Thomas R. Wallace, a citizen of Williamsburgh, Ind., was born October 16, 1832, the son of Thomas and Loretta (Wilson) Wallace. The father was a native of Kentucky, of English descent, born about 1808, and died about 1878. The mother was also a native of Kentucky, born about 1818, and died about 1873. At twelve years of age our subject went to Tennessee, and rode race horses for about six years. He then went to Illinois, where he remained about one year; thence to Missouri, where he remained about six months; and from there he went to Arkansas, where he remained about three months; thence to Tennessee, where he resided one year; thence to Kentucky, where he lived twelve years; thence to Indiana, and settling in Brown County, for four years; thence to Nineveh Township, Johnson County, where he now resides. He had the advantage of but one month’s schooling, and that while a small boy. His vocation has always been that of a farmer. At the age of twelve years he began the battle of life for himself. In 1862 he enlisted in Company H, Eighty-second Indiana Volunteers, under Capt. John M. Mathenia, and was with his company in several skirmishes, and the battle of Perryville. He served one year, and was discharged on account of disabilities, at New Albany. In September, he was united in marriage with Mrs. Martha E. Ferguson ( nee Chatman), daughter of James and Martha (White) Chatman. The father was of English descent, and a native of the State of Maryland; and the mother of Irish descent, born in Kentucky. This union was blessed with the following children: Mina M., born October 13, 1856, deceased; Loretta E., May 16, 1858; Samuel I., April 17, 1860, deceased, and Charles E., October 11, 1876. The mother of these children was born December 31, 1830. He is a member of the Ralston Post, G. A. R. He and wife are both members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. In politics, he was formerly a democrat, but since the war he has been identified with the republican party. He now owns two houses and lots in Williamsburgh. He draws $50 per month as a pension for disabilities. He and wife are among the highly respected families of the neighborhood.

Transcribed by Cheryl Zufall Parker

Banta, D. D. History of Johnson County, Indiana. Chicago, IL: Brant & Fuller, 1888, page 764.