The Wallace family is represented in Maple Grove Cemetery, on Main Street in Nicholasville, Jessamine County, with several gravestones. The two oldest are for Joseph and Sarah Wallace. You can see them beside/slightly behind the large Wallace stone.
Joseph Wallace was born March 9, 1779, and died February 19, 1855. Joseph’s parents were John Wallace and Jane Finley. John Wallace was an ensign in 1776, in Captain James Moore’s company, 5th Pennsylvania regiment, Col. Anthony Wayne’s command. He was born in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and died in Fayette County, Kentucky.
In Joseph Wallace’s will, dated April 21, 1853, he gives his daughter, Mary J. Brown, ‘undivided interest in and to three slaves, namely Sam, Eliza and Solomon, purchased of Briers Heirs and now in the hands of Mary J. Brown, administrator of Thomas J. Brown, deceased, my interest in said slaves being one fifth part of the same, also her note executed by her as administrator for one hundred and fifty dollars, together with whatever interest may be due thereon, at the time of my death. Also, one thousand dollars in cash.’
Son James Wallace received his father’s tract of land in Jessamine County, where the father resided, about four hundred and sixty acres, also four Negroes, his selection, out of all the slaves.
Two Negroes are given in trust to his executor, for the use and benefit of my daughter, Margaret Harris, Emily and Nancy, 13 and 7 years old, respectively, who are now with the said Margaret in Boyle County, also one half of a tract of land in Boyle County, containing about one hundred and eighty one acres, upon which Nathaniel Harris now lives, land and Negroes to remain in the hands of my executor for the use and benefit of daughter Margaret – perhaps he didn’t trust his son-in-law.
All slaves, land, chattel, etc., are to be sold and the money divided between my daughter, Mary J. Brown, and the share to my executor, in trust for my daughter Margaret Harris. Thomas E. West was named executor.
Sarah Barr, wife of Joseph Wallace, was born February 1, 1780, and died September 16, 1852. She and Joseph married June 23, 1809, in Fayette County, Kentucky.
James Wallace, son of Joseph and Sarah, left a very impressive monument in the cemetery – or it could have been his children since there is ‘Our Father’ and ‘Our Mother’ above their names on the stone. James married Margaret Mays, May 2, 1850. Due to the date of marriage, tiny Anna Wallace must have been their first child.
James Wallace was a rather wealthy man. In the 1860 Census of Jessamine County he is listed as a farmer, with real estate valued at $27,000, and personal estate at $15,000. In the census James is 48, Margaret is 36, Joseph is 7, Sarah is 4, and Virginia is 8/12. Mother-in-law Anna Mays, 67, is living with the family. She was born in North Carolina.
In the 1870 census James is 58. His property is valued at $34,000, with personal estate of $10,000. Margaret is 44, Joseph is 17, Sidia (Sarah) is 15, and Virginia is 12.
James died in 1875 and, Margaret, less than a year later.