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Augustus Chapman Allen

Birthdate: (57)
Birthplace: Canaseraga, Allegany, New York, United States
Death: January 11, 1864 (57)
Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, United States (pneumonia)
Place of Burial: Brooklyn, Kings, New York, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Rowland Allen and Sarah Chapman
Husband of Charlotte Marie Baldwin
Father of Eliza W. Allen and Mary Allen
Brother of John Kirby Allen; George Allen; Henry R. Allen; Harvey H. Allen and Samuel Allen

Occupation: Co-Founder of Houston,Texas; US Consul to Mexico
Managed by: Harrison Victor Baldwin
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About Augustus Chapman Allen


Augustus Chapman Allen, son of Rowland Allen and Sarah "Sally" Chapman, was born in Casaseraga, , Allegany Co., New York on July 4, 1806. He married on May 3, 1838 with CHARLOTTE BALDWIN, dau. of Dr. Jonas Baldwin and Elizabeth Warner. She was born July 14, 1805 in Baldwinsville, Onondaga Co., New York. They removed to Texas, along with his brother John Kirby (indeed, most of his family would follow the brothers to that State). He died Jan. 11, 1864 in Washington, District of Columbia, while visiting there and is buried at the Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, Kings Co., New York. She died Aug. 3, 1895 in Houston, Harris Co., Texas and is buried at the Glenwood Cemetery, Houston, Harris Co., Texas.

Children were: Eliza (7/18/1838) and Mary Ellen.

Augustus Chapman Allen, son of Rowland Allen and Sarah "Sally" Chapman, was b. in Casaseraga, New York on July 4,1806. Being of frail health all his life, he decided to follow academic pursuits and at the age of seventeen he graduated from the Polytechnic Institute of Chittenango, NY and began to teach mathematics there. In 1827 he resigned his professorship to accept a position as bookkeeper for the H & H Canfield Company, New York. Two years later he and his brother John Kirby Allen bought an interest in the Canfield business. In the summer of 1832 the Allen brothers withdrew from the firm to move to Texas, where they settled first at San Augustine. By June 1833 they were established in Nacogdoches. There they joined a group of land speculators and soon were engaged in a variety of enterprises, one of which was to deal in land certificates. When the Texas Revolution broke out, they did not serve, but at their own expense provided a vessel, the 'Brutus', to transport troops and supplies to serve their State.

Recognizing the area around Buffalo Bayou as having the potential to become a major seaport, they used the inheritance of Augustus' wife Charlotte to purchase, for $9428, a total of 6642 acres of land. At the suggestion of Charlotte they named the town after the leader of the Texas army, Sam Houston. With his brother John's business savvy, they advertised their infant town all over the United States and with J.K. Allen, who was soon elected representative to the Texas Congress, they worked unceasingly to make Houston the Capital of Texas; which it did become from 1837 to 1839.

Early in 1837 the Allen parents, brothers and a sister arrived in Texas. All six brothers became prominent figures in that state. After the early death of brother J.K. in 1838; who died without a will, the brothers waived their rights to his estate in favor of their parents; but their deaths soon after created a rift in the family; with the brothers demanding the assets be sold and divided. Much of the money that A.C. and J.K. had used in their early enterprises having come from her inheritance, Charlotte Allen became increasingly disgusted with the methods being used to settle the dissolution of the business, and eventually this resulted in a separation, without a divorce, from her husband in 1850. Both husband and wife pledged to keep the details of their troubles secret.

Shortly after, in failing health, A.C. signed over to his wife the bulk of what remained of the many enterprises and went to Mexico to seek health and a new start. In 1852 he was appointed consul for the port of Tehuantepec and in 1858 consul for Minotitlan and created an extensive shipping business. In 1864, critically ill, he went to Washington D.C. to resign his consulships but while there contracted pneumonia and died at the Willard Hotel. He was buried at Greenwood Cemetery in Washington D.C.

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Augustus Chapman Allen's Timeline

July 4, 1806
Canaseraga, Allegany, New York, United States
July 18, 1838
Age 32
Harris, Texas, United States
January 11, 1864
Age 57
Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, United States
New York
- 1823
New York
Brooklyn, Kings, New York, United States