From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Wallace, Count X.

(born: 1815  -  died: 1880) 

Count X. Wallace, a barber and musician, played the violin at parties and other gatherings. Born in Kentucky, he was a freeman living in Fayette, MS, according to the 1850 U.S. Federal Census.

Judge Frank A. Montgomery recounted his meeting with Wallace in his book, Reminiscences of a Mississippian in Peace and War, published in 1901 [available full-text at Google Books]. Wallace had been in Port Hudson, LA when the Union Army seized the area in 1863 and gained control of the Mississippi River. The forces included two regiments of Colored soldiers, the 1st and 3rd Louisiana Native Guard. Wallace was a servant to the Union officers, and when the soldiers were to leave they had planned to take Wallace with them, but Wallace requested and received a parole from his servant duties. He had shown the parole certificate to Judge Montgomery.

In his civilian life, Wallace had been fairly well off, with $2,000 in personal property; he was also a slave-holder. He is listed in the 1860 Slave Schedule as owning a 35-year old female. Wallace was one of 28 slave holders in Fayette, MS. When he died in 1880, his property went to his 30-year old wife Nelly [or Nellie] and their five children: Edgar, Gaitwood, Floyde, Mary, and Stanton.

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