JOHN R. WALLACE, farmer, P. O. Thebes, was born January 19, 1830, in Hardin County, Ill., son of Oliver and Elizabeth (Winchester) Wallace. His parents removed to Wayne County, Mo., when he was small. In 1847, they came to Jonesboro Precinct, Union County, Ill. Here he attended the country schools. At the age of twenty-one years, he engaged in farming in Clear Creek Precinct. He continued farming in said precinct until 1881, when he came to Thebes, where he now resides. He was married, January 20, 1860, to Mary Parrett, daughter of John and Elizabeth Parrett. His union has given him eight children, six of whom survive — Barsheba A., Logan, Harriet E., Samuel W., Sarah J., Olive E. and Mary E. She is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He enlisted September 7, 1864, in Company I of the One Hundred and Forty-sixth Illinois Volunteer Infantry and was discharged July 7, 1865.
Extracted 29 Mar 2017 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union, and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, page 234.
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