Daughter of Capt. Wm. Wallace (1779-1853) and Mary (Polly) Chamberlain (1784-1844), of Blount Co., TN. Mary Ellen Wallace was the first wife of Abram Wiley Rodgers, whom she married on 10 Nov. 1855, in Knox Co. She and her husband were the parents of 5 children: Charles Craig; Lucy Belle; Wm. W.; Mary Amanda; and Sarah Tennessee (Sally). Following the Civil War, the Rogers family moved to Watsonville, CA, where Mary Ellen died in 1867. A year later, A. W. Rodgers married Isabella D. Saffell, a niece of Mary Ellen's.