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John ALLISON  

Born: ABT 1721 in Scotland
Occupation: worked at Maratic Furnace & Forge 1770 in Martic Twp, Lancaster Co, PA
Died: 25 MAR 1790 in Cecil Twp., Washington Co, PA
Age: About 69 years
Buried: 1790
   Born    Married    Died
Children with Jean BROWNLEE 1
Gavin ALLISON Born: 29 JAN 1759
Lancaster Co, PA
Died: 28 DEC 1838
Clarksville, Greene, PA
Archibald ALLISON Born: 29 SEP 1760 Died: 4 JUL 1835
John ALLISON Jr. Born: 25 SEP 1762 Died: 15 APR 1804
William ALLISON Born: 23 AUG 1764 Died: 1 NOV 1764
William ALLISON Born: 22 SEP 1765 Died: 8 APR 1766
James ALLISON Born: 8 APR 1768 Died: 5 JUL 1810
Thomas ALLISON Born: 30 JUN 1770
McCalls Ferry, York, PA
Died: 6 APR 1840
West Middletown, PA
Ebenezer ALLISON Born: 10 JUN 1771
McCalls Ferry, York, PA
Died: 26 JUL 1812
Hugh ALLISON Born: 2 DEC 1773
Washington Co, PA
Died: 2 SEP 1853
Chartiers Twp, Washington, PA
Jane ALLISON Born: 8 JUL 1785 Died:
 
Notes: The Descendants of John Allison of Washington Co, Pennsylvania by James R. Allison

"John Allison was described as a native of Scotland, where he was apparaently born. According to Brownlee family sources, John Allison married Jean Brownlee in 1758. At the time of their marriage, Jean lived in Martic Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania....

In 1773, he and his family moved westward and settled in Westmoreland Co, PA. This area later became part of Washington Co, PA. During the Revolutionary War, he served in the 4th Co, 3rd Battalion of the Washington Co Militia. At the time, he lived in Cecil Twp. On Sept. 25, 1787, John obtained a patent for 415 acres of land in Canton Twp, Washington Co. This parcel was called "Allisford". John Allison died in Cecil Township, Washington County, on March 25, 1790. He was buried in the North Buffalo Cemebery (United Presbyterian). The site of his grave is not marked with a tombstone.

The Martic Furnace and Forge was built between 1751 and 1752. The business was owned and operated by Thomas and William Smith. John and his family settled in Pitt Township, Westmoreland Cunty, Pennsylvania, by 1773. John`s son, Hugh, is known to have been born in the area on December 2, 1773. A conflict developed when Virginia and Pennsylvania both claimed legal jurisdiction over this part of Westmoreland County. In 1776, the state of Virginia created Monongalia, Ohio, and Yohogania Counties in this area. This legal dispute was resolved in 1781 with the formation of Washington County, Pennsylvania. Due to the jurisdiction question, there were no land grants made between December 2, 1776 and July 1, 1784. John Allison obtained a warrant for 415 acres of land in Canton Township, Washington County, on April 5, 1786. He received a patent for this land on September 25, 1787. This parcel of land was called "Allisford".

Records in the Pennsylvania Archives document that John Allison served in the Washington County Militia during the Revolutionary War. He served as a private in the 4th Company, 3rd Battalion. In 1781, the militia was organized for the newly formed Washington County, Pennsylvania. All able-bodied men between the ages of 18 and 53 were required to serve.

John Allison died on March 25, 1790, in Washington County, Pennsylvania. His will was recorded in volume one, on pages 118 and 119 of the Washington County will books. The following is the text of the will:

