Monday, January 2, 2012

All Accounted For: William M. Wallen's 16 Children

I hit a milestone today and my toes are tappin' to that Genealogy Happy Dance tune. As the third generation to work on this, I finally have all the children of my paternal great, great grandfather, William M. Wallen, and most all their spouses and some children, accounted for and listed on Find A Grave.

Long before computers, my grandaunt Sula Wallen Splitek, wrote letters, made phone calls and visited relatives trying to gather information on all her grandfather's children and who they married. Out of the 9 children by his first wife, only 3 ever married and had families. All Sula's first cousins died fairly young. William had 7 more children by his second wife. 1 died in infancy and the rest all married, but Fannie died before she had any children. Sula did give us last names of the male spouses of these half cousins, albeit some were spelled wrong, but she didn't have any of their first names or any children. That's what I had to work with. As you can see, this memorial for William was created in 2001. Today, it is complete. 

William M. Wallen Find A Grave Memorial
Click on top and bottom halves to enlarge or see the memorial at the link below.



  1. Congrats! That is so wonderful!

  2. I can imagine you are doing the Happy Dance! Congratulations! Hope you enjoy researching in Hamilton County. We have several lineage groups in our local genealogical society. Let me know if you want more information on how to apply.

  3. Thanks Kathy, I may inquire more on that. It seems that my hubby's maternal side and my paternal half-cousins were both in Hamilton Co. but for short periods of time and both in the early 1900s. However, my mother's Rumyan line lived there for a while in the early to mid 1800s and I would be very interested in learning more about that group while they were there. Again, they were not there for a long period of time so I'm not sure about a lineage group, but I think more research might pull up some items of interest.

  4. Lisa:

    That is wonderful! Great job! I love that you put it on Find a of my favorite websites!


  5. Kudos to you, Lisa! As I'm looking at the names I'm wondering how many different ways I'm related to all of them. Louisa Tyree Wallen, at the very least :-)