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Everet Wallace (c1770-c1845)

The progenitor of the Moore County Wallaces. While there are many references to Everet throughout Moore County, NC records - I am always interested in learning more. If anyone has any information or stories passed down through the generations, I would love to hear them.
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Nicholas Wallace (1790/1794 - ?)

Nicholas was Everet Wallace's first born son. He moved west to Henderson County, TN by 1830. I am very interested in finding out any information regarding his children and or descendants.
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Elizabeth Wallace (1808- ?)

Daughter of Everet Wallace and wife of Jeremiah Williams. Moved to Madison/McNairy County, TN with Jeremiah and children. Many descendants have been identified but we are always looking to locate more.
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Aaron Wallace (1818/1826 - after 1880)

My grandfather, Mallie Wallace, remembered his grandfather Emsley Wallace talking about Aaron and his family moving to Rockingham to work in the turpentine business. He believed Aaron to be either a son or grandson of Everet Wallace.
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William Lane Wallace (1814-1886)

William Lane Wallace was one of the more colorful of the Wallace characters, spending a great deal of time in trouble with the law and rumored to have fathered children by multiple women. He was involved with numerous court cases with Delphy Lakey, Elizabeth Smith & Mary Davis in the early 1840's and it has been passed down through his descendants that he was living with all three and the court finally ordered him to marry one of them. He married Elizabeth Smith. He fought in the Civil War and eventually moved to Dillon, SC. He is most likely a son or grandson of Everet Wallace.
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Sara Wallace (c1826 - ?)

Sara lived in the close vicinity of Everet's descendants and is clearly related. While is possible that she married into the Wallace family, I believe that she is most likely a granddaughter of Everet Wallace. She appears in the 1850 Census with two young children and eventually marries (1) Bazel Deaton and (2) a Britt. She has additional children by both and I lose track of her after 1870.
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Emaline Wallace (c1831 - ?)

Emaline has always been a question mark. She was living with Nancy Sowell Furr (Isham Wallace and Enoch Wallace's mother in law) in 1850 suggesting that she was a possible daughter of Isham or Enoch. My grandfather remembers John Davis coming to visit his father and grandfather. His grandfather was Emsley, son of Isham, who died in 1918. But my grandfather tells a story that was told to him by his grandfather, where Lock and Emaline Davis were sharecroppers for Isham. He says that he was told that while Lock & Emaline worked on Isham's land, that Emaline had John and Alexander. But the children's father was not Lock Davis it was Isham. He said that Isham and Emaline were not related. I am more inclined to believe that Isham was the father of Emeline, but in 1866 in the Moore County court case Emaline Davis vs. Isham Wallace, it was ordered by the court that John & Alexander Davis be remanded to the custody of Isham Wallace until the next county court session. This together with the fact that John and Alexander were living with Isham in 1870 is confusing. Another interesting fact is that when Isham Wallace died there was a long drawn out court case concerning his estate and who should get what. All of his children, including the ones that were deceased were listed. The children that were deceased were represented by their spouses who were still living or by the guardians of their children. Emaline, John, or Alexander were nowhere to be found in these proceedings. Even John M. Wallace, the youngest son who had moved to Perry County, Arkansas was represented. That would leave you to believe that there was not a connection between them. Also, in the 1880 census John is still living with Isham and Nancy. But his relationship to the head of the household is listed as servant, not son or grandson.

In the 1890's John Davis moved to Rockingham, Richmond County with Missouri Wallace (Sampson Delaney's widow), Candace Wallace (John M's ex-wife), and their respective families. There is some kind of a connection between John Davis and the Wallaces but I am not exactly sure what it is.

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Betsy Wallace (c1818 - ?)

I am less clear as to the relationship (if any) between Betsy Wallace, her daughter, Sarah E. Wallace and grandson, George M. Wallace to Everet's descendants. The only record of Betsy and Sarah E. that I've found is a 1860 Census in neighboring Randolph County. Per his death certificate, George M. Wallace was born in Moore County, NC. He lived in close proximity to the Moore County Wallaces and even married into a closely related family (Horner), but I am not certain as to the connection. My grandfather told a story of one of Everet's daughters moving to Randolph County and having children by a man named Whistlehunt. Unfortunately, I have not been able to locate him in any record yet.
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Beacom C. Britt (1804-1876)

