William Wallace Wade was born in November of 1840 in New York, the son of New York native Moses M. (b. 1818) and Jemima A. Tyler (1815-1864).
New York natives Moses was possibly living in Farmersville, Cattaraugus County, New York in 1840. By 1850 William was living with his parents and younger sister Mary on a farm in Cherry Creek, Chautauqua County, New York; next door lived the family of W. Wade, possibly Moses’ brother. (Moses owned some $1600 worth of real estate that year.) Moses and Jemima eventually left New York and moved west. By 1860 Wallace was working as a school teacher living with his family in Lebanon, Clinton County where his father worked as a farmer. (Curiously, Oren Wade was probably living in Chautauqua County, New York in 1860.)
“Wallace” was 20 years old and residing in Clinton County when he enlisted in the Band on June 10, 1861. He was discharged on August 13, 1862, as “a member of the Band and not as a musician.” He served subsequently in the Brigade Band.
It is not known if William returned to Michigan after he left the army. By 1870 he was living with his mother’s brother, a wealthy farmer named Martin Tyler (b. 1804) and his wife Sally (b. 1811) and working as a school teacher in Stafford, Genesee County, New York; next door lived a 41-year-old wealthy farmer named Warren Tyler (possibly his cousin). Martin owned more than $7000 worth of real estate and Warren owned some $23,400 worth of real estate. (William’s father was living in Clinton County in 1870.)
William married New York native Frances Remington (b. 1851) and they had at least one child: Curtis Tyler (b. 1873).
By 1880 he was probably working as a cheese buyer and living with his wife and children in Arcade, Wyoming County, New York. By 1897 he was living in New York when he applied for and received a pension (no. 984996). William eventually moved back west and by 1920 he was living on Fifth Street in Daughtery, Morgan Township, Murray County, Oklahoma; also living with his was his son who was apparently working as an agent for a railroad company.
William was probably a widower when he died on September 26, 1921, in Oklahoma, and was presumably buried there.