GSSAThe 1820 Settler Correspondence
 as preserved in the National Archives, Kew
 and edited by Sue Mackay

Additonal Information

This is pre 1820 information mainly taken from actual images of parish registers held at the London Metropolitan Archives, Westminster Archives, West Yorkshire Archives, Manchester Central Library, non-conformist registers at the National Archives at Kew (RG4), online parish registers at CityArk or from original images at Family Search. I have also included some information from original images of Scottish old parish registers and English parish records which I have personally researched. Where reference is made to the London Gazette, the full version can be downloaded from http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/

Sue Mackay

ALLISON, James - Extra Data

 

(member of PARKER's Party)

 

James ALLISON's wife is listed as Ann, but it is clear that her name was actually Agnes, although by 1819 she was calling herself Ann. The Settler Handbook lists a daughter Sarah (15) and a daughter Anne (1), whereas the returns at Kew for PARKER's Party list Ann (15) and Sarah (1). The baptism of Sarah in Bury St.Edmunds (from where James ALLISON wrote some correspondence in 1819, indicate that Sarah was indeed the youngest.

PARKER's return states that James ALLISON was a pensioner of the 23rd Regiment of Light Dragoons, with the rank of Sergeant Major.

 

National Archives, Kew, London

 

WO97 1174-006
By Colonel William SPENCER, Commanding His Majesty's 23rd Regiment of Light Dragoons, whereof Colonel William FULLARTON is Colonel, these are to certify that the Bearer
Serjeant Major James ALLISON
has served in the above Regiment for the space of Eight Years Eight Months, during which time he has behaved himself Soberly and Honestly; and he is hereby discharged.
....
He is about 26 Years of Age, 5 FeetInches High, Brown Hair, Grey Eyes, Fair Complexion, Well Made, By Trade a Turner, Born in the Parish of Erskine in the County of Renfrew and Country of Scotland.
Given under my Hand and Seal of the Regiment at Belfast the 27th day of November 1802.
....
I James ALLISON do certify that I have received my Pay, Arrears of Pay, Clothing of All Sorts, and other just and due Demands whatever, from the day of inlisting into the aforesaid Regiment until the Day of my Discharge, and 28 days full pay to carry me Home.
As witness my hand this 27th day of November 1802
James ALLISON [signed]

 

New Register House, Edinburgh

 

Baptisms for Erskine, Renfrewshire, 1776
William ALLISON and Katharine STEUART had a lawful son born April 3rd and baptised 7th called James.

 

Old Parish Registers for Ayr, Ayrshire

Ayr 20th Feb'ry 1796, quo die James ALLISON soldier in 23rd Regt Light Dragoons and Agnes MAXWELL in this place gave in their names to be proclaimed in order for marriage and after proclamation were married accordingly.

William ALLISON son law. of James ALLISON soldier in the 23rd Regiment of Light Dragoons and Agnes MAXWELL his spouse was born 29th Jan'ry 1797 Bapt. 31st by Dr. Dalrymple.

 

James ALLISON Junior may well have been born in Ireland, as his father's discharge papers were signed in Belfast.

 

Borthwick Institute for Archives (University of York): (possible baptism)

 

Ann daughter of James ALLISON baptised 11 June 1804 in Settrington, Yorkshire

 

Baptism of John not found

 

National Archives, Kew, London

 

RG4/685 Registers of Annetwell Independent, Carlisle, Cumberland

Margaret daughter of James and Agnes ALLISON, Scotch Street, St.Cuthbert's, born March 22 1809, bapt Feb 21 1812
Mary Ann daughter of James and Agnes ALLISON, Scotch Street, St.Cuthbert's, born October 5 1811, bapt Feb 21 1812

 

Family Search

 

Joseph son of James ALLISON and Agnes MAXWELL baptised 20 October 1816 in Burwell, Cambridgeshire (born 20 October 1816)

Sarah daughter of James ALLISON and Ann MAXWELL was baptised 26 November 1819 in Bury St. Edmunds (Suffolk BTs) born 10 October 1819

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