NORTHERN NEW YORK
Genealogical and family history of northern New York: a record of the achievements of her people and the making of a commonwealth and the founding of a nation.
New York: Lewis Historical Pub. Co. 1910.
The family of Wallace is one of the most ancient and distinguised in Scotland. It is said to be originally of Norman, probably Celtic, origin, but was established in Ayrshire and Renfrewshire, Scotland, before 1150. Later it was numberous in other Scottish and English counties, and after the Scottish settlement in Ulster was numberous in Auburn, Down and Londonderry. Numerous immigrants of this name came to America with the first English settlers and a century later with the Scotch-Irish. The name was also spelled Wallis and some branches still prefer this way.
Transcribed by Coralynn Brown
(I) John Wallace was born in Alnwyck, England, near Scotland. He died at Morristown, New York in February, 1887. When he was but nine years old he was brought to this country by his stepfather and mother, and they settled about three miles from Morristown, N.Y. He had but little schooling. He was brought up on a farm and followed farming for his occupation all his active life. He was originally a Whig, later a Republican in politics. He attended the Presbyterian church.
He married, in 1840, Mary, born in Morristown, 1818, died 1879, daughter of Jsoeph and Elizabeth (Brown) Cooper, both natives of England and both among the first settlers of Morristown. Mary Cooper was the first white child born in Morristown. Her father was a carpenter and built the Presbyterian church, had the contract for the carpenter woodwork in the stone house on the hill, and built many residences and other buildings in Morristown and vicinity.
Children of John and Mary (Cooper) Wallace:
1. George B., farmer in Minnesota; married Rachel Day, of Morristown; children: Caroline, deceased, George and John, and another child died in infancy.
2. Elizabeth, born Morristown; lives in Hammond; married John LaFreney, deceased, farmer; children: Alice, deceased, and Clark LaFreney.
3. Percival, born Morristown; dealer in musical instruments in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
4. John Dent, mentioned below.
(II) John Dent, son of John Wallace, was born in Morristown, N.Y., July 19, 1855. He was educated in the public school there. He worked on his father's farm during boyhood and later was a farmer on his own account. In 1901 he became a clerk in the postoffice at Morristown and in 1908 was appointed assistant postmaster, a position he has since held. He continues to do some farming. In politics he is a Republican. In religion he is a Presbyterian and chairman of the board of trustees of the church. He is a member of the Independent Order of Foresters of Morristown, and financial secretary of the order since 1902.
He married, 1877, Ella M., born in Canada, daughter of Alonzo and Mary (Best) Miller.
1. Arthur P., born Morristown; engaged in the coal and feed business in Morristown and deals in agricultural and other machinery; married Anna, daughter of Clinton Church; child, Dean Church.
2. Warren Leslie, born Morristown; graduate of the Morristown high school, Potsdam Normal School and Michigan University at Ann Arbor; is now teacher in the high school at Spokane Washington.
Friend Wallace was born in England, and came to this country in 1831, making his home at Rosse, St. Lawrence county, New York.
He married Margaret _____.
John, Thomas, Jane, Hugh, mentioned below.
(II) Hugh, son of Friend Wallace, was born in Rosee, St. Lawrence county, N.Y., Dec. 22, 1837, died at Norwich, N.Y., Sept. 3, 1901. He had a common school education. When a young man he came to Moriah, N.Y. and learned the trade of blacksmith and worked in the iron ore mines in Moriah as drill sharpener for many years.
In politics he was a Republican; in religion a Methodist. He was a member of the Morning Sun Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons, of Port Henry.
He married, Jan. 31, 1861, Elizabeth Walton, born at Clinton county, N.Y., May 14, 1839, died April 9, 1908, daughter of Mathew and Elizabeth (Armstrong) Walton.
Annie M., born Nov. 15, 1861; died June 6, 1862.
Nellie Grace, May 12, 1863, lives at Port Henry.
William Edson, Feb. 8, 1865, member of the firm of Wallace Brothers' Coal Company, of Port Henry.
Hattie, born Nov. 5, 1867, died June 24, 1870.
Walter G., mentioned below.
Rollin Lee, March 30, 1879, member of the firm of Wallace Brothers' Coal Company, of Port Henry; mentioned below.
(III) Walter Grant, son of Hugh Wallace, was born in Moriah, N.Y., July 3, 1871. He attended the public schools of his native town and the Sherman Collegiate Institute at Moriah, graduating in the class of 1890. He then taught school for six years at Crown Point, N.Y. In 1897 he took charge of the Ticonderoga business of his brother, William Edson Wallace, who established a coal business at that place and at Port Henry, N.Y. In 1903 the busienss was incorporated as the Wallace Brothers' Coal Company, and Walter G. Wallace remained in charge of the Ticonderoga office. Mr. Wallace is a Republican, and in 1906 served the village as treasurer, and at present (1910) is clerk of the village, having held the office since 1907. He is a member of Mount Defiance Lodge, No. 794, Free and Accepted Masons, of Ticonderoga; of Carillon Chapter, No. 290, Royal Arch Masons; Glens Falls Lodge No. 1125, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. In religion he is an Episcopalian.
He married, in 1903, Olga Carney, born at De Kalb, St. Lawrence county, N.Y., daughter of Frank E. and Adele Carney. Son, Walter Carney, born at Ticonderoga, Aug. 6, 1904.
(III) Rollin Lee Wallace, son of Hugh Wallace, was born in Moriah, N.Y., March 30, 1879. He attended the public schools, the Sherman Collegiate Institute at Moriah and the Albany Business College. He went to work for his elder brother, William E. Wallace, who was a coal merchant at Port Henry, N.Y., and continued in this position until 1903, when the Wallace Brothers' Coal Company was formed, consisting of William E., Walter G. and Rollin Lee Wallace, with offices and coal sheds at Port Henry and Ticonderoga. William E. and Rollin E. Wallace reside at Port Henry, and in addition to the coal business transact a general insurance business and represent the Standard Oil Company in this section.
Mr. Wallace is a member of Morning Sun Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons, of Port Henry. In politics he is a Republican; in religion a Presbyterian.
He married, Oct. 30, 1906, Annie Murdock, born Dec. 14, 1881, daughter of S. F. and Martha (Howe) Murdock. Son, Hugh Murdock Wallace, born Sept. 17, 1907.
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