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JACOB ALLBRIGHT - born 1807 -  died after 1868

Born in Orange County, TN


     One of  the organizers of Houston County.  Jacob Allbright was elected first county clerk in September 1837.  He was also one of the first Notaries Public and served as tax assessor and collector.  Jacob was one of 10 children of John Allbright , Sr., who met a tragic death by Indians shortly after his arrival in Texas with his family in the early 1830's.


     Jacob's brothers were Edward, William. Soloman and John, Jr.; his sisters, all of whom married, Sarah Strand, Margaret Ware, Mary Long, Nancy Long and Catherine Kirchoffer.


     Jacob Allbright established a ferry business and warehouse on the east bank of the Trinity River and also the town of Alabama. Alabama became the commercial center of the Trinity River traffic and Allbright was the leader.  He and 10 others (G. W. Grant, George Pruitt, Collin Aldrich, Elisha Clapp, John Wortham, Isaac Parker, Ralph Nelson, Elijah Gossett, William Clark, James Can) were trustees of Trinity College which was established in Alabama, Houston County in 1841.


     Allbright lived and died at Alabama, Houston County, and sleeps in the family cemetery on the bluff overlooking his beloved Trinity River.

By: Eliza H. Bishop - The History of Houston County, Texas

Porter Springs is a community that was an outgrowth of the Alabama settlement which was established by Jacob Allbright in the early 1830's (The Handbook of Texas Online).


Jacob Allbright and Sarah Box's children were (Source:  Ann "Cookie" Clark-Tucker):


1. Rachel Jane Allbright b. 1828  m. Armistead Thompson,  Mason Monroe

2. William F. Allbright Sr. 1830-1865 m. Harriett Shirley b. 1830/38

3. James Marze Allbright b. 1831

4. Mary Alcedonia Allbright b. 1832 m. William Starling DuPree

5. Margaret Virginia Allbright b. 1835 m. James William S. Henry

6. Amanda L. Allbright b. 1841 m. Minor W. DIckey

7. Frances C. Allbright b. 1846


JY NOTE:  The History of Houston County material on Jacob Allbright has some errors regarding John Allbright and family.


Submitted by:  Jim Yarborough


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