Mrs Bess Waldo Allison

Bess Allison

Mrs Hudson J.C. Allison (Bess Waldo Daniels), 25, was born on 14 November 1886, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The youngest daughter of Arville Daniels and Sarah McCully. She had an older sister, Mabel who had been born three years earlier in 1883. She also had another sister, Myrtle who had been born in 1873 and was a child from Arville's first marriage to Mary Bowden.

Bess met Hudson on a train in 1907. They married later that year in her home town of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

On June 5, 1909 the couple's first daughter, Helen Loraine was born. She was soon followed by a brother, Hudson Trevor who was born on May 7, 1911.

Mrs. Allison was travelling with her husband Hudson Allison, a wealthy Montreal stockbroker, and their two children.

Mrs Allison, her husband, son and daughter, boarded the Titanic at Southampton as first class passengers.

When the Titanic hit the iceberg, Alice Cleaver took Trevor and left with him in lifeboat 11 . Bess Allison was put in a boat with Loraine, but refused to leave the ship without her baby. She dragged Loraine out of the boat and started searching for Alice and Trevor.

"Mrs Allison could have gotten away in perfect safety," Major Arthur Peuchen told the Montreal Daily Star "But somebody told her Mr Allison was in a boat being lowered on the opposite side of the deck, and with her little daughter she rushed away from the boat. Apparently she reached the other side to find that Mr Allison was not there. Meanwhile our boat had put off."

Major Peuchen, also gave this account of Mrs. Allison's last moments "She had gone to the deck without her husband, and, frantically seeking him was directed by an officer to the other side of the ship. She failed to find Mr. Allison and was quickly hustled into one of the collapsible life-boats, and when last seen by Major Peuchen she was toppling out of the half-swamped boat."

Trevor Allison was the only survivor having been rescued by the child's nurse Alice Cleaver. Bess's body, if recovered, was never identified.



Mrs Allison with Loraine and Trevor
Mrs Allison
Mr and Mrs Hudson Allison
Mrs H. J. Allison
152 Abbey Road
The Allisons
Allison Family Home in Chesterville, Ontario, Canada

Articles and Stories

Chicago Daily Tribune (1912) 
Milwaukee Journal (1912) 
Milwaukee Journal (1912) 
Unidentified Newspaper 

Link and cite this biography

(2018) Bess Waldo Allison Encyclopedia Titanica (ref: #3, updated 21st September 2018 05:24:28 AM)

You can add to this biography

Comment and discuss

Select Discussion Thread

Leave a comment...