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Jesse Allen

Jesse Carter Allen (1811-1892) was sheriff of Escambia County from 1837-1840 and interim sheriff of Santa Rosa County from 1842-1845.

Jesse Allen
Born July 25, 1811
Mud Flats, Alabama
Died 1892
Occupation Escambia County Sheriff

Allen was born in Mud Flats, Alabama on July 25, 1811. His family settled in Floridatown by 1830, and Allen was elected Escambia County Sheriff in 1837.

Allen was sheriff during the November 30, 1839 murder of Joseph Alton by Phillip Pitto, who was convicted and hanged.

Allen served until 1840. On the 1840 census, he was listed as an assistant census enumerator for eastern Escambia County (now Santa Rosa County).

He and his family established the Allentown settlement north of Milton in 1842. When Santa Rosa County was established in the same year, he became the interim sheriff and would serve until 1845.


  • John Appleyard. The Peacekeepers: the Story of Escambia County, Florida's 43 Sheriffs. 2007.
Preceded by:
Florencio Commyns
Escambia County Sheriff
Succeeded by:
Peter Woodbine