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Allen, Ada E.

  • Personne
  • 1881-1967

Ada E. Allen was born on 3 November 1881 in Andover, Victoria County, New Brunswick. She was the daughter of Rev. Thomas Allen (1841-1936) and Mary Eliza (Bishop) Allen (1845-1932). She was a school teacher for over 40 years and retired in Moncton where she was active in Central United Church. She died in the Moncton Hospital on 5 April 1967. She is buried in the Gray’s Island Cemetery in Hillsborough, New Brunswick.

Allen, Bertha

  • Personne
  • 1883-1969

Bertha Allen was born 28 January 1883 in Keswick, York County, New Brunswick. She was the daughter of Rev. Thomas Allen (1841-1936) and Mary Eliza (Bishop) Allen (1845-1932). She was educated in local public schools and attended the Mount Allison Ladies' College in 1903-1904. She subsequently attended the Moncton Business College to gain her stenographic diploma. She was a school teacher predominantly in Montreal, Quebec. She died in 1969 and is buried in the Gray’s Island Cemetery in Hillsborough, New Brunswick.

Allen, George B.

  • Personne
  • 1871-1874

George B. Allen was born on 11 April 1871 in Upham, Kings County, New Brunswick. He was the son of Rev. Thomas Allen (1841-1936) and Mary Eliza (Bishop) Allen (1845-1932). He died on 19 September 1874 from inflammation of the bowels in Jerusalem, Queens County, New Brunswick.

Allen, Mary Edith

  • Personne
  • 1874-1966

Mary Edith Allen was born on 4 November 1874. She was the daughter of Rev. Thomas Allen (1841-1936) and Mary Eliza (Bishop) Allen (1845-1932). She was a school teacher and worked in a variety of schools in New Brunswick and in the Canadian West. She died in 1966 and is buried in the Gray’s Island Cemetery in Hillsborough, New Brunswick.

Allen, Mary Eliza (Bishop)

  • Personne
  • 1845-1932

Mary Eliza Bishop was born on 7 March 1845. She was the daughter of Edward Bishop and Rachel (Warrington) Bishop. She was married to Rev. Thomas Allen (1841-1936) on 7 July 1870 in Sandy Cove, Digby County, Nova Scotia. The couple had the following children: George B. (1871-1874), William C. (1872-1898), Mary Edith (1874-1966), Thomas Jackson (1876-1959), Frances "Fannie" Seymour (1878-1968), Ada E. (1881-1967) and Bertha (1883-1969). She died on 10 August 1932 and is buried in the Gray Island Cemetery in Hillsborough, New Brunswick.

Allen, Thomas

  • Personne
  • 1841-1936

Rev. Thomas Allen was born on 2 August 1841 in Leicester, England, the son of John and Mary (Cooke) Allen. He was ordained a clergyman circa 1866 and he came to Canada by 1870 to minister in New Brunswick. He served the following Methodist congregations:
1881 – Andover, New Brunswick
1882-1885 – Keswick, New Brunswick
1886-1888 – Boiestown, New Brunswick
1889-1891 – Derby, New Brunswick
1892-1894 – St. David’s, New Brunswick
1895-1898 – Hillsborough, New Brunswick
1899-1901 – Florenceville, New Brunswick
1902 – Elgin, New Brunswick
He was married to Mary Eliza Bishop (1845-1932) on 7 July 1870 in Sandy Cove, Digby County, Nova Scotia. He died on 26 December 1936 and is buried in the Gray Island Cemetery in Hillsborough, New Brunswick.

Allen, Thomas Jackson

  • Personne
  • 1876-1959

Thomas Jackson Allen was born on 11 June 1876 in the Parish of Greenwich in Queens County, New Brunswick, the son of Rev. Thomas Allen (1841-1936) and Mary Eliza Bishop (1845-1932). He was married to widow Ella J. Wells (1866-1954) on 30 December 1903. She was the daughter of Hiram L. Turner (1828-1903) and Adeline F. (Allen) Turner (1835-1918). He worked as a barrister for the Canadian National Railway. He died on 11 October 1959 and is buried in the Gray’s Island Cemetery in Hillsborough, New Brunswick.

Allison, Charles Frederick

  • Personne
  • 1795-1858

Charles Frederick Allison (1795-1858) was born in Cornwallis, Nova Scotia, and was the son of James Allison, a farmer and merchant, and Margaret Hutchinson. He married Milcah Trueman on June 23, 1840. They had at least one daughter. Charles Allison died in Sackville, New Brunswick.

Charles Allison grew up in Cornwallis, N.S., and received his education there. He moved to Parrsboro, N.S., where he worked as a clerk in a store owned by a relative by marriage. At age 21, Charles joined the mercantile firm of William Crane and Bardin Turner in Sackville, New Brunswick. William Crane was a cousin of Charles'. Within a few years, he became a partner in the firm. The Crane and Allison business operated both in the Sackville area as a distributor of local agricultural produce and imported goods and on the Miramichi River exporting lumber to Liverpool and selling provisions and imported commodities. The firm's widespread trading links in Great Britain and the New England states played a significant role in the development of shipbuilding in Sackville parish. Allison retired from active business in 1840 to devote himself to the establishing educational facilities in Sackville.

