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Portrait and Biographical History of Guernsey County, Ohio
Published:  Chicago: C. O. Owen & Co.,


JOHN WALLACE is one of the honored pioneers and practical agriculturists of Goshen Township, Tuscarawas County.  He has never aspired to hold public office, but has served as Township Supervisor and School director in response to the solicitations of his many friends and neighbors.  Personally his reputation is of the highest as a man of integrity and honor.  Politically he is a Republican, and cast his first vote for Henry Clay for President.
     The parents of our subject were David and Jane (Burkley) Wallace, natives of Ireland and England, respectively.  The father was a shoemaker by trade, and left his native land about 1810, first settling in Mifflin County, Pa., and later removing to Ohio.  He lived to attain a good old age, his demise occurring in this county, when in his ninety-sixth year.  Of his five sons and four daughters eight are still living.  They are as follows:  Mary M., Mrs. Abraham Walters, of Stone Creek, Ohio; William, a general farmer of this township; Sarah J., widow of Daniel Stiffler; John, of this sketch; James, living in New Philadelphia; David, a resident of Nebraska; Joseph F., a resident of Wichita, Kan.; and Catherine, wife of Joseph Liston, a farmer of Fulton County, this state.  Ann P., the twin sister of  Mrs. Walters, is deceased.
     John Wallace was born Aug. 22, 1826, in Mifflin County, Pa., and was therefore only two years of age when brought by his parents to Ohio, in 1828.  They settled in Wayne County, and in 1837 permanently located in Goshen Township.  There farm comprised seventy-one acres of new, uncultivated land.  In company with his brothers, John Wallace cleared this land and made various improvements upon the place.  He received fair educational advantages in the district school, and by practical experience acquired a good knowledge of farm duties.  On reaching his majority he purchased a farm of fifty acres in Goshen Township and engaged in its cultivation.  Later he sold the place and purchased the one where he now resides.  In 1852 he bought a quarter-section of land in Indiana, and in the following year he traded that property for a farm in this township.  In 1861 he sold the latter, and in April removed to his present homestead homestead.  He has extended the boundaries of his farm until he now owns two hudnred and seventy acres, a large portion of which is fine clay land.
     On the 4th of September, 1856, Mr. Wallace married Catherine Wheadon, who was born in Onondaga County, N. Y., Feb. 12, 1825.  Her parents, Almon and Abbie (Wooley) Wheadon, were natives of Connecticut and New Jersey, respectively.  Their family comprised eight children: Jane, Mrs. LeRoy Brown, of Bangor, Wis.; Dency, deceased; Catherine, Mrs. Wallace; Oscar, deceased; Sarah, wife of John Gibler, a banker of Huntington, Ind.; William H. a farmer of La Crosse County, Wis.; Mary L., a teacher of Bangor, Wis.; and John F., a agriculturist of Carroll County, Ohio.  Almon Wheadon removed to Carroll County in 1838 with his family, and there purchased sixty-five acres of land, to the cultivation of which he devoted himself until his death, which occurred at the age of sixty-five years.  His wife, who died Mar. 27, 1891, in her ninety-third year, was much beloved and respected, as was also Mr. Wheadon.  At the time of her marriage Mrs. Wallace was the widow of Eli L. Martin, to whom she was married Jan. 3, 1850.  After their marriage they sent to Illinois, where her husband and child both died in 1853.
     The wife of our subject, a most estimable lady, was educated in the Empire State.  By her marriage she has become the mother of two sons and a daughter.  Abbie, the eldest, born Jan. 11, 1858, was married, Apr. 4, 1878, to Robert R. Jacobs, a hardware merchant of Waynesburg, Ohio.  Eight children have been born to their union, namely: William W., Edna P., Mary C., Abbie W., Roberta T., Blanche J., Emma and John R.  Almon D. Wallace, the eldest son, is deceased.  Will E., born Oct. 17, 1860, married Miss Elizabeth B. Grimes June 15, 1872, and they have two daughters, Lucy M. and Helen.
Religiously both Mr. and Mrs. Wallace are members of the Lutheran Church.  Their home has ever been much frequented by their many friends and neighbors, who have nothing but feelings of good-will and love toward this worthy couple.
