Descendants of John Walker Generation No. 1
1. JOHN1 WALKER was born Abt. 1740 in Ireland or Washington County, Virginia, and died Abt. 18 Feb 1796 in Meadow Hill, Greene County, Tennessee. He married MARY ANDERSON. She was born WFT Est. 1733-1740 in Washington County, Virginia, and died 28 Jan 1803 in Greene County, Tennessee.
Notes for JOHN WALKER:
WARNING! For many years, some researchers believed that this John Walker was John WalkerIV, of the Wigdon, Scotland, Walker line, but this has been apparently disproven by y-dna research. See Confusion:Identity of Meadow Creek John Walker for additional details.
IN the name of God Amen, I John Walker, Senr. of Greene County and State of Tennessee being disordered in body but not in mind d make my last will and testament, item, my beloved wife Mary Walker should have the negro wench and her child Phebe, on horse, jack, saddle and bridle and one bed and furniture and what she thinks she needs. And likewise it is my will that whoever of my childrens hands the young wench Phebe shall into, that she should be free and twenty five years of age and to keep hedre and pay for her work and not to let her run through the country.
Item, it is my will that my sons John, Thomas, Anderson and Daniel Walker and Michal Bellew, my son in law, should have equal part of all my movables.
Item, it is my wil that my negro man Charles should choose which of my sons he will have for his master and whatever he is appraised to, for his master to pay all of the rest their part of praisment. Land divided between my sons Anderson and Daniel Walker.
My son Daniel Walker and Charles Kilgore should be my Executors of this my last will and testament. I revoke and disclaim and disannul all other wills. This is my last will. To witness where of I have hereto set my hand and seal this Eighteenth Day of February, 1796. John Walker (his mark).
Signed, sealed and delivered in the presence of James Brown, Senr. Jurat, John Walker Jurat and Joseph Walker Jurat.
Children of JOHN WALKER and MARY ANDERSON are:
Notes for ANDERSON WALKER: from Chancery Court Minutes, 1783-1796, Burgnell.
Greene County, State of Franklin (now Tennessee) Minutes to May Session 1785.
Anderson Walker & bound to his Excellency John Sevier, Esqr. and to his successors in Office in the Sum of five hundred pound to be void on condition that there be no Just cause or lawful impedement to obstruit the marriage of Anderson Walker to Lettia Wilson. Given under their hands & seals the 25th day of June, 1785.
Test: dan Kenede, C.C.
Anderson Walker (Seal)
Notes for WILLIAM ANDERSON WALKER: Subj: William Anderson Walker Date: 06/21/2000 8:55:13 PM Pacific Daylight Time From: DGreen1013 To: Delijim
I am very interested in your John Walker family, especially William Anderson 'Walker, 6th child of John Walker and Mary Anderson. He married Catherine Rankin in Upper Sandusky, Ohio. It is my understanding that William was captured by Wyandot Indians from Virginia and was taken to the Wyandot settlement in Ohio. He eventually married Catharine Rankin who was 1/2 Wyandot. Now, what I really need to know is who their descendants were. I have a William Walker in Ohio (no date or location) who married Ida May Huff on August 11, 1884 in Deleware, Ohio. This family has lived in this part of Ohio for as far back as we can go and still do at the present time. I am pretty sure that my William is a descendant of your William and I really am eager to make the connection. Any help would be greatly appreciated. If we make a connection, I have one line of William and Ida May's descendants up until the present and will be glad to share. Thank you so much for your time. Doris
In May of 1778 a group of people were traveling from David Cowan's Fort (upper Castlewood) to Moore's Fort in lower Castlewood, a distance of about 2 miles. They were attacked by Indians and Samuel Walker, son of John and Ann Houston Walker, was killed, and Ann Walker Cowan, widow of Samuel Cowan, and her nephew, William Walker, were carried away as prisoners. Ann remained a prisoner for about 7 years and her nephew, William Walker, never returned. For details of how they were captured, we go again to Mrs. Samuel Scott who lived on the Clinch from 1722 to 1783, and who was again present when this event occurred. She states:
One year while we lived on the Clinch we did not fort, and did not need a fort. Cowan's Fort was about 2 miles from Moore's Fort. We went to it (Cowan's) one year, but it was too weak; only seven or eight families. The Indians attacked it. Miss Walker -- then the widow Cowan -- was taken, going from it to Moore's. Her and her sister's son, William Walker, were taken. Her brother Samuel Walker that went with her was killed, and the other man was shot at, but escaped and got into the fort.
To learn more about the capture of Ann Walker Cowan and her nephew, William Walker, we will relate the story handed down by William Walker, Jr., son of the captive.
William Walker, who was captured by the Indians, was born around 1770 and would have been about 8 years old when captured. William Walker, the captive, after growing up among the northern Indians, married Katherine Rankin, the daughter of John Rankin of Tyrone, Ireland, and his wife, Mary Montour.
William Walker and his uncle, Samuel, were in a field plowing corn, young William riding the horse and his uncle holding the plow. When coming out at the end of a row, and in the act of turning they were fired upon by Indians from behind the fence, wounding Samuel in both arms. The boy sprang from the horse and both fled, but he was captured before getting out of the field and his Uncle Samuel was overtaken and killed. The Indians then retreated and after traveling 4 or 5 miles, halted in a thick wood and a reconnoitering party returned to the invaded spot. In the afternoon the reconnoitering party returned laden with plunder and accompanied by another party of Delawares which the prisoners had not seen before, and with them as a prisoner, was his aunt, Ann Walker Cowan. Mrs. Cowan had been captured, as Mrs. Scott details, while traveling between Cowan's and Moore's Forts by the second party of Delaware Indians. While being the same group, the Indians had split into two separate raiding parties.
Then commenced the march toward Ohio, which was attended by many, many privations, hardship and hunger. The captives were looking backward and hoping and praying for a rescue party of whites, but none came. After crossing the Ohio River all hope of rescue vanished and, to add to their grief, the Indians again separated into two parties, each taking their own prisoners. Young William Walker never saw his aunt again.
COWANS AND ALLIED FAMILIES WHO SETTLED THE SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA FRONTIER; by Emory L. Hamilton INDIAN RAIDS AND MASSACRES OF SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA; by Luther F. Addington and Emory L. Hamilton Acknowledgement: Samuel Cowan history and research shared by Effie Cowan Jenkins. Acknowledgement: Ann Walker Cowan and William Walker history and research shared by Jerry Penley.