J.M. Wallace

Pages 700-701
J.M. Wallace has been occupied as a farmer and stock raiser of Fourche LaFave Township with good results. A native of Carthage, Moore County N.C., he was born on March 4, 1850, his parents being Isham and Nancy Wallace, both born in the same State, who were the parents of fifteen children, eleven of them yet living: William W. (residing in North Carolina, where he is a farmer, and has been sheriff of Moore County for three terms), Quimby (a farmer and residing in the same county), Emsby (a farmer also in the same county, who represented them in the State legislature in 1868), S.D. (a farmer and at one time sheriff of that county), V.A. and Samuel B. (both farmers of Moore County NC), Clarkie (wife of George Corkman), Sarah (wife of John Garner), Hettie (wife of James Horner), Mary (also married), and all residing in Moore County. The father of these children died June 15, 1883, his wife following him on August 3, 1886. J.M. Wallace remained with his father and attended the public schools at Carthage in his youth, and when eighteen years of age went to college at Greensboro, Guilford County NC. He afterward taught school for about two years and then moved to Little Rock Ark where he entered into business and from there to Texarkana, where he entered into business and from there to Texarkana, where he was engaged in the cigar business. He again returned to Little Rock but did not remain long before he moved to Dardanelle, Yell County and from there to Aplin, Perry County, where he took charge of and conducted a saw mill. From Aplin he came to Perryville, where he bought a farm of eighty acres, with about fifty three acres under cultivation and has resided there since. On December 3, 1875 he was married to Miss Emma Mitchell, a daughter of William Mitchell, by whom he had one child: Byrdie (born June 1877 and dying sometime afterward in Texarkana). Mr Wallace was again married, his second union taking place on August 3, 1881 to Miss Dora Laughlin, a daughter of S.H. and L.E. Laughlin, of Perryville by whom he has five children: Ernest I. (born June 13, 1882), Myrtle (born December 13, 1883), Jessie (born August 15, 1885), Johnie Ellen (born December 27, 1887). Mr Wallace became well and favorably known after a short residence in Perry County and for two years was constable of Fourche LaFave Township, during which period the county was without a sheriff. He and his wife are both members of the Methodist Episcopal Church and in politics Mr Wallace is a strong Democrat and a valuable support to that party.