Family:Alexander Walker and Elizabeth Patterson (1)

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Marriage[1]
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bef. 21 August 1770 Augusta County, Virginia
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BET 1815 AND 1820 Bath County, Virginia
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Child List

Chalkley's Chonicles gives the will of Alexander, identifying his children.
Page 326.--20th November, 1774. Alexander Walkers will--To wife, Elizabeth; to son, Robert, negro boy, to daughter, Mary, negro girl; to son, Andrew, 90 acres bought of Joseph Lindel; to daughter Martha, to daughter, Elizabeth; to daughter, Barbara; to son, John, testator's home plantation; to daughter, Isabell. (Many negro slaves bequeathed. daughter Margaret; to son, Alexander's two children, Jane and Elizabeth Walker. Executors, wife Elizabeth and son Robert. John Campbell be guardian to children. Teste: Joseph Hannah, Robert Haslet, Thos. Connly. Proved, 21st March, 1775, by the witnesses. Executors qualify with John Hind, Arthur Connaly, John Campbell. </table>
to son, Robert,
to daughter, Mary,
to son, Andrew,
to daughter Martha,
to daughter, Elizabeth;
to daughter, Barbara;
to son, John,
to daughter, Isabell.
to daughter Margaret;
to son, Alexander's two children, Jane and Elizabeth Walker.

Issues

This couple was previously connected on WeRelate to the Wigton Walker line as defined by Source:White, 1902. [2]In the previous interpretation this Alexander was given as the son of Alexander I of Wigton Scotland.

This view is at strong variance with the information in Source:White, 1902. In particular, White cites a will for Alexander son of Alexander, dated 1783, in which he identifies his wife as "my beloved Jean" (not Elizabeth), and his children as Joseph, Eleanor, John, and Rebecca not as given in the listing presented for Alexander and Elizabeth on this page.

Descendants of Alexander Walker and Elizabeth Patterson based on Mays, 1987 "My Augusta, a spot on Earth not a woman". discusses the family of Alexander and Elizabeth, and clearly equates him as Alexander II of the Wigton line. Yet the author of this work places him on Little Creek, now Broad Run in Beverley's Manor, not on Walker's Creek in Borden's Grant. Interestingly enough, they identify a John Campbell as living adjacent to him. This is significant because Source:White, 1902:6 tells us that

John Walker, eldest son of John, the emigrant, b. March, 1705, m. Ann Houston (or Hudson) March, 1734. They moved from Penn. in company with his brother-in-law, John Campbell, and settled in Augusta Co., Va. The Walker's and Hay's soon removed to Rockbridge Co., the creek on which they settled being named for these two families. From John and his wife Ann are descended the Stuarts, Todds and Prices of Ky. He d. on Clinch River in 1778. She d. in North Carolina.

Immediately prior to this (p.5) she adds:

Elizabeth Walker b. April, 1703; m. John Campbell of Kirnan in Ireland. They came to America with her father. Both d. in Virginia, she in 1787, at the age of 84 years. John Campbell... is said to be buried between the towns of Fleming and Maysville, Ky....Of the 9 children of John and Elizabeth Campbell, 3 came to America and settled in Penn., going from there to Va. and settling near Staunton, probably about 1744.

Thus the Alexander Walker living on Little's Run, now Broad Run in Beverley's Manor could conceivably be the brother, or cousin of John Walker who White 1902 tells us settled near John Campbell who settled near Staunton. This may relate to the fundamental confusion that we now know underlies White, 1902. That is, that there are two separate lineages that have been conflated in her work (actually, well previous to her work, she just repeated received wisdom). Perhaps, as White says, the person we know of as John III settled near his relations on Little Creek, while another line of Walkers settled on nearby Walkers Creek on Borden's Grant. Perhaps the Walkers living on Walkers Creek came to eventually include a mixture of these two lines, and proximity led to intermarriage. In time, people lost track of who was related to whom, and how, and just assumed they were a large group of Walkers, all related by descent from a common ancestor.

This is one interpretation of the problem and data, and perhaps we can learn more by exploring in more detail the data for Walkers and Campbells on Little Creek. In anycase, while this MAY help us get closer to unraveling this particular puzzle, it does not help us with an essential problem. Which of these two lines descends from John Walker and Jane McKnight of Wigton Scotland.

Footnotes

  1. The marriage date of this couple is sometimes given as 8 January 1747. This is the DOM for Alexander Walker and Jane Hammer, as given by White 1902, and so is unlikely to be the DOM for Alexander and Elizabeth.
  2. See for example, Descendants of Alexander Walker and Elizabeth Patterson based on Mays, 1987 "My Augusta, a spot on Earth not a woman".