*Boyd Crumrine, "History of Washington County, Pennsylvania with Biographical Sketches of Many of Its Pioneers and Prominent Men" (Philadelphia: L. H. Leverts & Co., 1882).
Chartiers Twp. (pp. 707-720)
“WILLIAM and JOHN ALLISON, sons of JAMES ALLISON, SR., emigrated in 1834 to McDonough County, Ill., where they lived and died. GEORGE became a merchant in Noblestown, and died there. THOMAS and ANDREW settled on the homestead farm, JONATHAN ALLISON, the son of THOMAS, resides on the homestead, and the heirs of THOMAS ALLISON now own the part that belongs to ANDREW. RACHEL, a daughter of JAMES ALLISON, became the wife of GEORGE CRAIGHEAD, to whom one hundred acres of the estate was left. MRS. WILLIAM ROSS, a granddaughter of MRS. GEORGE CRAIGHEAD, now lives on this portion of the old ALLISON tract...
HON. JONATHAN ALLISON:
In 1773, JAMES ALLISON came from Cecil County, Md., and settled upon a farm in Washington County, Pa., which he had purchased from Thomas Moffit, and which is now owned and occupied by his grandson, HON. JONATHAN ALLISON. He was of Irish parentage, and married JANE BRADFORD, who was of Scotch ancestry, a sister of DAVID BRADFORD, of Whiskey Insurrection notoriety. He was a prominent Citizen, being an associate judge of the courts of Washington County, and in the years 1786, 1787, 1788, and 1789 a member of the Supreme Executive Council at Philadelphia. He was a ruling elder in Dr. John McMillan’s church for a number of years. His son, THOMAS ALLISON, married MARY JOHNSON, by whom he had ten children. He was a good farmer, a man of exemplary life, and died Oct. 21, 1849, aged sixty-eight years. His wife is still living, an active woman of eighty-four years. HON. JONATHAN ALLISON, the sixth in the order of birth of THOMAS and MARY ALLISON’S children, was born in Chartiers township Washington County, Feb. 3, 1828. When seventeen years of age he entered Jefferson College, where he remained for two years, when owing to the death of a brother he returned home and engaged in farming which has been the principal business of his life. Since the completion of the Chartiers Valley Railroad he has been engaged in developing the bituminous coal with which his farm is underlaid. This vein of coal was first discovered by his grandfather JAMES ALLISON, about eighty-five years ago and “the first bituminous coal discovered in Washington County. It was hauled for many miles for black-smithing and other purposes, and, as an instance of its then estimated value, it may be stated here that soon after the discovery JAMES ALLISON sold four acres of it to JUDGE BAIRD, of Washington, Pa., for seventeen hundred and fifty dollars.
JONATHAN ALLISON has always taken an active part in politics. He was an ardent Old-Line Whig, being a delegate from his township to the last county convention of that part held in Washington, Pa. He has been a radical republican from the organization of that party, and was by it elected a member of the General Assembly of Pennsylvania for Washington County in 1873, and re-elected in 1874. While in the House he served on the Committees of Ways and Means, Foreign Relations, Mines and Mining, etc. In 1882 he was nominated by acclamation by the Republican convention of Washington County for State Senator for the Forty-sixth Senatorial district, composed of the counties of Washington and Beaver. He had also held the office of justice of the peace and school director in his native township. In public and private life he has borne himself with unquestioned fidelity to duty, and enjoys among the people of the county a high character for probity and honorable dealing. He is and has been for thirty years a member of the Presbyterian Church.
He was married April 7, 1857, to MARGARET, daughter of WILLIAM and MARGARET GABBY, of Franklin township, Washington Co., Pa. To them were born eleven children, three of whom died in infancy. One son, WILLIAM E., was drowned Feb. 10, 1881. His age was ten years. Their living children are: MAGGIE, ALBERT J., THOMAS G., EDWIN E., JOHN B., RALPH M., and JENNIE.”
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