Bettie Leona Allen

1861–1947 (Age 85)
Bosque, Texas, United States

The Life of Bettie Leona

When Bettie Leona Allen was born on 21 May 1861, in Bosque, Texas, United States, her father, John Washington Allen, was 45 and her mother, Sarah Arcena Eggleston, was 28. She married John Oliver Oldham on 1 August 1878, in Bosque, Texas, United States. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 7 daughters. She lived in Justice Precinct 5, Lubbock, Texas, United States in 1920 and Commissioner's Precinct 1, Childress, Texas, United States in 1940. She died on 18 April 1947, in Childress, Childress, Texas, United States, at the age of 85, and was buried in Childress, Childress, Texas, United States.

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Family Time Line

Bettie Leona Allen
John Oliver Oldham
Marriage: 1 August 1878
Willie Allen Oldham
James Oldham
Clark Homer Oldham
Grace Oldham
Sarah Elizabeth Oldham
Oliver Levi Oldham
Johnnie Barton Oldham
Lewis Wright Oldham
Lula Mae Oldham
Delphia Clyde Oldham
Lillie Pearl Oldham
Robert Daner Oldham

Spouse & Children

1 August 1878
Bosque, Texas, United States


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Parents & Siblings

  • John Washington Allen


  • Sarah Arcena Eggleston




  • Martha Jane Allen


  • Rachel Ellen Allen


  • Mary Anne Allen


  • Female1859–1947Female

  • Female1861–1947Female

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World Events (8)


Age 2

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1865 · Juneteenth (Slaves Were Freed)

Age 4

"On June 19, 1865, Gordon Granger (Union Major) read General Orders, No. 3 to the people of Galveston. The statement was written as follows: ""The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired labor. The freedmen are advised to remain quietly at their present homes and work for wages. They are informed that they will not be allowed to collect at military posts and that they will not be supported in idleness either there or elsewhere."""

Age 25

Statue of Liberty is dedicated.

Name Meaning

English and Scottish: from a Celtic personal name of great antiquity and obscurity. In England the personal name is now usually spelled Alan, the surname Allen; in Scotland the surname is more often Allan. Various suggestions have been put forward regarding its origin; the most plausible is that it originally meant ‘little rock’. Compare Gaelic ailín, diminutive of ail ‘rock’. The present-day frequency of the surname Allen in England and Ireland is partly accounted for by the popularity of the personal name among Breton followers of William the Conqueror, by whom it was imported first to Britain and then to Ireland. St. Alan(us) was a 5th-century bishop of Quimper, who was a cult figure in medieval Brittany. Another St. Al(l)an was a Cornish or Breton saint of the 6th century, to whom a church in Cornwall is dedicated.

Possible Related Names

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

Sources (3)

  • Leoma Allen in household of John Allen, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Lana Oldham in household of Sarah Allen, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Betty Oldham in household of John O Oldham, "United States Census, 1930"

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