Allen is about half way between Brownsville and Bells on Highway 79 and also on the railroad. In the past, as many as six passenger trains a day passed through and four stopped at Allen Station. Sometimes the trips were short ... a few miles up to Bells or over to the county seat at Brownsville. Freight trains were loaded with apples, strawberries, milk and hides. And at one time Allen had two stores, a cotton gin, grist mill, saw mill, barber shop, church and a school.
Formerly called Rein, the name was changed to Allen Station in 1901 when Allen Baptist Church was formed. The original name was taken from initials of the Herring Family, Richard, Emma, Icabod and Nancy. Rein Post Office probably began on W. A. Herring's porch. After the post office closed, mail was delivered on horseback and followed by horse and buggy or wagon and then by car. R. A. White and Ab. Whitehead were early carriers.
Some families in the area were: Barcroft, Baxter, Clem, Cobb, Colvett, Craig, Dedmon, Duke, Edwards, Gardner, Garrett, Harper, Hollingshead, Hooper, Jones, Kirby, Kirkpatrick, Marbury, Norman, Patterson, Smith, Watridge
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Allen Baptist Church
Allen Baptist was founded in 1901 on land donated by Claiborne Sturdivant. The first families were: Duckworth, Jacocks, Herring, Lea, McCleish, Rooks, Sturdivant, Webb and White. Another source lists 18 members: R. G. and Emma Herring, Fannie and Nannie K. Webb, G. B. and Mary C. Carvin, Alice White, L. V. Watridge, Charles D. and Docia Jacocks, Herman, Gladys and Martha Jacocks, W. A. Richard, Nancy and Mary Anna Herring and Ritchie Duke. The present building was constructed in 1937, with a fellowship hall added circa 1977 and a new sanctuary circa 1990. A church cemetery was established in 1979.
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