Facts and Events
John Allison was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA
|John Allison's land (Borden Tract SW, 291 acres, 1748) as shown on the map meticulously drawn by J.R. Hildebrand, cartographer. This map is copyrighted©, used by permission of John Hildebrand, son of J.R. Hildebrand, April, 2009. Land of brother Robert Allison is nearby to the Northeast.
|Locational map based on J.R. Hildebrand's Map. Blue areas show land holdings of Robert Allison, Green areas show land holdings belonging to John Allison.
Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Page 502.--18th May, 1748. £8.10.0. Benj. Borden to John Allison (sold in testator's lifetime, 291 acres, part of 92,100;'white oak on southwest side of river; corner to Gilbert Campbell; corner to said Campbell and John Moore, Tested and acknowledged as above.
Listing of neighboring tract (gives more information on location of John Allison's tract):
- 479.—18th March, 1747. £15 current money Virginia. Benj. Borden, &c., to James Young (sold in testator's lifetime), 440 acres, part of 92,100; corner to John Allison on the banks of the river at the mouth of Whistle Creek. Teste: John Pickens, Wm. Lusk, Robt. Brakenridge. Acknowledged, 18th March, 1747.
- LAND ENTRY BOOK NO. 1, AUGUSTA COUNTY.
1750, April 2d--John Allison, 100 (acres), joining John Carr, Ro. Dickson, James Henderson.
John Allison's additional land (Beverley Manor NE, 100 acres, 1750) as shown on the map meticulously drawn by J.R. Hildebrand, cartographer. This map is copyrighted©, used by permission of John Hildebrand, son of J.R. Hildebrand, April, 2009. Note that this land adjoins the land of John Kerr, whose daughter, Lucy Kerr married John Allison's son, John Allison, Jr.
Disposition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Page 240.--3d October, 1755. John ( ) Alison (Aliceson) and Jean ( ) to Joseph Walker, ?100, 291 acres on North Branch James; cor. Gilbert Campbell; cor. said Campbell's and John Moore's lines. Teste: Andrew Uall, Wm. Buyers. Delivered: Thos. Stewart, February, 1758.
- sold to Joseph Walker, 1765, for £l00p
- Page 239.--9th August, 1765. John ( ) Allison and Janet ( ) to Charles Allison, £25, 195 acres on Mill Creek of James River; corner James Gilmore; corner John Poage. Delivered: Charles Allison, 31st January, 1771. [Note: Charles Allison was John's son from his first marriage].
- Page 252.__ _____, 1770. John ( ) Allison and Janet ( ) to William Ramsey, £130, 204 acres on North Branch of James; corner Andrew Hall; John Thomson's line; corner widow Alison. Delivered: John Ellison, August. 1773. (Note: this is most likely the 291-acre tract that John Allison acquired in 1748).
About John Allison
Although records proving the family of John Allison are scarce, some records to point to him having two marriages. The name of John Allison's first wife is unknown to this researcher. He was probably married sometime between 1725-1729, either in Ireland or in the Chester/Lancaster, Pennsylvania area. No records exist to this researcher's knowledge that detail his first marriage. After his first marriage, John had five children born in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania within about a 7-8 year time period. After the birth of his fourth son, Charles Allison in abt. 1737, John Allison's first wife apparently died within the next few years.
Records in Augusta County, VA
- List of Musters, 1742: Capt. John McDowell's List: John McDowell, Captain; James McDowell, Ephraim McDowell, David Breeden, Alex. McClewer, John McClewer, Halbert McClewer, Sam McRoberts, Thomas Taylor, John McKnab, And. McKnab, Thos. Whiteside, Malco Whiteside, John Aleson, David Bires, Alex. McClure, Moses McClure, John Gray, Patt McKnabb, Wm. Hall, John Miless, Wm. Miles. James Hardiman, Charles Quail, Wm. Wood, Hen. Kirkham, Gilbert Gamble, James Gamble, Rob. Young, Math. Young, _____ Long, _____ Long, James More, Hugh Cunigham, James Cunigham, John Cares, Frances McCowan, Hum. Beaker, John Peter Salley, Mitch. Miller, Loromor Mason, John Matthews, John Cosier, Irwin Patterson, Edward Patterson, Joseph Finney, Michael Finney, Sam Wood, Rich. Wood, Joseph Lapsley.
- Vol. 1 - MARCH 23, 1754. - (126) Road ordered from Campbell's School House to Renix's Road--Saml. Walker, overseer--with these workers: William Bradshaw, John Maxwell, James Frazier, John McColley, John Peter and George Salley, Henry Fuller, Joseph Ryan, John Hutchings, John Hutchings, Jr., John Sprowl, Mathew Vance, Richard Benton, Wm. Burt, John Smith, Joseph Smith, John Allison, Wm. Byers, Richard Mathews, Sampson Mathews, Saml. Walker, Thos. Shaw, Stephen Arnold, John Peteet, Wm. Noble, Saml. Allison.
