Biographies and Obituaries
We are compiling as many biographies and/or obituaries of the early ministers of Van Zandt County during the years 1848 to 1920 as we can find. Some lived in the county a short time but some lived out their lives here. We welcome submissions if you have an ancestor who was a pastor or minister at any time in this county. Email us, or write to the Van Zandt County Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 1388, Canton, TX 75103.
Samuel N. Allen
Samuel Nelson Allen was the son of Nelson and Sarah Young Allen. He was born January 1, 1853 in Van Zandt County. He died February 1944 in Beeville, TX. Samuel was a circuit Methodist preacher in the Van Zandt County and surrounding counties. He was ordained in the 1890's. He married first on June 12, 1870 to Sarah Camillo Butler. She was born in 1851 and died February 13, 1879. She was buried at Creagleville Cemetery. They had four children. Samuel married second Minnie Perdue, born 1872. She died in 1918 in Red Oak, Oklahoma. They had three children. Samuel's last marriage was to Mrs. Leona Henley in Greenville on October 24, 1929. They had no children. (Excerpt from the Van Zandt County Histories and Biographies, Vol. II, written by Denise Allen Murphy)
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