US Wallace, Susan Arnold Elston

Susan Arnold Elston Wallace

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Born: December 25, 1830

Birthplace: Crawfordsville, Indiana

Father: Major Isaac Compton Elston 1794 – 1867
(Buried: Oak Hill Cemetery, Crawfordsville, Indiana)​

Mother: Maria Eveline Akin 1805 – 1874
(Buried: Oak Hill Cemetery, Crawfordsville, Indiana)​

Husband: Major General Lewis “Lew” Wallace 1827 – 1905
(Buried: Oak Hill Cemetery, Crawfordsville, Indiana)​

Married: May 6, 1852

Children:


Henry Lane Wallace 1853 – 1926​
(Buried: Oak Hill Cemetery, Crawfordsville, Indiana)​

Education:

Attended Dr. Gibbon's Friends Boarding School​
She studied literature, geometry and writing but preferred music.​

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She was noted to have played the guitar and Piano​

Antebellum Events:

1832: Birth of her sister Mary Elston Braden​
1836: Birth of her brother Colonel Isaac Compton Elston​
1838: Birth of her sister Helen Laura Elston Blair​
1844: Birth of her brother William Francis “Frank” Elston​
1846: Birth of her sister Evelyn Lane Elston Smith​
1848: Met her future husband at home of Henry Smith Lane.​
At first her father disapproved of her dating Wallace, due to his trouble he was known to cause, but later he consented to the courtship.​
1848: Death of her older sister Sylvia Ann Elston​
1849: Death of her older brother James Akin Elston​
1849: Accepted the Proposal of Marriage from Lewis Wallace.​
1852: Married her husband on May 6th​
1853: Birth of her son Henry Lane Wallace.​
She remained her husband’s companion and advisor​
1858: One of her first Poem’s “The Patter of Little Feet” appeared in Cincinnati Daily Gazette.

Civil War Life Events:

1861 – 1862: Her husband served as Brigadier General in Union Army.​
1862 – 1865: Her husband Served as Major General in Union Army.​

Postbellum Events:

1867: Death of her father Major Isaac Compton Elston​
1874: Death of her mother Maria Eveline Akin Elston​
1878 – 1881: First Lady of New Mexico Territory​
1881 – 1885: Her husband served as U.S. Minister to Ottoman Empire​
1883: Author of The Storied Sea
1884: Death of her brother William Francis “Frank” Elston​
1887: Author of Ginerva; or, The Old Oak Chest, A Christmas Story
1888: Author of The Land of the Pueblos
1889: Death of her sister Evelyn Lane Elston Smith​
1898: Author of Along the Bosphorus and other sketches
1898: Death of her sister Mary Elston Braden​
1903: Author of The City of the King: What the Child Jesus saw and heard
1905 – 1907: Widow of Major General Lewis “Lew” Wallace​
1905: Helped complete her husband’s Memoirs.​
1906: Death of her sister Helen Lauren Elston Blair.​

Died: October 1, 1907

Place of Death: Crawfordsville, Indiana

Age at time of Death: 76 years old

Burial Place: Oak Hill Cemetery, Crawfordsville, Indiana
 
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