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Allen W. Arledge

Birthdate: (32)
Birthplace: Acquired land in Bienville Parish, LA in 1860; Rapides HOH 1860 census
Death: October 1862 (32)
Tupelo, MS; had lived in Alexandria, LA; Co E 16th LA Inf; died in Civil War camp (of measles?); Bur. in unmarked grave near Tupelo, MS
Immediate Family:

Son of John W. Arledge and Moriah Lou Low
Husband of Eliza Arledge
Father of Harmon Drew Arledge; Henry Allen Arledge; John W. Arledge; Elizabeth "Betsy" Arledge; Thomas Anderson Arledge and 1 other
Brother of Jonathan Arledge; Isaac Arledge; Frances Arledge and Mary Elizabeth Arledge

Managed by: Pam Wilson
Last Updated:

About Allen W. Arledge

From the files of Pam Wilson's Arledge Family History Project:

(Most of this research was carried out by Joy Moore)

Allen was the first born child of John W. and Moriah, born July 23, 1830 in Bienville Parish and stayed there until his marriage. On the 1840 census for John, his father, from Claiborne Parish, there were no names, only shown to be a boy 10-15 years old, which is the first census Allen is shown on. . He married Eliza Anderson on February 23, 1851. . This document is of record in Bienville Parish, LA. Eliza's parents have not been documented so far but there is evidence that her father could be John Anderson who owned the land next to John W. Arledge in Bienville or he could be D. B. Anderson of that Parish who brought his family from South Carolina, through Alabama. We do know that D. B. Anderson had a daughter Elizabeth who was deceased at the time that the "Bio & History of NW La 1890" was written.

Allen moved to Rapides Parish after his marriage to Eliza, where all the children except Thomas Anderson were born. Thomas Anderson Arledge was born in Freestone co TX, Allen and Eliza had 6 children, being John, Harmon Drew, Elizabeth, Frances (sometimes called Francinea), Thomas Anderson and Henry Allen.

The 1850 census and the 1860 census shows Allen and Johnathan as head of households. In 1860 the McBrides are neighbors to Johnathon as is James Brinkley, father to Mary C. Brinkley.

On the 1860 census, we find the families living close together, i.e. Allen, Johnathon, McBrides and Brinkleys.

On the 25th and 26th day of April, 1862, both Allen W. and Johnathon joined the Confederate Army enlisting in Company E of the 16th Louisiana Infantry from Alexandria. In January of that year, New Orleans fell to the Yankees and in March, the battle of Shiloh occurred and the Louisiana Governor gave a call to arms. There was a Francis Aldridge in Co. E, 16th Infantry who is presumed to have died at Shiloh. Whether there was a connection or not we do not know. According to Art Bergnon's book, the 16th was in several battles, and on June 21, 1862, Johnathon was discharged which leads me to believe he was injured. He returned to Newton County, Texas, where the family had fled.

Allen never returned home from the Civil War and the Military Muster Card dated July 1 to October 31, 1862, shows him absent and in hospital. The next card states he died of disease in Tupelo, MS but under initial J. W. Aldridge and the death date January 28, 1862, received on January 2, 1864. This card was signed by J. B. Hyatt, copyist, at Confed. Arch., Chap. 10, File No. 6, page 2. You will note that he was present on roll until June, 1862. Rolls from August 1862 until October 31, 1862, absent, sick in hospital. These cards were gathered and recorded years after the war when pensions were to be made to the survivors. Lots of records were lost or destroyed by the Rebels in fear of retaliation by the Yanks so the best we can say is he died on or around October 31, 1862, near Tupelo, MS of disease. most likely the measles that decimated so many men. Family records suggested that he had died either in Virginia or Mississippi of the measles.

Back at home near Alexandria, the Union force was moving North in a scorched earth drive. One General said they burned homes, fields, outhouses and even chicken houses. In the first part of 1863, they took control of Alexandria after shelling the city and surroundings with the big guns.

Thomas Anderson Arledge told his granddaughter Maude Allen that he could remember his mother, Eliza, hanging clothes and crying as she heard the guns shoot at Alexandria. He would have been about 3 years old at the time.

