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Wallace in New Jersey

Hope Farm

John Wallace Merchant

John Wallace Merchant
John Wallace

John WALLACE, (shown left, click on painting for larger image) youngest son of Rev. John WALLACE and Christian MURRAY, was baptized 07 January 1718 in the Drumelzier Parish of Peeblesshire.  John emigrated to the United States in the early 1930's.  He eventually made his was to Philadelphia where he became a very wealthy merchant.

John WALLACE married Mary MADDOX (shown below right) on 19 August 1749.  She was a daughter of Joshua MADDOX and his wife Mary.

Mary MADDOX was born in January of 1732 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia Co., PA, and died 09 January 1784 at Wallace House or Hope Farm, Somerset County, NJ.  John WALLACE died 26 September 1783 also at the Hope Farm, Somerset County, NJ.



Murray Headstone in Brighton Cemetery, Melbourne
Mary Maddox

John WALLACE " . . . who went to America and established the family of WALLACE of Burlington, New Jersey and Philadelphia, which now represents MURRAY of Cardon, and of which the late representatives were John Bradford WALLACE and Joshua Maddox WALLACE, son of the Hon Joshua Maddox WALLACE of Burlington, in New Jersey, and grandsons of John WALLACE, of Hope Farm, Somerset County New Jersey, whose mother was Christian MURRAY, of Cardon." (From pg 6 of the LINEAGE and PEDIGREE of the HOUSE of MURRAY of STANHOPE)



Hope Farm Somerville, NJ
Hope Farm (Wallace House)

Wallace House
38 Washington Place, Somerville NJ 08876
(908) 725-1015

The Wallace House (shown at left) was completed in 1776 as the Hope Farm for John Wallace, a successful Philadelphia merchant.  General Washington leased the house for use as his headquarters during the Middlebrook Winter Encampment, December 11, 1778, to June 3, 1779.  The house is one of the best and most original examples of Georgian architecture in New Jersey.

Joined through the parentage to two noted clans, John Wallace at the age of 23 went to Newport, RI.  Not finding there the opening he desired, he proceeded to Philadelphia.

In 1749, he was one of the founders of the St. Andrew's Society, - which still endures; and also a subscriber, with Gov. Hamilton and others to a Dancing Association, now perpetuated in the Philadelphia Assemblies.

Six years later he was chosen to membership in the Common Council, composed of citizens of the highest business standing and influence; retaining his membership until the occupation of the city by British troops changed the form of government. (From WALLACE FAMILY IN AMERICA, by James Andrew PHELPS, New York, 1914.)

More About John WALLACE: Burial: St. Peter's Churchyard, Philadelphia

Children of John WALLACE and Mary MADDOX:

i.  Joshua Maddox WALLACE, born about 04 Oct 1752 in Philadelphia, PA; died on 17 May 1819.

ii.  daughter WALLACE, born about 1754 and died in 1755.

iii.  Ann WALLACE who married David WITMER on about 10 Oct 1801.

iv.  William WALLACE, born about 04 Sep 1762 and died about 31 Oct 1808.

v.  Sarah WALLACE, born about 24 Oct 1763.  She married Williamson NUTTER.


Joshua Maddox WALLACE, son of John WALLACE and Mary MADDOX, was born about 04 Oct 1752 in Philadelphia, PA.  He married Tacey BRADFORD on 04 Aug 1773 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia Co, Pennsylvania.  She died 29 Apr 1828 in Patterson, NJ.  Joshua Maddox Wallace died 17 May 1819

Joshua Maddox WALLACE, at the College of Philadelphia, and after his graduation engaged in mercantile pursuits; having a city residence and a country house "Ellerslie," in New Jersey; to which he removed previous to the occupation of the city by British troops under General HOWE.  Joshua returned for a brief sojourn in 1784, and settled finally at Burlington, N.J.

In Burlington, Joshua Maddox WALLACE became the foremost citizen, being actively interested in the promotion of her material and educational institutions, her benevolences, and moral uplift.  As a judge and legislator, his leadership was universally acknowledged.  His death occurred in 1819.  His wife was Tacey, daughter of Col. William BRADFORD; of their seven children, four died in early life. (From WALLACE FAMILY IN AMERICA, by James Andrew PHELPS, New York, 1914)

Children of Joshua WALLACE and Tacey BRADFORD:

i.  Joshua Maddox WALLACE, born about 08 Jul 1774; died before 1776.

ii.  Joshua Maddox WALLACE, born about 04 Sep 1776; died 07 Jan 1821.

iii.  John Bradford WALLACE, born about 17 Aug 1778 in Somerset Co., NJ; died 07 Jan 1837, Philadelphia, Philadelphia Co., PA.


William WALLACE, son of John WALLACE and Mary MADDOX, was born about 04 Sep 1762, and died about 31 Oct 1808.  He was married to Sally DURHAM in 1782.  She died Feb 1796.

William WALLACE, is believed to have been graduated from the College of New Jersey, (now Princeton University).  (From WALLACE FAMILY IN AMERICA, by James Andrew PHELPS, New York, 1914.)

Children of William WALLACE and Sally DURHAM:

i.  John WALLACE, died 1812 in Plattsburgh, NY.

ii.  Durham WALLACE.