as far as being patriotic. The Stooksberry family can trace their heritage back to the Revolutionary War; the maternal side of the family, the Wallace side, has patriots as well.
The Wallis family goes back to England and the usual spelling of the name in most records is Wallis. The earliest known to date are Joseph Wallis and his wife Elizabeth Shetford Wallis. They had a son, Joseph Wallis, who was born 27 Sep 1712 and died 4 Apr 1748 in Kegworth, Leicestershire, England. He married a Sarah, likely Mawby but possibly Pool. They had a large family of children. One of their sons, Thomas Wallis was born 1731 also in Kegworth, England. He immigrated to the United States in 1750. Thomas Wallis was in North Carolina likely by the time of his marriage to Jane. He married Jane Christian in 1760 and they had the following children: John Wallis born ca 1772, Josiah Wallis 1775-1850, Thomas Wallis born ca 1776, Isaac Henry Wallis 1777-1862, Mary Wallis born ca 1780, Elizabeth Wallis born ca 1781 and Timothy Wallis born ca 1785. There may have been additional children. Thomas Wallis died 7 Nov 1800 in Hillsborough, Randolph County, North Carolina.
We follow the line next through son Josiah Wallis who was born 11 May 1775 in North Carolina and died 30 Aug 1850 in Tishomingo, Tishomingo County, Mississippi. Josiah married Sarah Hobson on 31 December 1795 in Prentiss County, Mississippi. In 1800 they appear to be residing in Hillsborough, Randolph County, North Carolina. In 1820 they had located themselves in Franklin County, Tennessee. In 1830 they lived in Lawrence County, Tennessee. In 1840 they were living in Tishomingo County, Mississippi where according to census records they seem to have remained for the remainder of their lives, although it is possible they lived other places in-between censuses.
Josiah and Sarah had a very large family of children. The names and birthdates follow as found in records: Malinda Wallis born ca 1797, Bennett Wallis 1799-1869, Rachel Wallis born ca 1799, Amy Anny Wallis 1802-1880, Joseph Hobson Wallis 1808-1886, Sallie Wallis 1809-1860, Rebecca Wallis 1810-1893, Letitia Wallis 1812-1900, Tilman Wallis born ca 1814, Isom Lee Wallis 1816-1889, Jane Wallis 1819-1860, Charity Wallis born ca 1820, Virginia Wallis born ca 1820, Rachel Wallis born ca 1822, Brantley Wallis born ca 1825 and Easter Wallis born ca 1825. There may have been sets of twins or the dates may have been surmised a little off. Josiah Wallis died 30 August 1850 at about age seventy-five.
Their son Tilman Wallis Wallace continues the line. He was born ca 184 in Lawrence County, Tennessee. It is not known when he died or where he is buried. He married Rebecca whose last name is presumed to be Thomas. She was born ca 1810 in Lawrence County, Tennessee. There were records that indicated she was born in South Carolina, but that is normal for every family. She died 21 Jul 1893 in Tishomingo County, Mississippi according to some researchers. Tilman and Rebecca Wallace Wallis had children, some are documented but there may be others as well. They are thought to be: James H “Jimmie” Wallis 1832 – 4 April 1910, Sarah J Wallis born ca 1834, Mary Wallis born ca 1836, Sarah P Wallis born ca 1837, Josiah Wallis 1840 – 1863, William H Wallis 1845 – 1905. Some places William H Wallis’ name is given as William Isaac Wallis.
We follow the Wallis’ through Tilman and Rebecca Wallis’ son James H Wallis who was called Jimmie. Jimmie Wallis was born January 1832 in Lawrence County, Tennessee and died 4 April 1910 in Tippah County, Mississippi. Jimmie is buried at City Line Baptist Church Cemetery at Dry Creek as are numerous ancestors and other family. It is noted that the date for his marriage to Jane E Ford was 1847. That marriage date would have her age at seventeen and his age at fifteen. His birth date may have been earlier than found. Jane and Jimmie Wallis had known children as follows: Tilman R Wallis 1848 – 1929.Elijah Walker Wallis 1850 – 1933, William Turner Wallis 1853 – 1922, Harriet Wallis 1855 – 1870, Mary S Adline Wallis born ca 1856, Rachel C Wallis 1858 – 1941, Sarah Sallie Wallis 1865 – 1900, Tobe Davenport Wallis 1868 – 1950, Amanda Manerva “Nerve” Wallis born ca 1870, and Martha Emma Wallis born ca 1875. James H Wallis married secondly to Susan Anna Coon/Koon Wileman on 23 October 1887 . No documentation of children from that marriage have been found. Susan Anna Coon had first married William R Wileman in 1865. William R Wileman died October 1882 in Booneville, Prentiss County, Mississippi.
There were four James Wallis’ who served in the Confederate Army, one in the 8th Battalion and one in the 1st Regiment, both seem to be Infantry units. Another served in the Holmes County Independents and the fourth one served in the 22nd Infantry. If any of them are James H Wallis, it has not been determined, but a little research would reveal the information for family. They may have been the same person as that happened frequently during the War Between the States.
