Notebook:Walker Family of Goochland County, VA

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This notebook is collecting information about Members of the the Walker Family in and around Goochland County, VA. A research objective is to see if any of the Walkers in this area are related to the Samuel Walker who married Jane Patterson, and settled about 1750 near Natural Bridge in modern Rockbridge County. One of his sons, Joseph, married Susan Willis, whose family came from Goochland County. None of Susan's famlily are known to have settled in Rockbridge. This may indicate that Joseph's marriage to Susan came about through family connections in Goochland, implying that his family came from that area originally. Some, notably Dan Welch, have suggested that since Goochland County lies along roadways connecting the Trans-Appalachian settlements with the tidewater area, trade and business may have led Joseph east, where he met and married Susan. See:
Person DOB DOD Father Mother Spouse
Person:David Walker (32) 1740Person:John Walker (222)
Person:David Walker (33) 1773 Mary Bayes
Person:John Walker (222)
Person:John Walker (223) Person:John Walker (222)

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William Walker

From: Ancestry

William Walker was not recorded in Goochland County prior to 1778 Marriage: VA Book has married in Louisa County, William Walker age 75 of Goochland County and Jane Burton age 17 of Louisa County, married April 1800.

From: Afrigeneas Original source not given. Will has been elided to show only bequests dealing with slaves, as the interest of the intermediate source was in slave genealogy.

WILLIAM WALKER WILL (born 1725)

In the name of God Amen, I William Walker of the county of Goochland being weak in body, but of sound and perfect mind & memory, blessed be almighty God for the same, do make and publish this my last will and testament

....

  1. Also I give my beloved wife Jane Walker to her and her heirs forever, One negro girl named Agga with her increase & a negro boy named Jack, also I give her all my meat, fat, soap & candles, that be on hand at my death.

....

  1. I also give and bequeath unto my daughter Elizabeth Rite during her natural life One negro man named Phill, and at her death to be hired out untill all her children become of age or married. Then the s.d Phill shall be sold and the money arising from such sale divided equally among her children.
  2. I also lend one negro man named Ralph to my daughter Ann Lemay during her natural life, and then the negro to be sold & the money arising therefrom equally divided among her lawful children.
  3. I also give and bequeath unto my son James Walker One negro lad named Sam, but should my son James die without an heir then my will is that the negro be sold, and the money divided among all my children.
  4. I also give and bequeath unto my son Lewis Walker One negro boy named Sorney to him and his heirs forever ~
  5. I also give and bequeath unto my son Elverton Walker One negro lad named Peter to him and his heirs forever. Also one Bed and furniture.
  6. I also give and bequeath unto my daughter Mary F Walker One negro woman named Kate & her increase to her & her heirs forever.
  7. I also give and bequeath unto my son Peyton Walker One negro woman named Dolly to him & his heirs forever.~

.... In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the second day of September in year of our lord eighteen hundred and five. ____________________

At a monthly sessions court held for Goochland county at the courthouse on monday the 20th day of October 1806. This writing was presented in court and proved by the oaths of Garland H. Mitchell and Richard Cocke to be the last will and Testament of William Walker decd & ordered to be recorded.

another version, somewhat more complete, but missing court actions mentioned above:

PROBATE: VIRGINIA, Goochland County.

...In the name of God Amen, I William Walker of the county of Goochland being weak in body, but of sound and perfect mind & memory, blessed be almighty God for the same, do make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form following (that is to say)

  1. ...First I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Jane Walker, all the

tract of land whereon I now live containing One hundred ninety seven & 3 quarter Acres, to her during the time she may remain my widow - If she marries the land shall be rented out for the benefit of my children by her untill they become of age, or marry (the youngest) then the land shall be sold and the money equally divided among my children or the survivors of them, by the said Jane Walker to them and their heirs forever.

  1. ...But should all my children by her the said Jane Walker die without

issue, or before they become of age, then the product arising from the sale of the above mention_ Tract of land to be equally divided among my children by my first wife to them and their heirs forever.