Now we go to the story gathered by Ada Presley when she compiled information to help McBride descendants. It goes like this. Eliza took the children by wagon to Texas to the old Jeff West place on what is now Highway 87 between Newton and Orange. A black man was driving the wagon and it was syrup making time in 1863 (which would make it the fall of the year). The Proclamation of Emancipation was signed in January, 1863". When he told the blacks they were free, they hoisted him on their shoulders and danced around.

Eliza arrived in Texas with her three sons and two daughters. She married Reece Hamilton (Hambletan) after Allen's death and they had four more children Marthan, John, Henrietta, and Robert Newton. In Newton County in 1870, we find the Hamiltons, McBrides,

Johnathon Arledge families all living close. While Reece Hamilton was shown on the censuses, the family members called him Old John. He was crippled in one hand.

While living in the area, all of the Arledge children married. Harmon Drew married Ellen Lenora Holmes, daughter of Thomas Major Holmes, Frances married William C. Powers, Elizabeth married Silas Bud Simmons, Thomas Anderson went back to Freestone County and married Ada Chancellor whose mother was Ellen Brinkley, sister to Mary C. Brinkley who had married his uncle. Henry Allen married Nancy Rosealtha West.

More about the McBride children as we come to them.

After the death of his father in the early 1840's, Allen apparently left his mother Mariah's home (she had remarried Thomas McBride and started a new family) and was enumerated in the 1850 Bienville Parish census living with his grandfather Robert Low. He and Eliza Anderson married soon after that, in February 1851.

1850 Bienville Parish LA Western District p. 251:[verified from Original]

  1. 71

Robert LOW 71 M Farmer NC

Nancy LOW 55 F NC

Susannah ALDRIDG 27 F ARK

Caroline LOW 17 F LA

T.M. LOW 16 M Laborer LA

Mary Ann RISER 9 F LA

Allen ALDRIDGE 20 M Laborer LA

Allen W. Arledge bought 84 acres of land in Bienville Parish in 1860, according to BLM records, although he and family were enumerated in the Rapides Parish census that year. Joy Moore sent a letter written by Ada Presley of DeRidder, LA, who wrote: "Allen W. Arledge and family [wife Eliza, sons John, Harmon, Betsey, Frances, Tom, Henry] lived in Rapides Parish near Hinton, Louisiana until he went to the Civil War April 26, 1862. Grandfather Allen died in Virginia."

Joy Moore wrote in a letter in 1999, based on an oral history tape by Joseph Wheeler Arledge: "J. Wheeler Arledge told the story someone came home that Allen "the old man" was riding his old horse as he went to war and got sick, told "the boys" to take his horse and go on. THey were fighting. They left him sitting by a tree and never saw him again. They actually believed he lived and moved away! Before he left hom he kissed his kids, gave them each a calf and a colt and left. This of course is all malarkey!!"

Maudie Allen Bellahs told Joy Moore they went from Alexandria area to the small settlement of Hineton near Alexandria, La. She was told they were near enough to the fort to hear guns of battle. Eliza would hang clothes to dry with tears rolling down her cheeks.

Ada Presley's letter continues: "Then Grandma [Eliza] and children moved to Newton County, Texas. They stopped first at the old Jeff West place on what is now Highway 87. It was syrup making time and Grandma had a Negro boy driving one of her wagons and when he told the Negroes working there that they had been freed they were so glad they picked him up ad carried him around."

"Grandma settled in Newton County and lived forty years on what is now the old (black) Tom Holmes place. Grandma married a few years after Grandpa died. She married a Mr. Reesy Hamilton. He had a small son by the name of Reese Jr. He grew up with the Arledge children [Harmon, Betsey, Frances, Tom, Henry]. There were four other Hamilton children born to them [Marthan, John, Henretta and Robert Newton]."

