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James Joseph Allison, SV/PROG

Also Known As: "James Joseph Allison"
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland
Death: Died in Cape, South Africa
Immediate Family:

Son of William Allison and Katharine (Steuart) Allison
Husband of Ann (Agnes)
Father of William Allison; Rev. James Allison b1; John Allison, b2; Sarah Cameron, b3; Margaret Cameron, b4 and 3 others

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About James Joseph Allison, SV/PROG


eGGSA National Archives, Kew CO48/41, 118 by Sue MacKay

Bury St.Edmunds

24th Sept 1819

My Lord,

I have to acknowledge the receipt of your Lordship's reply to my letter dated 13th inst respecting my going to His Majesty's possessions in North Americas intimating that no incouragement for imigrating to that place.

I beg leave to be informed upon what conditions I might be permitted to go as a settler to the Cape of Good Hope and the steps necessary to be taken previous to my leaving this country &c

I am your Lordship's most obt and very humble servant

James ALLISON late Srg Major

Bury St.Edmunds Recruiting District

PS I must refer your Lordship to my former letter for information respecting family &c

Extra Data - James Allison Parker's Party.

by Sue Mackay.

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 Feet 7¾ Inches 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.

Possible baptism for Ann on Family Search:

Ann daughter of James and Ann 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

Dragoons during the during the Napoleonic Wars 1793-1815

  • First Name: James
  • Initials: J
  • Surname: Allison
  • Nationality: British
  • Information: 2nd Cavalry Brigade
  • Rank: Private
  • Service: British Army
  • Regiment: Dragoons
  • Brigade: Douglas's Troop
  • Battalion: 6th

Added by Heather Peyper (From Shelagh Spencer-ALLISON,Rev.James-son of James Allison,a British Army Officer and Ann Maxwell) James Senior had seen service in the East Indies and in the Peninsular Campaign.In the British Isles,he had been stationed at Carlisle,Bury St Edmunds,Inverness and lastly at Cork.It was from Cork in Jan 1820 that James and Ann Allison and their family left for the Cape.They were members of one of The Irish parties of Settlers,and sailed on the East Indian. 1820 Apr-East Indian arrived at Simon's Bay-diverted to Saldanha Bay from whence the settlers travelled to Clanwilliam district. May-James Allison senior's brother,Francis and his family arrived at Algoa Bay in the Albury. 1820-Allison senior died near Clanwilliam.Shortly afterwards the irish settlers were relocated in the Albany District. -soon after his father's death James was apprenticed to a Dutch Farmer in "the interior of the Colony",who was also a hatter.

Extra information to add: 1. James Allison a.k.a. James Joseph Allison Arrival 1820 Parker's Party - landed 1st May 1820 Born Edinburgh, Scotland c. 1775. Married Ann Maxwell a.k.a. Ann Mary Maxwell. James Joseph Allison, SV/PROG

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James Joseph Allison, SV/PROG's Timeline

July 6, 1776
January 24, 1797
Age 20
Ayr, Scotland
July 4, 1805
Age 28
Cumberland, England
Age 29
Cumberland, England
Age 32
Age 33
Age 35
November 30, 1817
Age 41
June 1819
Age 42
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England
July 24, 1820
Age 44
Cape, South Africa