James M Wally


JAMES M. WALLY, of Perry township, Armstrong Co., Pa., a prosperous farmer, who owns the old homestead of one hundred acres, was born on that farm, June 5, 1855, son of John and Charlotte (Truby) Wally.

Charles Wally, his paternal grandfather, was a pioneer of what is now Fairview township, Butler Co., Pa., where he resided until his death. His wife was Rachel Hanes and their children were: John; Nicholas; Ebenezer; Catherine, who married Benjamin Hanes; Nancy, who married Charles Allsworth; Sarah, who married William Wallace; Jane, who married David Chambers; Thomas, and Alexander.

John Wally, son of Charles Wally, settled in Perry township, Armstrong county, in 1834, and cleared and improved the farm of one hundred acres, which is now owned by his son James M., residing there until his death, which occurred in 1885, in his seventy-third year. His wife, Charlotte Truby, was a daughter of Jacob and Mary Ann (Lauffer) Truby, pioneers of Perry township, and twelve children were born to them, eleven of whom reached maturity, viz.: William and Phebe Ann are both deceased; Thomas survives; Catherine J. married Boyd Miller; Rachel C. was married to John Evans, and (second) to Victor B. George; Polly married Benjamin Evans; Nancy E. married Frank W. George; John L. and James M. were next in the order of birth; Olive Ann married Reuben Hagerson, and Letitia married Orrin A. Knox.

James M. Wally has been a life long resident of Perry township and has always lived on the old homestead, succeeding his father by will and purchasing the interests of the other heirs. He owns seven acres more than the original tact, having bought this land as a valuable addition to the farm, and has carried on agricultural pursuits with much success. Besides for some twenty-four years he was employed as a driller and tool dresser in the Pennsylvania oil fields, and withal has been a very busy man. Nevertheless he has found time to pay attention to public matters as becomes a good citizen, and on numerous occasions has been elected to township offices, on the Democratic ticket. For five years he served as justice of the peace, six years as one of the overseers of the poor, and is serving his third term as school director.

On April 18, 1886, Mr. Wally was married to Virginia (Wilkins) Simpson, of Freeport, Pa., and they had two children, George Dallas and Virginia Ida. The mother died Aug. 25, 1888. Mr. Wally was married (second) on March 2, 1895, to Mrs. Eva Day, a daughter of Washington and Nancy (Shepherd) Hogan, of Monterey, Pa. Mrs. Wally died March 1, 1902. Mr. Wally is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Fraternally he is identified with East Brady Lodge, No. 640, F. & A. M.

Source: Page 930, Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present, J.H. Beers & Co., 1914
Transcribed November 1998 by Jeffrey Bish for the Armstrong County Beers Project
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