WALLACE, Robert Octavius
Octavius Wallace was born 1835 in St Thomas, the youngest of nine children of Patrick Wallace and Agnes McKay. (Aunt of K.W. McKay. the long time clerk of Elgin County).
The 1851 census for St. Thomas, Yarmouth Township, Elgin County lists him as Octovas Wallace, age 17, blacksmith, born Canada West, mother, Agnes Wallace, age 50 born Scotland, and a widow and a Ann M., 20 or 30 born England (may be a sister).
Octavus is also given in the 1860 census for Kalamazoo, Michiganwith his mother and two sisters. He is 27, and a master blacksmith. He enlisted as a corporal for three years at Detroit Michigan on 25 May 1861 in 2
nd Regiment Michigan Volunteers. He was on the muster roll of company "I" for May 1862 when he was killed in battle on 5 May 1862 at Williamsburg Virginia.
For photos of his fathers gravestone in the Old English Churchyard Walnut Street,
St Thomas see: http://ca.geocities.com/docmilner/pictures.htm
It is believed that Octavius is also buried in the same plot and a GAR marker was placed on the grave in 2001.
Patrick Wallace /died Mar. 28, 1839 / AE 47 / Octavius A. / his son killed at the battle of / Williamsburg Va./ May 5, 1862 /AE 26 / a Corporal of Co. I 2d / Reg Mich. V el.