|Death: ||Feb. 11, 1877|
Hon. William Allison, formerly associate judge, of Centre County is a son of George Allison, and: a grandson of Archibald,Jr.
William Allison, Esq., inherited many of the sterling traits of his father and at an early age commenced life as a clerk in a store at Harrisburg, where he was engaged, six or seven years. From Harrisburg he removed to Brown's Mills, in Mifflin County, now Reedsville, and in connection with J. & J. Potter opened a store, there in July, 1827. In 1829 the firm was dissolved, and Mr. Allison carried on the business himself for a few years, after which he returned to his old home near Spring Mills.
His father dying in 1845, left William, in conjunction with his brother James and David and James Potter, executors of his large estate, with many powers and truces to be executed. This, with improving his farm; building barns and saw-mills, brought a very large amount of business upon Mr. Allison's shoulders which he managed with skill and success.
On the 25th of June, 1847, he married Miss Sarah McNitt, daughter of William R. McNitt, her mother's maiden name being Esther McCoy. W. R. McNitt was a son of Robert McNitt, one of the earliest settlers of Kishacoquillas valley.
In December, 1847, occupied the failure of James and Joan Potter, of whom Mr. Allison was a creditor to a large amount. He was preferred by them on account of old intimacy and business relations, and the judgment they gave him resulted in protracted litigation. Mr. Allison, however, sustained his claim. Meanwhile, having purchased the hotel, factory, and` real estate at Potter's Mills, he removed thither and into the old residence of James Potter. Here be managed his large interests with his accustomed business tact, backed by large experience, very successfully, and uninterrupted prosperity marked his declining years.
Mr. Allison was a man of great executive ability, planned with great discretion and followed up what be determined upon vigorously. He kept himself well informed on the events of the present, although loving often to dwell, on the stirring events of the past, of which he was a great chronicler. His powerful memory, coupled with opportunities derived from his father's great age and good recollection, made Mr. Allison himself an encyclopedia of past events in Penn's valley, which the local historian could draw upon at pleasure and with great profit.
He was confined to his home for a number of years with a paralytic stroke, but was always cheerful and happy in seeing his friends. He died Feb, 11, 1877, and was buried in the private burying ground of the Allisons, near Spring Mills. Of his children, William M. was born Nov. 4, 1850; Esther E., Jan. 15, 1852, married to Frank McCoy, of Linn & McCoy, iron-masters; Edward, born Aug. 2, 1855; Lettie E., Sept. 28, 180; and Archibald, June 27, 1863.
Biography contributed by,Tamela Allison-Heim (#47733009)
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