Jean Russell Wall was born in Pittsfield, Mass. on September 18, 1921. Both her parents were descended from prominent families. She made sure that her children were taught the history of their ancestors. On her mother’s side she was descended from the pilgrims who came to America on the Mayflower. On her father’s side she was descended from the famous General Seth Pomeroy whose grandfather arrived in America in 1636. Jean inherited an amazing number of artifacts, which she distributed to her six children.
During her declining years Jean spent many hours documenting the history of her family. She felt that it was important for her children and grandchildren to know that they were descended from a very special family.
John Wall was born in Philadelphia, Pa. on August 4, 1914, the day World War I began. He was the grandson of Irish immigrants, one of whom was a prosperous stone mason who carved the pylons at the entrance to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia.
John retired a Lt. Colonel from the United States Army and was a veteran of both World War II and the Korean War. During his years of service he was stationed in various United States locations, Tokyo, Japan, and Verdun, France. His legacy is his family. He was a devout Catholic. His sister, Margaret, said of him, “He knew no strangers.”