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David Allday

SOURCE: History of Texas, Together with a Biographical History of Milam, Williamson, Bastrop, Travis, Lee and Burleson Counties. (Chicago, IL: Lewis, 1893), p. 630.

DAVID ALLDAY, of Jones prairie, Milam county, was born in Burke county, Georgia, September 7, 1831. His father, Peter Allday, was born in the same county and State February 5, 1794, and was there reared. December 23, 1824, he married Louisa Ward, daughter of the Rev. Frank Ward, of Georgia, whose wife was a Miss Baton, whose ancestors settled and named Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The children of Mr. and Mrs. Ward were: James Ward, Charles Ward, Frank Ward, Gus Ward, Louisa Ward and Amelia Ward.

Peter Allday enlisted for service in the war of 1812, but made only two days' march toward reinforcing Jackson, near New Orleans, when the news of that battle reached his ears. He returned to the farm, and there engaged in farming till 1855, when he came to Texas, settling in Milam county, where he died May 21, 1867, still engaged in farming till his death. He possessed good judgment, but never accumulated a great deal of property. He was consistent member of the Methodist Church, and was much noted for his piety. He never used an oath in his life nor indulged in strong drink. His father, grandfather of the subject of this notice, was at one time Sheriff of Burke county, Georgia, in the days when branding criminals was in vogue.

Peter Allday's children were: Absalom Pryor Allday, born September 20, 1825, now a physician of Robertson county, Texas; Francis Asberry Allday, who was born July 5, 1829, and who is supposed to have died in the Confederate army; David Allday, the subject of this notice; Ann Allday Moore Jones, deceased, was first married to Daniel Moore and had two children, and secondly married J. R. Jones; Richard Arnold Allday, who was born July 7, 1836, and was killed in Arizona during the late war; James Augustus Allday, who was born September 25, 1838, died in the Confederate army; Charles Allday, born February 5,1841, now a Methodist minister in Alabama; Peter R. Allday who was born April 30,1844, and died November 25, 1861, in the Confederate army; Mary B. Allday Taylor, born November 18,1845, is now the wife of William M. Taylor; Amelia F. Allday Jones, born December 1, 1847, is the widow of Anderson Jones; Louisa Lodema Allday Jones, born July 29, 1850, is now the wife of James Jones, of Davilla, Milam county.

Just before Christmas, 1855, David Allday came to Texas, having left Georgia and proceeded overland, crossing the Mississippi river at Natchez. The seven wagons of the company were bound for Waco, but the party were induced by Doctor Allday, who was then living at Port Sullivan, Milam county, and who was familiar with the country, to settle near the mouth of Pond creek, in this county. The land was bought of the Rev. Rufus C. Burleson, the eminent Baptist minister, who for many years was president of the Baylor University. Mr. Allday engaged in farming from 1855 to 1861, when he entered the Confederate army, enlisting in a company raised mainly in Robertson county, which was attached to the Eighth Regiment, under Colonel Young. The command operated west of the Mississippi, and participated in a number of engagements in the Arkansas and Louisiana, among the series of fights following Banks' Red river campaign. In the spring of 1865 the army returned to Texas, and at the close of hostilities was disbanded at Hempstead. Mr. Allday's first real-estate purchase was in Milam county, and consisted of 132 acres. He now owns 275 acres, and is cultivating 125. The average annual yield of his farm is from twenty-five to thirty bales of cotton, and other products in proportion.

He married December 14, 1865, to Miss Sarah L. Taylor, daughter of McClem Taylor. This union was blessed with eight children: James Allday, born September 28, 1866; Emma Allday born December 11, 1868; Peter McClem Allday, born November 18, 1870; John Allday, born September 20 1872; William D. Allday, born August 4, 1876; Janie Allday, born April 14,1878; Roxie Allday, born January 3, 1883, and Charles Allday, born March 31, 1888. Mrs. Allday died April 9, 1892. The family are connected with the Missionary Baptist Church.


David Allday - Private, Co. C, 12th Regt. Texas Infantry (Young's)
F. A. Allday - Private, Co. K, 32nd Regt. Texas Cavalry (Crump's Battalion, Mounted Volunteers)
P. R. Allday - Private, Co. C, 4th Regt. Texas Infantry
R. A. Allday - Private, Co. E, 4th Regt. Texas Cavalry (4th Mounted Volunteers)

We must say a special thank you to Sylvia Thomas of Georgetown, Texas, for typing the above biographical sketch for use on the Milam County TXGenWeb site.

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