|Birth: ||Oct. 9, 1836|
|Death: ||Aug. 20, 1906|
Allison--J. B. Allison came into this life in McDonough county, Illinois, October 9, 1836, and passed on into the higher realm at 6:30 o'clock, May 20, 1906, having nearly attained the allotted three score years and ten. From Illinois, Mr. Allison removed with his parents, first to Iowa, then to Nebraska, and afterwards to Kansas. Notwithstanding he had lost the use of his lower limbs in his infancy, he had learned to do many kinds of work and was noted for his activity and industrious habits. He had learned the trade of a broommaker, but later fitted himself for teaching and taught school for some time, both in Iowa, Nebraska, and Kansas. Since coming to Brown county he has honorably filled the office of register of deeds for three terms. He has also served his fellows in many township offices with honor to himself and credit to his constituents. On October 26, 1882, Mr. Allison was united in marriage to Mrs. Martitia Crooks, who with the one and only son is left to mourn, not the death, nor the loss, of this honored husband and father, but their own loneliness in his absence. Our brother, J. B. Allison, from infancy was reared in the Presbyterian church, and until the question of slavery divided that church he remained a member. He was brought up an intense anti-slavery advocate, his father having maintained a station on the underground railroad. He thus, often, gave comfort and help to many a poor runaway negro. After locating in Brown county, on the farm which has ever since been his home, he united as a charter member of the Old Fairview Congregational church. His wife also afterwards united here with her husband. Of an intensely religious temperament, with strong, positive convictions, he loved the truth, and hated falsehood, hypocrisy and insincerity with his whole strong nature. Consequently on no question was he to be found occupying a vacillating or an uncertain position, but on the contrary he always took his stand openly, fearlessly on the side which he conceived to be right. If he was ever wrong, he was never insincere. Therefore he was always wholly trusted by his neighbors. His was an exceedingly ambitious nature, and throughout his whole life, despite his most severe handicap, he has been a great wonder to his friends because of the patient fortitude with which he bore his afflictions and became of the success which he compelled in spite of these untoward circumstances. And during these last months of extreme weakness and intense suffering, no word or murmur of complaint ever issued from his lips. His thoughts and solicitude was rather always for others. Surely the rare graces of patience and self-forgetfulness were his from the Father in an unusual degree. His was a fine mind, and he had stored it with only the best, therefore it was a joy and a treat to converse with him. His successes in spite of such great difficulties, his great faith and his child-like trust and confidence in God, together with his blessed example of patience are a part of the rich legacy which he leaves to comfort and inspire the broken hearts of his loved ones and friends. "There is no death! An angel form walks o'er the earth with silent tread; He bears our best loved things away; and we call them 'dead.' Yet ever near us though unseen, the dear immortal spirits tread, for all the boundless universe, is life; there are no dead."
-Fri Aug 31, 1906 Brown County World, P.8.
"JAMES B. ALLISON, Register of Deeds, was originally from Illinois, was born October 9, 1836, in McDonough County. After attaining a common school education, he attended Mount Pleasant High School. During the spring of 1861, Mr. A. first came to Kansas and located in Doniphan County. He removed to Brown County in 1864, where his time was divided between agricultural pursuits and school teaching. He served four terms as Trustee of Walnut Township, and in 1879 was elected Register of Deeds, being re- elected in 1881. Being a gentleman of tact and decided ability, he is admirably adapted to fill this position, discharging the various duties in a faithful and competent manner. He is a member of the Congregational Church of Fairview."
-from William G. Cutler's History of the State of Kansas, first published in 1883 by A. T. Andreas, Chicago, IL.
Marticia A. Tunnell Allison (1857 - 1942)
Old Fairview Cemetery
Created by: Keith in Kansas
Record added: Apr 07, 2007
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