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William Wallace Research Notes

All of the events mentioned below occurred in Massachusetts or in Peterborough, New Hampshire.  Worcester Co. Massachusetts was formed 5 Apr 1731 from Middlesex, Suffolk and Hampshire Counties.  The towns where William Wallace lived:

Stow, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts

Lunenburg, Worcester Co., Massachusetts

Although the town was surveyed in 1720, the persons who were granted land did not begin to move in and settle until 1724.  Originally known as Turkey Hills, Lunenburg was incorporated in 1728.  Thus any records dated before that time were entered long after the fact.  The Wallace family probably lived in that part of Lunenburg that in 1764 was incorporated as Fitchburg.

Peterborough, Hillsborough Co., New Hampshire

The problem  To locate missing records for William Wallace and identify his parents.

William's family  William Wallace was married about 1718 to Elizabeth McClelland.  Their known residences include Stow MA, Lunenburg MA, and Peterborough NH.  William, Elizabeth and Elizabeth's mother are buried in the Old Cemetery in Peterborough.

Their children (Lunenburg Families Wallace #9):

Jane  
1719
born 16 Dec 1719 (Lunenburg Early Records p.329).  Although her birth is recorded in Lunenburg, she probably was not born there.  She was married 19 Mar 1740 to John Hill (Lunenburg Early Records p.251); (Lunenburg Families Hill #208)
Elizabeth  
1721
born 20 Dec 1721 (Lunenburg Early Records p.329).  Although her birth is recorded in Lunenburg, she probably was not born there.  She died in 1744 at Groton MA.

She was married 13 Nov 1740 at Lunenburg to John Russell of Lunenburg, Groton and Shirley MA (Lunenburg Early Records p.257). (Lunenburg Families Russell)


Martha
1722
born 18 Sep 1722 (Lunenburg Early Records p.329).  Although her birth is recorded in Lunenburg, she probably was not born there.  She died 23 Sep 1807 in Lunenburg.

She married Zebulon Dodge, son of Josiah and Prudence Dodge of Wenham, Essex Co., Massachusetts.  He probably moved to Lunenburg with his father in 1740 and is first seen purchasing land in Lunenburg in 1748.  He is named as a son-in-law in the will of William Wallace of Peterborough (New Hampshire State Papers).


Mary
1724
born 3 Apr 1724 Stow MA (Stow VR p.89).  Her birth is also recorded in Lunenburg (Lunenburg Early Records p.329).  She died 14 May 1800 at Peterborough NH.  She was married 9 Dec 1747 to John White (Lunenburg Early Records p.260). (Lunenburg Families White #58; Peterborough History Register p.342)
John
1725
born 18 Nov 1725 Stow MA (Stow VR p.89).  He is not listed among the children in Lunenburg Families Wallace #9, nor in the list of Wallace children in Lunenburg Early Records p.329-330.
Margarit
1727
born 16 Jun 1727 probably at Lunenburg (Lunenburg Early Records p.330).  She was married 11 Dec 1745 to Arthur Darrah of Nottingham (Lunenburg Early Records p.226-227).
Anne
1728/9
born 27 Feb 1728/9 (Lunenburg Early Records p.330).


Susannah
1730/1
born 5 Mar 1730/1 (Lunenburg Early Records p.330).  She died 6 Mar 1822 in Peterborough and is buried in the Old Street Cemetery (aka East Hill) along with her parents and her maternal grandmother Cemetery.  She married Thomas Little (Peterborough History Register p.133).
Samuel
1732/3
born 27 Mar 1732/3 (Lunenburg Early Records p.330); baptized 13 May 1733. 
Hannah
1735
born 27 Mar 1735 (Lunenburg Early Records p.330), baptized 4 May 1735


William
1737
born 26 Mar 1737 (Lunenburg Early Records p.330), baptized 3 Apr 1737


David
1737
born 26 Mar 1737 (Lunenburg Early Records p.330), baptized 3 Apr 1737


Sarah
1739
born 1 Aug 1739 (Lunenburg Early Records p.330), baptized 12 Aug 1739


Published records  Most of the published information about William and Elizabeth Walllace is found in land records.  Those records apparently show his movement from Stow MA to Lunenburg MA and then to Peterborough NH.  The 1749 record from Lunenburg needs further examination because my notes say that the record shows William deceased and his wife remarried.  This raises the possibility of two men named William Wallace, both with wives named Elizabeth.  The recording of that 1749 Lunenburg record selling all of his Lunenburg property and one in Peterborough recorded that same day purchasing property is not likely to be a coincidence.

Some authors believe that William was of Scotch-Irish descent.  Many of the settlers of Peterborough NH were of Scotch-Irish descent and some of William's daughters married into Scotch-Irish families, but there is no evidence that William was Scotch-Irish.  The land records suggest that he was in America before the major Scotch-Irish immigration. 

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