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John Allison (1831-1928)

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Please note …most interestingly, John was born in 1831, and not 1833, as later became the belief. I have his birth certificate, and so yes, I’m sure about this.
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Map to the left is taken from "The Complete Atlas of Warren County, Ohio" published in 1891 by Frank A. Bone. The map shows John Allison's 40 acre farm (shaded yellow) to the south of the Village of Morrow The farm is located in Military Survey #2529 of the Virginia Military District on what is today known as Morrow-Rossburg Road.
A 1932 Plat Book [WARNING - VERY LARGE FILE] still identifies the farm as being the property of J. Allison.

The farm shaded green is that of Oscar T. Ludlum whose granddaughter, Margaret, would one day marry John Allison's youngest son, Edwin Ruthwin Allison.


John Allison's Scottish Antecedents

James Alason, (Erskine) married Janet Patoun, (Erskine), in 1711. They had four children –

Walter married Agnes Erskine in Houston and Killelan Parish in 1743 – (The fact that her surname is Erskine is purely coincidental.
Walter and Agnes then had their children in Houston and Killelan Parish. The children were

Walter then returned to the parish of Walter, his father, and James his grandfather, and thus married Janet Ersdon in Erskine in 1777.
Walter and Janet had ten children and they were all born in Erskine. The children were:

Samuel stayed in Erskine, married Ann Buchanan in 1824, and also had ten children, all born in Erskine. The ten Children they had were:

David married Christina Kilpatrick in 1870, moved to Paisley, and had three children :

Alexander was my grandfather, having my father, David, in 1924, who in turn fathered me, Hugh Allison in 1960.


Background on John Allison and his Descendants

John Allison, (son of Samuel Allison and Ann Allison nee Buchanan), was born in Erskine, Renfrewshire, Scotland, on 4th Dec 1831. He enlisted in the British Army, (presumably locally, and presumably sometime around 1848-1852 ish).

He was stationed in Bermuda about 1854, and he is said to have written home, saying that there was a lot of fever in Bermuda at that time. My grandfather, (who died in the middle 1960's), said that he was sure that it was from Bermuda that John deserted. But then he was heard of in Canada. And when he next showed up, settled, it was in 1858, in Morrow, Ohio. So he either deserted from Bermuda, and fled to Canada, and thence into the States, or alternatively, his regiment may have moved from Bermuda to Canada, after which he did his disappearing act. Anyway, he arrived in Morrow in 1858, and enlisted in Coy A, 12th Ohio Volunteer Infantry. He served through the American Civil War, and was wounded at the Battle of Antietum.

Round about 1910 he wanted to return to Scotland to visit, once more, before his death. It was my grandfather Alexander G. K. Allison who corresponded with the war office at that time, to ensure that there would be no charge against John for his desertion in 1854, if he were to pay a visit, later that year, in 1910. John Allison died in 1928, aged 96 years.

His descendants are– 3 sons, 1 daughter –

  1. John Walter ; 1891, died 1946.
  2. Paul Robert ; 1893, died 1967
  3. Mary ; years unknown
  4. Edwin Ruthwin ; 1896, died 1968. He married Margaret Ludlum

Their descendants are-


Some Census Entries for John Allison

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1870 US Census, Ohio, Warren Co, Salem Twp Pleasant Plain PO
Page 025/388A
Dwelling #182, Family #185
enumerated 29 Jul 1870

40, Allison, John, 38, M, W, Farmer, Real Estate Value $0, Personal Property Value $1,000, Scotland, Father of Foreign Origin, Mother of Foreign Origin

Page 026/388B
1, Allison, Mary, 35, F, W, Keeping House, Ireland, Father of Foreign Origin, Mother of Foreign Origin
2, Pettegrew, Ezekiel W., 42, M, W, Farm Laborer, Scotland, Father of Foreign Origin, Mother of Foreign Origin
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1880 US Census, Ohio, Warren Co, Salem Twp ED 74
Page 014/361B
Dwelling #128, Family #132
Enumerated 11 Jun 1880

45, Allison, John, W, M, 47, Married, Farmer, Scotland, Scotland, Scotland
46, Allison, Mary, W, F, 45, Wife, Married, Keeping House, Ireland, Ireland, Ireland
47, Badford, William, W, M, 12, Servant, Single, Ohio
48, Lewis, Styne, W, M, 20, Single, Laborer, Schwerin, Schwerin, Schwerin
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1900 US Census, Ohio, Warren Co, Salem Twp ED 146
Page 005/167A
Dwelling #107, Family #107
enumerated 16 & 18 Jun 1900

