Thomas Wally


THOMAS WALLY, general farmer and well known resident of Perry township, Armstrong county, Pa., was born on the Wally homestead in Perry township Sept., 29, 1838, and is a son of John and Charlotte (Truby) Wally.

Thomas Wally, his paternal grandfather, was a pioneer in what is now Fairview township, Butler county, Pa. His wife was named Rachel Hanes.

John Wally, son of Thomas Wally, settled in Perry township, Armstrong county, Pa., in 1834 cleared and improved a farm of 100 acres with the assistance of his older sons, and died on this farm in 1885, in his seventy-third year. This property is now owned by James M. Wally, brother of Thomas Wally. John Wally married Charlotte Truby, daughter of Jacob and Mary Ann (Lauffer) Truby.

Thomas Wally attended the district schools in boyhood when opportunity offered and has followed farming more or less all his life. He has owned and occupied his present farm of 150 acres since 1886. For thirty years he was employed in the Pennsylvania oil fields as a carpenter and a rig and tank builder, and was considered a very competent workman. Politically he is a Democrat and an influential one in Perry township, where his fellow citizens have frequently elected him to public offices, the duties of which he has discharged with efficiency. He has acceptably served as assessor, auditor, tax collector and school director.

On Dec. 16, 1860, Thomas Wally was married to Sarah A. Crawford, a daughter of William and Jemima (Burford) Crawford, who were among the early settlers in this township. Mr. and Mrs. Wally have had twelve children, eleven of which grew to maturity: James C.; Perry L.; Alexander; Mackwith M.; Olive M., who is deceased; William C.; Rebecca; Charlotte F.; John; Jane, who is the wife of Albert A. Calhoun; and Thomas O. Mr. Wally is a progressive and well informed farmer, and is a member of Armstrong Grange, No. 1234.

Source: Pages , Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present, J.H. Beers & Co., 1914
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