Ancestral Family Topic 172

 172   William Wallace (-1782)
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William Wallace, in his own words
If he could speak to us today, William Wallace might describe his life as follows.

My family may have been living in Prince George County until 1751 when my name first appeared on Lunenburg County tax ledgers. My eldest son, John, was old enough to be taxed then, too.  William Wallis who paid tax on 200 acres in Prince George County in 1704 may have been my father. 
I received a grant of 400 acres on the lower side of Bears Element Creek 10 September 1755. My wife died probably by 1759 when I alone sold this plantation to John for just £5. 
In 1761 I paid Hugh Wiley £19 for 133 acres in Lunenburg County on the north side of Flat Rock Creek—about 2 miles south of present-day Kenbridge.  My new wife, Mary, agreed that I could sell a 50-acre part of my plantation to Hugh Wallace, a carpenter, for £5 in 1768.  No records confirm it, but he was likely another son.
By 1772 the county classified me as “levy free” because I was too old to work.  Of course, when the commonwealth began taxing personal property in 1782, they charged me for my two slaves. 
I made no will, so when I died “intestate,” as they called it, late in 1782 my land became the property of my eldest son John who sold it to William Hardy 12 December 1782.  The inventory of my estate including my faithful slaves, Jack and Jenny, some livestock, and the typical possessions of a small-time Virginia farmer. More specifically, I owned some spectacles, a few books, and some carpenters tools, perhaps the ones I used to teach woodworking to my son Hugh.  Mary was still living in 1790.

William Wallis of Prince George County was the son of John Wallis, who died in Charles City County before 1690, and his wife, Sarah.  His name was mentioned in a 1715 deed and a 1718 estate inventory.  Sarah married 2nd James Mumford and 3rd, James Jones

As described above, Wallace apparently married 2nd Mary, whom we have not identified.
Absent William’s will cannot identify all his children. John Wallace, appeared in the household of William Wallace as early as 1751, inherited the Wallace plantation, and served as administrator. Hugh Wallace received land from William and attended his estate sale. James Wallace appeared in estate accounts and was living in the household of Hugh Wallace.
Lunenburg County taxed William on two tithes in 1764 and on one tithe and 83 acres in 1769.  His 83 acres were what remained of his 133 acres after selling 50 to Hugh Wallace.

The death of William Wallace
On 11 Sept. 1783 John Wallace, administrator, delivered his father’s estate accounts. Among the names appearing were James Wallace and Hugh Wallace. 
When William Hardy sold 200 acres to Samuel Hardy in 1787, the deed acknowledged that the ownership was encumbered by “Mary Wallace her life.”  Likewise when Samuel Hardy sold the same tract to William Waller, in 1790 the encumbrance of “Mary Wallace Sr. her life,” was disclosed.  The deed presumably depicted her as Sr. to distinguish her from Mary, the wife of Hugh Wallace.

Who was the father of William Wallace?
No one named Wallace or Wallis appeared in the order books of Lunenburg County that cover the period 1746-52.
We have searched many Virginia counties looking for where William may have lived before he came to Lunenburg County, but have found nothing substantive. No record for him is in Henrico or Chesterfield. Nor do Surry, Sussex, Isle of Wight or Brunswick have a Wallace family that fits. Consequently, he may have been from Prince George or Dinwiddie, as suggested above.
Quit rent lists of 1704 place a family of Wallis in Norfolk and Middlesex counties. 
Although one William Wallace held patents for land in Goochland County in 1737 and 1741,  later deeds identify his sons as Andrew and Samuel.  Their land on Meacham’s River was in Albemarle County when Wallace added 300 acres in 1756. 
Another William Wallace, aged 27, was drafted from Brunswick County in 1755 during the French and Indian War. A carpenter, he was 5 foot 4 and had straight brown hair. 

Miles Caleb Wallace
Another Wallace in the county was Miles Caleb Wallace who was living in the household of Elisha White in 1764.  Yet we do not think there is a family connection to this man.

Wallace of Amelia County
Several men named Wallace were in Amelia County. As indicated below, they originated in Prince George County. Although this family has no apparent connections to William Wallace of Lunenburg County, it does show that a Wallace family was in Prince George County and William that could have come from there.
John Wallace of Prince George County got 200 acres on the north side of the Little Nottoway River in Amelia County 1 Aug. 1734.  He was married to Mary by 17 Sept. 1742 when they sold the tract to Joseph Crenshaw.  The will of John Wallace Sr. remembered his wife, Mary, and several children. He then owned 400 acres in Lunenburg County (will dated 2 Jan. 1754  and proved 23 Jan. 1755). His son Matthew Wallace died by 1759 and son Jeff Wallace, by 1763.  Mary’s will named 3 married daughters (will dated 15 July 1773 ).
John Wallace Jr. and Francis Wallace received a patent to 400 acres on Hurricane Swamp 20 Aug. 1741.  A deed for John Hughes in 1767 revealed that Francis Wallace was the uncle of John Wallace.  Francis was living in Prince George County when he sold his portion to John Freeman 7 Oct. 1745.  A year later John Freeman sold to Francis Wallace “late of Carolina,” 200 acres on Hurricane Swamp.  John Wallace and James Wallace witnessed the latter deed.
John Wallace was granted 194 acres on Cellar Creek and Hurricane Swamp in Amelia County 5 June 1746 and added a neighboring 136 acres in 1756.  John and his then wife, Mary, sold his 194-acre tract to Hugh Martin for £10 in 19 Feb. 1747/8. 
William Wallace Sr. received 400 acres on Hurricane Swamp in Amelia County 30 March 1745/6.  He evidently died in Prince George County for Michael Wallace gave the tract to his son, James Wallace, in 1749.  James Wallace sold 150 acres on Hurricane Swamp in 1750.  He was married to Susanna when they sold 250 acres on Hurricane Swamp to John Wilkes in 1765. 
Samuel Wallace held 2,017 acres on both sides of Fort and Falling creeks in Amelia County 20 Sept. 1748,  which was in Prince Edward County when he received another 400 acres in 1761 and 295 acres in 1762.  Samuel and his wife, Esther, sold 400 acres on Fort Creek in 1750 and 300 acres between Fort and Falling creeks in 1753. 

Wallace of Northumberland County
Hugh Wallis left all his estate in Northumberland County to Henry Boggus (will dated 11 Feb. 1712/3  and proved Feb. 1712/3), and his estate was appraised by 12 March 1712/3.  Although Hugh Wallace was the name of a son of William Wallace of Lunenburg County, we do not believe there is a connection.

William Wallace of Norfolk County
Although William Wallace received a grant for land in Norfolk County in 1714,  we can find no further record of this man.

Descendants of William Wallace
Information about the children of William Wallace, their descendants, and allied families previously found at is now available as Southside Virginia Genealogies. Learn more 
Names found in this topic include the following.
 John Wallace (c.1735-),  
Thomas Smith,  
Ruth Edwards,  John Edwards,  
William Hardy,  
Sarah Wallace,  Jesse Camp,  Balaam Wallace,  
 Sgt. Hugh Wallace (c.1745-1820),  
 James Wallace,  

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