University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

William Y. Allen Letters, 1842, 1878

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Allen, William Y.
Title: William Y. Allen letters
Dates: 1842, 1878
Abstract: William Y. Allen was a Minister and educator in Kentucky and the Republic of Texas. Photostat copies of letters by Allen, arranged chronologically.
Identification: urn:taro:utexas.cah.00724
Extent: 2 items
Language: English .
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

William Youel Allen (1805�1885) was a Presbyterian minister in Kentucky, Texas, and Indiana. He worked for a black colonization society in Pennsylvania before traveling to Texas in March 1838. Allen was chaplain of the Texas Senate in 1838, and organized a church in Houston in March 1839, as well as another in Austin in October. In 1840 he founded a church in Columbia, Texas. Allen participated in the organization of the Presbytery of the Brazos in April 1840. He returned to Kentucky in 1842, served as president of Danville College and later as pastor in Bethany, Kentucky.

Source: Austin Seminary Archives, Stitt Library.

Scope and Contents

Photostat copies of letters by Allen. The first,written to his family, is a lengthy account of Allen's journey from Texas to Kentucky in February 1842 via New Orleans and the Mississippi River. The second, to Rev. E.B. Wright, October 24, 1878, is a reminiscence of the establishment of Presbyterian churches in Texas.


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Index Terms

Personal Names
Allen, William Y. (William Youd), 1805-1885
Presbyterian Church
Mississippi River Valley
New Orleans

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

William Y. Allen Letters, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Detailed Description of the Collection


2L289 [SRH1230009611] Letters, 1842, 1878