WOOD and ALLISON info
I note you have not posted on GENFORUM since May 2001, so I hope you find this some day. I'm not related to any of these surnames, but I have a some bits of info that might fill in a few gaps ...
The area of Quebec where the WOOD people lived (Estrie) is the French name for what we call in English the "Eastern Townships" (now the French call this "Les Cantons de l'Est"). The area where the WOOD family lived is just over the USA border from New York State, and yes, they were there as Loyalists (Americans say Tories) who had left the new USA. Many of their properties were confiscated by the new American government. Without any more details, I would guess they were from the area between Albany, NY and the Canadian border, but they could have come from further south in NY state.
Unless you have specific info on these WOOD names, you might want to click on 'New York' state here on GENFORUM, then put in WOOD or some other keyword to see what pops up. Or, you can try clicking on the northern counties of NY state, such as CLINTON County.
The Allisons were a Lowland Scot family, not Highlanders. Allisons are also found in both the (now) Irish Republic and Northern Ireland. Those in and around Dublin were predominantly Catholic and those in Ulster were mostly Protestant Presbyterian, according to Irish parish records. Allison origins in England are many, but commonly found in Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, Cumberland, Essex and London. The most common alternate Allison spellings in England are Ellison, Allanson and Alliston.
The earliest ancestor of the Allison family was likely a Norman who came ashore with William the Conqueror. The Bruce in Scotland was of Norman stock. The Allisons were already in Scotland and using the name before the time of The Bruce.
Founders of Mount Allison University, Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada
In 1769 a ship (name ?) was wrecked on Sable Island while on a voyage from Londonderry, Ireland, to Pennsylvania. The survivors were taken to Halifax and several settled in Nova Scotia: the Allisons (Mount Allison University), the McCormicks (Granville, Annapolis County, NS), the McHeffeys, the Magees, and the Cunninghams of Antigonish. Eaton in "The History of King's County, Nova Scotia" traces the family from Joseph Allison, born near Londonderry, Ireland, about 1720. He was the one who with his family was shipwrecked in 1769. He gives the names of his children, and many of his descendants. Among the descendants was Charles Frederick Allison, the founder of Mount Allison University, also Dr. David Allison, for many years the president. Charles’ sister Nancy Allison was adopted, and married James Noble Shannon.
Another version of this story says the founder of Mount Allison University was Edward Allison, one of seven grandsons of a John Allison, a Scottish Highlander who left Edinburgh sometime in the middle of the 17th century. He settled at Haverstraw, NY. The Revolutionary War of 1776 divided the seven brothers. One, John, was killed at the Siege of Québec. Two others fought for the American side, four were Loyalists. Three came to Prince Edward County in Ontario (presumably the fourth Loyalist was Edward ?).
There are still Allisons in the Prince Edward County area. You can do some research at the Marilyn Adams Genealogical Research Centre in Ameliasburg, Ontario. The documentation there is extensive !