I have included Beacom Britt in this section as he was married into the Wallace family but questions still remain unanswered as to exactly how he is connected. Britt family history tells of Beacom Britt traveling back and forth several times between Moore County, NC and TN. Records confirm that he resided in Moore County, NC from 1828-1831, 1850-1853 and resided in TN from 1836-1840 and after 1860. One story also said that Beacom was in TN when he was a young child during the earthquakes of 1811-1812 and that his mother was so frightened that they returned to NC as soon as it was safe. Britt family sources also state that Beacom Britt married Wallace sisters (who were his 1st cousins) and that these sisters had a brother named Sam. While we do not know the name of his 1st wife, his 2nd wife was Deborah/Debbie (1828-1897). I feel strongly that Nathan Wallace and Finity Britt (1st cousin to Beacom) are the most likely candidates to be Deborah's parents. Nathan Wallace lived near Beacom in both Moore County, NC and Henderson County, TN and also had a son named William Samuel "Sam" Wallace. Information passed down through the Britt family identifies Beacom's 1st wife as a sister to his 2nd wife, Deborah. It is my opinion that she was potentially a close relative to Deborah (such as an aunt or 1st cousin) but probably not her sister. Census records show that Beacom's first wife was born between 1810-1815, which would most likely rule out Nathan Wallace (Born c1800) as the father due to his age. It is much more likely that Beacom's 1st wife was a daughter to Everet Wallace or Nicholas Wallace. Each have an unidentified female child being born in and around 1810-1815. Everet's daughter born between 1810-1815 is listed in his household in the 1820 Census but had moved out by 1830. Beacom and his 1st wife appear together in the 1830 Census. Seemingly more likely but maybe less possible is that Nicholas Wallace was her father. Nicholas moved to Henderson County, TN prior to 1830. Beacom and his 1st wife moved west between 1830-1836 per Census and tax records. It is quite possible he was following his father-in-law and family. The only snag is that the unidentified daughter that is listed in the 1820 Census with Nicholas in Moore County, NC is also listed with him in the 1830 Census in Henderson, TN. While it is not impossible to be listed in two separate households in two separate states during the same year, it is less likely.
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Wallaces of Montgomery/Davidson/Randolph, NC and Graves, Calloway, Hickman, KY

I have always been intrigued by the Wallace families that resided on the borders of Montgomery, Davidson(formed from Rowan in 1822), and Randolph counties as many of their descendants moved west and settled in western KY mostly in Graves, Calloway, and Hickman counties. The Bean family and others from the Montgomery-Rowan corridor also relocated to these KY counties and have solid Moore County, NC relatives. One of the more fascinating pieces of circumstantial evidence is many of the Montgomery-Rowan/KY Wallace families carry the names Isham, Eli, Everet, Nathan and so on. I have tried to trace these families back to some prior connection with Everet to no avail. There seem to be numerous Wallace families making this trip to KY, and it is my belief that they are from two seperate families that originate in Montgomery County, NC. The first set of Wallaces seem to be the sons of E.(?) and Mary Wallace. Among their children are believed to be: Isham Wallace (1778-1853) who can be found in the 1800 Census for Montgomery County, NC, and several land records of Rowan County, NC prior to relocating to Graves County, KY by 1825. He married twice and had at least eight children, Isham, Eli, Elizabeth, Susan, George, Henry, Eliza, and Jonathan Everett. Even more intriguing is the fact that Isham?s son Eli even named a son Isham Everett Wallace. Another child, Eli Wallace (1790-1855) is listed in the 1810 & 1830 Montgomery County, NC Census and moved to KY shortly after 1830 as he is listed in several Tax Lists during the 1830?s in KY. Nathan Wallace (1785-aft 1850) also can be found initially in Montgomery-Rowan County region prior to relocating to KY by the 1830?s. Another line of the Montgomery County Wallaces is that of William Wallace (1791/1800-1843) . He was married to Chaney Berry Cranford and lived most of his life near the Uwharrie River and Ophir in Montgomery County, NC and many of their children migrated to western KY and can be found residing among and intermarrying with the descendants of the above clan of Wallaces. While we do not know the idenity of William's parents, it is my belief that William was not a sibling to the Isham, Nathan and Eli but more likely a first cousin. It has been passed down through William's descendants that his siblings were Harbard/Harbart Wallace (1796-1872) , Ann Wallace (1803-1900) , and Elizabeth ?Betsy? Wallace (1800-1905) . Harbert also moved his family to Graves County, KY in the 1830's while Ann married William Hall and remained in Montgomery County, NC. Betsy married Phillip Hagler and lived most of her life in neighboring Stanly County, NC. An additional Nathan/Nathaniel Wallace can be found in land records from Randolph County, NC, Davidson County, NC and Rowan County, NC beginning in 1789 concluding with an Estate being settled in 1817 in Rowan County, NC. If all of these references are for the same Nathan it would place him as being born during the mid-to-late 1760?s and dying in 1817. At this time, I am not sure as to his relationship to the above Wallaces but he certainly seems to be connected. Seemingly separate to the above families - a Thomas Wallis died in Randolph County, NC in 1800 leaving a widow and several children (Thomas, John, Josiah, Isaac W., Mary, Timothy and Elizabeth). Most of his descendants moved west to TN, MS, & TX. Interestingly, Thomas had two grandsons named Isham. One of these Ishams resided for a time in Wayne County, TN and even married into the Brewer and Cockman families that originated from Moore County, NC.
Mrs. Wallace, mother of N. Wallace

From 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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