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From: "Linda A" <>
Subject: Re: [S-I] Alison/Allison PA
Date: Wed, 3 Jan 2007 22:50:11 -0500
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John, I'm wondering if these folks are connected to my Allisons and
Andersons. You mentioned a brother, Robert. I have a Robert Allison/
Ellison, died 1769 in Rockbridge, VA. He was married to "Ann" and had a
daughter, Jane that married James Anderson, son of Isaac Anderson. I know
nothing about where the Allisons or Andersons came from but others in the
Rockbridge area came from PA, or Maryland. Do you have anything on an Isaac
Anderson?Any suggestions?
Linda A
----- Original Message -----
From: "John Polk" <>
To: <>; <>
Sent: Wednesday, January 03, 2007 9:11 PM
Subject: Re: [S-I] Alison/Allison PA

> Richard -
> Patrick Allison's will (name spelled Alison) was written 14 January 1748/9
> in Princess Anne, Somerset County, Maryland. (In case you are not familiar
> with the geography here, Somerset is located on the Eastern Shore of the
> Chesapeake Bay, perhaps 100 miles south of Maryland's border with
> Pennsylvania. Princess Anne is the county seat.) It was probated 7 March
> of
> same year. I have a copy of the abstract from Maryland Calendar of Wills.
> It bequeaths his land and slaves in Donegal Township on Connewag Creek,
> Lancaster County, PA, to his daughter Grace Allison. Executor is his
> brother, Robert Alison, who is made guardian for Grace, with William
> Alison
> and Capt. John Meas mentioned as back-ups in case of Robert's decease.
> Witnesses to the will are John Hamilton, Benjamin Franceway and Jean
> (Jane)
> Caldwell. Provision is made for Grace's education in Philadelphia and that
> if she die as a minor then estate would revert to Patrick's brothers
> James,
> William and John and to the children of his sisters Jean Smith in Ireland
> and Margaret White in Kent County. Provision is also made for 10 pounds
> to
> be left to Rev John Hamilton for use of the Manoken Congregation (Manokin
> Presbyterian Church in Princess Anne).
> His inventory is dated 10 March 1748, recorded 5 November 1751, and the
> estate account was filed 23 December 1752 (which mentions Jane Caldwell as
> his housekeeper). The account shows a balance of £1451/6/11 which was a
> very large sum at that time. He was clearly well connected with the upper
> class of Somerset as evidenced by the list of persons to whom payments
> were
> made from the account.
> The inventory cites William Gray and James Gray as Allison's next of kin.
> The Gray family is of interest to me because they were closely connected
> with my Polks in Somerset. It may also be of interest to you that the
> inventory of Solomon Mitchell, dated 20 July 1744, mentions Patrick
> Allison, along with Christopher Maughin, as Mitchell's next of kin.
> Patrick
> Allison also appears in numerous other Somerset probate accounts as a
> creditor and as testator on the wills of James Martin, Robert Martin and
> Matthew Dorman.
> I checked some Maryland land records which I have and found Patrick
> Allison
> described as an innkeeper in Princess Anne. He is mentioned in connection
> with the tract Beckford in the Maryland Rent Rolls, which was the
> principal
> tract from which Princess Anne was formed - it was broken up into a number
> of the original town lots. On 6 Nov 1745 Patrick Allison, innkeeper,
> obtained a 10 year lease from James Anderson for 2 adjoining lots in
> Princess Anne Town, with John Anderson, acting as attorney, and on 2 Mar
> 1747 James Anderson wrote an 11 year lease to Allison for several lots in
> Princess Anne and to farm 400 acres. James Anderson is said to be from
> Chester Co, Pennsylvania. In the Somerset will of John Anderson (1752) he
> refers to the 2 lots where Patrick Allison's "dwelling public house always
> stood".
> I should mention that there were many Caldwells in Somerset who arrived
> there with the first influx of Scotch-Irish beginning in 1683. The most
> prominent was a John Caldwell who was a land developing wheeler-dealer.
> His
> name appears on the warrants, surveys and patents of an enormous number of
> land tracts. Among these are three to which he gave the names of
> Ballybuggin, Clonlett and Desert which seems to be a good indication of
> his
> origins back in Ireland. This is consistent with the Hearth Rolls of
> Donegal for 1665 which has Caldwells and Allisons listed for Clonleigh and
> Raphoe parishes.
> John Polk
> Havre de Grace, Maryland
>> [Original Message]
>> From: <>
>> To: <>
> > Date: 1/3/2007 9:13:27 AM
>> Subject: [S-I] Alison/Allison PA
>> Patrick Allison owned 175 acres on Conewago Creek in (present) Conoy
>> Township, Lancaster County, PA, which he patented in 1737. By his will
> dated 1748,
>> he left the 175 acres to his daughter Grace Allison. In 1761 David
> Caldwell,
>> of Philadelphia, Merchant, and his wife Grace, daughter of Patrick
> Allison,
>> sold this tract. All of the above is drawn from Lancaster County Deeds,
>> CC-123.
>> I cannot find a will of a Patrick Allison (before 1761) either in
> Lancaster
>> County or Philadelphia County.
>> Nor have I been able to find other references to him. Did he live and
> die
>> somewhere else?
>> According to Bernard Steiner's Life and Correspondence of James McHenry,
>> p.75, David Caldwell and Grace Allison were married in Ireland and only
> came to
>> America afterwards (c. 1755-59).
>> David Caldwell died in 1762. Their children were John (1759-1820) m.
> his
>> cousin Margaret Caldwell of Philadelphia and lived in Baltimore, and
> Margaret
>> (1762-1833) m. James McHenry.
>> David Caldwell was the son of David and Margaret, and had brothers named
>> Samuel and John. The Margaret who married David's son John was the
> daughter of
>> his brother Samuel Caldwell.
>> Grace Allison Caldwell married her cousin William Allison in 1763. He
> died
>> in 1787 and according to his will (Philadelphia County Wills, T-505)
> their
>> children were Mary, William, Grace, and Jean Allison.
>> How were Grace Allison Caldwell and her second husband William Allison
>> cousins?
>> John Mease (a Philadelphia merchant from Strabane, Co. Tyrone) included
> his
>> kinsman William Allison and his children as well as the Caldwell children
> in
>> his 1768 will.
>> William Allison is described (by Steiner) as a near relative of the Rev.
>> Patrick Allison, minister of First Presbyterian Church in Baltimore.
>> Are there any Alison/Allison genealogists who have resolved this? I'd
> be
>> grateful for any clarity.
>> All the best,
>> Richard MacMaster
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