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254HISTORY OF TEXAS.
married Eliza, daughter of Nathan Davis.
Mr. Davis married Charity Hughes, and they
had two children, Thomas and Eliza. Mr.
and Mrs. Wallace had born to them seven
children: Thomas Jefferson, who died before
the war; John M., deceased; William D.,
whose name heads this notice; Mary Elizabeth,
wife of A. W. Burnsides; Nathan and
William D. was trained in his youth both
to the occupation of farming and the wagonmaker's
trade. When difficulties arose between
the North and South and the taking
up of arlns became inevitable, Mr. Wallace
enlisted in Company F, Hampton's Legion
of Confederate troops, and went at once to
Virginia; participated in the first battle of
Manassas, following which were some of the
hardest fights of the war; received a flesh
wound at Seven Pines which disabled him
for a short time; rejoined his regiment near
Richmond and afterward took part in the engagements
at Chickamauga and Lookout
mountain. Sickness compelled a furlough,
and at the time of Lee's surrender lie was at
The war swept away his property, blighted
his prospects and paralyzed his energies for
the time. Feeling that he could 11no longer
content himself in an environment that was
continually a reminder of former prosperity,
he determined to seek a new home, and in
1866 came to Texas, locating in Travis
county near his present home, and engaged
in farming. Here reverses still attended
him: his crops failed, sickness prostrated his
family and finally his home was swept away
by an overflow of the Colorado river. He
afterward located on higher ground and now
owns 360 acres, in a high state of cultivation;
he has made many improvements anl has one
of the most comfortable homes in the corn
munity. He takes no interest in politics beyond
voting the Democratic ticket. He is a
member of the Methodist Episcopal Church
South and fills the office of Trustee.
On November 7, 1867, he was married to
Miss Callie C. Fowler, a daughter of William
Fowler, a native of South Carolina, born in
1795. Mrs. Wallace was born May 1, 1848,
and when she was six years old her family
came to Texas and settled in Travis county.
Her mother, Mrs. Avaline Durham, nee
Thompson, by her first marriage had thirteen
children. Mr. Fowler also had thirteen
children by a former marriage, his wife. being
Miss Holcomb. By this second union
eight children were born: Pierce, died in the
army at the age of seventeen years; Callie C.,
James I., John P., Barney, Kate, wife of
Ed. Rousseau; M. T., and Beatrice, wife of
W. R. Stewart of Ellis county- Mr. and
Mrs. Wallace are the parents of five children:
M. Ada, wife of John Erhard; Augustus,
William Allen, Lawrence and Hubert.
W. RUDASILL, of Williamson county,
f Texas, was born east of Blue Mountain,
Virginia, December 17, 1843, a son of
Phillip and Mildred Rudasill, natives also of
that State. The father was a son of Phillip
Rudasill, a native of Germany and one of the
pioneer settlers of Virginia. The old Rudasill
homestead has passed through four generations.
Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Rudasill had
ten children, viz.: Andrew, who was killed
at Fredericksburg in 1863; Mary J., wife of
William Doyle, of Virginia; William K.,
who served through the Civil war, and still
resides in Virginia; J. W., our subject; Eliza,
wife of B. Bolden, also of Virginia; Lucy,
wife of John Swartz; Sally, who died in Vir
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