Source:  Portrait and Biographical History of Guernsey County, Ohio - Published:  Chicago: C. O. Owen & Co., 1895 - Page 240
WILLIAM WALLACE, one of the old landmarks and prominent citizens of Goshen Township, Tuscarawas County, is the owner of an extensive and valuable farm, where he has made his abode for several years   He is a supporter of the Republican party, and has held various township positions, among them being that of Assessor and Trustee.  Mr. Wallace, who bears an enviable reputation among those who know him best, is a man of high character and undoubted integrity, and it thus affords us great pleasure to place his history among others of the worthy settlers and residents of hits county.
     The birth of our subject occurred in Mifflin County, Pa., Jan. 29, 1822.  His parents were David and Jane (Burkley) Wallace.  The former was born in Belfast, County Antrim, Ireland, Mar. 12, 1777.  He emigrated to the United States in 1810, and located near Lewistown, Mifflin County, Pa., where he resided for nine yeas, and then returned to his native land.  There he was married to our subject's mother, and soon afterward set out for the Keystone State once more.  He had learned the shoemaker's trade in Ireland, and followed it as a means of livelihood when settling in Lewistown.  His father, William W., was a native of Scotland, and became a resident of Ireland during religious troubles in his own country.  David Wallace died July 6, 1874, at the home of his son in Goshen Township.  He had come to Ohio in 1827,, locating near Wooster, Wayne County, where he lived for a time; then went to Harrison County, and from there he came to this county in 1837.  His wife departed this life Aug. 31, 1870.  She was a member of the Church of England, while her husband was a Presbyterian in religious faith.  Their nine children were all living up to the time of their parents' demise.  Mary M. is Mrs. Walters of Stone Creek; Ann P., deceased, was the twin of Mary, and married William Waddington, who is also deceased; William is the next in order of birth; Sarah Jane married Daniel Stiffler; and the others are John, James, David C., Joseph and Catherine, the wife of Joseph Liston, of Michigan.
     The early years of William Wallace were passed quietly at the home of his parents, much of his time being spent in the schools of the neighborhood.  He left home when about twenty-two years.  He left home when about twenty-two yeas of age, adn found employment as a clerk in a store at Bedford.  In a Short time he abandoned this pursuit, finding it not to his taste, and leased a farm in this county.  The place, which he afterward bought, was situated in this township.  Finding a purchaser on good terms, he sold the place and bought the farm where he now has his home.  However, he disposed of this homestead to a Mr. Waddington about 1850, and became the owner of a farm near the infirmary, where he lived for ten years.  After selling that place he repurchased the old homestead he had formerly owned, and on which he now lives.  His property comprises four hundred acres in two farms, one of which his son Burkley now operates.  When favorable opportunities presented themselves, Mr. Wallace invested large sums of money in lands situated in Kansas and Indiana, and these he afterward sold at a good price.
     As a farmer Mr. Wallace has been very successful, and has made a particular point of raising live stock.  He has been prosperous in his undertaking of raising sheep, and has realized a good income from this source alone.  In 1871 he visited Europe, and greatly enjoyed meeting relatives and going to various points of interest.  However, he returned home with a greater feeling of satisfaction over his own fair land and the institutions of the United States. 
     At Beaver Dam, Ohio, Mr. Wallace was married, Oct. 22, 1846, to Susan, daughter of David and Sarah (Bowers) Kniseley.  The latter were among the earliest settlers of this section of the county, and John Kniseley, grandfather of Mrs. Wallace, laid out the town of New Philadelphia.  They came hither from Bedford County, Pa., and here resided until called from their labors by death.  The demise of David Knisely occurred Sept. 4, 1877, and his wife died July 9, 1889, at the home of her daughter Sarah.
Ten children came to bless the union of our subject and wife.  They are as follows: John B.; Sabilla M., deceased, who was formerly the wife of Oliver Junkins; David F., who lives in Kansas City, Mo.; Isaac B., a resident of Independent, Kan.; William O., also of Independence; Jessie, wife of Charles Klein, of Cleveland, Ohio; James L., who lives at home; Charles H., a resident of Cleveland; Carrie E., Mrs. Henry Lehman, deceased; and Edwin K. who died in September, 1870, aged two years and nine months.  The death of Mrs. Lehman occurred Apr. 13, 1886.
     Religiously, Mr. and Mrs. Wallace are identified with the Lutheran Church.  The farmer supports the Republican party by his ballot, and uses his means and influence in the promotion of the welfare of the public.
Source:  Portrait and Biographical History of Guernsey County, Ohio - Published:  Chicago: C. O. Owen & Co., 1895 - Page 154





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