  1. ...I also give to my beloved wife Jane Walker all my kitchen furniture,

two Beds with furniture, One the bed that I usually lay on, the other a trundle bed. One red table one red cupboard and one red painted chest, four black chairs, one choice yoke Oxen & Cart, two choice cows & calves, two choice ewes & lambs, six choice hogs, all my cotton, flax wheels & cards, one loom, all my slays harnices warping boxes and warping barrs, One case of knives, forks, shoe knife, butcher knife, two sows and pigs, One horse the choice of my stock, One woman's saddle & Bridle all my stock fowls. One grind stone. One half of all my crop on hand or growing at my death, two choice cyder casks, One pair iron wedges all my pewter earthen and glass ware, two juggs (1 gal. ea.) 1 Qt. jug. two choice bee hives, One pair flat irons, One pair F. tongs, 1 choice candle stick, one pair tailors shears, one brd hoe, two wead.g hoe., One hill hoe, One plough and half sheer, One trowel hoe One pr. choice Iron traces, One horse collar, harness and ploughing lines, all my salt and barrells, flax, wool cotton & Barrels etc., One choice meal bag & sifter all my hides raw & tanned.

  1. Also I give my beloved wife Jane Walker to her and her heirs forever, One

negro girl named Agga with her increase & a negro boy named Jack, also I give her all my meat, fat, soap & candles, that be on hand at my death. One powdering tub, One board ax, One hatchet, two butter pots, One drawing knife, One brass skillet also Nine pounds twelve shillings to be taken out of my son George's part of my estate -

  1. ...I also give to my youngest son William S Walker one horse or choice

nag that may be at the time of my death which may be chosen by his mother or relation. Also give him my saddle & bridle Also One gun.

  1. I also give and bequeath unto my daughter Elizabeth Rite during her natural life One negro man named

Phill, and at her death to be hired out untill all her children become of age or married Then the said Phill shall be sold and the money arising from such sale divided equally among her children.

  1. I also lend one negro man named Ralph to my daughter Ann Lemay during her natural life,

.. and then the negro to be sold & the money arising therefrom equally divided among her lawful children. ...

  1. I also give and bequeath unto my son James Walker One negro

lad named Sam, but should my son James die without an heir then my will is that the negro be sold, and the money divided among all my children

  1. I also give and bequeath unto my son Lewis Walker One negro boy named Sorney to him and

his heirs forever ~

  1. I also give and bequeath unto my son Elverton Walker One negro lad

Additional Data

William WALKER b. 1725 d.1806 and had 8 children from his first marriage. I descend from the 2nd marriage to Jane Burton b. ca 1783 as she was 17 & he 75 when they married April 1800 and they had Ann, Sarah, William S(amuel) and Thomas B(urton). Thomas B was born prox 6 weeks after father died. In 1810 Jane took the 4 children to Shelby Co., KY to be with her brother Prettyman Burton. Jane Burton's mother was also a WALKER - Mary Charity WALKER who married Edmund BURTON. The names of the 8 children of the first marriage (wife's name unknown) were Elverton, George, Lewis, Mary, Elizabeth, Ann (yes two Ann's) Peyton & James and all were named in his will. While William was of Goochland it stated Jane was of Louisa County. Elverton went into Nicholas and/or Clay Co. I do have all of William Samuel, Thomas Burton & Sarah's children but cannot find Ann after mid 1820's. William Samuel is my direct line.

LINKS: Parents or wife very likely grandchild of Robert Peyton (1640 - 1694) of Virginia,, son of Thomas and Elizabeth (Yelverton) Peyton of Rougham, Norfolk, England. Many of their descendants (by first wife) were name Yelverton (Elverton) Peyton _____, for instance, our Elverton P. (Peyton?) Walker. These Peyton's lived in Jamestown, Middlesex Co, Virginia and Gloucester County, VA 1664-1700.

MIGRATION: William Walker was not recorded in Goochland County prior to 1778 (see Walker Family Gen Forum May 21, 2002 posted by Pat Griffith, INTERNET). He must have come to Goochland County from some other area other than Goochland County (the Walkers in Goochland County are not related to him). His arrival in Goochland County must have occured sometime during the Revolutionary War. Genetic Evidence (see GenForum) shows that the Walkers of Goochland County are all related to each other, but that William and his family are not part of them.

MARRIAGE: VA Book has married in Louisa County, William Walker age 75 of Goochland County and Jane Burton age 17 of Louisa County, married April 1800.

Nina Stramm

Nina Stamm located the will of a David Walker in Goochland, and made it available at Genealogy Wiki

This has been added as a MySource document at MySource:Will of David Walker of Goochland County, VA, 1773

A follow up item on the division of land in David's estate is at MySource:Division of land for David Walker of Goochland County, 1776

Misc

from Ancestry

1729, Aug 19 Goochland Co., VA Court, Order Book No. 1, p.143 Surveyor of the road: David Walker is appointed Surveyor of the Road from the Court house unto the back road above Major Bolling's mill and it is ordered that the severall male labouring titheables of Joseph Woodson, Henry Adkins, William May, Richard Cocke, William Moor, Edward Curd, Abraham Perkins, and John Moor do assist in Clearing the said road. _____________

1741, Jul 21 Goochland Co., VA Court, Order Book No. 4, p. 564 The last will & Testament of David Walker dec’d is presented in Court by James and Joseph Walker his Executors who make oath the same being proved by oaths of William and Richard Atkinson is admitted to record. Executor Certificate granted them for probate.

