Medlin Cemetery is located in the town of Trophy Club, Denton County, Texas. Most of the stones in this cemetery have been well cared for and so has the grounds. I have decided to feature this cemetery because I have several ancestors that are buried here.
In all, I believe there are about 15 Medlin and Allen ancestors buried here. In 1847 my 4th Great Grandmother, Permelia Loving Allen led a large group of family to the area So for the next few weeks I will be displaying the headstone (if there is one) and writing a short biography of each one.
Permelia Ann “Mitty” Medlin, my 1st cousin 4 times removed, was born in Boonesboro, Cole County, Missouri on October 27, 1828. She was first of fourteen children born to Charles Simpson Medlin (1807-1864) and Matilda Allen (1812-1863). She moved with her family in 1847, to Denton County, Texas. She never got married and she never had any children. She was in fact the first person to be buried in the Medlin Cemetery. The land was donated to the county by her parents. This is why there is not only a headstone but there is a statue of her declaring the name of the cemetery.
Thomas J. Allen Jr, my 4th Great Uncle, was born on March 22, 1801, in North Carolina. He is the third of ten children born to Thomas J. Allen Sr (1768-1843) and Permelia Loving (1774-1866). In 1806 his family moved to Tennessee. In 1825 she married Ruth Medlin (1805-1865) in Bedford County, Tennessee. They had 8 children, 4 daughters, and 4 sons. They moved to Missouri in 1832. Thomas was a farmer and owned 400 acres of land in Monteau County, near his parents. In 1847, he once again moved along with his widowed mother to current day Denton County Texas. He was granted 620 acres of land in the Peters Colony. He died on March 22, 1852, at the age of 51.
Ruth Medlin, the wife of my 4th Great Uncle, was born on November 10, 1805, in South Carolina. Her parents are unknown at this time. In 1825, she married Thomas J. Allen Jr (1801-1852) in Bedford County, Tennessee. They had 8 children, 4 daughters, and 4 sons. They moved to Missouri in 1832. In 1847, they once again moved along with her widowed mother-in-law to current day Denton County Texas. The family settled in the Peters Colony. She died on August 20, 1865, at the age of 59.
Richard Franklin Allen, my 4th Great Uncle, was born in 1810 in North Carolina. He is the seventh of ten children born to Thomas J. Allen Sr (1768-1843) and Permelia Loving (1774-1866). In 1806, his family moved to Tennessee. In 1829, he married Rosalinda Brown (1812-1880) in Bedford County, Tennessee. They had 5 children, 2 daughters, and 3 sons. They moved to Missouri in 1832. In 1847, they once again moved along with his widowed mother to current day Denton County Texas. The family settled in the Peters Colony where he was granted a 640-acre tract of land. Richard once helped his nephew Hall Medlin after he was gored by a buffalo and carried into town. Richard cleansed his bowels and closed the wound. Hall recovered in plenty of time to join the Forty-Niners. Richard died in 1851, in Tarrant County, Texas at the age of 41. He is buried in the Medlin Cemetery, but he has no headstone.
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