Joseph Young Allison was born in Concord, N.C., the second of the nine children of Robert Washington Allison (1809-1898), a farmer and merchant, and his wife, Sara Ann Phifer Allison (1816-1889). Joseph joined the Confederate Army in 1864 and served in Moseley’s Company (the Sampson Artillery), in the 13th Battalion, North Carolina Light Artillery in 1864-1865.
After the Civil War, he studied liberal arts at Davidson College in Davidson N. C. (1865-1866) and, after graduating, attended the University of Virginia in session 43-44 (1866-1868), where he studied law. He was admitted to the bar in Charlotte, N. C., and practiced law for three years. He decided he did not like the law, and enrolled in Columbia Theological Seminary in Columbia S. C. He was licensed to preach in 1875 and was ordained at Red River, Louisiana, in 1876.
Rev. Joseph Y. Allison was married to Cave Devant (1846-1934) of South Carolina in 1876. The couple had one daughter, Margaret.
Rev. Allison was a delegate to the General Assembly of the Presbyterian church at Knoxville TN in 1879. He received a D. D. from The Presbyterian College of SC in 1892. He served as the pastor at the church in Monroe, LA from 1876-1881, in Tallahassee, FL from 1882-84, in Baton Rouge LA from 1882-87. His last parish was in Lake Charles, LA, where he was active in Confederate Veterans organizations in Louisiana and Texas.
After an illness of several months, the Reverend Doctor Allison died in Lake Charles, Calcasieu Parish, LA, in 1912. He was survived by his wife, Cave, and their daughter. The three of them are buried at Orange Grove Cemetery in Lake Charles.
- Allison tombstones, Orange Grove Cemetery, Lake Charles, Louisiana. Findagrave.com.
- “Dr. J. Y. Allison dies.” The Lafayette Advertiser (Lafayette, LA), 6 Dec. 1912, p.5. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress. <http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86079068/1912-12-06/ed-1/seq-5/>
- “Louisiana, Deaths Index, 1850-1875, 1894-1956,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/F3M5-DV4 : accessed 23 May 2014), Joseph Young Allison, 01 Dec 1912; citing Lake Charles, Calcasieu, Louisiana, certificate number 1224, State Archives, Baton Rouge; FHL microfilm 2363181.
- Morrison, Leonard Allison. The history of the Alison or Allison family in Europe and America, A.D. 1135 to1893. Boston, 1893, p. 147-149.
- “North Carolina, Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XKDB-GHJ : accessed 23 May 2014), Joseph Y Allison, 1864; citing “Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of North Carolina,” Fold3.com; military unit Thirteenth Battalion, Light Artillery AND Capt. Moseley’s Co. (Sampson Artillery), NARA microfilm publication M270, roll 89.
- Phifer, Charles Henry. Genealogy and history of the Phifer Family. Forgotten Books, 2013 (original 1910), p. 41-42.
- “United States Census, 1850-1930,” index and images, FamilySearch.
- “United States Civil War Soldiers Index, 1861-1865,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/F9J3-B2X : accessed 23 May 2014), Joseph Y. Allison, 1861-1865; citing military unit Moseley’s Company, North Carolina Artillery (Samps, Confederate Soldier, NARA microfilm publication M230, roll 1 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d); FHL microfilm 821768.
- Withers, W. A. The semi-centennial catalogue of Davidson College, Davidson, NC, 1837-1887. Raleigh, NC, 1887, p. 24.