Another Saturday Night Story: Mathew Wallis was a Fifer


Saturday, June 23, 2007

Mathew Wallis was a Fifer

I wanted to make a short note tonight about my 4th Great Grandfather Mathew Wallis. This week has been a terrible lose for US troops. Lets all please remember them.

Mathew Wallis was in the Revolutionary War, he was not a soldier, he was a fifer. Which I think is pretty cool. I have seen those old movies where the fifers lead the soldiers into battle, drums and flutes. This was to inspire the troops, motivate them into battle. As talent would have it, this was the mission of young Wallis. He is remembered on this blog tonight, fought as a Patriot for our freedom, so many years ago.

Our ancestry to Mathew Wallis, as follows:
Ira Belle Word - Grandmother
Nancy Caroline Gaddy - Great Grandmother
Violet Susan Roberts - 2nd Great Grandmother
Sarah Susan Wallis - 3rd Great Grandmother
Mathew Wallis who married Sarah Sneed 4th Great Grandfather/Grandmother

Mathew Wallis was born Jan 8, 1756, and died 26 Sept, 1821. He married Sarah Sneed, 5 Jan, 1787 in Wake County, NC.

Matthew F. Wallis, who was a Fifer in the war of the Revolution. That said Matthew Wallis entered the Service of the United States Army as a Fifer on the 1st of March One Thousand Seven Hundred and Eighty One from Amelia County, Virginia Under Captain Overstreet and was immediately marched on to Fuilford County, North Carolina and he was present at the Battle of Guilford under General Green. Soon after which he was transfered into the first Regiment of North Carolina State Troops under Captain Dunahoe and Col. Dixon and continued under said officers as Fifer until the 1st of August 1782. That soon after said Wallis entered said Service the Regiment to which he belonged was marched on from Orange County, North Carolina to join General Green near Camden, South Carolina. That from there they were marched to the Siege of ______six and then to the high hills of ____________ and remained there until the Battle of the Eutaw Springs in September, 1781. That they were marched back to the high hills of __________and then to a place called "Four Holes" or Orangeberg and Dorchester where they remained.

Source: Facts about this person:
Fact 1 September 26, 1821
Source: World Family Tree Vol. 1, Ed. 1 Author: Brderbund Software, Inc.Pub. Facts: Release date: November 29, 1995
Medium: Family Archive CD
Comments: Customer pedigree.
Pages(s): Tree #1585
Date of Import: Sep 7, 1997
Sarah SMEED was born 11 Feb 1759 in Amelia Co, VA. She died 13 Jul 1847 in Greene Co, MO.
Song of the Week
Thought I would play some Military/War songs.
From the Civil War soundtrack "Ashokan Farewell"
US Marine Corp Band "Taps"
Have A Good Week


Dave Gaddy-Cox said...

I'd like to get hold of you. You are my cousin. Nancy Caroline Gaddy Word is my aunt. Her brother, John H Gaddy, is my great grandfather.
Dave Gaddy-Cox

Clarice Gaddy Marker said...

I, too, would like to contact you. My gramma was Susan Alice Gaddy, sister of Nancy Caroline Gaddy. I have the full record of all correspondence re Sarah Snead's widow's pension application which was declined as there is no evidence of Mathew Wallis being in Rev. War. From Footnote. Nat'l Archives tells me this is probably because Mathew's commanding officer didn't do his paperwork; that Mathew's Amelia Co militia group was not federalized.
Clarice Gaddy Cook Marker

shirleyb123 said...

Daniel Rice,
Re: Mathew Wallis, who died 9/25/1821: wife Sarah died in Greene county MO in 1847. She was 86 when she applied for widower's pension on 9/30/1845. Is Mathew in any way connected to Mansfield Wallis? Mansfield came to MO (from Limestone county AL) as an indentured blacksmith apprentice of Joseph H Ball who moved to Polk county, MO in about 1833 and died in Dade county about 9 or 10 years later. According to census, Mansfield was born in TN. He was in Ray county, MO in 1870. He had a son, Mansfield and a son, Washington and daughters Martha & Mina ( and maybe others). He was married at least 2 times, Delpha Lee & Elizabeth ?...

Carolyn said...

Matthew Wallis was also my 4th great grandfather.
My tree goes:
Matthew .. Sarah Crenshaw
Matthew .. Sarah Sneed

Carolyn said...
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Carolyn said...

Matthew Wallis was also my 4th great grandfather.
My tree goes:
Matthew .. Sarah Crenshaw
Matthew .. Sarah Sneed
Jeptha .. Nancy Stevenson
Matthew .. Sarah J. Alsup
George C. .. Cordelia C. Tuck

I would love to compare notes with you.

WALLIS said...

I am the direct decendent of Matthew Franklin Wallis - patriot - American Revolutionary War - Fifer. He is my great,great,great,great,great,greatgrandfather. I have applied for Daughter of American Refolution enabling all ancestors to know the "rest of the story".......of course, we are hitting a few bumps in the road.........the DAR has requested proof of parentage for Matthew Franlin Wallis, with proof of dates and location of both Matthew and Elizabeth. Sarah's estate/probate of Mathew's estate/probate record, land deeds of Bible records. We need to provide another source confirming Matthew's service which will support the data from the pension filed (Sarah's letter). We need documentation to show that Mathew actually lived in Amelia County, NC at the time of the war and that he served as stated in the pension application. The Bible record will be very HELPFUL - any suggestions, or information will finally get Matthew's name on record. Lynne Wallis

WALLIS said...

Have you done any other research on Matthew?

Anonymous said...

I am sorry to say I have not. I seem to run into a brick wall at every turn. Please keep me posted if you should happen to discover any pertinent information.

Carolyn Wheeler said...

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Posted by: Robert Clark (ID *****3985) Date: March 30, 2009 at 11:06:17
In Reply to: MATTHEW F. WALLIS/SNEED/CRENSHAW by Kathryn Lee of 1746

I have been researching the Wallace/Wallis families in Amelia and Nottoway counties. (Matthew is not in my direct line of Wallaces, but is closely related.) Here is some of what I have gleaned.

John Wallice Sr. left a will in Amelia dated 2 Jan 1754. He named 3 sons--John Jr., Jeff and Matthew (along with several daughters). Matthew died before 19 May 1759, the date recorded for the inventory and appraisal of his estate.

Matthew had a son named Matthew. This is proven by a court case "Jeff Wallace vs. Matthew Wallace son & heir of Matthew Wallace Decd." dated 25 Jul 1760. (Amelia Co. Order Book 6, pp. 18 and 32). I can explain the issue involved in this case if anyone is interested, but the court gave Matthew the right to contest its judgment within 6 months after his turning 21 years of age.

The younger Matthew had several land transactions in the 1780s and 1790s. Before 1789, his land was in Amelia County, but that year the southern part of Amelia was split off as a new county, Nottoway, and this was where the Wallaces lived. Thus, Matthew shows up in Nottoway county land records in 1789 and the 1790s, even though he was in North Carolina by then.

When he sold land in 1785 and 1786, the record says that his wife was Mary. However, there is a Nottoway deed dated 31 Dec 1789 where Matthew is said to be from Wake, NC, and his wife is Anne. Adding more confusion is the Revolutionary War Pension application filed by his widow, Sarah, who said her maiden name was Sneed. The date of their marriage in Wake Co. is listed in different places as Jan. 1787, and in 1792.

That's enough for one response. I have more on this family during their Amelia/Nottoway years if anyone is interested.

Foxysbaby Fox said...

He was my 4th great grandfather