In recent years there have been several great articles on the 17th century New England families surnamed Wallis, the English variation of the Scottish name Wallace.
- WALLIS, NATHANIEL, b. ca. 1632, d. Beverly, Mass. 18 October 1709. Maine Genealogist 29:51-68 (4 generation study).
- WALLIS, NATHANIEL, b. ca. 1670, d. Danvers, Mass., between 7 March 1749/50 and 1 April 1762. New England Historical & Genealogical Register [NEHGR] 161:138-45.
- WALLIS, JOHN, b. ca. 1627, d. Gloucester, Mass., 13 September 1690. NEHGR 152:286-310, 391-414, 153:29-51, 183-206, 293-318, 489-98 (six generation study); NEHGR 153:291-92 (wife’s identity); NEHGR 160:99-100 (note on wife Mary Phippen); NEHGR 162:299 (correction).
These three articles take care of the Wallis families living in Essex County, Mass. to the south and Maine to the north. That leaves George Wallis of early Portsmouth, N.H. His family has no genealogy. There are four sources you can use for starting your research:
- Genealogical Dictionary of Me. and N.H. has the first two generations (pp. 715-17);
- Some Early Settlers of Epsom, New Hampshire by J.M. Moses (1910), pp. 194-95, this work appears to be either partially or wholly taken from:
- Boston Evening Transcript of June 10, 1907 Note #992 by contributor P.P.M.; and
- History of Rye, New Hampshire by Langdon B. Parsons (1905). Sorry to have to say this, but I don't hold Parsons' work in high esteem. He immediately makes an error in the Wallis family (Ralph should be George).
Using these works you can lay out a skeletal foundation for the family. You'll immediately see a mass of contradictions. And from there, you need to examine all the primary records: deeds, probates, vital records where they exist, and court cases.