Everet Wallace appeared for the very first time in the 1790 Census in Moore County, NC. Everet, appearing with his wife, Caty/Catherine and their infant daughter, Celia, were the only Wallaces recorded in the Moore County, NC Census that year. From his first appearance in the 1790 Census to his last in a Tax Record in 1844/1845, there are over 35 known references to Everet in Moore County, NC records. Among these records, Everet can be found entering land, paying taxes, serving on juries, testifying at trials, and purchasing goods at estate sales.
Based on the later Census records of his children, Everet was born in North Carolina, although it has not certain that he was born in Moore County, NC. In the 1880 Census, Everet’s four living children [Isham, Enoch, Nathan and Franey] all identified their mother and father as being born in NC.
Throughout his adult life, Everet and his family resided in upper Moore County, NC south of the present day town of Robbins. Everet Wallace owned 100 acres of land on Cimlin Branch of Flag Creek, a tributary of Bear Creek in Moore County, NC. He received a Land Grant from the State of North Carolina for 50 acres in 1794 [Figure 1] and must have purchased an additional 50 acres as he was listed in Tax Lists in 1815 and 1818-1823 as owning 100 acres[Figures 3 and 4]. This land is located literally just west of intersection [known as the Robbins Crossroads] of NC Hwy 705 and NC Hwy 24/27 [Figure 2]. The original 50 acre tract was deeded by his grandson, John Mack Wallace, to William Wesley Brown in 1898.
It is my belief that his wife was named Caty/Catherine. This is based primarily on tax records that list Everet Wallace on an 1844/1845 tax list
[Figure 5] and a Caty Wallace in 1846 as owing taxes for 1845 [Figure 6]. In those days, while women were generally not assessed taxes - they are
frequently listed after the death of their husbands. In my research, I have not been able to locate another Caty/Catherine Wallace who would have been of age or could have been widowed in order to paying taxes at this time. Additional circumstantial evidence that Everet’s wife was named Caty/Catherine exists in the naming of their grandchildren. Celia Wallace Maness’ 1st daughter was named Catherine and her 1st son was named Everet.
Caty/Catherine's maiden name is listed numerous times on the Internet as Horner. There is not one single piece of conclusive evidence to confirm
that. Frankly, I believe that it is inaccurate. The Horner family resided in Orange County, NC until circa 1823 when George W. Horner moved to Moore County, NC. Everet would have married Catherine prior to 1788 -- 35 years before the George W. Horner arrived in Moore County, NC. There is no evidence that links the Moore County, NC Wallaces to Orange County, NC.
Everet and Caty/Catherine were known to have raised at least twelve children during their lifetime. Among their known children were Celia, Nicholas, Joseph, John, Nathan C., Isham, Josiah, Elizabeth, Enoch, Franey, Manda and Susannah. Other possible children include William Lane and Aaron. These individuals are clearly related to Everet but conclusive proof has not been found to establish them as definite children or grandchildren. Both left Moore County, NC with their families and headed south.
William Lane Wallace [1814-1886] moved to Dillon County, SC where many of his descendants still live.
Aaron Wallace [1818/26 - aft 1880] moved to Richmond and Scotland County, NC and his descendants can still be found in and around the Laurel Hill area.
Celia Wallace [1788-1862]
married Shadrach Maness [1770-1858], one of the triplet sons of Revolutionary War soldier William Maness. Celia and Shadrach
were the parents of Catherine, Everett, Asa, Lucretia, Alsey, and Ira Lane. Several of their children married into the following
families and many of their descendants still reside in upper Moore County, NC: Stutts, Ritter, Shields, and Cagle. Everett
Maness and his family moved to Forsyth County, GA
Joseph Wallace [bet 1792/8 - bef 1870] married
Chaney [1800 - bef 1870] and produced the following sons: Ruffin, Seaborne and Alexander. Ruffin and Alexander both left widows
with small children when they were killed in the Civil War and Seaborne moved briefly to western NC before returning to the
Seagrove area of Randolph County, NC where his descendants are located.
Isham Wallace [1801-1882] and Nancy Furr
[1806-1881] raised a very large family that for the most part remained in upper Moore County, NC, specifically the area around
Buffalo Creek and Meadow Branch near Flint Hill Baptist Church. Isham and Nancy had the following children: Clarkey Ann m.
George Cockman; Elizabeth m. J. Sampson Cockman; Mary Ann m. Noah Emsley Cockman; William Wesley m1. Elizabeth Melton, m2.