Relationship with Byers Family
Records in Augusta County, Virginia place John Allison in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania in early 1742, about the same time that this John Allison most likely married Jeany Byers, daughter of William Byers and Elizabeth Cox, on March 9, 1742 in Chester County, Pennsylvania (this researcher has not seen a proven record of this marriage). Evidence to support John Allison's second marriage to Jeany Byers comes from the Byers family records and records in Augusta County, VA that cite the migration of the Byers and Allison families from Lancaster County, PA to Augusta County, VA in 1742.
(Source "Capt. William Byers (1735-1799) of Chester County, PA, Augusta County VA, Frederick County, VA and York County,South Carolina), web site address http://homepage.mac.com/rentom/tvb/Art/1-24.pdf)
William Byers, father of Jeany died shortly after this migration to Augusta County, VA on Apr. 8, 1742. Records in Augusta County, VA on March 23, 1754, show that the family of Capt. William Byers, brother of Jeany Byers lived next-door to John Allison, along the road from Campbell's School House to Renix's Road. Later records in Augusta County in 1762 and 1767 place the location of John Allison's house in the "Middle River" area, next to the Kerr, McClure, Falls, and Buchanan families, most of which married into this Allison family. John Allison and Jeany Byers had three known children, listed in Augusta County, VA records:
- Martha, b. bet 1743-1746
- (possibly) Nancy Jane Allison, b. 22 February 1747/8, Augusta County, d. 21 May 1845, Preble County, Ohio; married Joseph Trotter. (needs additional research/sources)
- Jennet, b. 1748
- William (later known as Capt. William Allison) b. 1749.
On August 13, 1771, in Botetourt County, VA (which was formed from part of Augusta County, VA in 1769), John Allison and "Jenet", his wife conveyed 110 acres of land, located on the fork of the James River to Charles Allison, John's son by his first wife. Shortly thereafter on March 2, 1773, in Fincastle County, VA (formed from Botetourt County, VA in 1772), Walter Crockett, Margaret his wife, and William Sayers conveyed to John Allison, Charles Allison, Robert Campbell, Alexander Campbell and William Campbell, 450 acres of land located on the headwaters of the South Fork of the Holston River (This John and William Allison listed were most likely the sons of John Allison, Sr., and starts to document the close relationship of the Allison and Campbell families as John Allison, Sr.'s son Capt. William Allison married Mary Campbell, daughter of David "Black David" Campbell (1710-1753) and Jane/Jean Cunningham (c1721-1759)), and John Allison's son Charles Allison married Jane Campbell, daughter of Alexander Campbell (b. abt. 1685 and died in 1758 in Augusta County, VA).
The date of John Allison's death is undetermined, but the following entry in Augusta County records show that John and Jenet conveyed land to John's son (by his first wife) Charles Allison:
13 Aug 1771: John Allison and "Jenet", his wife convey 110 acres of land, located on the Fork of the James River, to Charles Allison.
Much of the Allison family migrated to Kentucky around 1779 (source: Capt. William Campbell (1748-1800) of Fayette County, Kentucky by Phil Norfleet) John Allison's son, Charles Allison (b. 1737) died in Bourbon County, Kentucky (listed as Virginia by Norfleet), which was formed from Fayette County, Kentucky in 1786)
The location of a will of John Allison, Sr. is not known to this researcher, but there is a will of a John Allison in Woodford County, Kentucky (which was also formed from Fayette County, Kentucky in 1789), probated on November 3, 1791, naming a wife Isabella, and childen Halbert, Sarah and Isabella, with executors named as his wife Isabella and a David Steele. It is suspected that this will is for another John Allison, perhaps John Allison, Jr., son of John Allison, Sr. More research is necessary.
- ↑ Chalkley, - Augusta County, Virginia Court Abstracts.
Records in Augusta County, VA
- MAY 21, 1747. (200) John Allison have license to keep a ferry from his landing to Herbert McClures.
- MAY, 1748. William Caldwell vs. Francis Beatey.--Debt on note dated July, 1737. Affidavit by John Allison, in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, dated 14th April, 1742.
- MARCH 23, 1754. (126) Road ordered from Campbell's School House to Renix's Road--Saml. Walker, overseer--with these workers: William Bradshaw, John Maxwell, James Frazier, John McColley, John Peter and George Salley, Henry Fuller, Joseph Ryan, John Hutchings, John Hutchings, Jr., John Sprowl, Mathew Vance, Richard Benton, Wm. Burt, John Smith, Joseph Smith, John Allison, Wm. Byers, Richard Mathews, Sampson Mathews, Saml. Walker, Thos. Shaw, Stephen Arnold, John Peteet, Wm. Noble, Saml. Allison.
- Page 43.--16th May, 1754. David Miller's bond as administrator of Wm. Miller, with sureties Geo. Henderson, Jno. Allison.
- MARCH, 1756 (B). John Buchanon vs. John and James Allison.--We, John Allison and James Allison, late from the Province of Pennsylvania. Return "not found."
- Page 306.--17th November, 1763. James Finley's bond (with Jno. Stewart, Jno. Allison, Nathan Gilliland, Wm. Kerr) as administrator of Robt. Finley.
- MAY 25, 1767. (138) John Davis (Hunter), security for John and Charles Allison.
- NOVEMBER 23, 1767. (382) Mary McClure vs. John and Charles Allison.--Abates by plaintiff's death.