MG 213 - Wallace Collection

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Scope and Content

The collection contains the business papers of Joseph Wallace, a booklet, "Reminiscences," of Captain W. W. Wallace with a photo, some miscellaneous papers, and newspaper clippings, one of which announces the death of Robert B. Wallace in California.

The business papers of Joseph Wallace span the years 1812 to 1839 and include agreements, correspondence, receipts, and the indenture of Mary Croll.

The "Reminiscences" of Capt. W. W. Wallace are a series of letters he wrote from his home in Philadelphia to The Patriot in 1914 describing his early years in Harrisburg. Other articles in the booklet describe his experiences and reminiscences of the Civil War which were published in "The Presbyterian" of Philadelphia in 1911.

Miscellaneous papers include a history of the Dauphin County Bar, 1785-1915; a typewritten paper by Helen Bruce Wallace concerning the derivation of the name "Paxton"; a school tax receipt to Andrew Weimer, 1865; a receipt issued by the Office of Recorder of Deeds to William Weiss for mortgage to Christian Lynch on premises at 17th near Brookwood, Harrisburg, 1925.


Joseph Wallace, b.1786, d.1867, was appointed manager of the New Market Forge in Lebanon County for John Elder. He moved to Harrisburg sometime later and entered the mercantile business with Joshua Elder. He served in the Harrisburg borough council, and was secretary treasurer of the Harrisburg Bridge Company, the Middletown Turnpike Company and the Peter's Mountain Turnpike Company. He married Sarah Evans Cummins of Chester County.

Captain William W. Wallace was born c. 1832, lived in Harrisburg early in his life, but left the city in 1848. He served throughout the Civil War and in later years lived in Philadelphia. The connection between Joseph Wallace and Capt. William W. Wallace is not known at this time.

Date(s): 1812-1925

Extent: 6 folders, 49 enclosures