Adus F. Dorsey II
The expulsion of the Saints from Missouri in the 1830’s is well documented in Mormon history, as boy Andrew Jackson Allred was there as a wide eyed witness. It wasn’t until May 20th, 1851 that the Allred family pointed their wagon west; when the Allred’s hit the Mormon trail, Jack was twenty years of age.
From the earliest days of Andrew Jackson Allred’s life he spent most of his free time with the Indians. He wore buckskin clothes and even learned to speak their language fluently. Once in Utah, President of the church Brigham Young selected the Allred brothers, Jack and James, to settle spats and disputes with the natives, of which they did and eventually established friendly relations with them.
Jack turned 23 in 1854 and he married Chloe Stevens, she was 16, and together they had seven children. Chloe died in Spring City at age 34. In 1873 Jack dropped to his good knee and ask Elizabeth Ivy to be his second wife, to this union were born two more children. As it turned out Brigham Young somehow kept constant tabs on the where abouts of Jack Allred and on one sunny day in 1876 Brigham contacted Jack in Spring City and dispatched him to settle the valley on the East slope of Fish Lake Mountain. Today it is a place called Wayne County; most of us that live here call it paradise.
Andrew J. Allred built his house on the east side of the Fremont River. The winter of 1876 proved to be a particularly cold one and the river froze and flooded much of the valley forcing the Allred’s to move due west to the point of a hill, which to the old timers is called Jack’s Point, to us move in types we call it Allred Point.
Allred Point is a nice little nook on a side road when you are headed to or from Fremont; it was where Andrew Jackson Allred finally settled on a sweet little spot and set up his little log trading post and an information center of sorts. Depending on whom you talk to, some say it was the second white settlement in Wayne County behind a family named Tidwell. About one or two people in the know will say it was the third, right after the McClelland’s cabin.
On any given day in the late 1870’s Jack’s place probably took the appearance of the modern day Best Western Resort, with brightly colored Tee Pee’s and Conestoga wagons strategically placed around his property for the traveling public to stay in. Merchandise in his store consisted of ammunition, a few bolts of Calico, home made shoes, salted fish and some cut nails. The Indians were Jack’s best customers and he traded them goods for buckskins and furs.
On September 25th, 1879 Brother Allred was appointed Valley Postmaster, a position he held until 1886. Settlers from all over the valley came for their mail and to trade at the Post. High on the hill above Jack’s point there is one fenced in grave. In it lays the four-year-old body of Silas Warren Morrell, Grand Son of Andrew Jackson Allred. On October 28th1884, young Silas Morrell fell into the sawmill pond, present site of Mill Meadow reservoir and drowned. For 132 years little Silas has been silently watching over Wayne County from his perch up on the hill. Andrew Jackson Allred, Mormon Pioneer and friend to the Indians died on October 10th1899.
On the first day of May 1961, the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers obtained permission from the Wayne County Commissioners to apply for a historically commemorative marker to be placed on the very spot where Andrew Jackson Allred first settled in Wayne County.