In 1891, Miss Mable Pendleton won a gold medal from the Baylor Historical Society for her essay dealing with the history of Bell County, Texas. The following statement is an excerpt from that essay.
On July 30th, 1850, Mrs. Matilda F. Allen, nee Connell, conveyed to Bell County out of the Connell League, one hundred and twenty acres of land on which was to be located the permanent county seat of Bell County. It is in this land that Belton is now built. Mrs. Allen was the mother of Mr. John Connell.
This Matilda Connell Allen Allen nee Roberts (1808-1879) is a 3rd great-grand-aunt of the Keeper of this online family history. One of her younger sisters is Mahala Lee Sharp Hall nee Roberts, who is my 3rd-great-grandma. Matilda's name is mentioned on the above historical marker which is located near the Bell County Courthouse in Belton, Texas.