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 James M. Allison

James M. Allison

Death 6 Apr 1916 (aged 80)
Burial Middletown, Menard County, Illinois, USA
Memorial ID 28111941 · View Source
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Date: 21 Jan 1859
Arrival port: New York, NY, USA.

Arrived from Liverpool aboard the ship Dreadnought.

One of the references for the information page on the ship is a book titled From the Forecastle to the Cabin by Samuel Samuels (Harper & Bros., New York, 1887). I have found the passenger manifest for the voyage James and Ann were on (, which shows them, along with the two undetermined Allison relatives listed as living with them in the 1860 census (lines 93-96). It gives Samuel Samuels as the master of the ship. It also mistakenly lists the elder Ann, whom I'm guessing was his aunt, as his wife.

Painting of this Dreadnought, by J.E. Buttersworth, ca. 1853, at the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA, USA (
A second picture of the ship (Currier & Ives print) is shown here.

Wikipedia also says, "Was originally intended for the "Racehorse Line" of California clippers. Maiden Voyage: 1853 December 6. Sailed from New York for Liverpool under command of Captain Samuel Samuels. Dreadnought was considered to be possibly the fastest clipper ship. In 1860 it set a new record for New York to Liverpool of only 9 days, 17 hours. That record has never been surpassed by a sailing ship." (Source: Wikipedia List of Clipper Ships.)


Obituary from the Middletown Ledger (Middletown, Illinois), date unknown:

"Another of the few remaining veterans of the Civil War of this vicinity received his final discharge when James Allison departed this life Thursday evening, April 6, 1916 at the age of 80 years and 5 months. He had been ill since last July with creeping paralysis that gradually encroached upon the seat of life to its extinction. The funeral was held at the Irish Grove Church Sunday afternoon, April 9, at 2:30 o'clock with Rev. J.H. Norris officiating. The interment was made in the Irish Grove cemetery. The pallbearers were Thos. Croft, John Becker, John Chandler, Wm. Sturgis, John Hall and C.P. Gaines, all long time friends of the deceased.

"Mr. Allison was born in Ireland in November, 1835. He remained in his native country until 1858 when he was married to Miss Ann Montgomery and immediately afterward they emigrated to America. For about four years after coming to this country he was employed as a cooper at the DuPont Powder Co. plant in Delaware. During the civil war he enlisted in a Delaware regiment, which was detailed to guard the powder plant.

"After the war the family came to Illinois and took up life in the Irish Grove vicinity. He was an industrious farmer and became the owner of a farm where he lived for many years and where he died. His wife passed away in 1906 and since that time he has made his home with his son Alexander at the homestead. Seven children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Allison, of whom five survive. They are, James of Commerce, Oklahoma, John, William, Alexander, and Mrs. Lizzie Donaldson of this vicinity. A daughter, Martha, died in early youth and another daughter, Mrs. Janie McDonald, died over a score of years ago. There are 23 grandchildren and three great grandchildren living. The deceased was a member of the Irish Grove Church."

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  • Maintained by: Severian
  • Originally Created by: Charles W Brown
  • Added: 7 Jul 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 28111941
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for James M. Allison (Nov 1835–6 Apr 1916), Find A Grave Memorial no. 28111941, citing Irish Grove Cemetery, Middletown, Menard County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Severian (contributor 47716368) .