The Douglas Register

The following materials have been extracted from the Douglas Register for Goochland county:

MySource:Wills and Inventories Appendix to the Douglas Register, for the surname Walker

MySource:Marriages in the Douglas Register for the surname Walker

MySource:Birth Records in the Douglas Register for the surname Walker

MySource:Funeral Services in the Douglas register for the surname Walker

Connie Spurlock

From Connie Spurlock, as posted on the Wigton Walker mailing list:

See also MySource:Walker Revolutionary War Pension Applications

Source of Information: Genealogical Abstracts Of Revolutionary War Pension Files Volume III: N - Z

Page 3643

|Walker, David, Virginia Line, R11033, soldier lived in Powhatan Co.,Virginia at enlistment, he applied August 20, 1832 in Goochland Co.,Virginia aged 81.

Page 3645

Walker,James, Virginia Line, Elizabeth, R11036, soldier was a son of William Walker and as born in Hanover Co., Virginia (no date given) and he lived there until age of 12 then moved to Goochland Co.,Virginia and he lived there at enlistment and he lived there after the Revolution then moved to Louisa Co.,Virginia and in 1809 he moved to Jessamine Co., Kentucky where he applied August 18, 1834 aged about 80 and soldier died there November 27, 1840 as stated by his widow or November 28, 1840 as shown officially , soldier married Elizabeth daughter of Samuel Lemay in 1782 or 1783 and were near neighbors to soldier`s father , in 1834 soldier and wife had no children , widow applied in 1843 in Jessamine Co., Kentucky aged over 86. [Implied DOB 1746]

DeliJim

From User:Delijim via the Tapistry Mailing list, 7 August 2009

I stumbled upon the following Walker references in Goochland and Henrico county, may be useful for someone's research:

Intermediate Source: Pilgrims and Puritans

Original Source: Fleet, Virginia Colonial Abstracts, vol. 21

Henrico County. 1740. April 30 Will of John Walker, Jr. of Goochland Co.,

  • father John Walker, all my 400 acres and plantation on branches of Lickinghole Creek,
  • bro James Walker, 400 acres on the Byrd, purchased of Thomas Clark,
  • bro Joseph Walker, negroes,
  • bro David Walker, patent of 400 acres on branch of Little Byrd Creek and 1 negro.
  • Executors: brothers Joseph and David.
  • Wit: Henry Chiles, William (WA) ADKINSON, Richard (RA) ADKINSON.

Goochland Co., VA Deed Book 3 1737-1742, p.365. 1740. Oct. 4 Will of David Walker of Goochland Co.,

  • father John Walker,
  • bro James WALKER,
  • bro Joseph Walker,
  • sis Martha Emmorson,
  • sis Mary Parish,
  • Effany Hodes,
  • sis Sary Davis.
  • Executors: bros. James & Joseph.
  • Wit: William (WA) ADKISON, Thomas (T) Hall, Richard (R) ADKISON.

Mary Richardson

From Mary Richardson, on the Tapistry Mailing list, 7 Augusta 2009

Some time back, I paid a visit to the Goochland Historical Society to see what I could flesh out on the WALKERs. The most revealing finds were:

1. Douglas, William. The Douglas register: being a detailed record of births, marriages and deaths together with other interesting notes, as kept by the Rev. William Douglas, from 1750-1797...An index of Goochland Wills: notes on the French-Huguenot refugees who lived in Manakin-Town.

The copy that I reviewed was published by Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, 1973. The copy that is now online on Ancestry ... appears to be the original, which was published by J.W. Fergusson & Sons, Richmond, VA, 1928. [See: Source:Jones, 1928 for bibliographic information.]

Library of Congress # 66-30367 ISBN 0-8063-0198-8

Coincidentally, the Rev. Douglas was "born in ye shire of Galloway, near Wigton [sic - now Wigtown], anno 1708...." I copied a lot of WALKER and WILLIS records from this book, but now that they're online, you can check them yourself with an Ancestry.com subscription.


2. Young, Ellnora Lancaster Rose. Walker and Allied Families of Central Virginia Including Clark, Chiles, Johnson/Johnston, Lancaster, LeGrand, Lynch, Michaux, Perkins & Terrell.

