee "to make a Declaration, setting forth to the world the causes that impelled us to take up arms, & the object for which we fight." He represented Milam in the House of Representatives of the First Congress held in 1836-37.
On 8 Oct 1838, while working with a survey crew of 25 men, Samuel T. Allen was killed by the Kickapoo Indians during the Battle Creek Massacre, which occurred near Dawson, Navarro County. The Texas State Historical Survey Committee erected an official marker at the site. It bears Allen's name.
There were two children born to Samuel T. & Matilda Connell Allen. They were Thomas R. Allen, born 13 Apr 1836, & Eunice Amelia Allen, born in 1838. Eunice Amelia was first married to Judge Edward Hughes Vontress, who served the District Court at Georgetown when the Civil War began. He enlisted in the Confederate Army & was killed by lightning in Louisiana in 1862. Later, she was married to Col. John Trousdale Coffee.
In 1847, Matilda was married again. This time to Thomas J. Allen, the brother of her second husband. During this marriage the Allens donated 120 acres of the Matilda F. Connell League to Bell County, on which to establish a county seat. He died with yellow fever while editor of the Galveston Journal in about 1853.
A remarkable woman in many respects, Matilda Connell Allen lived until 3 Apr 1879. She died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. John T. (Eunice A.) Coffee, in Georgetown, where she was buried in the Old San Gabriel Cemetery.
Submitted by Mrs. R. C. Coffee
See also ::
Rockdale Public Library. Story of Bell County, Texas. Vol. 1. 1988. Reprint 1998.