Allison (Ellison/Ellyson/Allison/Eliason )Notes
Unpatented Certificate 264
Number 5, John Allison, 125 Acres
It’s been reported that James Allison married Mary “Miss Jane” Bradford in Cecil County
JAMES ALLISON was born Abt. 1743 in Antrim, Ireland, and died 24 Jul 1820 in Washington County, PA. He married MARY “MISS JANE” BRADFORD Abt. 1769 in probably Cecil County Maryland, daughter of JAMES BRADFORD. She was born Abt. 1748, and died 22 Jan 1833 in Washington County, PA. Her brother was David Bradford, of Whiskey Rebellion fame.
Notes for *JAMES ALLISON:
Taken from the Washington County Genealogy Project Biography of Allison, Thomas
Posted By: Martha Cross Sargent
Date: September 24 2004
The Allison family is of Scotch extraction but before the birth of James Allison, had been driven, by religious persecutions, to the north of Ireland. When James Allison came first to America he located in Cecil County, Md., and it was there that he entered into the business negotiations with Thomas Moffat that resulted in his purchase of 560 acres of land, located in Washington County, Pa. He took possession October 26, 1773. The first patent for this land was issued in the name of James Allison, Moffat having but a squatter’s claim, and a part of this land is now owned by the estate of Jonathan Allison, late of Washington. James Allison found many hardships to contend with and the hostile Indians were so threatening that after many a night passed with rifle in hand, he retired from his property to a more protected position and did not return until the following year. In 1774, accompanied by 20 families, among these being the Bradfords, the McDowells, the Parks, Scotts, and others, whose names, with that of Allison, were linked with the subsequent development of the county, Mr. Allison returned and again settled on his land. A block-house was erected in which all lived together for one year, when one log cabin after another was built around the block-house which was kept as a place of retreat in case of attack. James Allison erected a frame house about 1798, which stood for years afterward. He was one of the foremost men of his day, was associate judge of the courts of Washington County during 1786-87-88, and in 1789, was a member of the Supreme Executive Council, at Philadelphia, and in that position cast his vote for the abolition of slavery, which was accomplished so many years later. For years he was a trustee of Jefferson College and was a very strong supporter of the movement that resulted in its union with Washington College. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church under Dr. John McMilan, in North Strabane Township, which was one of the first Presbyterian societies organized in the county and of this he was a ruling elder. He married Jane Bradford, a sister of David Bradford, who was prominently identified with the “Whiskey Insurrection” in Pennsylvania. They had eight children: William, James, John, George, Thomas, Mary, David and Rachel.
Burial: Washington County, PA (Camp Creek?)
Children of JAMES ALLISON and MARY BRADFORD are:
i. MARY ALLISON.
ii. RACHEL ALLISON, b. 13 Dec 1770, Cecil County MD; m. THOMAS B. CRAIGHEAD.
iii. WILLIAM ALLISON, b. 13 Dec 1770, Cecil County MD; d. 13 Dec 1770.
iv. JAMES ALLISON, b. 04 Oct 1772, Elkton, Cecil Co. MD.
v. GEORGE ALLISON, b. 11 Jan 1774, Washington Co. PA.
vi. WILLIAM ALLISON, b. 19 Mar 1776.
vii. THOMAS ALLISON, b. 15 Apr 1780, Washington Co. PA.
viii. JOHN ALLISON, b. 25 Jun 1781, Washington Co., PA, USA; d. 29 Dec 1852, Industry Twnshp, McDonough Co., IL.
ix. ANDREW ALLISON, b. Abt. 1795, Washington Co. PA; m. ELIZABETH MORRISON.
Brothers John and William emmigrated to McDonough County Illinois in 1834. John is my ggg grandfather. He married Jane Lutton, daughter of Robert and Ann McGiffian/McGiffin Lutton about 1813.
James Allison, Jr.
James Allison, Jr. (father of John Allison) was born near Elkton, Maryland. He moved with his parents to Washington County, Pennsylvania, in 1774. At seventeen years of age he enrolled in the school of David Johnson of Beaver, Pennsylvania. He saw service in the Indian warfare at Yellow Creek. He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1796 and commenced practice in Washington, Pennsylvania. He returned to Beaver in 1803 and continued the practice of law until 1822, when he was elected to Congress. He served as prosecuting attorney of Beaver County, Pennsylvania, from 1803 to 1809.
Allison was elected as a Jackson Republican to the Eighteenth and a Jacksonian to the Nineteenth Congresses and served until his resignation in 1825 before the assembling of the Nineteenth Congress. He resumed the practice of law until 1848, after which he discontinued active pursuits and lived in retirement until his death in Beaver in 1854. Interment in Old Cemetery.