Miss Jean Wallace, was born "on a pier at the foot of Canal Street' in
New York City. Her father was William M. Wallace, a Scotsman, and
descendant of the historical Wallaces of Scotland, and once a captain of
the Palmyra, a crack Cunard liner. Her mother was an American. Jeanne
was educated in New York and became a nurse....but the strain of knowing
what the future held for her patients lead her to leave New York and
settle in the Ozark Mountains.
This mysterious lady homesteaded a tract of land in
the Roaring River country in the year 1892. Her father had been born
with this "sixth sense" also. He had explained that she had a "special
God-given power" and to use it carefully, only for good, and never for
pay, and she said that she obeyed that injunction.
The road to her cabin was well worn by folks who had
lost things or worried over some problems they were having. Many times
had she informed them where they had mislaid things, lost items, and
foresaw what the future had in store for them.
Once two boys testing her powers rode up to Jeanne's
cabin, before they even arrived she knew they where pranksters. They
told of their "stolen" saddles and wondered who had them...she snapped
out a sharp command: "Yes you young rascals, you stole them yourselves.
Get back as fast as you can to where you hid them because wild pigs are
chewing them up." The boys obeyed but the pigs had already had done the
The Mountain Maid (or witch - some would say) did not
use her clairvoyant powers on gambling, she considered it an evil thing.
Once a woman had heard of the celebrity on the mountain, she wanted to
know which horse to bet on at the race the next day, the visitor asked
Jeanne which horse was the prettiest instead of putting the question
frankly. The Mountain Maid answered with a strange smile..."Butterfly --
that's the prettiest...and the fastest too." Knowing this lady had won
$1,250 on her tip...when asked why by an incredulous friend, she replied
"Yes, and if you knew what the woman was going to use the money for you
would understand why I let her think she fooled me."
The Mountain Maid did not like to waste time with
none believers. A Mr. Wood paid her a visit once to have his fortune
told. Upon entering her cabin she greeted him with. "You don't believe
in me do you?" He replied that he did not believe in this kind of power
or sense. Jeanne let him know emphatically that no information would be
provided to him. When he turned to leave she said "But one thing I will
tell you, you will have an automobile accident when you are about 50
years old." He had forgotten of this prediction until it came true two
years ago when he had a bad car accident.
There are many people still living in the area that
have stories to tell that prove that the Mountain Maid had these
Note * - Jeanne Wallace, Mountain Maid, died on
February 29, 1940 in a fire that consumed her and her cabin. Although
she could tell what the future held for everyone else she never knew
what it held for her.
Story from the River Valley Community Portal
Thanks to Jill
Allford for sending this in.