Collected by Merlin Mitchell
Transcribed by Kyle Perrin
A. H. Wallace
March 22, 1950
Biographical Material on
Mr. Wallace's European Ancestry
Wallace ••• Sir William Wallace--itt was come from that name. I don 't say
that to try to claim notoriety or anything. We have lots of people that
do, you know. You hear ots of people say that they're decendants of Sir
William Wallace. And I say, Well, that's rather queer because it happened
to be a fact that Sir illiam Wallace was an old bachelorand never was
married. Well, what I was going to say, he was a leader among one faction
back in the days of the feuds. And the fact of the matter is that my people
were sunposed to leave (Orshoplan) and go to Ireland. And it's in one of
those feuds. Not because they were outlaws but then they were just clanish
and one bunch would get ig enough and would just drive all the others
out right away. So, my grandfather when he was seventeen years old, he got
married in Ireland, and he had quite a little bit of property, and of course,
he had a guardian because he was only seventeen years old--his father and
mother were both dead. And the property was his but he had a guardian. In
order to marry at seventeen he had to get permission.
From the courts to marry. And he had to get permission from the courts
and release the guardian and have his property that he had so he could
dispose of it and turn it i nto money and got permission from the courts to
come to the United States. So, he came to the United States in about 1787,
I think it was, and settled in Tennessee. And my father was the son of his
youngest son. He was born inTennesseein 1823 and moved to Missouri. And
when they moved to Missouri, t y didn't have waggons in those days and so,
they moved to Missouri on horseback. They had two pack horses and one for
my grandmother to r de on. And the childrenwalked in the forrest. And they
went clear through to Missourifrom Tennessee that week. I remember the
primative stories because, you see, my folks livedback in the time when
we i n't have much of anything--onlywhat we had had for thousands of
years. Most everything that we have got now has been invented since my
father an mot. er was married.
Mitch ••• Do you remember any of the old stories that your parents use to tell?
Wallace •• Why, I remem er sketches of them, yea.
Mitch •••• Do you remember any interesting ones? About the wilderness and
some of the difficulties they had?
Wallace •• Well, I couldn't without I would check overand write it down and
get it in form. It would be too broken up for me to try to tell
it. Itwould just be a sketchhere and there and fill it in and
make a story of it. But, I'd have to write it down and get it soes
I could read it off. If I didn't, it wouldn't mean anything.
But you see that was back in the days before matches--no stoves.
You' see, everything was cooked over the fireplace. Stoves had
never been discovered at that time. And I use to enjoy that more
than anything after I got up to be about ten or twelve years old.
If somebody would come through the country along about father's
and mother's age that they had known whenthey was young folks and
they'd come there and stay over night maybe. And they'd talk over
ol times. If there had been shows, I wouldn't have given them
or all the shows that ever came downthe line. It was i nteresting,
you see, to hear those things. Just little sketches.
Click tabs to swap between content that is broken into logical sections.