Miss Margaret Christina WALLACE (1798–1889)
Her sister Miss Caroline WALLACE (1808–1865)
St Giles section: Row 12, Grave B31½
Margaret Christina Wallace died III July 1889 aged 90
Whereas I was blind now I see
Caroline Wallace born [July 23?] 1808 died September 18, 1865
Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God
Margaret Christina Wallace was born at Fore Street, Upper Edmonton, Middlesex on 25 July 1798 and baptised at All Saints Church, Edmonton on 6 September. Her sister Caroline Wallace was born at Edmonton on 29 January 1808, and baptised at the same church on 25 April 1810. They were the daughters of the schoolmaster James Wallace and his wife Margaret. They also had two brothers: James Lloyd Wallace (born in Edmonton in c.1803) and John Wallace (born c.1804).
In 1837 their brother James Lloyd Wallace, who had been educated at Sydenham School and Trinity College, Cambridge was appointed Master of Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School at Sevenoaks in Kent, and it looks as though his two sisters followed him there. At the time of the 1841 census Margaret (42) and Caroline (33) were living together at Sevenoaks and running a small school at home: there were just two pupils staying with them, and they had two servants.
Their brother James died at Sevenoaks at the age of 39 on 3 August 1843 and left Margaret and Christina and their brother John all his books. For more on James, see the separate grave of his wife Magdalen Wallace.
At the time of the 1851 census Margaret (52) and Caroline (43).were running a larger school in Brighton, at 72 Montpellier Road. Also living with them was their niece Rose Wallace (10), who was the daughter of their deceased brother James and his wife Magdalen. They had eight girl pupils aged between 11 and 16, and three servants.
By the time of the 1861 census Margaret (62) and Caroline (53) were both retired, and they spent census night at Tormoham (Torquay) in Devon (probably on holiday) with their widowed sister-in-law Mrs Magdalen Wallace (57) and her daughters Magdalen (26) and Rose (20).
By 1865 they were living with Magdalen at her home in Park Town, Oxford. Caroline, the younger sister, died there that year:
† Miss Caroline Wallace died at 14 Park Crescent at the age of 57 on 18 September 1865 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 22 September (burial recorded in the parish register of St Giles’s Church).
Her probate record states that she died at Park Town; but the parish register (perhaps mistakenly) gave her address as 57 St John Street. Her effects came to under £5,000, and her executors were William Wallace, a merchant of 26 Austin Friars, London, and the Revd James Wallace of Loughborough.
At the time of the 1871 census Miss Margaret Christina Wallace (72) was living at 14 The Crescent, Park Town with her widowed sister-in-law Mrs Magdalen Wallace (67) and the latter’s widowed cousin Mrs Ann Cagemore (61). They had two servants: a cook and a housemaid.
Mrs Magdalen Wallace died on 2 December 1880 (see separate grave).
In 1881 Miss Margaret Christina Wallace (82) was the head of the household in Park Town, and lived there alone with two servants.
By the time of her death in 1889, Margaret had moved to Midsomer Norton near Bath, presumably to live with Mrs Magdalen Wallace’s daughter, Mrs Magdalen Morrison, whose husband was Vicar there:
† Miss Margaret Christina Wallace died at Midsomer Norton, Bath at the age of 90 on 3 July 1889 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 8 July (burial recorded in the parish register of St Giles’s Church).
Her personal estate came to £5,932 4s. 7d., and her executors were her brother-in-law the Revd William Morrison of Midsomer Norton, her niece’s husband the Revd Octavius Pickard Cambridge of Wareham, and William Wallace of 90 York Street, Bryanston Square, Middlesex.