Robert Lee Wallace (b. ca. 1867), Georgia and Arkansas / son of Harbird B. “Bird” Wallace

Robert’s parents, Harbird B. “Bird” Wallace (1813-1892) and Martha Johnson (1830-1907), were married in Rutherford County, North Carolina, about 20 October 1845 (marriage bond date). Bird Wallace was a stone mason and owned a contracting business in Marietta, Cobb County, Georgia, where he had settled in the 1840s. He was the first of his family to leave Rutherford County. His parents and siblings followed him south and initially settled in Cobb Cournty and adjacent Fulton County.

Wallace-McGaughy Marriage Record

Wallace-McGaughy Marriage Record

Robert Lee “Bob” Wallace, the subject of this post, was the tenth of eleven known children of Bird and Martha. He left Cobb County after the death of his father in 1892. On 31 June 1901, he married Emily Elvira “Ella” (Jordan) McGaughy in Union County, Arkansas. Ella’s first husband was Eugene Horatio McGaughy. They married in Ouchita County, Arkansas, on 08 November 1893. They had four known children: Connie, Jordan, Theron, and Hettie. The Marietta (Georgia) Journal reported several visits by Robert. In July 1901 (probably their wedding trip) and again in December, he and Ella visited family in Marietta. Robert visited Marietta again in December 1902 and took his mother with him when he returned to Arkansas. Another visit occurred in August 1906. His mother had returned to Georgia by 1905 and lived in Atlanta where, according to her 10 November 1907 death notice in the Atlanta Constitution, she died at the home of a daughter, Olie (Mrs. J. P. Moore) on November 9. She was buried in Marietta City Cemetery in the H. B. Wallace plot; sadly, there is no marker.

At the time of the 1910 census, Robert and Ella lived in Amity in Clark County, Arkansas. They had a 3-year-old daughter named Lou Ella. The four McGaughy children lived with them. Robert was a brick mason and was employed building homes.

Robert died between 1913 (living, according to the 1913 obituary of his sister, Olie) and 1920 when Ella, widowed, is found on the census in Hot Spring Township, Garland County, Arkansas, with son Theron and daughter Hettie McGaughy. Ella died there in 1939 and is buried in Greenwood Cemetery.

Hot Springs New Era, Thursday afternoon, December 21, 1939, page 10

“Mrs. Ella Wallace, 72, a resident of Hot Springs for the past 24 years, died at a local hospital early this morning after a lengthy illness. For the past several years she had made her home with her daughter, Mrs. A. J. Athanas, 115 Henderson Avenue.

Mrs. Wallace is survived by three daughters: Mrs. Athanus, Mrs. Charles Montgomery of Carlsbad, N. M., and Mrs. Gladys Dickie, Dallas, Texas; one son, Jordan McClauhy [McGaughy], of Dallas; two sisters, Mrs. Bob Hudson, Norphlet, Ark., and Mrs. Luther Bales, Camden; and three grandchildren. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by the Gross Mortuary.”

Where and when did Robert die? I’m hoping that one of my readers will know the answer to that question. If you can help, please leave a comment at the bottom of this page and I’ll answer. I’m happy to share the information I have on this family. Source citations to any or all of the above statements can be provided.

3 thoughts on “Robert Lee Wallace (b. ca. 1867), Georgia and Arkansas / son of Harbird B. “Bird” Wallace

  1. Contact leamonbowen51 on for more info. His tree is where I found that Robert Lee Wallace died in 1910.

    • Thank you. I will check with the tree owner. Robert was alive in 1913, when his sister, Ollie, died in Marietta, Georgia, so the 1910 date is probably based on his absence from the 1920 U.S. census. If I find evidence of his death date, I will update the posts related to him. I appreciate your comments.

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