About Hudson Joshua Creighton Allison
Hudson Joshua Creighton Allison perished in the sinking of the RMS Titanic. He was born in Chesterville, Ontario, Canada on 9 December 1881, the son of Jesse Rose Allison and Pheobe Johnston. He had three siblings: Margaret born on 9 April 1876, George born on 16 October, 1879 and William "percy" born on 21 March 1887.
Slender and saturnine, with a good head for figures he was imbued with the Protestant work ethic. Nicknamed "Hud", he worked for a time as a clerk in Chester Casselman's General Store in Chesterville, but at the age of 19, his uncle, George "Frank" Johnston, hired him to head the junior division of the brokerage firm in Montreal he had started with John Wilson McConnell, who would later buy the Montreal Star newspaper. The three men were members of Montreal's so called "Methodist Mafia", upstarts in Canadian financial circles. Allison was sent to Buffalo to learn shorthand, worked as an insurance agent for his uncle at Sun Life and New York Life, then was sent to Winnipeg where he opened an office.
During his two years in Winnipeg he lived in a house at the corner of Westminster Avenue. and Sherbrook Street. where he got to know Mark Fortune and Thomson Beattie .
During one of his frequent train trips back to Montreal he met Bess Waldo Daniels , the young but matronly daughter of an Irish American factory clerk, origionally from Massachusetts. They were married against her parents wishes in Milwaukee on his 26th birthday, just after she turned 21.
The Allisons were devout Methodists - they taught Sunday school, Bible Classes, and Hudson often served as a lay preacher. Their daughter, Helen Loraine was born 5 June 1909, and their son, Hudson Trevor , 7 May 1911. The same year they began the Allison Stock Farm near Winchester, Ontario, and built a new house in Westmount, Quebec.
Mr. Allison was on the board of the British Lumber Corporation, and sailed to England for a directors' meeting. While there, they had Trevor baptized at Epworth in the church where Methodist Founder John Wesley had preached. They took a side trip to the Scottish Highlands where Hudson bought two dozen Clydesdales and Hackney Stallions and mares for the stock farm. At the same time, they picked up furniture and recruited household staff for their two residences - George Swane was hired as a chauffeur, Mildred Brown as a cook, Alice Cleaver as a nursemaid for Trevor and Sarah Daniels as a Lady's maid for Bess.
Like many others, the Allisons had altered travel plans to sail back with old friends on Titanic . They paid £151 16s for three cabins on the Upper Deck C-22/24/26. (ticket number113781). Mr and Mrs Allison were in one suite, Sarah Daniels and Loraine in another and Alice Cleaver and Trevor in the third. The other household servants travelled second class .
On the last night of their lives, Hudson and Bess Allison sat down to dinner with Major Peuchen and Harry Molson , and Bess brought Loraine briefly into the Jacobean dining room so she could see how pretty it was.
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."
Bess, Hudson and Loraine perished in the disaster. Only Hudson Allison's body was recovered: #135.
NO. 135. - MALE.
CLOTHING - Leather coat; blue suit; grey silk muffler.
EFFECTS - Keys; letters; photos; stock book; three pocket diaries; one C. P. Railway ticket book; two pocket books; card case; $143.00 in notes; chain with insurance medals; £15 in gold; $100.00 Thomas Cook & Sons travellers' cheque; £35 in notes; gold cuff links; diamond solitaire ring; gold stud; knife; silver tie clip; $4.40 in odd coins; traveller's ticket.
NAME - H. J. ALLISON.
Mr Allison's body was buried in the Allison family plot in Maple Ridge cemetery near Winchester, Ont.
Funeral services for the Allison family were held at the Douglas Methodist Church in Montreal on Sunday April 21. "The pew in which Mr and Mrs Allison had attended the service of the church so often was draped in black and purple, and in the centre was a huge floral offering from the members of the congregation among whom the young couple were highly esteemed."
One month after the funeral, Hud's brother Percy recieved an unexpected delivery: the horses that Allison had shipped by tramp steamer from Scotland had arrived safely.
Hudson Allison left no will, so his brothers Percy and George were left to fight over the estate.
Travelling Companions (on same ticket)
- Mrs Bessie Waldo 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)
Hudson Allison-(31) born 12/18/181 Ontario, Canada Bess D. Allison-(25) born 11/14/1886 Milwaukee, Wisconsin Helen Lorraine Allison (2) born 6/5/1909 Hudson Trevor Allison (11 mths.) born 5/7/1911
"Hud" and Bess met , fell in love, and married (against her parents wishes!) on his 26th birthday in 1907. They had two children.
Lorraine and Trevor were 2 adorable, lucky children. They were born into a loving, devoutly Methodist family of wealth and comfort.
Hud had become a successful businessman, earning his own money by ambition and hard work. They had homes in Montreal, London and his home town of Chesterville, Ontario, Canada, where they raised fine thoroughbred horses. They also served their church in various positions, including teaching Sunday school and sometimes Hud would even preach a sermon.
The family had been on a European holiday/business trip in the spring of 1912. They bought fine antiques and furniture for their various homes and were returning when they purchased 1st class tickets on the beautiful new ship Titanic. They also had their children's nannies with them.
The night of the sinking, after becoming aware of some kind of danger, Trevor's nanny Alice, decide to bundle him up and get to the lifeboat deck without telling his parents she was taking Trevor with her. She managed to get herself and Trevor into a waiting life boat.
Hud and Bess, hearing of the danger, went into the other bedroom to get Trevor, only to find him gone! Grabbing Lorraine, they frantically searched the ship for Trevor. Bess told Hud she would not get into a lifeboat without Trevor! At some point, a nearby seaman tried to persuade little Lorraine to get into a boat. Bess would not let her get in, keeping her with them on the deck, waiting, waiting...panicked about what to do next.
Only Trevor and his nanny survived that night. Bess and Lorraine were never to be seen again. Lorraine became the only first class child to perish with the Titanic. Bess was one of four first class ladies to die.
Hud's body was recovered and buried in his hometown of Chesterville. Trevor was the last of this loving family until he too, died at age 18 in 1929, of ptomaine poisoning at his aunt and uncles' home. Trevor now rests beside his father.
Hudson Allison's Timeline
December 9, 1881
Chesterville, ON, Canada
June 5, 1909
May 7, 1911
April 15, 1912
April 21, 1912
Winchester, ON, Canada