From: "Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and
Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", by Biographical Review Publishing
Company, Chicago, Illinois; pages 430-431, a reprinted by Stevens
Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold by the Schuyler County
Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
Joseph Allison was born near Dover, Tuscarawas county, Ohio,
October 17, 1828. Joseph Allison, his father, was supposed to have been
born in Pennsylvania, as he was reared and married in that State, and
moved from there to Ohio. He bought a tract of timber land in
Tuscarawas county, built a log cabin in the wilderness, settled on his
frontier farm and began the work of clearing it. He lived there till
1840, when he came Illinois, being accompanied by his wife and eight
children. He made the journey overland with teams, working and camping
on the way. After a month's travel in this way, they landed at
Jacksonville, Morgan county. At that time Jacksonville was a hamlet and
Springfield only a small place, the surrounding country being thinly
settled. Renting land in Morgan county, he lived there four years. Then
he moved to Cass county, and in 1847, after renting land here three
years, bought a farm in section 23, of township 18, range 9, it being
unimproved at the time of purchase. He brought a log house from Morgan
county and erected it on this place. It was years before there were any
railroads here. Settlers were few and wild game was plentiful.
Beardstown was the chief market for supplies. Mr. Allison resided on
this place till his death, February 11, 1859. He spent years of toil
here, improving and beautifying his farm, and at the time of his death
had it in a flourishing condition, with good frame buildings, etc. The
maiden name of his wife, mother of the subject of our sketch, was
Elizabeth Spawn. She was born in Pennsylvania, and died on the home
farm, February 18, 1859. They were married in 1812. Following are the
names of their eight children: Mary, Margaret, Jane, John, Elizabeth,
Martha, Joseph and Catherine.
Joseph was twelve years old when his parents came to Illinois,
and he well remembers the incidents connected with their pioneer life
here. His mother used to card, spin and weave, and dress her children
in homespun. He resided with his parents until their death, and now
owns and occupies a part of the old homestead. The farm contains 137
acres and is well improved with good buildings, etc.
Mr. Allison was united in marriage, December 26, 1849, with
Cecelia E. Logue, who was born in Warren county, Tennessee, April 26,
1829. Her father, Oliver Logue, was born in the same county, January
17, 1805, son of William Logue, thought to have been a native of
Georgia. William Logue was a farmer and teacher, and served as a
Justice of the Peace in Warren county, Tennessee, where his death
occurred. The maiden name of grandmother Logue was Hannah Sturgis. She,
too, died in Warren county. Oliver Logue was reared and married in
Warren county, and from there moved to Illinois, in 1829, becoming one
of the first settlers of what is now Menard county. About a year later
he moved to that part of Morgan county now included in Cass. Here he
entered a tract of Government land, improved a farm, and resided till
his death. Mrs. Logue, nee Rebecca Cole, was born in Warren county,
Tennessee, January 12, 1805, daughter of James Cole.
Mr. and Mrs. Allison have three children: John Wesley, who was
born March 3, 1851, and married Mary Mellstead, and has two children,
Bessie and Cassie; James E., born in 1857, who married Lillie Wyatt,
has one child, Etta; and Arthur, born August 11, 1866, who married
Sarah Morgan; Elizabeth E., born June 1, 1854, died December 30, 1854.
Politically, Mr. Allison is a Republican. He and his wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.
Mr. Allison has disposed of his farm and intends to retire from active business pursuits.