William Y. Allen Letters, 1842, 1878
William Youel Allen (1805â€�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.
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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William Y. Allen Letters, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
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