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  • 2. Bessie Marie Allen 1909 - 1994Gene Barbara Sue Ann Jerry Donald
  • 3. in Mt. July 1909 a s bo r n 1 ie Allen w oungest o f four B essie Mar was the y on, Miss ouri. She grew up in Mt. Vern irl. She nd the only g school in children a from high aduated ere she gr Vernon wh 1927. n, at age fter graduatioShortly a he was dis covered s 18, Bessie ther, . The baby’s fa pregnant her. sser, a bandoned Alton Blo ne Alton b irth to Ge She gave in Mt. 7M arch 1928 Allen on 2 Graduation Vernon. had met B y 1930 she Claude an d married r they Gra y. Togethe ren: had four child Sue, Barba ra, Jerry, and Don llen Alton A e Gen
  • 4. Bessie age 16 Bessie (right) with her friend Lois Lewis
  • 5. Bessie’s ParentsDella Haworth Allen and Walter Allen c. 1957 Della and Gene
  • 6. Della & WalterWedding Day 28 Aug 1900
  • 7. Walter about age 5 with his parents Porter and Melinda and his sisters Pearl (left) and Osie (right)circa 1885
  • 8. Walter’s father William Porter Allen (he preferred Porter) was born in 1854 on the family farm in Lawrence County, Missouri. His parents and grandparents settled near the Spring River about 1840. Porter inherited some or all of the family farm. Sometime in the late 1880s, while Walter was still a small boy, he and his father were working out in the fields one day when they were approached by two bearded men. Walter called them “Dutchmen,” but they were more likely immigrants from the nearby German settlement of Freistatt. The men spoke to Walter’s father and offered to buy his farm. Porter named a ridiculously high price (or so he thought). The men spoke to each other in German, agreed to the price and pulled out a large wad of cash.William Porter Allen 4 May 1854 ~ 5 Dec 1908 Just like that, Porter sold the farm. After the sale the family moved into town—Mt. Vernon, Mo. Porter invested the money in the futures market and lost all of it. That branch of the family never owned property again. Porter died 5 Dec 1908. He is buried at Spanish Fort cemetery near his parents.
  • 9. Sampson Russell AllenPorter’s Parents 1831 ~ 1899 Josephine Porter Johnson 1834 ~ 1895Hon. Sampson Russell ALLEN. Among the successful and enterprising farmers and stock raisers of Mount Vernon Township, Lawrence Co., Mo., and who hasmade a name in the countys history, is Hon. Sampson R. Allen, who was born in DeKalb County (now Smith County), Tenn., November 1, 1831, and is the sonof Thomas and Elizabeth (DOUGHERTY) Allen. The father, who was a farmer and stock raiser, settled on Spring River, Lawrence Co., Mo., in 1840, and carriedon his professional work until 1884, when he died, lacking a few days of being ninety-three years of age. The mother has been deceased many years. Thegrandfather on the Allen side was a native of North Carolina, and served in the Revolutionary War. Sampson Russell Allen was the seventh child and the fifth sonof eight children born to his parents. He reached his majority in Lawrence County, and in the spring of 1849 joined an elder brother, M. F. ALLEN, and others inan overland trip to California, driving an ox team, and spending six months on the way. He remained two years in California, and then returned to his home inMissouri, where he engaged in farming. In 1854 he purchased land and engaged in farming and stock raising. He here married Miss Josephine Porter JOHNSON,a daughter of James and Sarah (DAVIDSON) JOHNSON, the former a native of the Old Dominion, and the latter of old Tennessee stock. To Mr. and Mrs. Allenwere born eight children: William Porter, Elmira E. (wife of W. H. GIBSON), John D., Sarah E. (wife of W. M. LEE), S. R., James, Charles, and Homer L. Mr.and Mrs. Allen worship at the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. During the late war our subject enlisted in the service of the State Militia, and served inCompany B, Seventy-sixth Regiment. He was afterward commissioned second lieutenant of Company D, Forty-sixth Regiment of Missouri Volunteer Infantry,and rendered active service until the close of the war. He was a war Democrat in his political views, and an original member of the Grange. In 1874-75 he waselected to represent Lawrence County in the Twenty-eighth General Assembly of the State of Missouri. He has served on the school board of his district and hasabout 600 acres of land in one tract. He pays considerable attention to the raising of blooded stock, especially Short-horn cattle. Mr. Allen is independent inreligion and politics. ~from Goodspeed’s History of Lawrence County
  • 10. The Allen family were among the early settlers, and one of the most prominent families in Lawrence County. Thomas Allen was born in Rockingham County, N. C., September 15, 1790, and there lived for many years. He then moved to East Tennessee, settling there when the Indians were so hostile that the settlers were obliged to live in forts. Mr. Allen moved to Lawrence County, Mo., in 1840, and his eldest brother served in the Revolutionary War. Mr. Allen and two brothers were in the Creek War, and his eldest brother was wounded in the battle of Camp Lookout. Mr. Allen was the father of a large family. Several members of the same are now living in this county, and are much respected. A few years ago they were all together at a big family dinner. There were 119 children, grandchildren and great- grandchildren. Then by including his own children, the sons- and daughters-in- law, the husbands and wifes {sic} of his grandchildren, the number ran up to over 150. They formed a procession which was a sight worth seeing, and which will probably never be seen again. Thomas Allen -from Goodspeed’s History of Lawrence County 1790-1883father of Sampson R. Allen
  • 11. Della Haworth’s family circa 1886 at the family farm near Mirable, Missouri Della is seated, second from the left. John Leonard Haworth 1848 ~ 1907 Della’s mother,Sarah Orilla Hodges Haworth 1846 ~ 1929
  • 12. Haworth Family lly from uaker s, origina to orth fam ily were Q sylvania and thenThe Haw Penn om igrated to ard and A nnEngland, wh 0 Rich na roli na. About 179 rom North CaroliNorth Ca d their fa mily f r to Tenn essee. move Rive Haworth th e Holston n in via flat b oats down anks of the Holsto ers of the b emb They s ettled on were f ounding m , which is rson Co unty and riends Ch urch rgia Jeffe reek F Geo ch, Lost C at Resaca, their chu r w Market , TN. John Battlefield ting in Ne , Dell a’s father still opera Civil War David an d Isaac tbre ak of the illiam, At the ou others W isk of an d his br e Infa ntr y. At r Haworth e 3rd Tennesse rate army , the enlisted i n th onfede home, ed i nto the C om their being con script veled fr ers se cretly tra Lick, Hawo rth broth G ap to Flat tion. he Cu mberland st recr uiting sta through t the neare the wh ich was thers fought in Kentucky 64 a ll four bro eldest, Capt. Willi am 4, 18 On May 1 Georgia. The three bro thers Re saca e other Battle of illed. Th war, t h was k After the C. Hawor d in the b attle. 0, the were all wounde er’s de ath in 187 their fath ssouri fter C ounty Mi possibly a rated to Caldwell r lives. brother s mig aind er of thei y liv ed the rem where the
  • 13. Haworth Homestead Haworth Bend near New Market, TNHaworth Road which ran in front of theoriginal home site and family cemetery. Looking across the Holston River from the Haworth homestead. The land was located on a bend in the river, surrounded by it on three sides.
  • 14. Lost Creek Church Richard and Ann Haworth were foundingmembers. The original church building wasburned during the Civil War but was rebuilt using some of the original timbers. The adjacent cemetery was also mostly destroyed but a small corner has standing headstones. The church is still operating and holding services.
  • 15. Families are Forever