Robert’s parents, Wade Hill Wallace (1842-1921) and Martha Lou Dobbins (1850-1869), were married in Rutherford County, North Carolina, about 28 December 1865 (marriage bond date). Wade Hill Wallace was the son of Toliver Wallace (1809-1882) and Nancy Dycus (1809-after 1880). The families migrated to Marietta, Cobb County, Georgia, in the 1860s, following Toliver’s brother, Harbird B. “Bird” Wallace, who moved there in the 1840s and started a successful construction company.
Robert Wallace, the subject of this post, was the second child of Wade Hill and his first wife, Martha Lou. Robert left Cobb County after 1880 and was living in Beat 4 of Coahoma County, Mississippi, in 1900. He was married to Lillia and they had five children: Gracie, age 10; Wade, age 8; Hubbard [prob. Harbird], age 6; Ruby, age 3; and Mannie, age 1. Lillia was credited with six children, five living. Robert and Lillia (born in 1872, Mississippi) had been married 10 years. All their children had been born in Mississippi, indicating that Robert and Lillia may have married in Mississippi around 1890. Their marriage record has not been located.
By 1910, Robert, Gracie, Ruby, and Mannie had disappeared from the family and Lily had remarried. Her new husband was Joe Dodson [indexed as Hodson at ancestry.com]. Robert’s sons, Wade (18), and Herbert [prob. Harbird], age 16, were living with Lily and Joe in Clarksdale, Coahoma County. Lily and Joe had been married two years. She had given birth to seven children and two were living. Some natural disaster, disease, or accident must have taken the lives of Robert and the three children. No further records have been found for them.
At the time of the 1920 census, Joe (34) and Lillie (45) had moved to Arkansas and were living in Pulaski County, near the center of the state. There was one child in the household, a son named Clarence, age 6. Lillie’s son Wade was living in Hempstead County, in the southwest corner of the state. Nothing further has been found for her son Herbert/Hubbard/Harbird.
In 1930, Joe and Lillie lived on 12th [Street/Avenue] in Little Rock, Pulaski County, Arkansas, with their son Clarence, age 16. Joe worked in a heading (barrell-making) factory, as he had in 1920.
Joe and Lilly were still in Little Rock in 1940, living at 820 East 21st Street. He remained employed as a heading maker.
An entry in the Arkansas Death Index at ancestry.com appears to be for Lilly: “Lillie Mae Dodson, age 70, died 04 November 1944, Pulaski County; volume 60, roll n0. 1944, certificate no. 582.”
Where, when, and how did Robert and his three children die between 1900 and 1910? 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.