Allman Cemetery Lamar County, Alabama
Allman Cemetery located south west of Detroit, Alabama in Lamar County is the final resting place for Tony Allman and members of his family and extended family. The first written record of Tony (Toney) Allman is found in the 1860 slave schedule of Marion County, Alabama. The slave owner is listed as J B Metcalf in trust for Rosalet A. Alman minor. The ages of the slaves listed appear to match the ages of Tony and his family on the 1870 census. In 1870, the Allman family consisted of Tony, Priscilla his wife, children, Nelson, Delphia, Jefferson, Albert, Oscar, Anna, and identical twin boys, Moses and Daniel.
According the family Bible of Oscar Allman, Tony came from the West Indies. Tony was born February 16, 1805, and died July 16, 1880. Priscilla’s birth date is not known, but the 1870 census lists her age as 30 years of age. She died March 20, 1924. Her death certificate states her age as 85, the name of her father is unknown his state of birth is Kentucky. There is no information about her mother.
Tony Allman and Priscilla McDaniel were married in 1855. The next written record of Tony and Priscilla Allman is a deed for the purchase of approximately 200 acres of land from S. J. (or G.J.) Nickols and wife Ruthy.
In the 1880 census Tony is not present. Priscilla is listed as head of household. Her birth place and that of her parents is listed as Tennessee. By 1900 all of Tony and Priscilla’s children have left home expect for son Daniel. Daniel cared for his mother until her death.
Daniel graduated from Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical College. After graduation Daniel taught school for ten years in Lamar County while maintaining the family farm. Daniel purchased additional land next to that of his mother increasing the size of the farm to almost 1,000 acres.
Daniel & Minnie Allman
One of Daniel’s students was the daughter of Richard and Melinda Pennington of Vernon Alabama. They fell in love and were married September 18, 1904. After his marriage, Daniel gave up teaching and went into full time farming.
Daniel was a lifetime Bible student and in 1916 became an ordained minister. He was assigned to pastor several small churches in Lamar County.
Many times he pastured churches outside of Lamar County. This meant farming four days a week, and traveling to churches on Saturday. Sunday was spent in church and Monday was spent traveling back home. This is a schedule he kept until 1952 when he retired from active ministry.
Daniel Allman saw the need for a community cemetery and donated space of his land for that purpose.
Allman’s CME Chapel located on Highway 17 between Sulligent and Detroit is one of the churches he established and is still an active church today.
Daniel was always found busy in the community providing services to others, aid to the sick, food and clothes to those in need. Daniel was well respected in the community and his advice was often sought by others regardless of their race. Information courtesy of Katherine Allman.
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