DAVID WALLIS was a native of Massachusetts and came to Tioga Center as early as the year 1818 or 1819, where
for a time he taught school. When he first came to Owego he was a clerk in Lorenzo Reeves' store, but soon returned
to Tioga Center and from there went to Havana, where he was engaged in mercantile pursuits with Elisha Bundy. He
returned to Tioga after about two years and became a partner of Col. William Ransom, his brother inlaw, as a merchant,
lumberman, miller and farmer. In 1834 he was elected county clerk and removed to the county seat to take charge
of the office, continuing, however, for a number of years his connection with the business at Tioga Center. Mr.
Wallis was clerk nine years, and, after his third term expired, he was for one year connected with the Owego Gazette.
He then bought a farm two miles down the river from Owego, where he lived to the time of his death, September 2,
1874. David Wallis married with Rachel Ransom, sister of Col. William Ransom, and daughter of Major Ransom, of
Tioga, that event taking place January 23, 1823. They had seven children, viz: Charles F, who died in Santa Fe,
N. M., married Irene R. Sterling, of Meshoppen, Pa.; David B., now living on the old home farm, married Eleanor
Sharpe, of Tioga; M. Mandane, married Erastus Evans, of Owego; Fanny M., married Samuel A. Price, of Wilmington,
Del.; Harriet P., (deceased) married Isaac Horton, of Tioga; Louisa R., married Joim C. Price, of Chester, Pa.,
and Kate R, who married with Max Harnickell of New York city. David Wallis is remembered as a substantial, thorough
and competent business man in whatever he attempted to do, and was universally recognized as a man of sterling
integrity. His nature was generous and impulsive, but he possessed a remarkable power for self control. He was
a democrat of the Jeffersonian type and his counsel and influence in the party were always for good.
Also see Stephen S. Wallis (grandson)
OUR COUNTY AND ITS PEOPLE
A MEMORIAL HISOTRY OF TIOGA COUNTY
EDITED BY: LEROY W. KINGMAN
W. A. FERGUSSON & CO. ELMIRA, N. Y., 189?
Tioga County, NY
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