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Subject: Re: [NMB] LOST AT SEA! (James Hall Allison)
Date: Sun, 9 May 2004 11:30:31 EDT

In a message dated 08/05/2004 21:19:40 GMT Daylight Time,

James Hall Allison was a son of Mary Ann Hall and John George Allison, who
was a Sunderland engineer and prided himself on being the inventor of the
"Allison Gas Engine". Don't feel guilty about not knowing anything about
that; nor do I! Seriously, though, John George's father (James) was a
shipbuilder on the Wear (before becoming a brewer) and the Allisons connect
to just about every ship owning/building family in Sunderland.

Some Allison details.
In 1851 a James Allison was a Maltster and Brewer at the long established
Monkwearmouth Brewery, Brewery Bank, Bonners Field, Monkwearmouth Shore, with
his house on Broad Street [later Roker Avenue]. J.J. & W.H. Allison later
passed this brewery to James Deuchar, which became part of Newcastle Breweries in
On the 21st. September 1852, William Henry Allison, second son of James
Allison of Cleadon Lodge, was married in Whitburn Church to Margaret Clay,
daughter of John Clay, mayor of South Shields.
On the 10th. August 1861 Albert Edwin Allison, 18, the youngest son of James
Allison, of Undercliffe, near Sunderland, was accidentally drowned in the
River Wear.
James Allison was elected the Mayor of Sunderland on 9th November 1863.
In 1881 John G. Allison, and Mary Ann, were living in the Old Parsonage,
Monkwearmouth Shore, he was an Annuitant Engineer and Clockmaker.
Henrietta Allison, widow of James Allison died 23rd. May 1881 at the home of
her grandson John Allison Gylby.
In 1894 John George Allison & Sons Engineers [Gas & Electric] were in
Fulwell Road, with their residence in Sea View Terrace, Roker.
In 1902 John George's son was trading as Charles H. Allison & Co.
Mathematical Instrument makers at 24 Norfolk Street, Sunderland.
I can find no references to James Allison being a shipbuilder.
Regards Stan Mapstone

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