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John L and Sarah Ellen (Wilcox) Wallace

John,_William,_Charles,_Bertha,_Sarah,_and_Merle_Wallace.jpgLeft to Right: John L, William Earl, Charles R, Bertha Mae, Sarah Ellen, and Merle Francis Wallace.

John L Wallace was born 23 Sep 1856 in Madison County, Indiana.  He lived with his parents in Richardson County, Nebraska in 1860 and then with the family of Franklin Spencer in Warren County, Illinois ten years later.  According to his obituary, he moved to Warren County at the age of nine, around 1865.  Why John ended up in Warren County is just as much a mystery as what happened to the rest of his family.  There seems to be no family connections between him and anyone in the Spencer family.  He is simply listed as a farm laborer in the 1870 census.  He is found still living with the Spencer family in 1880.  Again, no relation is noted, but this time the occupation field is blank rather than listed as a laborer. Sarah Ellen was born 4 Nov 1861 in Ellison Township, Warren County, IL.  She lived at home with her parents and likely attended a school, located less than a mile to the north of the Wilcox farm, through the age of 16.  At the age of 22, she married John on Christmas Day 1882.  Six children were born between 1883 and 1895, all living to adulthood.  John continued to work as a farm laborer, never owning land of his own.  The family moved to Kirkwood around 1897.  In 1900, they are listed as renting a house in the village of Kirkwood, however, their eldest daughter Bertha lived with her grandparents at the time.  On 25 Mar 1906, John died at the family's home in Kirkwood.  He suffered for some time from pneumonia in one of his lungs, and eventually died from heart failure.  He was buried in Center Grove Cemetery in Kirkwood.  Sarah continued to live in Kirkwood.  In 1910, she is recorded as owning her house and working as a "washerwoman", essentially a laundry service of the day.  Her daughter Merle and sons Carl and Delbert were still at home.  In Novermber 1913, Sarah went to Fairfield, Iowa to visit her son William, his wife Orpha, and their baby Ruth Evelyn.  Her son Delbert also came to visit, and fell ill while at William's house.  While tending to Delbert, Sarah was "stricken with apoplexy" and died within an hour on 27 Mar 1913.  Apoplexy was a general term used at the time to characterize either a stroke or other bodily hemorage.  She was buried next to her husband in Center Grove Cemetery.


JOHN L WALLACE

Birth: 23 Sep 1856 in Madison, Indiana          Death: 25 Mar 1906 in Kirkwood, Warren, Illinois from Pneumonia

Burial: 26 Mar 1906 in Center Grove Cemetery, Kirkwood, Warren, Illinois

Marriage: 25 Dec 1882 in Warren, Illinois

Father: MELVIN WALLACE

Mother: FANNIE LANGLEY

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SARAH ELLEN WILCOX

Birth: 04 Nov 1861 in Ellison, Warren, Illinois          Death: 27 Mar 1913 in Fairfield, Iowa

Burial: Center Grove Cemetery, Kirkwood, Warren, Illinois

Father: RICHARD WILCOX

Mother: MARY JANE WOODS

Children:

1. BERTHA MAE WALLACE

Birth: 18 Oct 1883 in South of Roseville, Warren, Illinois          Death: 08 Nov 1961 in Tompkins, Warren, Illinois

Marriage: 12 Feb 1908 in Warren, Illinois to JAMES EDWIN WATSON

2. CHARLES R WALLACE

Birth: 21 Apr 1885 in Illinois          Death: 21 Jul 1914 in Fairfield, Jefferson, Iowa

Burial: Center Grove Cemetery, Kirkwood, Warren, Illinois

3. WILLIAM EARL WALLACE

Birth: 05 Oct 1889 in Ellison, Warren, Illinois          Death: 01 Sep 1939 in Omaha, Nebraska

Burial: Center Grove Cemetery, Kirkwood, Warren, Illinois

Marriage: 21 Apr 1910 in Fairfield, Jefferson, Iowa to ORPHA DRUCILLA GURWELL

Marriage 2: Bet. 1918-1920 to Loretta L ???

4. MERLE FRANCIS WALLACE

Birth: Feb 1893 in Warren, Illinois          Death: 06 Feb 1920 in Kirkwood, Warren, Illinois

Burial: Center Grove Cemetery, Kirkwood, Warren, Illinois

Marriage: 21 Nov 1912 to PERCY ALLEN STEVENS

5. CARL MARION WALLACE

Birth: 23 Mar 1895 in Illinois          Death: 23 Apr 1969 in Butte, California

Marriage: 01 Jan 1917 in Warren, Illinois to VERNA MAY SEYBOLD

Marriage2: to EFFIE L "unk"

6. DELBERT LEONARD WALLACE

Birth: Dec 1897 in Warren, Illinois          Death: 15 Apr 1968 in Jasper, Texas

Marriage: 30 Dec 1918 in Warren, Illinois to EVA STEWART  

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