Query: Allison

We are searching for the family of our great grandfather, John R. Allison b. 1844 or 45 in PA by his account on the 1880 US census). John R. seems to have been consistent in the use of the middle initial R.
John R. probably came to Texas sometime after 1870. According to 1880 US census he’s living in Precinct 5 of Wood Co., Texas with wife Mary Catherine (Evans) and baby, Annie B. Allison. His occupation is “sawyer”. In the same year we find John R. in an agricultural census, same neighborhood.
According to the US Appointment of Postmasters he is postmaster in Hawkins, Wood County in 1892.We have found no record of him after this. His wife appears to have died in 1884 and his children are living with maternal aunts in Alvord, Wise Co. in 1900 (US census).
What we would like to find is confirmation of his life previous to this and to know who his parents were. We have found a John R. Allison with a matching birthdate in the 1850 and 1870 US censuses of Greencastle, Franklin, PA and some military records indicating he was at Big Wichita, Texas.
What we are wondering is if Wood County might hold some records that can help us flesh out his life and help us locate him and his family in Pennsylvania with some certainty. A big break through would be great and every little bit helps flesh out the picture.
Thanks so much,
Stella Allison <stellaallison@yahoo.com>

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