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

Further research into the date and place of death for Robert Lee Wallace found a guardianship bond for his daughter, Lee Ella Wallace, in the Loose Probate Files in the Clerk of Court’s office, Montgomery County, Arkansas. This original bond is in a folder titled: Lee Ella Wallace. These files are arranged alphabetically in a group of cardboard boxes and were stored in the left back corner of the Clerk of Court’s vault in September 2015.

Ella Wallace was appointed on 15 June 1918 as the guardian of her daughter, Lee Ella. The bond is shown here:

Lee Ella Wallace Guardianship Bond

Lee Ella Wallace Guardianship Bond (note signature of her mother)

On July 5, 1918, Ella Wallace’s bond was approved and her appointment as guardian confirmed by the court and so entered on page 414 of Probate Record Book C.

Probate Record Book C, Montgomery County, Arkansas

Probate Record Book C, Montgomery County, Arkansas

Entries in the book Montgomery County Newspaper Abstracts 1891-1939 by Shirley Shewmake Manning, 2009, indicate that Ella Wallace (Mrs. Robert L. Wallace) lived in Womble (now Norman), Montgomery County, Arkansas, by 1913 (earliest date* where she is mentioned). This is consistent with the death notice published on 27 June 1913 in the Marietta (Georgia) Journal for Robert’s sister, Olie (Wallace) Moore (Mrs. J. P. Moore), which states a surviving brother lived in Wimble [Womble], Arkansas.  None of the newspaper articles in the above book mentioned Robert (Bob) Wallace. In 1920, Ella was enumerated on the U.S. census for Hot Springs, Garland County, Arkansas, as a widow.

* The newspaper abstracts are sporadic, representing a collection of clippings saved by a local attorney.

Research is underway to locate the petition filed by Ella Wallace to be appointed guardian of her minor child, Lee Ella Wallace. This document may have a more specific time frame for the death of Robert Lee Wallace. Currently, it appears he died in 1918.