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John McAllister
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Name John McAllister
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  1.   McAllister, Mary Catharine. Descendants of Archibald McAllister of West Pennsboro Township, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, 1730-1898. (Harrisburg)
    page 28.

    159—JOHN McALLISTER, 3, (James,2, Archibald,1,) owned a large plantation near Winchester, Va., called Greenwood Mills. At his death he willed it to his sister, Betsey (McA.) Bush. He owned large property in Tennessee, and must have lived there for some time. He was in the nail manufactory with his father. He married first Elizabeth McAllister, s, of Hanover, York County, Pa., his cousin, daughter, of Col. Richard McAllister, of that place, and had issue:
    170— Eliza Mcallister, 4. (d. B. p.)
    171— John Mcallister, 4.
    He married second, Eliza Joliffe (see Appendix); married third, Mrs. Elizabeth Wilson.

  2.   Montgomery County, TN. (Turner Publishing Company).

    John McAlister was born1751 in Lurgan, Cumberland, Pennslyvania

  3.   Family Record of Elizabeth Jolliffe and John McAllister, her husband. Married ., in Jolliffe, William, and Elizabeth Ann Jolliffe. Historical, genealogical and biographical account of the Jolliffe family of Virginia, 1652 to 1893: also sketches of the Neill's, Janney's, Hollingsworth's, and other cognate families. (Philadelphia: L. B. Lippincott Company, 1893)
    page 100.

    Elizabeth Jolliffe, fifth child of William and Elizabeth Jolliffe, was born at the Nevill House, June 16, 1768. She was left by her father's will property in her own right, which was to come to her when she married or became of age. When a young lady she married John McAllister, a son of James McAllister, of Berkley County, Virginia, one of the gentlemen trustees for laying out the town of Martinsburg and one of the first justices for Berkley County under the Commonwealth. For this marriage she lost her membership among friends. John McAllister was a highly-educated, well-to-do miller. He built one of the largest and best-appointed brick flouring-mills in Frederick County, which was known as Greenwood Mills (now owned by Charles Wood). He used to send his flour to Alexandria, Virginia, for shipment to Liverpool. The firm of Jolliffe & Brown was his agent. He was a very agreeable man and his wife a charming hostess. They entertained their friends in the lavish and hospitable manner so common among the old-time Virginians, and around their board were often gathered such historical characters as Light-Horse Harry Lee, General John Smith, General Singleton, Major-General Horatio Gates, General Darke, and other prominent leaders of the Revolutionary period.
    He sold his possessions in Virginia soon after the War of 1812 (about 1814 or 1815), and with his wife moved to Tennessee and settled at a place he designated as McAllister's Cross-Roads, Montgomery County. He was very eccentric and always kept his coffin ready to receive his body should he die suddenly. At the death of his wife Elizabeth he buried her body on the top of a high mountain overlooking the Tennessee River. This point was afterwards known as " Lookout Point." It overlooks the town of Chattanooga, and was made historic by the battle above the clouds, fought there during the late war.
    Elizabeth Jolliffe was a tall, dignified lady, fond of society, witty, and quick at repartee. She was very fond of poetry and left a well-selected library to her niece Elizabeth Jolliffe. She left no children to bear her honored name. She was devoted to her family and friends and kept up an active correspondence with them as long as she lived. I have in my possession several interesting letters from her pen. Her death occurred in Tennessee about the year 1818 or 1819. Her husband was a fine business man, keeping his accounts and writing his letters in a remarkably clear, full hand. Just when he died is unknown, as there is no record.

  4.   Cartmell, Thomas Kemp, 1838-1920. Shenandoah Valley Pioneers and Their Descendants: a history of Frederick County, Virginia. (Berryville, Virginia: Chesapeake Book, 1909, 1963)
    page 69.