The Wallis line goes next to their son Tilman R Wallis who was born 29 Nov 1848 and died 4 Feb 1929 in Tishomingo County, Mississippi. On 31 December 1868 Tilman R Wallis married Amanda Bartlett in Tippah County, Mississippi. Their children may have been: Isa Wallis, Lillie Wallis, Columbus Lafayette “Fate” Wallis 1869 – 1951, Jane J Wallis 1871 – 1876, Jesse Daniel Wallis 1874 – 1952, Felix Leon Wallis 1876 – 1956, Lee Walace born ca 1877, Amanda Wallis born ca 1877, and Maude Myrtle Wallis 1888 – 1968. Tilman R Wallis was located in both Prentiss and Tippah Counties on census records. Tilman R Wallis and Amanda Wallis are buried at County Line Baptist Church Cemetery; they share the same headstone. County Line Baptist Church Cemetery is located at County Road 638, Tippah County, Mississippi.
Next we follow with Tilman R Wallis’ son, Jesse Daniel Wallis. Jesse was born 1874 and died 1952 in Tippah County, Mississippi. The following information is gleaned from his World War I Draft Registration Card: he was 44 years old, engages in farming, is of medium build and height with blue eyes and brown hair; his wife is Viola. On this 1918 draft registration, he gives his residence as Dumas in Tippah County.
Jesse Wallis had two wives, the first was Viola E Green and the second was Vida Clara Cooper. No documentation has been found for the marriage to Vida Clara Cooper as of this date. However it does seem that Vida Clara Cooper had married a Wallis, William David Wallace, whose birth and death dates were similar to that of Jesse Wallis. Viola and Jesse married 6 November 1895 in Tippah County. Jesse Daniel Wallis and Viola Green Wallis had the following children: Ray O Wallis 1897 – 1966, Roy Wallace born ca 1898, Thomas Lee Wallace 1902 – 1980, Lizza Myrtle Wallis Smith born ca 1906, Refford G or Billy Wallace born 11 June 1911 and died 31 July 1983 in Sacramento, California, Faye Gwendola Wallis 1919 – 2000. Jesse Daniel and Viola Green Wallis are buried at County Line Baptist Church Cemetery at Dry Creek, Mississippi.
The line goes next through Thomas Lee Wallace was born 19 Jan 1902 in Mississippi, likely Tippah County and died 11 Apr 1980 in Sacramento, California three years before his brother Refford Wallace. Thomas Lee Wallace married Velma C whose last name is unknown at present. They likely married in 1929 as the 1930 census has Velma C Wallace listed as having married at age 19 and she was then 20. Their firstborn, Lowell, was just one month old at the time of the census. The census was taken 20 April 1930 and it shows them and his father living on Ripley and Baldwyn Road. Thomas Wallace served honorably in the U S Navy during World War II. Thomas Lee and Velma C Wallace had the following children: Lowell H Wallace born 1930, Virginia Wallace born ca 1931, Morris T Wallace born ca 1932, Betty Joy Wallace born ca 1934, Bobbie Sue Wallace born 1936, and Jimmy Wallace born ca 1939.
Thomas and Velma Wallace’s daughter Bobbie Sue Wallace is the connection to the Stooksberry line of the family. She was born 19 March 1936 in Lauderdale County, Alabama. She married Robert Earl Grigsby who was born 7 Apr 1932 likely in Lauderdale County, Alabama and died 9 Dec 1992 in Whigham, Grady County, Georgia. The obituary says his place of death was Cairo, Georgia. As of yet no date of marriage has been located, but their divorce was dated June of 1955 and took place in Lauderdale County, Alabama. Robert Earl Grigsby’s parents were Arthur and Pearl Grigsby.They had four children: Jeanne, Lisa, Roger Dale and Donna Jo Grigsby. Bobbie Sue Wallace Grigsby married again to a Woodruff and lives in Florida.
Robert Earl Grigsby and Bobbie Sue Wallace Grigsby’s daughter, Donna Jo marries Richard Lane Stooksberry; he is called Ricky by family and friends. Ricky and Donna Jo Stooksberry had two children: Joseph Lane Stooksberry born 1979 and Amy Stooksberry born 1987. Both were born and raised in Lauderdale County, Alabama. Before Ricky and Donna Jo Stooksberry had their first natural-born child, this couple adopted into their family a relative when he was a small child and raised him as their own. That child was Anthony Lynn Wallace and he now resides in Illinois.
Donna Jo Stooksberry was a young 44 years of age when she died. Her obituary follows:
She was born 6 April 1958 and died 26 July 2002 Mrs. Donna Jo Stooksberry, 44, of Florence, passed away Friday, July 26, 2002, at ECM Hospital.Donna was a loving wife, mother and grandmother, and a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her father, Robert Earl Grigsby.Funeral service will be Monday at 3 p.m. at Elkins Funeral Home Chapel. Officiating will be Brother Henry Melton, and burial will be at Tri-Cities Memorial Gardens.The family will receive friends Sunday from 6-8 p.m. Elkins Funeral Home, Florence, will be assisting the family.She is survived by her husband Ricky Stooksberry of Florence; daughter, Amy Lea Stooksberry of Florence; sons, Anthony Lynn Wallace of Galesburg, Ill., and Joseph Lane Stooksberry of Florence; mother, Bobbie Sue Woodruff of Milton, Fla.; sisters, Jeanne Brewer of Nashville, Tenn., and Lisa Adcock of Texarkana, Ark.; brother, Roger Dale Grigsby of Milton, Fla.; one grandchild, Taylor Sky Wallace; and several nieces and nephews.Pallbearers will be Rick Willis, Fred Adams, Ryan Stooksberry, Justin Tatum, Johnny Wallace and Dwight Hubbard. Published in Florence Times Daily on July 28, 2002
She was a beautiful woman and she had a beautiful family. Donna Jo Grigsby Stooksberry may your soul rest in peace.
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