Historical records matching Bessie Waldo Allison
About Bessie 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
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
Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Bess married Hudson Joshua Creigton Allison, a wealthy Montreal stockbroker, on December 18, 1907, against her parents' wishes. She was a devout Methodist and Sunday School teacher. She boarded the Titanic as a first class passenger along with her husband; daughter Loraine and her nursemaid Sarah Daniels; son Trevor and his nursemaid Alice Cleaver; their cook Mildrid Brown; and their chauffeur George Swane - who traveled second class. On the last night of her life, Bess and Hudson had dinner with Major Peuchen and Harry Molson. Bess had 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, unbeknown to Bess. Bess was forcibly put in a boat with Loraine, but refused to leave the ship without her baby, Trevor. She dragged Loraine out of the boat and started searching for Alice and Trevor. Major Peuchen, a survivor, told the newspaper, "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. Trevor survived. Bess' body was never recovered. Bessie Waldo Allison (Daniels) MP Birth: November 14, 1886 Milwaukee, WI, USA Death: April 15, 1912 (25) Atlantic Ocean (Drowned in the sinking of the RMS Titanic) Immediate Family: Daughter of Arville F. Fisher 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