Post by benotforgot on Apr 18, 2006 22:45:34 GMT -6
THE EVOLUTION OF A STATE or Recollections of Old Texas Days by Noah Smithwick 1808 ~ 1899
Free Inhabitants in Milam & Williamson district in the County of Williamson, State of Texas enumerated by me in 1850, T. J. Allen*, Ass't Marshal ...
1017 170 181 Smithwick Noah 42 M Blacksmith 1000 N. Carolina
1018 170 181 Smithwick Therza 42 F Kentucky
1019 170 181 Smithwick Edward 9 M Texas
1020 170 181 Smithwick Martha 7 F Texas
1021 170 181 Smithwick Nancy 4 F Texas
1022 170 181 Smithwick Therza 2 F Texas
Even before 1850, as evidenced by his writings, Milam County was the stomping ground of Texas frontiersman Noah Smithwick. Among his reminiscences, Smithwick writes of his life experiences on the San Gabriel, Little River and Brushy Creek as they appeared in the original Milam County. The full text of this century-old Texas classic is available online at ...
* T. J. Allen = Thomas J. Allen = 3rd husband of :: Matilda Connell Allen Allen nee Roberts (1808-1879) :: who was an older sister of my 3rd-great-grandmother, Mahala Sharp Hall nee Roberts (1816-1885). Both were daughters of early Texas alcalde, Elisha Roberts (1774-1844). Vickie.Everhart@gmail.com
Post by benotforgot on Apr 18, 2006 22:53:20 GMT -6
In his earlier writings of life in Texas before it was Texas, Smithwick also makes mention of the following people who have Milam County connections ...
... The darkest stain on the annals of the Redlands - and I only mention it here to illustrate the evil results of mob law - was the hanging of a man by the name of Luny by an excited populace. The victim, in company with one Connel*, had served a term in the United States army, and on being discharged at old Fort Jessup, near Nachitoches, invested their savings in general merchandise, opening a store in the Redlands, where they were well liked, Connel marrying old Elisha Robins' [sic] daughter*. Robins* [sic] was one of the most prominent men in that section....
* In 1834 John Connell dies at Viesca (Milam). He is survived by two children (including :: John H. Connell, Jr. :: born abt. 1833), as well as his wife, Matilda (Roberts) Connell (daughter of Texas pioneer, Elisha Roberts*). Connell moved to Texas as a young man with Sterling C. Robertson. He had established a mercantile business in Texas, and soon acquired considerable property.
Post by benotforgot on Apr 18, 2006 23:04:21 GMT -6
Samuel T. Allen, native of New York State, was an early citizen of Viesca (later Milam County). In 1832 he was arrested and imprisoned at Anahuac, with Patrick Jack, W. B. Travis, and Monroe Edwards, by the Mexican Colonel Bradburn. Their release was effected by the armed demands of a band of fellow Texans led by William H. Jack. A member of the General Council in 1835, he attended the Consultation of the same year as a delegate from Milam. He represented the same district in the House of Representatives of the First Congress, 1836-1837. Sometime after 1834, Allen married Hester [sic] Roberts Connell, daughter of Elisha Roberts of the 1833 Convention, and widow of John Connell of the ’32 Convention. He fought in the last part of the Texas Revolution. The owner of twenty thousand acres of land, Allen was killed by the Indians at three forks of the Trinity, in November 1838.
See History of McLennan, Falls, Bell, and Coryell Counties, 785; Johnson-Barker, Texas and Texans, I, 69; Texas Historical Quarterly, VII, 260; House Journal of the First Congress of the Republic; Journal of the Consultation of 1835.
SOURCE: Biographical Directory of the Texan Conventions and Congresses, 1832-1845, Austin, TX: Book Exchange, 1941. Sesquicentennial Re-print Edition, San Augustine, TX: S. Malone Printer, Sons of the Republic of Texas, 1986, p. 43.
In 1835 Matilda (Roberts) Connell marries Samuel Tabor Allen (1809-1838). He is a delegate from Viesca (Milam) to the Consultation of 1835 and is a member of the General Council. Allen was active in prerepublic politics and was arrested and imprisoned with William B. Travis and others during the Anahuac Disturbances in 1832. In 1836 Allen represents Milam in the House of Representatives of the First Congress, 1836-37. In 1838 Samuel Tabor Allen dies in the Battle Creek Massacre on the 8th of October. Joseph P. Jones from Milam County also dies that day. William Smith of Milam County is one of the few survivors out of the more than twenty in the original party of surveyors. Allen is survived by two children, two stepchildren and his wife, Matilda Connell Allen nee Roberts.
Post by benotforgot on Apr 18, 2006 23:46:04 GMT -6
On July 30th, 1850, Matilda Connell Allen nee Roberts conveys to Bell County (formerly Milam) out of the Connell League, one hundred and twenty acres of land on which was to be located the permanent county seat of Bell County. It is on this land that Belton is now built.
Free Inhabitants in Milam & Williamson district in the County of Williamson, State of Texas enumerated by me in 1850, T. J. Allen, Ass't Marshal ...
507 82 91 Allen Thomas J. 44 M Farmer 25000 Connecticut
508 82 91 Allen Matilda F. 41 F Kentucky
509 82 91 Allen T. Henry 21 M Merchant Connecticut
Post by benotforgot on Apr 18, 2006 23:49:40 GMT -6
Sam Locklin, longtime Milam County resident, penned the following info in 1940.
After Grandfather Locklin, Grandmother Fokes and my mother moved here, other families moved in and bought land in my grandmother's league. Uncle Charles Fokes moved in next to my mother, Aunt Pamela Guthrie's was the next house, then the Hamblins, the Gordons and further up was the widow Allen's. She was the one who donated land for Belton to become the county seat of Bell County. . . .
John Fulcher lived on Dires Creek near Old Sunshine. He was one of the commissioners who were appointed to survey Bell County, which was cut off of Milam County. The court in Cameron ordered them to get a surveyor and survey the county to select the most suitable place for the county seat, near as they could get to the center. Bell County's seat also needed to be in a place where there was plenty of wood and water. The surveyors were also to either buy 250 acres of land, or get a donation and lay the town off for a courthouse and jail and such buildings as would be needed at that time. There were 150 acres donated for the town by the widow Allen. She once lived on the San Gabriel, six miles above where we lived. I knew her well. . . .