`Know all men by these presents that I John Allison of Cecil Township Washington County and State of Pennsylvania being weak and sickley of body but of good and sound memory calling to mind the mortallity of my body and that it is appointed to all men once to die do make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form following. And first of all I give my soul to god who gave it and my body I recommend to the earth to be buried in a Christian manner at the discretion of my Executors hereafter mentioned and as touching such worldly Estate as it hath pleased god bless me with in this life I give and bequeath of it in the following manner and first after payment of all of my just debts and funeral charges I give and bequeth unto my beloved wife Jane the House I now live in and her third according to law and likewise her Horse and Saddle a bed and beding of clothes and the furniture belonging to the dresser, and next I give unto my sons, Gavin, Archibald and John the land on the west side of the trail I now live on as far as to the surveyed line that William Sinctan made last Spring including said survey to be amongst them equally devided to be conveyed to them immediately after my death and likewise twenty acres to each of them to be delivered to them at my wife Jeans death and I will unto my son James one hundred acres of land including the improvements during his life, and after his death to return to my other sons and their heirs and assigns forever, two seven parts of all my personal estate I give unto my said son James, and I will that the profits of James his part be given unto my wife during her life, provided she keep him in good vituals and Clothes and after her death the profits of said James his part shall be given to my son Gavin provided he maintain said James in vituals and Clothes and on his refusal to be given to the next oldest who will accept thereof on the foresaid condition and I will unto my other sons Thomas and Hugh the rest of all my land to be (?) them equally divided and likewise I will unto my sons Gavin, Archibald, John, Thomas and Hugh the rest of all my personal Estate to be amongst them equally divided and I constitute and appoint my sons Gavin, Archibald and John to be my the Executors of this my last will and testament and disclame diannul and make void all other wills testaments and Legaysics by me made and acknowledged this to by last will and testament and have hereunto set to my hand and seal this twenty sixth day February Anno Domini one thousand seven hundred and eighty nine. John Alison (seal)`

In the presence of Thomas Borwnlee, Samuel McBid (Bride) William Cumingham (Cuningham) Washington County Si (seal). On the ninth day of April 1790 personally came Thomas Brownlee, Samuel McBride and William Cuningham and being sworn according to law declareth and saith that they were personally present and did see and hear John Allison the withn named Testator sign, seal publish and declare the foregoing Instrument as and for his last will and testament, and that they believe at the time of so doing he was of a sound and perfect mind & memory at the Execution there of & at the request of the Testator they Subscribed their names as witnesses there to Sworn and subscribed before me the day and date aforesaid Tho.s Stokely Register. Thomas Brownlee, Samuel McBride, William Cuninham Be it remembered that on the 9th day of April Anno Domini 1790. The last will and testament of John Allison late of Washington County deceased was proved in due form of law, and letters Testamentory thereon were granted to Gavin Allison, Archibald Allison and John Allison the Executors therein named they being first sworn well and truly to administer the Estate of the said deceased and to Exhibit a true and perfect inventory thereof into the Registers Office at Washington, and to render a true and just account of their said administration when legally thereunto required
Registered this 9th day of April Anno Domini 1790."

Annals of the American Pulpit; or Commemorative Notices of Distinguished American clergymen of Various Denominations, Volume IX by William B Sprague, D.D.

"The parents of Thomas Allison were natives of scotland, and members there of the Anti-Burgher branch of the Secession Church. The father, John Allison, was a man distinguished not only for piety, but also for intellligence and mental activity. the mother, Jane (Brownlee) Allison, not less distinguished for the same qualities, belonged to a numerous family, now scattered through Scotland and the United States, including among its members the Rev. _______ Brownlee, many years Pastor of the Secession Church in Falkirk, Scotland; his brother, the Rev. William C Brownlee, D.D., of the Reformed Dutch Church in the city of New York, etc. They migrated to this country at an early period, and lived for some time in Eastern Pennsylvania where-probably in the County of York-their seventh son, Thomas, was born, on the 3d of June, 1771. His parents, however, removed, in his early childhood, to Chartiers, Washington County, in the Western part of the State. There he passed his youthful days, but in what manner is not certainly known, though the presumption is that he was engaged principally in agricultural pursuits. The known character of his parents for intelligence, piety and unflinching adherence to the religious truths they professed, is the only evidence furnished in response to the character of the early religious training he received."

 
John ALLISON
ABT 1721 - 25 MAR 1790





































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1.Title: 3/05 The Descendants of John Allison of Washington Co, PA by James R. Allison
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