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Melvin and Fannie (Langley) Wallace

As stated on the Wallace Family Page, the story of Melvin and Fannie Langley Wallace is brief.  They seem to appear out of nowhere in Nebraska and just as mysteriously disappear.  Both are reported as being born in Indiana; Melvin around 1824 and Fannie around 1832.  In the 1880 census, however, John lists both his parents as being born in Ohio. There were plenty of Wallaces in Indiana at the time, but none list the name Melvin in 1850.  Another Melvin Wallace with the same approximate birth year was in Indiana after 1860, but it is likely that this is another person altogether.  A similar story holds true for the Langleys, as no one by the name of Fannie or Francis appear in the census records.  It is more likely that both Melvin and Fannie were actually born in Ohio and only lived in Indiana for a short period, as Indiana in the 1820s and early 30s was still by and large a wilderness.  As it is, Melvin and Fannie are found in the 1860 census living in Richardson County, Nebraska.  Nebraska at this time was still a territory and was very thinly populated.  Most of the residents lived in the extreme southeast corner of the present state, near the Iowa and Missouri borders.  Melvin's occupation is listed as a Carpenter.  Along with another carpenter, William Grassley, it is likely that Melvin was steadily employed helping to build the growing town of Salem, which would eventually become the county seat.  In June of 1860, the "bloody flux", also known as dysentary, began to ravage the area.  It began in the neighboring town of Rulo and spread throughout the county, hitting the town of Salem the hardest.  According to Lewis C Edwards, in his book History of Richardson County Nebraska, Salem was the hardest hit and that "as many as sixteen died from this disease in one week."  It is difficult, if not impossible, to confirm if the Wallace family fell vicitim, but it is definately within the realm of reason.  Regardless, the parents and their son Hiram are lost to history at this time.


MELVIN WALLACE

Birth: Abt. 1824 in Indiana

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FANNIE LANGLEY

Birth: Abt. 1832 in Indiana

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1. JOHN L WALLACE

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

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

Marriage: 25 Dec 1882 in Warren, Illinois to SARAH ELLEN WILCOX

2. HIRAM P WALLACE

Birth: Abt. 1859 in Indiana

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