I had a very wonderful day today despite the fact that I'm no closer to finding proof of Deborah's identity. I drove to Haverhill where the town clerk staff were great to me. I saw the town record for Joseph Wallace, but again it just had his parents as Nathaniel and Deborah:
However, it did have two different pieces of information from the state-level certificate (which by coincidence arrived today from the Mass. State Archives). It had place of internment: Lowell and informant: Cyrus Towns (son-in-law). So the information is from him and he lived with Joseph for 11 years at least (they are together in the 1850 census).
The Lowell information was interesting. I was then on the phone to the Lowell Cemetery Association which kindly looked up Joseph for me over the phone. No listing. But they have all cemeteries but one, a private one: Lowell Cemetery which started in 1841. A quick call to them and there he was. The very wonderful woman there said she'd hang out for me and I drove down to Lowell. She had already made me copies of the burial records and lot plan! I mean, wow. And, of course, Rebecca (York) Wallace is buried there. She died April 1860. Pictures will appear next Tuesday.
Interestingly, I came home and there is no other record of Rebecca's death. She is not in the mortality schedules of the 1860 U.S. census or in the Mass. VRs from 1841-1910. Go figure. The above image is the second page of Joseph Wallace's death record and my photography is spot on. Not so, for the first page below: