Wallace's Genealogy

By George Beccaloni

Below is the most detailed account so far compiled on the dates of the births and deaths of all of Wallace's close relatives. Much of the information was taken from six pages of hand-written notes in a 1723 prayer-book, which had been owned by Wallace's paternal grandfather, and which has been passed down through the Wallace family and is still owned by them. The original pages can be seen HERE, HERE and HERE.

In his autobiography, My Life, Wallace recounts the family belief that they were descended on the male side from the Scottish freedom fighter William Wallace. ARW says "As all the Wallaces of Scotland are held to be various branches of the one family of the hero Sir William Wallace, we have always considered ourselves to be descended from that famous stock; and this view is supported by the fact that our family crest was said to be an ostrich's head with a horseshoe in its mouth, and this crest belongs, according to Burke's "Peerage," to Craigie-Wallace, one of the branches of the patriot's family." His more immediate relatives are listed below.

ARW'S PARENTS - married 30 April 18074

 

Wallace's fatherThomas Vere Wallace
Born (probably Hanworth, Middlesex): 20 June 1771. Died (Hoddeston, Hertfordshire): 27 April 1843
Age: 71 years

Wallace's motherMary Ann Wallace (née Greenell) [not "Anne"]
Born: 1792. Died (Ifield, West Sussex): 15 November 1868
Age: 76 years

THEIR CHILDREN

 

Elizabeth Martha
Born: 30 January 1808. Died: 7 September 1808
Age: 7 months

William Greenell
Born (Marylebone, London): 23 January 1809. Died (Neath, Wales): 9th March 18451
Age: 36 years

Elizabeth Greenell ("Eliza")
Born (Marylebone, London): 3 August 1810. Died (Hertford): 13 June 1832
Age: 21 years

Fanny SimsFrances ("Fanny")
Born (Marylebone, London): 24 June 1812. Died (Fulham, London): 14 September 1893
Age: 81 years

Mary Anne
Born (Enfield): 20 March 1814. Died (Llanbadoc, Wales): 20 November 1822
Age: 8 years

Emma
Born (Marylebone, London): 29 June 1816. Died (Llanbadoc, Wales): 23 January 1822
Age: 5 years

John WallaceJohn
Born (St. George, Southwark, London): 30 July 1818. Died (Stockton, California): 26 March 1895
Age: 76 years

Alfred Russel WallaceAlfred Russel Wallace
Born (Llanbadoc, Wales): 8 January 1823. Died ('Old Orchard', Broadstone, Dorset): 7 November 1913
Age: 90 years

Herbert Edward WallaceHerbert Edward
Born (Hertford): 31 May 1829. Died (Para, Brazil): 8 June 1851
Age: 22 years

 

ARW AND HIS WIFE - married on 5th April 1866 at Hurstpierpoint, Sussex

 

Alfred Russel WallaceAlfred Russel Wallace

Annie WallaceAnnie Wallace (née Mitten) [NOT Ann Jordan Mitten]
Born (Hurstpierpoint, Sussex): 12 February 1846. Died ('Tulgeywood', Broadstone, Dorset): 10 December 1914
Age: 68 years

ARW's CHILDREN

 

Bertie WallaceHerbert Spencer ("Bertie")
Born: 22 June 1867. Died ('Treeps', Hurstpierpoint, Sussex): 24 April 1874
Age: 6 years

Violet WallaceViolet Isabel
Born: 25 January 1869. Died (Sevenoaks, Kent): 7 September 1945
Age: 76 years

William WallaceWilliam Greenell
Born: 30 December 1871. Died: 6 May 1951
Age: 79 years

 

NOTES ON SOME OF ARW's OTHER RELATIVES

ARW's Maternal Grandparents

ARW's maternal grandfather was John Greenell (17454 - 15 July 1824 [died aged 79]). He married his first wife Martha4 Hudson (1745 - c. 17904) on 30 November 17854 and they had 2 children: Martha (1790 - 26 January 1858) (who married Thomas Wilson), and Mary Ann (1792 - 15 November 1868), ARW's mother. John Greenell married his second and last wife Rebecca R. Greenell (? - 18 October 1828 [died aged 76]) on 13 January 17954. They did not have children.

ARW's Paternal Grandparents

ARW's paternal grandfather was William Wallace (? - ?). He married Elizabeth Dilke (née Greenell?4) in Hanworth, Middlesex on 24 June4 1765. They had two children - William Greenell (17 May 1770 - 16 August 1770), and ARW's father, Thomas Vere (20 June 1771 - 27 April 1843).

John Wallace's (ARW's brother) Family

The only one of Wallace's siblings to have children was his brother John, who emigrated to California in 1849 (April?). John married Mary Elizabeth Webster (1834 - 1913)4 in England on the 18th January 1855 and then returned to the USA with his new wife. They had 6 children5: John Herbert ("Herbert") (1856 - 1934), William George (1857 - 1922), Percival Russell Wallace ("Percy") (1866 - 1917), Mary Frances ("May") Wallace (1861 - 1934), Alfred Alexander Wallace (1864 - 1941), Arthur Henry Wallace (1868 - 1947). Interestingly, the town of Wallace in Calaveras County, California is named after John (see http://westcalaverashistory.org/node/42 Also see http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~npmelton/sfbwal.htm).

Frances ("Fanny") Sims (née Wallace) (ARW's sister) & Thomas Sims (ARW's brother-in-law)

Fanny travelled to Georgia, USA in August 1844 to work, returning to the UK in 1847. She was the only one of ARW's siblings to get married, apart from John. She married Thomas Sims on 15 February 1849 and they did not have children.

Thomas was born in Swansea in 1826 and died in Tunbridge Wells on 14 November 1910. He was a professional photographer.

William Greenell Wallace's (ARW's son) Family

The only one of Wallace's children to have offspring was William. William married Elizabeth Carr Whittle (2 January 1888 - 11 August 1976) on 29 September 19194 and had three children: Elizabeth Anne (25 December 1920 - 3 January 1921), Alfred John Russel Wallace (6 March 1922 - ), and Richard Russel Wallace (13 January 1924 - ). John has a daughter and Richard has two sons.

ARW's Inlaws

ARW's father-in-law was the chemist and amateur bryologist William Mitten (30 November 1819 - 202 July 1906). Mitten married Anne [Ann?] Jordan (1812/15 - >1906) on 19th December 1844 and they had four daughters, all of whom were born at Hurstpierpoint, Sussex: Annie (12 February 1846 - 10 December 1914) [ARW's wife - see above], Rose Elizabeth (1847/48 - 18 March 19464), Flora (July 18504 - ), and Bessie Jordan (October 1854 - 4 July 19364).

ARW's Australian Family3

Thomas Wilson (5 September 1787 - 31 March 1863), ARW's uncle, emigrated to Adelaide, Australia, with his wife Martha (née Greenell) (1790 - 26 January 1858), the sister of ARW's mother, and 5 of his 8 children in 1838. His children were: Dorothea Greenell (1813 - ?), who married George Burningham and remained in England, never visiting Australia; George (1815 - 1894), who emigrated to Australia later but never married; Charles Algernon (18 June 18184 - 20 June 1884) [see below]; Theodore Percival ("Percy") (1819 - 1881), who married Sophia Cameron. He went out briefly to Adelaide later, before returning to England; Edmund Major (8 May 1826 - 19 March 19064), who married Ellen (Gosden?); Agnes St. John (1828 - 1895) who married Major S. Reynell; Theodore Augustus Greenell (1831-?), who never married; and Minna Florence (1833 - ?) who married ? but had no children.

Charles Algernon Wilson ("Ally") (18 June4 1818 - 20 June 1884) and his wife Matilda (née King) (? - 29 April 1909)4 had 5 children: Ella Dorothy Martha (1867 - 1907); Algernon Theodore King ("Ally/Alley") (1863 - 1925); Emily Annie Layard (1865 - 1953); Percy Major Graham (1868 - 1931); and Charles Ernest Cameron (1875 - 1951).

For a biography of Thomas Wilson CLICK HERE. To read a transcript of Charles Algernon Wilson's diary CLICK HERE.

ENDNOTES

1. Slotten (2004) says that the death certificate reads 15th March, but I read 9th March on the copy I have of it.

2. Taken from death certificate.

3. The information for ARW's Australian relatives was kindly supplied by John G. Wilson. Algernon Theodore King was his grandfather.

4. Information kindly supplied by William Russel Wallace.

5. Missing information about them has kindly been supplied by Prof. James Moore.