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Below is a family biography included in the book, Portrait and Biographical Record of Johnson and Pettis County Missouri published by Chapman Publishing Company in 1895.  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 B. WALLACE. When the reliable and successful farmers of Johnson County are being mentioned, the subject of this narrative is invariably called to mind. He possesses those qualities most needed in an agricultural community, and discharges his duties, both as a citizen and a tiller of the soil, in such a manner as to win the friendship of the people. His estate, which is located near Kingsville, lies on section 30, township 46, range 48. In addition to owning this splendid farm he is Vice-President of the Kingsville Bank. Mr. Wallace has always lived in Johnson County, and as the proprietor of four hundred and eighty acres of fine land, he is regarded as one of the wealthy residents of the county. He makes a specialty of raising Poland-China hogs and fancy poultry.

The father of our subject was H. L. Wallace, a prominent physician of this country, who departed this life in 1868. He was born in Virginia in 1836, and after attending lectures at the University of Michigan, at Ann Arbor, was graduated therefrom in March, 1855. During the Civil War he was Assistant Surgeon of the Thirty-third Illinois Infantry, in which position he gave entire satisfaction, but was obliged to abandon the work, as he was taken sick while in the South. He was confined in the hospital at Meridian, Miss., and while delirious stepped out of a window, sustaining injuries which doubtless had much to do with his early demise, although his death was supposed to have resulted from consumption.

Dr. H. L. Wallace was married to Mary A. Chapman, October 4, 1859. The mother was born in Kentucky, in 1832, and is now living with our subject. The only child born of their union was William B., of this sketch. His birth occurred on the home farm in this county, November 28, 1860. Farming has always been his vocation in life, and in this industry he has been remarkably successful. He was elected Vice-President of the Kingsville Bank on its organization, and his advice and judgment are much relied upon in the administration of the affairs of the bank. He is also one of the Directors in the Johnson County Agricultural and Mechanical Association, and has been connected with the organization since its inception, fourteen years ago. He is enterprising in all that he does, and is an efficient organizer, and a man possessing executive ability of a high order. Although active in Democratic circles, Mr. Wallace has no time for office-holding. He owns valuable real estate in Kingsville, and besides the farm already mentioned has another estate west of town, which he owns in partnership with Judge Fryer. With his wife he is a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, in which body he is one of the Trustees. They give liberally to the support of the same, and are always ready to lend a helping hand to the needy.

Our subject and his wife were married January 4, 1883, and to them have been born three children, Cliffie, Edith and Frank B., who are all at home. Mrs. Wallace, who was known in maidenhood as Jennie Hogan, was born in Johnson County, in which section her parents, David and Mary (Givens) Hogan, now live, owning a fine farm on section 32, township 46. The maternal grandparents of Mrs. Wallace were Robert and Carissa (Davis) Givens, while on her father’s side she is the granddaughter of Wilkinson and Mary (Lane) Hogan. Wilkinson Hogan was one of the early settlers of this county, and took an active part in its organization, doing his full share in its improvement. Through his influence many enterprises were inaugurated which have made this section a pleasant place in which to live. He was born in Knox County, Ky., whence he came to Missouri in 1831, conveying his household goods hither in a wagon drawn by a yoke of oxen, and first settled in Lafayette County, but six years later we find him living in Johnson County. He was very successful in all his undertakings, and at the time of his death, in 1881, was the owner of one thousand acres of good farming land. David Hogan, the father of Mrs. Wallace, is a native of this county, and was born June 10, 1839.

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