Following is the obituary of my gg-grandfather, ANDREW JACKSON ALLISON:
OBITUARY OF ANDREW JACKSON ALLISON (1857-1933)
"On the evening of November 10th at his home in Lusk, Texas, an old time Texan passed away. He was A. J. Allison. One of the Founders of the Republic of Texas, his father was one of the outstanding pioneers of the young nation called Texas.
Mr. Allison was born April 9, 1855, in Williamson County, Texas. He grew up on the frontier and developed the strong and vigorous characteristics of manhood for which our early settlers were famous. As a lad he witnessed the Civil War and the tragic upheaval which it caused in our social and commercial life.
At the age of 18 years, he joined the Baptist Church and he was an earnest and consistent Christian until the day of his death. He was upright and kindly, reminding one of the splendid men who made the world a safe place for us to abide. He was generous hearted. In the early days the passing wayfarer was always a welcome guest within his gates. He fed hundreds of hungry and destitute during his life and no man ever asked a reasonable favor at his hands but that it was granted if within his power.
He lived the life of the prophet beside the road where the races of men go by. And the men who passed his way were better because they had met and known him.
In his going the State has lost an upright citizen, the community a splendid neighbor, mankind a generous friend, and his family a loving husband and father. May the peace of God comfort those who mourn and glorify the memory of the noble spirit which has departed the walks of the earth."
By John Lee Smith
November 10, 1933
"He is survived by his wife, Mrs. A. J. Allison [Sarah Alice "Atlas" REVEAL], to whom he had been married fifty-nine years; Four daughters, Mrs. Ethel PRATT of Jean; Mrs. Edna BARNES of Ranger; Mrs. Ollie MILLS of Lusk; and Mrs. Mattie HARLING of Woodson. One son, I. F. Allison of Casa Grande, Arizona also survives him. He was laid to rest in the Woodson Cemetery on the evening of November 11th in the presence of a great throng of friends. Reverend Galloway preached the funeral service, and the Kiker-Thompson undertaking establishment had charge of the interment."
1. ANDREW JACKSON ALLISON was the son of JAMES A. ALLISON and DELILAH HOWARD, who, along with JAMES A.ís parents, JOHN A. ALLISON and ELIZABETH CRESWELL, and JAMES A.ís two brothers, ELIHU CRESWELL and WILLIAM F. and their respective wives and children, arrived in East Texas by 1834 from Tennessee via Arkansas. JAMES A. and WILLIAM F. fought in the Texas Revolution, and a number of James, Elihu and William's sons served in the Texas Confederacy. Two of James's sons, ELIHU and JAMES JR., gave their lives to the War.
2. ANDREW JACKSON ALLISONís wife was SARAH ALICE REVEAL, b. 5/22/1857, Bell County, Texas; d. 10/28/1943, Woodson, Texas. They were married ca. 1874 in Davilla, Milam County, Texas. Their children who predeceased ANDREW JACKSON were: James Frederick; Carrie; Lora Iradell; Willie Jewel; and an unknown newborn girl.
3. In 1933, John Lee Smith was an attorney in Throckmorton, Texas. He later served several terms as a State Senator and Lieutenant Governor of the State of Texas. There is a biography of Mr. Smith in the Handbook of Texas Online.
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