From a diligent search of records in Virginia, Pennsylvania and Maryland.Peter Wallace married to Martha Woods' parents were SAMUEL Wallace and Elizabeth Woods.There was NO Peter Sr. in this line of Wallaces.This error was started when George Selden Wallace and Worth Ray "guessed" that the Peter Wallace who emigrated to Virginia in 1650 had a grandson also named Peter who went to Cecil County, Maryland.The Peter Wallace who emigrated in 1650 had a son Peter Jr. and grandson, Samuel, etc. who all lived in York and adjacent counties in Virginia.None of their line moved to Maryland.The earliest records of Elizabeth Woods Wallace are of the Widow Elizabeth Wallace in Cecil County with sons Adam, who died in 1738--she was the executrix of his will, he left a wife and infant daughter, and son Peter who married Martha Woods, etc..They lived very near ANDREW Wallace one of the founders of the settlement that eventually became Newark, Delaware.Andrew was an early settler (pre 1705) on the New Munster Hundred.Elizabeth and her children living on the adjacent Rising Sun plantation and either attended the Faggs Manor Church or the Head of the Christiana Church. The naming tradition of Peter Wallace and his brothers indicates clearly their father's name was Samuel.Peter does NOT recur in these lines except in the occasional position of a younger son being named for an uncle.There were four Samuel Wallaces who were in the Cecil County and adjacent counties area of Maryland.Only one had no children easily ascribed to him: a Samuel Wallace sea-faring merchant who made 4 trips between Liverpool and Virginia/Maryland between 1718-1719, one between Glasgow and the same area, and one between Liverpool and New York.He died apparently at sea on his last voyage in 1726.Adam, Peter's known older brother was likewise a mariner and died in 1738 in "The War of Jenkins' Ear" aka "Admiral Vernon's War" at the battle of Cartagena--a Colombian port.The war was over trading and colony rights for the English in the Caribbean, vs. the Spanish.Peter Wallace was NEVER listed as Peter Wallace Jr. in either Virginia, Pennsylvania or Maryland records.It is likely that Andrew (1672-1750's--buried at Newark--I've seen his tombstone) was the older brother of Samuel.They both had sons named William and Andrew--a very rare name in the early U.S. Wallaces.Both named their oldest sons William, suggesting strongly that the father of Andrew and Samuel and probably other was a William Wallace.My late mother took the George Selden Wallace info and had it reviewed by professional Irish researchers in the 1970's.A letter came back identifying this line as part of the Failford line, with a complete description of a coat of arms that has been repeatedly identified as Failford by others, and said that Peter's father was NOT named Peter.Here there begins a minor problem because half the letter is missing courtesy of my late mother rearranging and tossing parts of various types of files the last few months of her life when she was on the heaviest medications for ovarian cancer.I have only a couple of notes about the missing part made on a previous trip back home that indicated a probable Samuel as father of Peter and William, a gentleman knight born in Scotland with lands in Northern Ireland as grandfather.A William Wallace, gentleman, knight did die in County Down in 1718, and it's possible this is the grandfather.More research is needed but Peter Wallace b. 1717-d. 1784 was NOT the son of a Peter Sr..Neither were any of his brothers.Also there are two missing brothers: John b. ca. 1724 (still single in 1750 according to Augusta County records--married Isabel Rutherford in 1751/2) and a James.John was the youngest and he was clearly in Augusta County at the same time as the one and only Wallace family in the early 1740's--that is Peter and his brothers.He is not the oldest son of Peter's oldest brother William, either.I found documentation of that line as well.The McClenaghan transcription of the early Woods records of Dunshaughlin Parish also do not say that Elizabeth married a Peter Wallace.I do not have any more than a summary of the 1,000 pages of those records because it was from Woods descendants not particularly interested in Wallaces but they only noted Elizabeth married a Wallace, not who, but in talking by phone with the two persons who did the summary they were emphatic it was NOT a Peter Wallace, as well.They also had spotted a name William Wallace in the records and believed this was the father of the man who married Elizabeth Woods.I wish they had created more of a summary than they did but until I can get to Ireland it will probably have to do.Also Elizabeth Woods the wife of John Woods and mother of Michael, Samuel, Elizabeth, et al, was the only surviving daughter and child daughter of Thomas Woods and Elizabeth Parsons. She was the heiress of Dunshaughlin Castle, not her husband.The Elizabeth Worsop who married another--LATER--John Woods was still a child, unmarried aged about 8 in 1688. Elizabeth Worsop and her husband John Woods had NO children as per their own wills and their estate was left to his oldest sister's son on condition that he change his surname from Widman to Woods.Martha Woods and her siblings Magdalena, Sarah, Richard (of Augusta), et al (about 11 children in all) were the children of Samuel Woods and Elizabeth Campbell--brother and sister respectively of Michael Woods and Mary Campbell.The double Woods marriage is clearly indicated in the will of Elizabeth's and Mary's father, Sir James Campbell, 3rd baron Auchinbreck (5th baronet in his minority).It's a bit easier and less expensive to go further back in the ancestry of this Wallace line if you begin with the best documented information.By the way, _The Book of Wallace_ by Charles Rogers, 1889, citing family and county records, and _The History of Ayshire_ by Paterson at about the same time, citing mostly county records, indicates that the second son of John Wallace of Craigie 1540-1625 married to (1) Margaret Campbell, daughter of Sir Matthew Campbell of Loudon, was William Wallace who obtained lands in Ireland under James I--well before 1625.Other lines came later, including another Failford line.This John Wallace was actually originally himself out of a Failford line.He was the grandson of William Wallace the younger, son of William the elder, tutor of Craigie in 1527.William the younger died in 1538 and was succeeded by his son John who died in 1570 whose oldest son was John the quarrelsome whose brothers endured many diffficulties trying to guarantee his peace with his neighbors and the Crown.It's interesting to see how many of his nearest relatives eventually found good reason to live elsewhere, even the Netherlands, Germany, as well as Ireland... ;-)
I hope this helps some.
Cecilia L. Fabos-Becker, San Jose, CA