43, Allison, John, Head, W, M, Jan, 1833, 67, Married, 10 years, Scotland, Scotland, Scotland, 1856, 44, naturalized, Farmer, Can Read, Can Write, Can Speak English, Owned, Free, Farm
44, Allison, Elvie, Wife, W, F, Sep, 1854, 46, Married, 10 years, 3 children, 3 children living, Germany, Germany, Germany, 1865, 35, Can Read, Can Write, Can Speak English, Owned
45, Allison, Walter, Son, W, M, Jun?, 1891, 9, Single, Ohio, Scotland, Germany, At school, 8 months
46, Allison, Robert, Son, W, M, Mar, 1893, 7, Single, Ohio, Scotland, Germany
47, Allison, Edwin, Son, W, M, Mar, 1896, 4, Single, Ohio, Scotland, Germany
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1910 US Census, Ohio, Warren Co, Mason ED 139
Page 008/154A
Dwelling #___, Family #173
Enumerated 6 & 7 May 1910

25, Allison, John, Head, M, W, 77, Married, 19, Scotland, Scotland, Scotland, 1858, naturalized, English, Farmer, General Farm, working on own account, Able to Read, Able to Write, Owned, Mortgaged, Farm, Union Army Survivor
26, Allison, Edith, Wife, F, W, 55, Married, 19, 3 children, 3 children living, Germany, Germany, Germany, 1865, English, none, Able to Read, Able to Write
27, Allison, John W., Son, M, W, 18, Single, Ohio, Scotland, Germany, English, Laborer, Home Farm, Wages, Able to Read, Able to Write
28, Allison, Paul R., Son, M, W, 17, Single, Ohio, Scotland, Germany, English, Laborer, Home Farm, Wages, Able to Read, Able to Write
29, Allison, Edwin R., Son, M, W, 14, Single, Ohio, Scotland, Germany, English, none, Able to Read, Able to Write, Attended school since Sep 1, 1909
[NOTE: Edwin R. Allison's future wife, Margaret Ludlum is listed with her family below]

1910 US Census, Ohio, Warren Co, Mason ED 139
Page 008/154A
Dwelling #___, Family #177
Enumerated 6 & 7 May 1910

44, Ludlum, Oscar T., Head, M, W, 69, Married, 45 years, Ohio, Maryland, Maryland, English, Farmer, General Farm, Own account, Able to Read, Able to Write, Owned, Free of mortgage, Farm
45, Ludlum, Martha I., Wife, F, W, 65, Married, 4 children, 2 children living, Ohio, Virginia, Ohio, English, none, Able to Read, Able to Write
46, Ludlum, Edgar A., Son, M, W, 38, Married, 14 years, Ohio, Ohio, Ohio, English, Farmer, General Farm, Own account, Able to Read, Able to Write
47, Ludlum, Norma P., Daughter-in-law, F, W, 35, Married, 3 children, 3 children living, Ohio, Ohio, Ohio, English, none, Able to Read, Able to Write
48, Ludlum, Margaret, Granddaughter, F, W, 16, Single, Ohio, Ohio, Ohio, English, none, Able to Read, Able to Write, Attended school since Sep 1, 1909
49, Ludlum, Mary, Granddaughter, F, W, 10, Single, Ohio, Ohio, Ohio, English, none, Able to Read, Able to Write, Attended school since Sep 1, 1909
50, Ludlum, Martha L., Granddaughter, F, W, 5, Single, Ohio, Ohio, Ohio, English, none
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1920 US Census, Ohio, Warren Co, Salem Twp ED 265
Page 006/156A
Dwelling #___, Family #116
Enumerated 19 Jan 1920

21, Allison, John, Head, Owned, Free of Mortgage, M, W, 87, Married, Able to read, Able to write, Scotland, Scotch, Scotland, Scotch, Scotland, Scotch, Speaks English, Farmer
22, Allison, Adie, Wife, F, W, 65, Married, Able to read, Able to write, Germany, German, Germany, German, Germany, German, Speaks English, None
23, Allison, Walter, Son, M, W, 28, Single, Able to read, Able to write, Ohio, Scotland, Scotch, Germany, German, Speaks English, Rail Road, Brakeman?
24, Allison, Robert, Son, M, W, 26, Single, Able to read, Able to write, Ohio, Scotland, Scotch, Germany, German, Speaks English, Rail Road, Fireman?
25, Allison, Edwin, Son, M, W, 23, Single, Able to read, Able to write, Ohio, Scotland, Scotch, Germany, German, Speaks English, None
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