During the Civil War, many letters, diaries and journals were
kept by those brave men who were fighting for the North and South. Many of these manuscripts
have been lost over time, but some have survived. One such letter is from William G. Allen to
his wife, Mary E. Thomison, written in 1862.
William Gibbs Allen (Oct. 21, 1836
- Nov. 28, 1924) was the son of Valentine and Ann Frazier Allen; Mary Elizabeth Thomison (July
31, 1837-March 6, 1915) was the daughter of William Preston and Nancy Smith Thomison (my
great-great grandparents). “Lizzie” as she was affectionately called, married W. G. Allen
on Dec. 15, 1859 at her parents' home in Old Washington. Will and Lizzie also made their home
in Washington, with eight children.
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