Biography of William C. Wallace
Columbiana County, OH

William C. Wallace, deceased, ranked among the leading pioneer business men of Columbiana County. He was born in Elk Run Township, Columbiana County, Dec. 28, 1842, the son of John and Tamer (Williams) Wallace.

Ezekiel Wallace, grandfather of William C. Wallace, settled in Washington County, Pa., in 1806, and later removed to Columbiana County where he died in 1812. He purchased a farm in Elk Run Township, which was later owned and operated by his son, John Wallace, who had accompanied him to Ohio. William C. Wallace was left an orphan at the age of six years and was reared by an aunt in St. Clair Township, Columbiana County. He was one of a family of four children, Hamilton Gaston, who lived in California, is now deceased.

William C. Wallace received his education in the district school and at the outbreak of the Civil War enlisted in the 101st regiment Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry. After the close of the war he went to Iowa, but in March, 1866, returned to Columbiana County, and settled in Unity Township. He became one of the most prosperous fanners in the county and owned 524 acres of well improved land. An unusual circumstance concerning this tract of land is the fact that it was willed to each succeeding owner and was deeded only by Thomas Jefferson, president, and James Madison, Secretary of State, to the original purchaser. Mr. Wallace was identified with many of the leading businesses and industries of East Palestine, being a member of the board of directors of the East Palestine Pottery Company, president of the East Palestine Lumber Company, president of the Stock Raiser's Mutual Live Stock Association, president of the East Palestine Creamery Company, president of the Springfield Mutual Insurance Company, and president of the First National Bank of East Palestine. He died April 18, 1915.

On Sept. 15, 1870, Mr. Wallace was married to Miss Lucinda Long, the daughter of Israel and Elizabeth Long. Mr. and Mrs. Wallace were the parents of the following children: Charles L., a sketch of whom appears in this history; Paul and William O. Wallace.

Mr. Wallace was a member of the Presbyterian Church, the Masonic Lodge and the Grand Army of the Republic. He was well known in the community and a representative citizen.

History of Columbiana County, Ohio
By: Harold B. Barth
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1926

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