Eliza W. Allen (1838 - 1886)

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Birthplace: Harris, Texas, United States
Death: Died in San Antonio, Bexar, Texas, United States
Cause of death: consumption
Managed by: Fay Baldwin
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About Eliza W. Allen

Eliza W. Allen, dau. of Augustus Chapman Allen and Charlotte M. Baldwin, was b. in Houston ('FIRST CHILD BORN IN HOUSTON'), Texas on July 18, 1838; m. 1st on Apr. 20,1859 in Harris Co., with FRANCIS B. CHASE, of New Hampshire. He was b. Aug.23,1830. He was Superintendent of the Central Railroad from its commencement until his death, which occurred on Nov. 20,1859; not long after his marriage. No children.She m. 2nd, on Sept. 21,1862, with Maj. JAMES CONVERSE, son of James Converse. He was b. in Aurora,Ohio on Sept. 28,1828. He was for twenty-one years the Chief Engineer of the Galveston, Harrisburg, and San Antonio Railroad and General Superintendent of the same for several years until the road was sold to the Southern Pacific Company.

Children (by Converse) were: James (11/22/1863; d. Brooklyn, NY), infant (11/26/1866; died in infancy) and Thomas Pierce (7/11/1876; named after Thomas Pierce of Boston, Mass., formerly Pres. of Galveston, Harrisburg and San Antonio Railroad).

Despite some records that show her name as Martha E. Allen; I believe that the M. on the marriage records etc simple refer to the prefix of 'Miss'. All other records use Eliza W. Allen.'

  • 1859 marriage record: Miss Eliza Allen m Francis B. Chase in Harris Co.,Texas on Apr. 20,1859.
  • 1870 census: Eliza (31) and husband James Converse (40) live at home of her mother Charlotte (65) in Houston. James in a Civil Engineer. Charlotte b. NY; Eliza b. Texas, James b. Ohio.
  • 1880 census: Eliza (39) and James (50) with son Pierce (3) in Houston, Texas. He is a railroad superintendent.
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Eliza Allen's Timeline

1838
July 18, 1838
Harris, Texas, United States
1859
April 20, 1859
Age 20
Harris, Texas, United States
1862
September 21, 1862
Age 24
Houston, Harris, Texas, United States
1863
November 22, 1863
Age 25
1866
November 26, 1866
Age 28
1876
July 13, 1876
Age 37
Houston, Harris, Texas, United States
1886
April 14, 1886
Age 47
San Antonio, Bexar, Texas, United States
April 16, 1886
Age 47
Houston, Harris, Texas, United States