Thanks for your reply. John C. Wallace was not with the group that went to AL, he died on Portsmouth Island. Many of the Wallace family of Portsmouth did go however. He did have a will which was protested by his 2nd wife. There are no records showing any connection with the Ruark family and since his deed said for "Natural love and affection" it appears he was deeding the property to him outright instead of devising it in his will where it could be protested. Also if he had been a relative, most of the time it was so stated "nephew, grandson, etc." But you are right we may never know! This isn't my line either, but am just interested in all the Portsmouth and Ocracoke names.
John Kewark in the 1820 census is not a typo since I am looking at the original on-line which has not been typed. I just love mystories! Wisit my webpage to see names of people from Portsmouth and Carteret County that were on the wagon train.www.familytreemaker.com/users/c/l/o/Ellen-F-Cloud