A spiritual crisis during the 1830s resulted in his conversion from Church of England to the Methodist denomination. Through the Rev. William Smithson, Charles began to attend Methodist services in 1833. In 1836, Charles Allison was among those converted at a series of revival meetings in Sackville, led by the Rev. John Bass Strong.

Methodists had wanted to open an educational institution in the Maritime provinces for many years but had been unable to raise the funds. In 1839, Charles Allison offered to buy land in Sackville for a school and to construct a suitable building at his own expense and donate £100 annually for the first ten years of operation. He laid the foundation for the Mount Allison Wesleyan Academy on 9 July 1840 and supervised the construction personally. The academy opened to students 19 January 1843.

During the following years, he took an active interest in the school's operation, a frequent visitor to the school and served as treasurer until his death.

Charles Allison was shy by nature and shunned public attention. In 1849, he declined an appointment to the Legislative Council of New Brunswick by the government leader, Edward Baron Chandler, despite assurances he wouldn't be called upon to identify himself with any political party. Most of his energy was directed toward the academy.

During the late 1840s and early 1850s, Allison played a leading role in building a school for girls. Again, he supervised the construction. During the summer of 1854, after donating £1000, Charles Allison had the satisfaction of seeing an academy for females in operation with Mary Electa Adams as the lady preceptress. Allison did not live to see the inauguration of another institution bearing his name, the Mount Allison Wesleyan College, 1862, which benefited from a sum left in his will designated for the establishment of a degree granting college.

When Charles A. Allison died, he was not solely remembered for his monetary contributions. In reality, his donations were modest, £10,000. He had provided much time and energy to the Academy and he was considered an able counsellor and a loyal and constant friend of the college.

Sources:
Dictionary of Canadian Biography, Vol. VIII, 1851-1860

Allison, Frank Drummond, 1884-1951

  • Personne
  • 1847-1968

Frank Drummond Allison was born on 29 March 1884 at 61 Sewell Street, Saint John, New Brunswick the son of Frank Octavius and Mary Sara Bonsall (Kaye) Allison. At the conclusion of the war he resigned a position he held with the Bank of Montreal which included work at the head office in Montreal as well as overseas in the Trafalgar Square Branch in London. Thereafter, he entered the employ of Dillion Reed Co., a large New York bond house, serving there for a number of years. He studied art with Wilfred M. Barnes and Maurice Cullen in Montreal, Quebec. He continued his training in the United States with John F. Carlson and abroad with George Elmer Browne. He was awarded the Jessie Dow Prize for the best watercolour by the Art Association of Montreal in 1933. He exhibited in Montreal, New York, Boston, Philadelphia and London, England. He is represented in the collections of the New Brunswick Museum, Saint John; Milliken University and Decatur Institute of Civic Arts, Springfield, Illinois; Peoria High School; Y.M.C.A. – Saint John; International Business Machines (IBM) Corporation and private collectors. He died on 18 July 1951 in Saint John, New Brunswick and is buried in Fernhill Cemetery in the same place.

Allison, Leonard A.

  • Personne
  • 1855-1903

Leonard A. Allison, K.C., was born in Newport, Nova Scotia on 3 March 1855, the son of John and Rachel (Shaw) Allison. One of his uncles, David Allison, was the president of Mount Allison University and another, W. Henry Allison represented Hants County at federal and provincial levels of government. He graduated in 1875 from Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick as valedictorian. He then taught classics at Sackville Academy for six years. This interest in classics continued throughout his life. In 1880 he entered the legal profession, studying under H. A. Powell of Sackville, Silas Award of Saint John, and Albert S. White of Sussex, all former classmates at Mount Allison. In 1884, he was called to the bar as a barrister. He formed a partnership with Silas White in Sussex. The firm became White, Allison and King in 1889. Mr. Allison married Ada Susan Murray (1858-1930), daughter of John Murray of Penobsquis, in 1885. The couple had two daughters, Jean Elder Allison (1893-1982) and Mary Rathbun Allison (1894-1983). A member of the Methodist Church, he served as choirmaster for the Sussex Church. In this capacity, he compiled and arranged a selection of hymns and chants. He then copied the selections into individual books for the entire choir. Mr. Allison was also a member of the Sussex School Board, taking a deep interest in his duties to the extent of spending many hours each week in classrooms. His greatest interests were history, genealogy and photography. He compiled meticulous notes but refused to publish until he was certain of his facts. He did publish a biography of the Rev. Oliver Arnold, the first rector of Sussex and an ancestor of Mrs. Allison. Another publication pertained to the history of the Indian school at Sussex. He also presented several papers to members of the New Brunswick Historical Society. During the last 10 years of his life, Mr. Allison collected information on Sir William Fenwick Williams, a native of Nova Scotia, a hero of the Crimean War and Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia as well as a relative of the Arnold family. He was unable to complete this study. In 1902, Leonard Allison travelled to Torquay, England for health reasons. He died there 8 January 1903, leaving his wife and two daughters.

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