Genealogical and Family History
STATE OF MAINE
Compiled under the editorial supervision of George Thomas Little, A. M., Litt. D.
LEWIS HISTORICAL PUBLISHING COMPANY
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[Transcribed by Coralynn Brown]
[Many families included in these genealogical records had their beginnings in Massachusetts.]
The name of Wallace was one of the most numerous among the immigrants to this country during the first half of the seventeenth century. George came from London in 1635, and settled in Rumney Marsh, now Chelsea, Mass. Robert was in Ipswich, Mass. in 1638, and William in Charlestown, Mass., in 1642. James Wallace came somewhat later to Warwick township, Pennsylvania, and Peter Wallace to Virginia. There were other early immigrants bearing the name of Wallis. In fact, the two spellings seem interchangeable, but all came from the same Scotch (Scottish!!!) ancestry.
The New Hampshire Wallaces did not settle her till the eighteenth century, but they were among the pioneers of the state. They came in the Scotch-Irish migration, which founded the town of Londonderry. Among the sturdy settlers there were no less than four men by the name of Wallace. The people of the family herein traced have been distinguished in America for nearly two centuries by their sterling worth and successful business careers. The name is among the oldest of those brought to New Hampshire from northern Ireland, which came originally out of Scotland to that island. Its bearers were distinguished in the old country for their bravery, fortitude, industry and firm adherence to principle.
(I) James Wallis was a weaver and farmer, and was found in the colony of Scotch-Irish emigrants who gathered at Worcester, Mass. in 1718, and the years immediately following. His homestead for forty acres was in the adjoining town of Leicester, and is described in an ancient deed as bounding on Worcester. In 1758, while in the possession of his son, this farm was annexed to Worcester. James Wallace died in Leicester in 1746, or early in 1747.
His widow, Mary, declined the administration of the estate and requested the appointment of Hugh Thompson. She alleged that he had then no relatives in this country. A brother, Oliver, who was a wheelwright, lived near him, but died about 1735. His widow resided with her son James in Colerain, where she died in Feb., 1769, aged seventy years.
Agnes, James and John.
(II) John, younger son of James and Mary Wallis, was born in 1736 in Leicester, Mass., and settled in Colerain, where he was a farmer and good citizen. He is credited upon the Mass. revolutionary war rolls with several years of service under various enlistments. A considerable part of this service was performed by his eldest son and namesake. In the muster-roll of Capt. McClellan's company of Col Wells' regiment of nine months recruits, in 1777, the senior John is thus described: "Stature five feet and six inches; hair gray, age forty-one." There is a tradition related by his descendants that he came to New Hampshire at the age of sixty years, with four of his children and ultimately died in Franconia. Nothing can be discovered in the records of either Colerain or Franconia to establish or refute this.
He was married in Pelham, Mass., Oct. 31, 1761, to Agnes Lindsey. No account of his children can be found except the four who came to N. H., but is quite probable that there were others.
John William, David and Nancy.
The last named was the wife of David Bronson, and resided in Landaff.
About the time the spelling of the name began to be changed to its present form.
(III) David, third son of John and Agnes (Lindsey) Wallace, was born April 18, 1770, in Colerain, Mass., died April 1, 1853, in Littleton, N. H. He was one of the original propretors of Franconia, this state, where he resided a few years and removed to Littleton about 1800. By occupation he was a farmer, and he was a useful and esteemed citizen.
He married Sept. 5, 1709, [trans note: this 1709 has to be a typo] Nancy, born April 15, 1774, a daughter of Aaron and Mary (Reed) Palmer. She died in Dec., 1851, and was survived by her husband about sixteen months.
Linzey, Daniel, Mahala, David, Hiram, Mary Ann, Solomon and Nancy.
(IV) David (2), fourth child of David and Nancy (Palmer) Wallace, was born in Littleton, N. H. Jan. 15, 1806. He was reared to agricultural pursuits, left home at the age of eighteen years, subsequently settling in Bristol, Maine, where he devoted the active period of his life to that occupation. He attained the ripe old age of eighty-four years, and his death occurred Jan. 21, 1890.
In 1844 he married Mrs. Margaret Jones, nee Perkins, daughter of Solomon Perkins, of Bristol, Maine, and widow of Deacon J. Jones of that city.
Lorana, Alonzo S., M. D. and Maria E., now all living (1908).
(V) Alonzo Stewart Wallace, M. D., only son of David (2) and Margaret (Perkins) (Jones) Wallace, was born in Bristol, Maine, Feb. 17, 1847. His early education was acquired in the public schools, the Lincoln Academy, New Castle, Maine, and the East Maine Conference Seminary at Bucksport. At the age of thirteen years he began to follow the sea during the summer season, and when seventeen years old was second mate of a bark. It was his firm intention, however, to first prepare himself for educational pursuits and then to earn a sufficient sum by teaching to defray his expenses through college. He therefore devoted his winters to study, and so earnest was he in his endeavors to obtain rapid advancement that at one time it was his custom to travel on foot ten miles to school on each Monday morning and return in the same manner each Friday evening. At the age of eighteen he began to teach in his home town, teaching two terms a year, from early fall to late spring, for a period of about three years. At the age of twenty-one he was elected superintendent of Bristol schools.
In 1869 he secured a position as instructor at the city reformatory on Deer Island, Boston harbor, where he attracted the attention of Dr. S. H. Durgin, then port physician and now (1908) chairman of the board of health of Boston, who advised him to enter the medical profession. In 1872 he was a medical student at Bowdoin College. He was subsequently, however, by an urgent request of the reformatory management, induced to return to Deer Island, but shortly afterward resigned in order to resume his studies, and entering Dartmouth College was graduated in 1874. Accepting a position at the Insane Hospital in Northampton, Mass., he remained there some eight months, at the expiration of which time he was appointed assistant port physician at Boston and subsequently became chief port physician.
Resigning that post in 1879, he engaged in private practice in Brookine, New Hampshire, and after remaining there for a period of nine years removed to Rochester, N. H., where he practiced one year and some months. In 1889 he located in Nashua, N. H., where he found a much wider and far more interesting field of operation, and he is now conducting an extensive practice in that city in both medicine and surgery. In addition to his regular practice he is connected with the Nashua Emergency Hospital and also with St. Joseph's Hospital.
Dr. Wallace's professional society affilitations are with the Massachusetts State, the New Hampshire State, the Hillsborough County and the Nashua Medical Socieities. He is a thirty-second degree Mason, belonging to Ancient York Lodge, Meridan Sun Chapter, Royal Arch Masons, Israel Hunt Council, Royal and Select Masters, and St. George Commandery, Knights Templar; he is also a member of the local lodge, Knights of Pythias, and of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, being major of the local canton, Patriarchs Militant. In his religious belief he is a Congregationalist.
He married Mary Frances, of Lowell, Mass., daughter of Charles Maynard.
1. Arthur Lowell, M. D., who took his degree of bachelor of arts in 1900, and that of medicine in 1903, at Dartmouth College. He is located in Nashua, N. H.
2. Edith Maynard, a graduate of Mount Holyoke College, was an instructor two years at Western College, Oxford, Ohio, and is now one of the faculty at the University of Maine, Orono, Maine.
3. Edna June, who is residing at home.
4. Ina, who is attending the high school at Nashua, N. H.