Wallace was an enslaved worker during the Wight period of Tuckahoe. He is thought to have been born around 1801.
Hezekiah Wight stipulated in his will that Wallace would be granted his freedom but not immediately upon Wight’s death. When Wight died in 1837, Wallace would have continued to be enslaved until December 31, 1839.
On March 17, 1840 Wallace was registered on the list of “free negroes” and was described as “a man of color of dark complexion about thirty nine years of age, about five feet six and a half inches high.” It was noted that he had a scar around the middle of his forehead and two small scars in the right eyebrow.