THOMAS WALLACE

THOMAS WALLACE was born in Crittenden County May 8, 1841, and is a son of Arthur H. and Letitia P. (Hart) Wallace. The great-grandfather of subject, Dr. Michael Wallace, immigrated to this country from Glasgow, Scotland, some time in the early part of the eighteenth century, and settled in Stafford County, Va. His son, Thomas Wallace, was a captain in the Revolution, and November 10, 1791, was married in Prince William County, Va., to Miss Mary Hooe. He resided in the last named county until his death, June 16, 1818. To him and wife were born twelve children, of whom Arthur Wallace was the second, and was born September 11, 1794. He remained in Virginia until 1815, and then came to Louisville, Ky. He accepted a position as clerk in the old Bank of Kentucky and was subsequently appointed to the position of president and cashier of that institution. He served in that capacity about four years, and then went to New Orleans. He embarked in the commission business with a capital of $3,000, and after remaining in the business fifteen years retired with $200,000. He came to Louisville, and there resided in private life until his death July 12, 1879. The place now occupied by our subject was purchased by his father for a summer residence in 1835. It consisted of a tract of 2,700 acres, and 2,100 are still in possession of the family. He was a member of the Southern Presbyterian Church for many years, and an elder in that denomination. Subject's mother was born in Woodford County, Ky., in 1801. She was a daughter of Nathaniel and Susan (Preston) Hart. Her death occurred in 1866. Thomas is the youngest of a family of four children, of whom three are now living: Susan (widow of R. B. Alexander, late cashier of the Falls City Bank), Mary H. (wife of Hon. Hancock Taylor, lieutenant of the Confederate States army and representative in the legislature for 1877 and 1878), of Jefferson County, Ky., and Thomas. The last named received his education in Louisville, and at the age of seventeen years engaged in mercantile pursuits, which he followed for five years. In 1867 he came to his present farm, and now owns about 1,400 acres, with about 550 acres in cultivation. He also owns a farm of about 315 acres in Christian County. Mr. Wallace was married February 14, 1867, to Miss Mary S. Dade, a daughter of Lucian and Rosalie (Bankhead) Dade, natives of Prince William County, Va. Mrs, Wallace was born March 29, 1843, and to her and husband have been born five children: Elizabeth R., Hart, Thomas, Mary D. and Rosalie Ashton. Mrs. Wallace is a member of the Episcopal Church. Mr. Wallace was a soldier in the late war; he enlisted in the Crescent City Rifles, of New Orleans, in 1861, but served in that company only a few months, when he was transferred to the regiment commanded by Gen. J. H. Morgan. He first served as a private in the Second Kentucky Cavalry, was then transferred to the Sixth, and was made lieutenant and acting-adjutant. In this position he served until Morgan's raid through Ohio, when he was captured and confined on Johnson's Island until the close of the war. Capt. William P. Wallace, a son of subject, was captain and aide de camp to Gen. William Preston, Confederate States army. After the war he married Eliza Henry Edwards, of Christian County, Ky., and then moved to California and died there in 1881.

 

Source:  J. H. Battle, W. H. Perrin, & G. C. Kniffin. Kentucky. A History of the State. Louisville, KY, Chicago, IL: Battey, 1885. Pages 738-739.