Eliza Anderson Arledge and her children were apparently joining her mother-in-law, Mariah Low Arledge McBride (mother of Allen W. Arledge), and her new family who had gone to Newton Co, TX shortly after 1860. Some time in the 1860's, Allen's brother John (b. 1833) and his wife Mary Brinkley also migrated from Rapides Parish to Newton Co, TX. So by 1870, Mariah and the families of her two sons were all in Newton County.

Mariah had remarried Thomas McBride in LA in about 1842 after the death of her husband John Arledge. The McBrides subsequently had 5 children (Milly, Nancy, Susannah, Thomas and Fielding). When they moved to Newton County, TX, they settled in the place known today as Hughes Fish Camp, Old Salem, TX. From there, Thomas McBride entered the Confederate Army about 1862, and apparently returned safely since he was listed in the 1870 census.

John and Mary Arledge left Newton County, TX to go to Oklahoma; their descendants now live in Love County, Oklahoma, where John is buried. It is not known what became of John and Mariah's other children: Isaac (b 1835), Frances (b. 1838) and Elizabeth (b. 1841). Allen and Eliza's son Harmon settled in Calcasieu Parish, LA (Niblet's Bluff, near Vinton). His brother Tom (Thomas Anderson Arledge) stayed in Newton Co, TX, although some of his descendants returned to Louisiana (Beauregard Parish), as did brother Henry and family. Most of Allen and Eliza's descendants today live in and around Beauregard and Calcasieu Parish, LA.


BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT - Eastern States, General Land Office


ARLEDGE, ALLEN W 9/1/1860 16060 LA1220__.256 (83.75 acres,

Bienville Co/Par. LA)

ARLEDGE, ERASMUS C 12/10/1885 1834 LA0350__.082 (159.68 acres,

Ouachita Co/Par. LA)

ARLEDGE, HARMON D 3/1/1892 3667 LA0380__.379 (160 acres,

Calcasieu Co/Par. LA)

ARLEDGE, ISAAC 8/2/1837 2165 LA0900__.330 (156 acres,

Bienville Co/Par. LA; comments: WILLIAM ARLEDGE)

ARLEDGE, ISAAC 8/2/1837 2166 LA0900__.331 (164.68 acres,


ARLEDGE,JEPHTHAH R 10/1/1860 16508 LA0740__.290 (320.55 acres in

Webster Co/Par. LA)

ARLEDGE, JERRY 6/2/1897 2776 LA0850__.207 (40 acres, Caddo

Co./Par. LA)

ARLEDGE, JOHN W 7/3/1890 13269 LA0300__.142 (79.67 acres in

Winn Co./Par. LA)

ARLEDGE, JOHN W 8/21/1890 2721 LA0360__.397 (79.58 acres in

Winn Co./Par. LA)

ARLEDGE, JOSEPH F 12/10/1881 16508.5 LA0770__.014 (217.66 acres in

Bossier Co./Par. LA)


From Joy Moore:

1850 census, Bienville Parish--Allen listed age 20 in household of Robert Low as laborer, along with Susannah Aldridge (age 27, born Ark).

His mother and her new husband, Thomas McBride, are living next to Abner Low, and Johnathan and Elizabeth are with them, as well as the McBride children and F Aldridge, age 75 b SC

1860 census Rapides Parish LA:

  1. 171 Allen Aldridge____30M__Farmer___La

Eliza ___________27F __________La



Francis __________3___________La

Infant ________3/12__________La

this should beThomas 3-7-1860 and the page is dated 17 th of June

Also 1860 census, Rapides Parish, LA:

  1. 616 Thomas R. McBride 42 M Farmer

Maria 47 F

Elizabeth 21 F

Emily 16 F

Nancy 14 F

Susannah 12 F

Thomas 11 M

Fielding 8 M

  1. 617 Johnathan Aldridge__27__Farmer__La

Mary C. ___________29 F__________"

John ___________ 5 M___________"

Mary Jane _________3/12 F__________"

Patrick Lurrey________37M___ __Ireland

  school teacher

Entry in AWA DAY Book: "This April 13 1862 AD AWA hides 1.50 Beef 4.92, Beef 2.37, flower 7.00, molasses .75, money .40 chus [?] 2.00, bakin, cash (hard to read, may be $30.10), cash 10., beef and molasses 29.89, timber 1.00, chu rounds [?] 2.00, corn 1.00, tobaco 1 pound and half .505.00 traden one nag 5.00 - $15.00"

CIVIL WAR RECORD: Aldredge, Allen; pvt. Co. E, 16th La. Inf., enlisted at Alexandria, La., 4-26-1862; present on roll to June, 1862; From Aug., 1862 to Oct. 31, 1862 he was absent and sick in hospital.

