Ellen Agnes Wallace

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Ellen Agnes Wallace (Bilbrough)

Birthdate: (58)
Birthplace: Leeds, Yorkshire, England
Death: September 23, 1900 (58)
Hastings, Ontario, Canada
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Brooks Priestley Bilbrough and Anne Bilbrough
Wife of Rev. Robert Wallace
Sister of Arthur Brooks Bilbrough; Emily Bilbrough; James Lister Bilbrough and Henry Brooks Bilbrough

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About Ellen Agnes Wallace

Ellen Agnes Bilbrough, born 21 Nov 1841, was the daughter of Brooks Priestley and Anne Lister Bilbrough and sister to Arthur Brooks Bilbrough, above. She was most likely born at Gildersome in Park House, the family home. Brought up a devout Christian, Ellen was appalled over the conditions of the poor in Britain, and especially the children. To contribute to the alleviation of such circumstances, she worked with various benevolent organizations. Eventually she joined with Annie MacPherson in a plan to remove children from workhouses and other squalid circumstances and transport them to Canada for adoption. Having initial success, the need for a “Distributing Home” as a central location for arriving children awaiting adoption became apparent. A place was found in the town of Belleville, Ontario and was called Marchmont Home, the County of Hastings gave much needed support which included free rent and taxes. Ellen became the superintendent of Marchmont in 1870 and throughout her term oversaw the adoption of thousands of transplanted children. She managed the home from 1870 up until 1882 when she was joined by Rev. Robert Wallace a Baptist minister. Wallace had trained for the China Inland Mission but poor health prevented the placement, instead he became a partner in the management of Marchmont. Ellen married Robert Wallace in 1887 in London. Ellen remained the director of Marchmont until 1900 when she fell ill and passed away at the age of 59. She is buried in the Belleville cemetery, there a stone was placed in her memory, the inscription reads: "In Loving Memory of Ellen Agnes Bilbrough of Marchmont Home wife of Rev. Wallace. Born at Leeds, England, Nov 21, 1841 Died at Belleville, Sept. 23, 1900 'A succourer of many' ”

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Ellen Agnes Wallace's Timeline

1841
November 21, 1841
Yorkshire, England
1900
September 23, 1900
Age 58
Ontario, Canada