P. M. Wallace was born in Anderson County, Tenn, November 22, 1839, and remained with his parents, assisting on the farm and attending school, until 1861, when he enlisted in the army. In the spring of 1850 he came with his parents, John M. and Jane (Manley) Wallace, to Morgan County, Mo., and after residing west of Versailles two years, moved to his present location, where he resided until the beginning of the war, when he enlisted in the ninety-days service, Company B, Fifty-fourth Indiana Volunteers, and returned home in the fall. In the spring of 1863 he enlisted in Company C, Sixth Missouri State Militia, and the next year joined the Thirteenth Missouri, United States Cavalry Volunteers, and was mustered out of service in June, 1866, at Ft. Leavenworth. During the early part of his service he was mostly engaged in skirmishing, but he was afterward engaged in fighting Indians on the plains, being stationed at Ft. Collins, about sixty miles northwest of Denver. After his marriage to Miss Sallie Moore, January 1, 1868, he engaged in farming for himself, and has since continued, being now the owner of 244 acres of land, about seventy-five of which are under cultivation. His buildings are all in excellent condition, and he is considered one of the enterprising farmers of the county. Mrs. Wallace died on the 9th of October, 1879, having become the mother of the following children: Thomas M., born March 17, 1869; Martha, born in May, 1871, and died in July, 1874; Leoda, born in January, 1873, and died in June, 1874; John, born May 5, 1877, and Charley, who died when an infant. Mr. Wallace was married to Miss Ella E. Gatewood on the 10th of March, 1881, by whom he has one child, Oscar Nelson, born March 10, 1885. He belongs to the G. A. R., and in his political views is a Republican.

History of Cole, Moniteau, Morgan, Benton, Miller, Maries and Osage Counties, Missouri, Goodspeed Publishing Co., 1889.