From Joy: I learned Allens unit fought at Shiloh Then in about the battle of Perryville Ky he was in hosp from june 1862 until Oct 31-1862 I have ordered his service records

Joy wrote 7-31-98: Pam, Talked to Maudie Allen Bellahs, the granddaughter of Tom 1860 , last night. She couldn't tell me where they were from but did know they went from Alexandria area to the small settlement of Hineton near Alexandria, La. She was told they were near enough to the fort to hear guns of battle. Eliza would hang clothes to dry with tears rolling down her cheeks. We are making plans to meet and swap stories.



Allen W Arledge of Bienville Parish Louisiana

has deposited in the

GENERAL LAND OFFICE of the United States, a Certificate of the REGISTER


whereby it appears that full payment has been made by the said

   Allen W Arledge
         according to the provisions of the Act of Congress of the 24

of April 1820 entitled "An act making further provision for the sale of

the Public Lands" for

the south half of the North West quarter of section Nineteen, in

Township sixteen, North of Range five, West in the district of land

subject to sale at Monroe Louisiana

containing eighty three acres and seventy five hundredth of an acre.

         according tothe officia plat of the Survey of the said Lands,

returned to the General and Office by the SURVEYOR GENERAL which said

tract has been purchased by the said Allen W Arlege

            Now know ye, That the United States of America, in

consideration of the premises, and in conformity with the several acts

of Congress in such case made and provided HAVE GIVEN AND

GRANTED, and by these presents DO GIVE AND GRANT, unto the said

  Allen W Arlege
   and to his heirs, the said tract above described; TO HAVE AND TO

hold together with all the rights, privileges, immunities, and

appurtenances, of whatsoever nature, thereunto belonging unto the said

Allen W Arledge

         and to his heirs and assigns forever.

In Testimony Whereof I James Buchanan

President of the United States of America have caused these letters to

be made PATENT and the SEAL of the GENERAL LAND OFFICE to be hereuno


    Given under my hand at the City of Washington the first day of

September in the year of the Lord one thousand eight

hundred and sixty and of the

Independence of the United States the

eighty fifth

     by the President
                 James Buchanan
               by J A B Leonard   secretary
                    J A Granger
                     Recorder of the General

Land Offce


This is my GGGrandfather who died in the Civil war on or about Oct 31, 1862 in the 16th La Infantry from Alexandria area


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Allen W. Arledge's Timeline

July 23, 1830
Acquired land in Bienville Parish, LA in 1860; Rapides HOH 1860 census
January 27, 1852
Age 21
Hineston, Rapides Parish, LA
March 15, 1854
Age 23
Lockport, Lafourche, LA, United States
March 25, 1856
Age 25
Hineston, Rapides Parish, LA; Bienville Parish, LA Bk A-192
April 14, 1858
Age 27
Hineston, Rapides Parish, LA
March 7, 1860
Age 29
LDS-AF says 1866 in Fairfield, Freestone Co, TX [1930 census says LA]; grew up in TX, moved away;1880 census living with Hamilton in Newton CO, TX; HOH 1920 & 1930 census Beauregard Parish, LA
February 16, 1862
Age 31
near Hineston, Rapides Parish, LA; moved to DeQuincy, Calcasieu Parish, LA; HOH 1930 census Merryville, Beauregard, LA
October 1862
Age 32
Tupelo, MS; had lived in Alexandria, LA; Co E 16th LA Inf; died in Civil War camp (of measles?); Bur. in unmarked grave near Tupelo, MS