pg. 380 “ALLISON - The ALLISON family was among the pioneer settlers of Allegheny county, Pennsylvania, and bravely endured the hardships which the early settlers were called upon to endure.They have proved their worth as good citizens and patriots in many cases.
(I) JAMES ALLISON, one of the first settlers of Richland township, Allegheny county, was a farmer.He gave his political support to the Republican party, and was a consistent member of the Presbyterian Church.He married ELIZABETH BRICKELL, and they had children: JOHN M., of further mention; JAMES, GEORGE, SAMUEL, LYDIA.
(II) JOHN M. ALLISION, son of JAMES and ELIZABETH (BRICKELL) ALLISON, was born on the ALLISON homestead in Richland township, in 1830, died July 27, 1909.He was educated in the public schools in the vicinity of his home and spent all the active years of his life in farming on the homestead on which he had been born.He erected all the buildings now standing on this property, and made many other improvements.He was a member of the United Presbyterian Church.MR. ALLISON married MARY, who died in 1873, a daughter of JOHN MAGILL, and they had children: GEORGE A., married MARGARET HARE; JOHN R., married CORA CRIBBS; JAMES L., of further mention; SARAH E., married WILLIAM DONALDSON; LOUISE M., unmarried; HOWARD M., unmarried; HARRY B., married KATHERINE McCAULEY.
(III) JAMES L. ALLISON, son of JOHN M. and MARY (MAGILL) ALLISON, (pg. 381) was born on the ALLISON homestead in Richland township, January 8, 1860.He received his education in the public schools, and in early manhood engaged in farming independently, which he has now been doing for about a quarter of a century.He owns one hundred acres of fine farm land, and keeps this in an excellent state of cultivation.He is one of the prosperous farmers of the township, and his farm is considered a model of its size in many ways.He takes a deep interest in all matters concerning the public welfare, and has served a number of years as a member of the board of school directors.His religious affiliation is with the United Presbyterian Church.MR. ALLISON married, in 1885, IDA E., a daughter of SAMUEL ANDERSON and they have children: MARY A., married THOMAS FERGUSON; CHARLES M., married JESSIE CARNAHAN; JANET S., married HOWARD MORROW.”