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Below is a family biography included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Dallas County, Arkansas published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1890.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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William Wallace, planter, Saline, Ark. Prominent among the old and highly esteemed citizens of the county, whose career has been both honorable and successful, is the subject of the present sketch, who was born in Halifax County, Va., on December 5, 1822. His father, Tandy Wallace, was a native of Virginia, was a soldier in the War of 1812, and was a farmer all his life. He was a Democrat in politics. His death occurred in Virginia, where his wife and the mother of our subject, whose maiden name was Mary Wells, was born, and where she passed her last days. William Wallace, the fifth of six children, received a fair education in Virginia, and when of age started out for himself as a farmer, cultivating the soil for several years in the northern part of North Carolina. In 1848 he came to Arkansas, located in Chester Township, Dallas County, but shortly after moved on his present farm, where he has since remained. He located in the woods, entered forty acres, and since then has added to this 400 acres of as good lands as is to be found in the county, all the result of hard work and good management. He has over 100 acres under cultivation, and is wide awake and enterprising. He was married in 1845, to Miss Narcissa Hall, a native of Halifax County, Va., born in 1825, and the daughter of Pleasant Hall. Nine children were the fruits of this union: Mary J. (wife of H. H. Chandler, a farmer near Benton, Ark.), William M. (farmer), Martha (wife of Robert Mitchell, a farmer of the county), James R. (farmer), Callie (wife of Luther Miller, a farmer), Jennie, John, H. P., Jimmie and Eliza. Mr. Wallace has always supported the Democratic ticket, and accepts its views as sound and well suited to any man.

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This family biography is one of 55 biographies included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Dallas County, Arkansas published in 1890.  For the complete description, click here: Dallas County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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