Mrs. Wallace

Mrs. Wallace[1]


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  • Name Mrs. Wallace 
    Gender Female 
    Burial Asheboro, Randolph County, NC at Asheboro City Cemetery Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I4617  Moore County Wallaces
    Last Modified 31 Jan 2022 

       1. Male N. Wallace
    Family ID F17900  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart
    Last Modified 31 Jan 2022 

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  • Headstones
    Mrs. Wallace
    Mrs. Wallace

  • Sources 
    1. [S252] Ricky Allred [].
      I am working on research related to the Old Asheboro Cemetery. There is a red sandstone marker there that bears the inscription "Here lays the mother of N. Wallace, aged 72 years." No additional information is on the stone. There is not another Wallace grave in the cemetery and Wallace was not a common name in Randolph County at that time (judging by census and marriage records). Given the location and style of the marker, I would estimate that Mrs. Wallace died sometime around 1840. Any idea who this "Mother of N. Wallace" might be?

      Additionally, I have been trying to find out something about the distinctive shape of the marker. It is unique in the Asheboro Cemetery, and I only find one other one similar to it in Randolph County (a two-year old girl named Brower who died in 1835 and is buried at Back Creek Friends Church). In fact, the only place that I find this shape (from viewing photos on Findagrave) is in Moore County. My son and I spent a day in Moore County, recently, and found quite a number of these type stones in cemeteries around Carthage. None of the examples that we found had any sort of maker mark on the reverse side (nor does the one in Asheboro), but nearly all were inscribed with a some type of serif font, like the Asheboro marker, and many had various misspellings ("her" for "here," "leis" for "lies") in the engraving, although I did not see "Heare Lays" anywhere. The death dates on the markers ranged from 1804 to 1860, but most were clustered around 1835. My suspicion is that markers with this distinctive shape were a sort of "trademark" for a stone mason in the Carthage area, and that he may have employed apprentices with varying spelling skills. Would you have any idea of who this mason may have been?

      I still cannot make much of a case for who this woman was. However, the marker design and material make me fairly confident that she was tied, somehow, to the Wallaces between Carthage and Robbins. How and why she came to rest in what the either the Elliot family cemetery (prior to 1834) or the Methodist Episcopal Church graveyard (Elliot family donated the property to the church in 1834) I have no idea.

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