ELRY's research was "done 1990-1994" and is loaded into two large three-ring binders. The following appears on the title page with a 1996 date: These two volumes have been put together expressly for the Goochland County, Virginia Genealogical Society and presented to them by the compiler as an aid to other researchers. The compiler welcomes correspondence with interested persons and anyone with knowledge of errors or additions.

In the little time I had, I copied

. the table of contents for both volumes

. 13 pages of WALKER names, accompanied by brief stats. For instance: "David WALKER (#4366) born ____, Goochland Co VA; child of John WALKER (#4355) and Nancy ??? (#4354)."

. a few family group sheets for the earliest WALKERs in ELRY's database. Lorand V. Johnson's 1972 Selected references relating to the ancestry of William and John Johnston, colonial Friends (Quakers) of Virginia is a frequent source.

. ELRY's bios of "Early Walkers of Goochland County Virginia," including David, Phillip, John, Thomas, and at least one William.

According to whitepages.com, Ellnora Young still lives at 315 W Riverside Dr., Roseburg, OR 97470-3067, Job: Umpqua Gem & Mineral Club , President.


3. Williams, Kathleen Booth. Marriages of Goochland County 1733-1815.

I only had time to copy the intro, which includes a description of the evolution of Goochland Co., plus the WALKER and WILLIS marriage transcripts, 1782-1815.


4. Griffith, Patricia J. Walkers of Goochland Co., St. James Parish, Northam.

A handwritten note says "Correction by July 25 - 00" Just one sheet, so I'll transcribe it here:

There were four Walker men of approximately the same generation living closely together in the early years in Goochland Co., Northam. They might have been all brothers, or uncles and cousins. They were:

John Sr., b. before 1690, d. 1767
David son of David; b. 1700, d. 1774, either brother or nephew of John Sr.
William, father of Rev. William who married Jane Bayes; b. before 1695
Philip, b. before 1707, probably either brother or son of the Wm. Sr. above.

These four Walker men were all neighbors in the Lickinghole district, between 1729 and 1747. They may all have been sons of the elder David, but it seems more likely that William Sr. and Philip were cousins of David and John Sr. who were brothers.

In 1731 William sold land to Philip. In 1741 William sold the rest of his Goochland land to John Bybe, his son William Jr.'s uncle by marriage. At this time he seems to have removed to his land in Northampton Co. NC which he may have owned as early as 1717. Son William Jr. who was married to Jane Bayes, daughter of Peter Bayes, stayed in Goochland until about 1747 when his father died in NC. Wm. Jr. was found living with David in the 1746 Tithes List. David's wife Mary was a sister of William's wife Jane Bayles.

In 1747 William Walker Sr. of Northampton Co. NC sold to his beloved son William Jr., for five lbs. sterling, all of his estate, both real and personal. The land was located next door to that of Henry Walker, known son of William Walker who died in Henrico Co. 1723, and Elizabeth Warren Walker who died in Goochland in 1728, naming the daughters, and sons Joel and Henry (the youngest?) Henry purchased his land in NC just about the time his mother passed away, and William Sr. and Jr. of Northam lived right next door. I believe that indicates the probability that Wm. Sr. of Northam and NC was eldest brother of Henry. Sylvanus was a brother, b. 1689, not named in his mother's will (his father's will of 1723 was destroyed), but identified by an Henrico deed of 1710. David Sr., b. before 1679 might also have been an elder brother. All of these Walkers were from New Kent Co. in the part that became Hanover Co. in 1721.

William Jr. was b. in New Kent Co. in January 1717. He married Jane Bayes by c.1740, and they settled in Bute Co. NC, where William entered the ministry as a Baptist preacher. They had children Peter, Sarah, William, John, Mary, Martha, James, Joel, Lydia, Mercy, and Hope. William died in NC in 1784, but in 1772 a Baptist historian recorded a mini biography of the well beloved preacher.

I found the "mini biography" of Rev. Wm WALKER at the Goochland Historical Society, so I copied it.

According to whitepages.com, Patricia J. Griffith (Mrs. John E.) still lives at 15038 Blunts Bridge Rd., Doswell, VA 23047. Phone number is unpublished, so I will withhold it here because The Tapestry is a public list.


My review this afternoon reminds me that the Goochland WALKERs may have come from northern Scotland to Tidewater VA and/or nearby NC. I wish I had time right now to dig through all this and compile it properly for you, but since I don't, I'm looking for a collaborator. I'd be happy to photocopy everything and mail it to you. Should you have questions, I could add what insights I might have or make a run to the GHS as necessary. Any takers?

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