John Allison (Canadian politician)

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John Allison (1753 – March 1, 1821) was an Irish-born farmer, merchant and politician in Nova Scotia. He represented Newport township in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly from 1811 to 1820.

He was born near Limavady, the son of Joseph Allison and Alice Polk (or Pollock). He came to Nova Scotia with his family in 1769.[1] The family originally planned to settle in Philadelphia but their ship was wrecked on Sable Island and the family purchased a farm in Horton (later Wolfville) in Kings County, Nova Scotia.[2][3] In 1779, Allison married Nancy Whidden. He lived in Horton but later moved to Newport. He died in Newport.[1]

His son James and his brother Joseph also served in the provincial assembly. His daughter Elizabeth married John Elder.[1]


  1. ^ a b c A Directory of the Members of the Legislative Assembly of Nova Scotia, 1758-1958, Public Archives of Nova Scotia (1958)
  2. ^ Morrison, Leonard Allison (1893). The history of the Alison, or Allison family in Europe and America, A.D. 1135 to 1893 ... pp. 181–182. 
  3. ^ "The History of Mount Allison". Mount Allison University. Archived from the original on 2011-09-28. Retrieved 2011-05-18.