I first heard the story of Ruben Alexander Allen from Gail Wesley York of Comanche, Texas. In fact, Gail and I spent several days jaunting around Comanche County…I wrote while he talked and pointed out landmarks.
When I later came upon the Allen story, written by Mark Gandara and Roger Purcella, I decided to compile as much as I could about Allen from all of these men.
Ruben Alexander Allen was born to David Phillip Coleman Allen and his wife Emaline (McAfee) Allen. He was born in Lynchburg, Tennessee on September 20, 1858, and came to Comanche County during the 1870s where he worked as a ranch hand.
In 1881, Allen returned to Tennessee in order to marry his childhood sweetheart, Miss Martha Melinda “Mattie” Goosby, born on September 26, 1860, to William Goosby and Nancy C. (Adkins) Goosby. The couple married on August 16, 1881, in Lynchburg.
Rube and Martha moved to Cleburne, Texas, where their first child, George Ollie Allen, was born in 1882. In 1883, the family moved to Comanche County, where they lived out their lives with the exception of the years 1900-1903, years that the Allen family lived in Hamilton County.
According to Gail York, Rube Allen worked with horses, having owned as many as 100 brood mares at one time. Ironically, he worked those horses (according to Gail) on the same property where our son and his family live today just off of CR 216.
After George Ollie, the next Allen children were born in Comanche County: Odus, Viola, Vera Mae, and Chesley. Floy was born while her parents lived in Hamilton County.
Two years later, Ruben Allen married Mrs. Julia (Bates) Gardner, and the couple had two children, Constance and Beatrice.
Ruben Allen lived his later days in the Indian Creek community of Comanche County, where he died on December 18, 1923. He is buried beside his first wife in the Indian Creek Cemetery.