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Personal History for Alison Jamieson Vass (1862 to 1903)

Short Personal History for Alison Jamieson Vass.


Photograph of Alison Jamieson Vass about 1897

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2 Life Sketch
2a Birth and Family
2b Husband
2c Children
3 Genealogy program generated data for Alison Jamieson Vass (1862 -1903)
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Birth and Family

Alison Jamieson was born on July 20, 1862, in Craighall, Inveresk, Midlothian, Scotland. Her parents were William Jamieson and Elizabeth Gordon. William Jamieson was born September 12, 1838, in Inveresk, Edinburgh, Scotland. (Inveresk later became part of Midlothian County.) He was a son of Peter Jameson and Mary Millar. William was a collier or coal miner like his father. He married Elizabeth Gordon also of New Craighall at Inveresk on June 9, 1865. They were members of the Church of Scotland. (Presbyterian) Elizabeth Gordon was born about 1838 in Scotland.


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Husband

Little is known of Alison's childhood and fami1y. She is thought to have had at least one sister. She probably met James Vass in the Inveresk area. He was also a coal miner and from Pathhead, New Cumnock, Ayr, Scotland. He may have moved to the Inveresk area when the mines in the New Cumnock area were not doing well. At this time the entire coal mining industry of Scotland was not doing well and so, like many others, James decided to immigrate to the United States. (James had been born on September 17, 1856, in Pathead to Margaret Park and William Vass.)

It is not known for sure what James did upon coming to the United States, but probably worked as a coal miner as he lived in Streator, Illinois, which is a coal mining area. According to the 1900 census, he came to the U.S. in 1880, and Alison came in 1881. And so, James probably worked for a while then sent for Alison to come over. Also according to the census, they were married in 1881, so it is assumed that they were married in the U.S. Their first child, William, was born February 10, 1882, the place is unknown. A second son, Andrew, was born February 10, 1884, in Streator, La Salle, Illinois. By November, 1884, they moved to Laramie, Albany, Wyoming where James worked as a coal miner. In 1897 they moved to the Harmony area West of Laramie, living on a ranch.


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Children

Their first daughter, Lizzie, was born January 7, 1887, in Laramie, and died a month later. A year later, James was born and died sixteen months later. A second daughter, also named Lizzie or Elizabeth was born January 20, 1890. On August 27, 1891, while William was visiting an uncle in Shobe, Missouri, he died. George David was born the following February 22, 1892, then John on April 15, 1896, and Isabel Marie on August 23, 1901. The remaining five children lived to adulthood, although John was killed in France in World War I, and Andrew died in the flu epidemic of 1918.

Not a whole lot is known about Alison. She was an excellent seamstress and probably made all the clothes for the family. She taught her daughter, Lizzie, to sew by giving her scraps of material to make doll clothes. She was probably a good cook and made homemade ice cream for birthdays and holidays. She was raised in the Presbyterian Church and had all her children baptized in this religion. When the family moved to Harmony, they helped to build and then faithfully attended the community church. When living in Laramie, they boarded the school teacher, and when one of the teachers was taking piano lessons, Alison let Lizzie go with her so that she could also learn to play the piano. She was able to read and write. Alison died on April 26, 1903. from complications following a miscarriage. At the time Lizzie was 13 and took over the household responsibilities, including care of the younger children. That she was able to do this well and became an excellent homemaker herself is a tribute to the example and teachings of her mother. Alison was buried in Greenhill cemetery in Laramie, Wyoming.




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Genealogy program generated data for Alison Jamieson Vass (1862 -1903)

Alison Jamieson was born on 20 Jul 1862 in Craighall, Inveresk, Midlothian, Scotland. She died on 26 Apr 1903 in Laramie, Albany, Wyoming, United States. She was buried on 28 Apr 1903 in Laramie, Albany, Wyoming, United States.

Alison married James Vass, son of William Vass and Margaret Park, about 1881. James was born on 17 Sep 1856 in Pathhead, New Cumnock, Ayr, Scotland. He died on 25 Apr 1933 in Cheyenne, Laramie, Wyoming, United States. He was buried on 27 Apr 1933 in Laramie, Albany, Wyoming, United States.

They had the following children.

  1 M William Vass was born on 17 Jul 1882 in Streator, La Salle, Illinois, United States. He died on 27 Aug 1891 in Springfield, Sangamon, Illinois, United States.
  2 M Andrew Vass was born on 10 Feb 1884 in Streator, La Salle, Illinois, United States. He died on 18 Nov 1918.
      Andrew married Elsie Crow on 1 Jul 1915. Elsie was born about 1884.
  3 F Lizzie Vass was born on 7 Jan 1887 in Laramie, Albany, Wyoming, United States. She died on 4 Feb 1887.
  4 M James Vass was born on 7 Jan 1888 in Laramie, Albany, Wyoming, United States. He died on 7 May 1889.
  5 F Elizabeth Vass was born on 20 Jan 1890 in Laramie, Albany, Wyoming, United States. She was christened on 9 Jun 1890 in Laramie, Albany, Wyoming, United States. She died on 6 Apr 1978 in Cheyenne, Laramie, Wyoming, United States. She was buried on 10 Apr 1978 in Cheyenne, Laramie, Wyoming, United States.
      Elizabeth married Emmett McCord Manning "Cord", son of James Manning and Ruth Anna Wymore "Annie", on 2 May 1909 in Laramie, Albany, Wyoming, United States. Cord was born on 26 Jul 1886 in Oskaloosa, Mahaska, Iowa, United States. He died on 30 Jun 1966 in Cheyenne, Laramie, Wyoming, United States. He was buried on 2 Jul 1966 in Cheyenne, Laramie, Wyoming, United States.
Cord worked as Shoe Salesman at Wasserman's Shoes in Cheyenne, Laramie, Wyoming, United States.
  6 M George David Vass was born on 22 Feb 1892 in Laramie, Albany, Wyoming, United States. He died on 2 Oct 1937 in Evanston, Uinta, Wyoming, United States. He was buried in Oct 1937 in Laramie, Albany, Wyoming, United States.
      George married Jessie B in Feb 1910. The marriage ended in divorce. Jessie was born about 1892 in , , Colorado, United States.
      George also married Laura Clark about 1927. Laura was born on 5 Mar 1899.
  7 M John Vass was born on 15 Apr 1896 in Laramie, Albany, Wyoming, United States. He died on 6 Oct 1918 in , , , France.
      John married Irma. Irma was born about 1896.
  8 F Isabel Marie Vass was born on 23 Aug 1901 in Laramie, Albany, Wyoming, United States. She died on 27 Jan 1996 in Sacramento, Sacramento, California, United States. She was buried on 2 Feb 1996 in Cheyenne, Laramie, Wyoming, United States.
      Isabel married Roy Charles Anderson "Hap", son of John Olaf Anderson and Anna Mary Dahlman, on 2 May 1925 in Cheyenne, Laramie, Wyoming, United States. Hap was born on 21 Sep 1900 in Haxtun, Phillips, Colorado, United States. He died on 9 Jan 1963 in Phoenix, Maricopa, Arizona, United States. He was buried on 14 Jan 1963 in Cheyenne, Laramie, Wyoming, United States.