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Descriptive Summary

Biographical note

Scope and Content Note

Organization of Collection

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Diaries:

Sermons:

Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary

William Youel Allen diaries and sermons, 1835-1848 and undated



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Allen, William Y. (William Youel), 1805-1885.
Title: William Youel Allen diaries and sermons
Dates: 1835-1848 and undated
Abstract William Youel Allen (1805-1885) was a Presbyterian minister in Kentucky, Texas and Indiana. This collection consists of diaries and sermons written by Allen from 1835-1848.
Identification: 1996-014
Extent: 1.5 inches
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Austin Seminary Archives, Stitt Library, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

Biographical note

William Youel Allen (1805-1885) was a Presbyterian minister in Kentucky, Texas and Indiana. He was licensed in 1836 by the Presbytery of New Brunswick, New Jersey, and 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. The last fourteen years of his life were spent as a pastor in Rockville, Indiana.

William Stuart Red relied heavily on the papers and diaries of Allen while writing his History of the Presbyterian Church in Texas (1936), many of which were published serially by the Texas Presbyterian from 1876-1885.

Source: Handbook of Texas Online, s.v. "ALLEN, WILLIAM YOUEL (1805-1885)," http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/AA/fal30.html (accessed February 22, 2008).

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Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of diaries and sermons written by Allen from 1835-1848. One diary relates Allen’s return to Kentucky via New Orleans and the Mississippi River, and includes details on early Presbyterian activity in Galveston and Houston, Republic of Texas. An autobiographical entry covers the period of Allen’s life through May 1838. The sermons were generally preached in more than one location in Texas and Indiana.

Photocopies relating to the life of William Youel Allen and published excerpts from his diaries compiled by William Stuart Red are available in the holding record for the collection. Ask the archivist for details.

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Organization of Collection

Series 1: Diaries
Series 2: Sermons

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Materials are available by appointment only. Contact the archivist for details.

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Index Terms

Personal Names
Allen, William Y. (William Youel), 1805-1885.
Subjects
Presbyterian Church--Clergy.
Presbyterian Church--Texas--History--19th century.
Sermons, English--Indiana.
Sermons, English--Texas.
American diaries--19th century.

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Related Material

William Y. Allen Letters, 1842, 1878 at the Center for American History on The University of Texas at Austin campus. Finding aid available online at:

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

William Youel diaries and sermons, 1835-1848 and undated, Austin Seminary Archives, Stitt Library, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Diaries:

Box
C074a From the Camden, NJ and Indiana area, [circa 1835]
Journals and memoranda, August 15, 1836-January 1837
“My Autobiography,” written in Houston, May 8, 1838
Box
FF/6 Diary pages, oversized, “Written on board the steam ship Neptune and steam boat Edward Shippern [?] on my last voyage from Texas to Kentucky , February 1842

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Sermons:

Box
C074a Col. 3:2:
Galveston, TX, August 11, 1839
Velasco, TX, September 1, 1839
Houston, TX, May 31, 1840
1 Samuel 6:20:
Houston, TX, September 29, 1839
Rockville, IN, May 5, 18[?]
2 Samuel 16:17:
Houston, TX, June 9, 1839
Galveston, TX, August 19, 1839
Richmond, VA, October 6, 1844
Ps. 39:11:
Houston, TX, December 8, 1839
Deut. 7:9-10:
Houston, TX, undated
James 4:4-5:
Rockville, IN, September 22, 1848
Exodus 14:15:
Rockville, IN, September 24, 1848
“Doctrinal Characteristics of Presbyterianism, undated
“Regeneration,” undated

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