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Randolph B. Campbell and Brett J. Derbes
Grave of Caleb Wallace
Grave of Caleb Wallace. Courtesy of Jeff Scott. Image available on the Internet and included in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107.

WALLACE, CALEB (1797–1844). Caleb Wallace, one of Stephen F. Austin's Old Three Hundred colonists, was born in 1797 the son of James Wallace Martha “Patsy” Hawes. He is said to have moved from Virginia to Texas. In February 1825 he received a title to one labor of land in Montgomery County. On May 14, 1828, he became the owner of a league of land on Beason Creek three miles southeast of old Washington-on-the-Brazos in the area of present southern Grimes County. He married Elizabeth “Betsy” Wingfield on April 27, 1828, in Austin and the couple had three children. In December 1830 the Wallace home was a polling place for the election of the alcalde for 1831. He enlisted in the First Regiment of Infantry of the Army of the Republic of Texas on June 12, 1836, and was honorably discharged in September 1836. He was presented with a league of land in Houston County for his military service. In January 1838 Wallace was appointed administrator of the estate of Owen Wingfield. Tax Rolls for 1840 listed Caleb Wallace living in Montgomery County, Texas. He declared for tax purposes 3,328 acres patented, 6,158 acres under survey to be patented, eight slaves, eight horses, and 125 cattle. He died in Montgomery County on April 13, 1844, and was buried in Fairview Cemetery.


Eugene C. Barker, ed., "Minutes of the Ayuntamiento of San Felipe de Austin, 1828–1832," 12 parts, Southwestern Historical Quarterly 21–24 (January 1918-October 1920). E. L. Blair, Early History of Grimes County (Austin, 1930). Lester G. Bugbee, "The Old Three Hundred: A List of Settlers in Austin's First Colony," Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association 1 (October 1897). Worth Stickley Ray, Austin Colony Pioneers (Austin: Jenkins, 1949; 2d ed., Austin: Pemberton, 1970). Texas Gazette, November 6, 1830. Gifford E. White, ed., The 1840 Census of the Republic of Texas (Austin: Pemberton Press, 1966; 2d ed., Vol. 2 of 1840 Citizens of Texas, Austin, 1984). Arthur Wyllie, The Battles and Men of the Republic of Texas (Raleigh, North Carolina: Lulu Press, 2016).

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Handbook of Texas Online, Randolph B. Campbell and Brett J. Derbes, "WALLACE, CALEB," accessed May 30, 2020, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fwa31.

Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Modified on October 8, 2019. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
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