Margaret Louise Seawell; Sarah Ann m. John Garner; Quimby m. Arabella Stewart; Dempsey died young; Lockey m. Susan Muse;
Emsley Thomas m. Priscilla Melton; Samuel Bascom m1. Temperance Melton, m2. Nancy Smith; Loveday Jane m. James Washington
Horner; Sampson Delaney m. Missouri Hunsucker; Virgil Spinks “Byrd” m1. Regina Hunsucker, m2. Flora Ann Garner; and John M.
m1. Candace Melton, later moved to Perry County, AR and married 4 more times.
Josiah Wallace [1807- bef 1880] married Catherine
[1808- aft 1880] and was frequently mentioned in Moore County, NC records but to my knowledge yielded no offspring.
Enoch Wallace [1808/15
aft 1880] and Malvina Furr [1810/22- bef 1880] had several children: Hiram W., Hamilton, Isham “Ike”, John Spinks and
Christian. Hiram died in the Civil War and left a small family that moved to Richmond County, NC. Hamilton died young, while
Ike and his family lived in the Calvary Baptist Church area located between Carthage, NC and Robbins, NC. Spinks moved to
Lauderdale County, AL and Christian married George Graham.
Franey Wallace [1814 aft 1880] raised four
children whose father was reportedly a Hunsucker conflicting sources identify Abe Hunsucker and Jim Hunsucker as the father.
Franey’s children were Martha J., Mary Ann, Rebecca Jane, John Mack "Mack"and Julia Frances. Mary Ann died leaving
a small family, Mack served in the Civil War and later moved his family to Cumberland County, NC, while Rebecca Jane and Julia
Frances all raised families in upper Moore County, NC where their descendants still remain. Martha married William Zeno Richardson and
removed to Georgia.
Not much is known about the families of Manda Wallace [1810 - ?] and Susannah Wallace [1815 - ?]. Both were listed
with small children in the 1850 Census in Moore County, NC and are believed to be daughters of Everet and Caty/Catherine.
Manda had the following children: Sarah, Cornelius, Anderson and Isaac Spinks. Isaac Spinks was a very active member of the
Beulah Hill Church community [located between Pinehurst, NC and West End, NC] and his family is buried there. Susannah was listed
as having two children that little else is known about: Eli and Calvin.
While most of Everet and
Catherine’s family remained in and around upper Moore County, NC for generations, a few took advantage of the availability of
inexpensive land and joined countless others in the westward migration to TN, AL, MS and TX.
Nicholas Wallace [1790/4 - aft 1830] was
listed with a family in the 1810 and 1820 Moore County, NC Census before moving to Henderson County, TN by 1830. No further
record has been found.
John Wallace [1798- aft 1860] married Elizabeth [1800
- aft 1860] and raised a large family in Moore County, NC before migrating to Bibb County, AL prior to 1850. John and
Elizabeth’s children were Nathan, Eli, Isham, Thomas, Raleigh, John Wesley, Josiah/Cyrus, Sarah, Catherine and Franny.
While the majority of John and Elizabeth’s family and remained in the Bibb and Perry County areas of AL, a few of their children
and descendants continued on to MS, LA, and TX.
Nathan Wallace [1800 - aft 1881] was married to
Finity Britt [1800 - bet 1850/7] and later to Sarah [1829 - bef 1870]. Nathan and Finity had the following children in NC:
Nancy, Deborah, Franey, Mary, Everett and Benjamin. Between 1850-1857, Finity died and Nathan moved his family to Henderson
County, TN. Several children were born to Nathan and his second wife Sarah in TN: Sarah Frances, Elizabeth M, William Samuel,
Mary A. and Susan Sufronie. Many of Nathan’s children intermarried with other Moore County, NC families also migrating to TN.
Among those were the Williams, Britt, and Brewer families. Many of their descendants can still be found in the Henderson,
McNairy, and Madison County areas of TN.
Elizabeth Wallace [1808 - aft 1860] was the
second wife of Jeremiah Williams [1775 - ?] and according to Williams Family researchers they had a very large family
consisting of the following children: Raleigh, Enoch Spinks, Lorenzo D., Amanda Jane, Franey, David Anderson, Caty, Ann, James
Wesley, Joseph and Bryant. Jeremiah and Betsy left Moore County, NC and traveled to western TN where most of their family was
raised. Their children and descendants can be found in Census data from Madison, McNairy and Henderson County, TN. Several of
them moved on further to TX and OK.
Written by Morgan Jackson, grandson of Mallie Wallace and
great-great-great-great grandson of Everet Wallace.