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Richard Wallace (d. 1785)Richard Wallace died 1785 in Derry Township, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania.He married Mary ???.
Notes for Richard Wallace:
Richard Wallace, who came to the "Derry Settlement" in 1763, and became an extensive land owner and a great Indian fighter.One of the earliest forts in this region was "Wallace's Fort", about one and a half miles from the present Blairsville, Pa., and it was the scene of a number of hard fought battles with the Indians.
Wallace's mill, near this fort, is said to have been the first mill west of the Alleghenies, and men travelled on horseback along the forest paths great distances to have a sack of corn ground at this mill.
Richard Wallace was Quarter Master in the disastrous Lochrey expedition in August, 1781, when all our soldiers were either killed or captured by the Indians
(Source: This history of Samuel Craig and his descendants begun by Margaret Craig Campbell...1915)
January 7, 1774Richard Wallace of Armstrong Township, Westmoreland County to David and John Shields of Letterkenny Township, Cumberland County.51 pounds for 300 acres in Armstrong Townshipwhich the said Richard Wallace obtained via survey #2387 on April 3, 1769.Mary Guthrie and Peter Wallace administrators of the estate of Richard Wallace deceased acknowledged the deed when it was recorded on January 23, 1794 (Source: Westmoreland Co. Deed Bk 2 p. 511).
March 25, 1774 Richard Wallace warranted 300 acres in Westmoreland County.
April 3, 1775Richard Wallace and Mary his wife of Westmoreland County to Thomas Reed yeoman of Antrim Township, Cumberland County.94 pounds for 302 acres.Tract called Leville situated on the north side of Conemaugh river about 2 miles below the mouth of Altmaus Run in Westmoreland.Patent recorded at Philadelphia in patent book AA volume 14 p. 712 (Source: Westmoreland Co. Deed Bk D p. 228). This was the land warranted on March 25, 1774.
From "Old Westmoreland" A History of Western Pennsylvania During the Revolution by Edgar W Hassler.
p. 116The leaders in this Derry settlement were Robert Barr, James Wilson, John Pomeroy, William Guthrie, John Shields, Samual Craig, and Richard Wallace
p. 117Richard Wallace build on a hill near the Conemaugh, about a mile and a half south of the site of Blairsville.He erected a grist mill which ground the grain of the entire settlement.When Dunmore's war began, in the spring of 1774, he constructed a strong stockade around his house, which afforded a refuge for the neighborhood.This stockade became known as Fort Wallace.
p. 144Lochry's Defeat August 24, 1781 during the Revolutionary war.As far as the records show, Richard Wallace who was the quartermaster to Colonel Lochry was one of the few members of this expedition who returned to their homes in Westmoreland.
1783Richard Wallis shown as being taxed in Derry Township, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania with 300 acres.
July 1, 1784 Richard Wallace warranted 200 acres in Westmoreland County.
At his death Richard Wallace owned a grist mill, saw mill, two plantations adjacent to each other and another plantation on Sewickley (Source: Orphan's Court Vol 3A, Docket Pn p. 191).
Mary Guthrie, late Mary Wallace, and Peter Wallace administrators of Richard Wallace deceased distributed 191 pounds, 1 shilling, eight pence, and 1 half penny as follows in 1788:
Mary Guthrie late Mary Wallace 1/363pounds 13 shillings 10pence.
Peter Wallace eldest son two shares42 pounds 9 shillings 3 pence.
James Wallace21 pounds 4 shillings 7 pence.
Agnes Cahill (late Wallace)21 pounds 4 shillings 7 pence.
Rachel Wallace21 pounds 4 shillings 7 pence.
William Wallace21 pounds 4 shillings 7 pence.
(Source: Orphan's Court Vol 3A, Docket Pn p. 208)
Children of Richard Wallace and Mary ??? are:
- Peter Wallace, b. Bet. 1761 - 17654654, 4655, 4656, d. 1839, Derry Township, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania.
- James Wallace, d. Aft. 1796.
- Agnes Wallace, b. Bet. 1756 - 1774, d. Aft. 1815.
- Rachel Wallace, b. Bet. 1775 - 17844657, 4658, d. Aft. 1815.
- William Wallace, b. Bet. 1768 - 17744659, 4660, d. Aft. 1809.