Bess Waldo Allison

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Bess Waldo Allison (Daniels)

Birthplace: Milwaukee, WI, USA
Death: Died in Atlantic Ocean
Cause of death: Drowned in the sinking of the RMS Titanic
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Arville F. Daniels and Sarah Daniels
Wife of Hudson Joshua Creighton Allison
Mother of Helen Loraine Allison and Hudson Trevor Allison
Sister of Mabel Daniels
Half sister of Myrtle Daniels

Managed by: Gene
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About Bess Waldo Allison

Mrs Hudson J.C. Allison (Bess Waldo Daniels) perished in the sinking of the RMS Titanic. She was born on November 14, 1886, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The youngest daughter of Arville Daniels and Sarah McCully. She had an older sister, Mabel who had been born three years earlier in 1883. She also had another sister, Myrtle who had been born in 1873 and was a child from Arville's first marriage to Mary Bowden.

Bess met Hudson on a train in 1907. They married later that year in her home town of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

On June 5, 1909 the couple's first daughter, Helen Loraine was born. She was soon followed by a brother, Hudson Trevor who was born on May 7, 1911.

Mrs. Allison was travelling with her husband Hudson Allison, a wealthy Montreal stockbroker, and their two children.

Mrs Allison, her husband, son and daughter, boarded the Titanic at Southampton as first class passengers.

When the Titanic hit the iceberg, Alice Cleaver took Trevor and left with him in lifeboat 11 . Bess Allison was put in a boat with Loraine, but refused to leave the ship without her baby. She dragged Loraine out of the boat and started searching for Alice and Trevor.

"Mrs Allison could have gotten away in perfect safety," Major Arthur Peuchen told the Montreal Daily Star "But somebody told her Mr Allison was in a boat being lowered on the opposite side of the deck, and with her little daughter she rushed away from the boat. Apparently she reached the other side to find that Mr Allison was not there. Meanwhile our boat had put off."

Major Peuchen, also gave this account of Mrs. Allison's last moments "She had gone to the deck without her husband, and, frantically seeking him was directed by an officer to the other side of the ship. She failed to find Mr. Allison and was quickly hustled into one of the collapsible life-boats, and when last seen by Major Peuchen she was toppling out of the half-swamped boat."

Trevor Allison was the only survivor having been rescued by the child's nurse Alice Cleaver. Bess's body, if recovered, was never identified.

Travelling Companions (on same ticket)

Mr Hudson Joshua Creighton Allison

Miss Helen Loraine Allison

Master Hudson Trevor Allison

Miss Alice Catherine Cleaver

Miss Sarah Daniels

Travelling Companions

Miss Amelia Mary "Mildred" Brown Employee (Cook)

Mr George Swane Employee (Chauffeur)

Further Information supplied by Nicolas Chmarzynski

I have information on the family of Bess Waldo Daniels Allison wife of his father Arville Daniels died in 1935 mc cully her mother Sarah was born in 1858 and died in 1935 also. Mabel Daniels sister Bess was born in 1883 and died in 1962 she married William Adolph Nieman 1878 -1959 his half sister Myrtle Daniels was born in 1873 and died in 1943

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Bess Waldo Allison's Timeline

November 14, 1886
Milwaukee, WI, USA
June 5, 1909
Age 22
May 7, 1911
Age 24
April 15, 1912
Age 25
Atlantic Ocean