Facts and Events
From textbook copied and sent from Bill Parris:
Holbert (Halbert) Allison born probably about 1750 was the progenitor of the Allison families of the New River, and it appears from actual records that he was living in the area as early as 1770. In that year he appeared on William Ingles' list of tithables along with a James Allison, probably his brother. Both of these Allisons were probably sons of Robert Allison who died in 1769 and whose will was recorded in Augusta County. Other children of Robert Allison included Mary Davison, Agnes, Janet, John and the two infants Robert and Francis. The wife of Robert Allison was Hannah.
On July 21, 1813, he wrote his will and signed it Halbert Elson. The will was probated October 13, 1813. He noted that he had already given his son James lands where he was living, and he gave him a Negro man, reserving $200 of the value to be paid by James to his sister Mary Davis. To his son John he left his lands in Lee County, in Powell's Valley. The homeplace and all the lands in Grayson were left equally to is four sons Charles, Stephen, William, and Robert. The house and the land where Holbert was living were reserved for son Charles.
To two daughters, Rhoda and Martha, he bequeathed a Negro girl and boy when the daughers were of age. To his wife Agnes he left a Negro woman for her lifetime and at her death to to to the two daughters just mentioned. His wife was also to have a "meare", saddle and bridle, and an equal part with the four sons in the land. She was to have the best bed and furniture in the house. The four sons Charles, William, Stephen and Robert were to have two Negro men. The heirs of three daughters, Hannah Coles, Jean Brown and Pheaby Coles were to have $3 among them. Hs wife Agnes (also called Nancy) and son Francis were to act as executors (Wythe County Will Book 2, p. 91.)
Jim was glad to receive your note on the Allison family. I think we both pull together in Pulaski and Wythe County, VA.
will start with my Robert Allison B:1710 in VA. D:24 Jul 1769. Married Hannah McClure B: Raphoe Donegal, Ireland. Married in 1736. They probably had several children but my information only follows one son. Halbert Allison B:1750 D:14-Sep-1813 Wythe County, VA. He married Nancy Agnes in 1774, Wythe County, VA. Halbert and Nancy had one son, James Allison B: 3-May-1780 D: 2-Nov-1845 Wythe County. I'm sure they had more than one child. This James Allison M: Janet Craig 9-Feb-1801 in Wythe County, Janet was B: 11-May-1779 Augusta County VA. D: 12-Feb-1841. James and Janet had 12 children
Halbert McClure Allison John Allison Mary Craig "Polly" Allison Francis Allison Hiram Allison George Washington Allison Selinda Allison Matilda J. Allison Elmira Jane Allison James Allison William Tell Allison
This will give you most of my information. If you have a Fax machine I would like to send a detail list of the 12 children of James and Janet Allison. Their James is my connection to the Allison clan. Would like hear your comments. Best Regards, Bill Parris. Fort Smith, AR. 72903