Robert's mother was a war bride, and left England for Texas as soon as John Wallis was sent home. She came to a family that had been in Texas for many generations. In fact, east of Houston and the Trinity River south of Interstate 10 is the town of Wallisville. It is named for its founder, E.H.R. Wallis, Robert's great, great, grandfather. At one time, it was the Chambers County seat.
The developers of this thriving town had
great plans for it, but one big problem changed the course of it's history.
People visiting for county business were downright hostile about the
area hogs running loose in the city streets. After repeated requests
that the pigs be confined were refused by the good citizens of Wallisville,
the matter was finally put to a city referendum. When the prohog citizens
soundly defeated this attempt to pen the porkers, Chambers County residents
retaliated by voting to move the county seat to Anahuac
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