Albert and Ethel Herzstein Library, San Jacinto Museum of History

Allen-Edbon Papers

Manuscript Collection: MC075

Collection Summary

Creator: Allen family
Title: Allen-Edbon papers
Dates: 1833-1869
Dates: (Bulk: 1835-1843)
Abstract: Correspondence, a diary, legal papers, genealogical notes, and printed materials document the Allen family from 1833-1869.
Identification: MC075
Quantity: 29 items
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Albert and Ethel Herzstein Library, San Jacinto Museum of History, La Porte, Texas

Creator Sketch

Mrs. Claire Allen Edbon, born Claire E. Daley on October 3, 1882, was the daughter of W. H. Daley and Annie Jane Hankon Daley. She was raised in Missouri.

Claire E. Daley married Judge Augustus Chapman Allen on July 9, 1908. Judge Allen was born at Houston, Texas, on March 2, 1861, son of Samuel and Margaret Allen. Samuel Allen, the brother of Augustus Chapman Allen and John K. Allen, along with his brothers was a co-founder of the city of Houston. Judge Allen died on July 13, 1924.

Mrs. Claire Allen later remarried. In 1940, wishing to keep the history of Houston in its founding city, Claire A. Edbon donated a collection of historical documents pertaining to the Allen Family to the San Jacinto Museum. Claire A. Edbon died on January 14, 1944.

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence, a diary, legal papers, genealogical notes, and printed materials document the Allen family from 1833-1869. A. C. Allen correspondence consists of four letters received from 1833 to 1849, concerning real estate, the death of his brother J. K. Allen, land grants, lumber shipping, and news of the Comanche. J. K. Allen correspondence consists of two letters from 1835 and 1838, concerning the Badillo grant and securing a land certificate. S. L. Allen correspondence consists of a single letter from 1845 concerning the sale of one tract of land. A single unsigned letter concerns the marriage of Miss Isabella Harris. The diary, written by an unknown woman, contains recipes and shopping lists. Legal papers include land deeds, an indenture, a will, and a petition for a U.S. Senate seat pertaining to or from members of the Allen family. Genealogical notes consist of a single document and envelope of genealogical data on the Allen family. Printed Materials consist of a single pamphlet by William Ware describing Houston as it was on April 14, 1869.


Organized into six series; arrangement is by type of material and by creator.


Restrictions on Access


Terms Governing Use

Open for research by appointment.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the San Jacinto Museum of History. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Library Director. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the San Jacinto Museum of History as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

Index Terms

Allen, A. C. (Augustus Chapman), 1806-1864
Allen, A. C. (Augustus Chapman), 1861-1924
Allen, Charlotte M. Baldwin, 1805-1895
Allen, J. K. (John Kirby), 1819-1838
Allen, Margaret E. Caffrey
Allen, Samuel L.
Chapman, Benjamin
Land tenure--Texas
Houston (Tex.)

Administrative Information


[Identification of Item], Allen-Edbon Papers, MC075, San Jacinto Museum of History, Houston, Texas.


Gift of Claire A. Edbon, May 2, 1940.

Processing Information

Processed by Melissa Calderwood with Lisa Lomas, 2001 and 2010.


Davis, Ellis Arthur and Edwin H. Grobe, ed. "Judge Augustus Chapman Allen." In The New Encyclopedia of Texas, Vol. 2, 914. Dallas: Texas Development Bureau, 1925.



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147.2 1 A. C. Allen: "Brother"; Rowland Allen; Jane A. Birdsall; T. M. Bagley, 1833-1849
2 J. K. Allen: A. Briscoe; John T. Willis, 1835, 1838
3 S. L. Allen: Frederick H. Knapp, 1835 March 8
4 Unsigned, 1838 February 11


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147.2 5 Unknown Woman, 1858-1859


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147.2 6 Appointment: Benjamin Chapman; Judge A. C. Allen, 1780, 1894
7 Indenture: Benjamin Chapman; A. C. Allen, 1801, 1840
8 Land Grants and Deeds: Samuel L. Allen; Sarah Allen Pratt; Joseph M. Andrews; Charles De Wolf, 1835-1868
9 Petition: A. C. Allen, undated
10 Will: Roland Allen, 1843 June 28

Genealogy Notes

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147.2 11 Allen Family, undated

Printed Materials

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147.2 12 Pamphlet: "When the Meadow Grass Was Green", 1869 April 14


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147.2 13 Charlotte Allen (Mrs. A.C. Allen); Unidentified young boy (Allen family); A.C. Allen; Margaret E. Caffery Allen; Samuel L. Allen and his wife Margaret E. Caffery, undated