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MACALLISTER, JOHN, farmer, mill owner, medical practitioner, and JP; b. Dumfriesshire, Scotland, c1790; m. Isabella Ogilvie, a native of Old Meldrum parish, Aberdeenshire, Scotland; d. Doaktown, 6 May 1862.

John MacAllister immigrated around 1816 and settled in Blissfield (then part of Ludlow) parish. A tradition that he had been trained in medicine in Edinburgh has not been confirmed, but he was enumerated as a "doctor" in the census of 1861. For many years prior to that he was a successful farmer a short distance downriver from Doaktown, where he conducted carding and grist mills. He was the first president of the Blackville, Blissfield, and Ludlow Agricultural Society when it was formed in 1850.

MacAllister was a thoroughly conscientious school trustee in Blissfield parish in the 1830s and 40s. In 1851 he was appointed a justice of the peace. He and his wife, Isabella Ogilvie, had three sons and three daughters. Their son James MacAllister was a banker and businessman in Salisbury and Moncton. Their daughter Elizabeth MacAllister was the wife of James A. Fish, and their daughter Jane MacAllister the wife of Elijah Fowler. As elsewhere noted, they had many talented and accomplished descendants.


[d] Gleaner 24 May 1862 / Biog. Review NB (under Charles E. Fish); Gleaner 20 Jan 1851, 20 Jan 1852; MacAllister family data