It isn't much of a stretch to think that a woman who names a child Joseph Chase Wallace, might have been born a Chase. I saw an Internet site which noted that Jane, wife of Samuel Wallis, was born Jane Chase, the daughter of the Rev. Stephen Chase and his wife Jane Wingate. It seemed plausible, but no proof or even proof reasoning was provided, so I did that part myself. I'm convinced this identification is true.
Jane Chase was born at Lynn, Mass. on 7 January 1739/40 and recorded as "Jenney" daughter of the Rev. Stephen4 (Joseph3 Aquila2-1) Chase. He was born at Newbury on 26 October 1705 and died at New Castle on 1 January 1778. He graduated Harvard College in 1728 and married Jane Wingate, the daughter of Joshua and Mary (Lunt) Wingate. After his ministry at the second church of Lynn (which would later become Lynnfield), he accepted a post at New Castle where he served from 1750 to his death.
- Jane is the correct age to be the wife of Samuel Wallace.
- Her age at death (82) in the Epsom VRs (p. 151) matches her birth record.
- We know Samuel is in New Castle starting in 1769 (and possibly before).
- He has a wife Jane in 1781 when she releases dower on a deed. [Rockingham Co. Deeds 135:257]
- She is referred to as widow Jenny Wallace in the 1800 census at Epsom. The diminutive use of Jane (her mother was Jane) is present on her birth record, the census, and her death record.
- She names a son Joseph Chase Wallace, either after her uncle or grandfather.
- Samuel Wallis is one of the creditors to the estate of the Rev. Stephen Chase (Rockingham Probate #5093). Stephen Chase does not leave a will and administration to his estate is given to his son. Two of his sons, Stephen and John are also creditors. See this document below the fold.
The work, Seven Generations of the descendants of Aquila and Thomas Chase, compiled by John Carroll Chase and George Walter Chamberlain (Camden, Me.: Picton Press, 1993), p. 60, makes this identification with no explanation. See also, Clifford K. Shipton, Sibley's Harvard Graduates, Volume VIII, 1726-1730 (Boston, Mass.: Mass. Historical Society, 1951), pp. 382-85.