John Walker, IV
Facts and Events
One of the early settlers in Old Chester, Old Augusta, and Southwest Virginia!
- Person:John Walker (185) Meadow Creek John Walker
- Transcript:Sale of land of John Walker, Blount County, TN, 1799
John Walker IV, of the Wigton Walker line was probably born on the Nottingham Lots in Cecil County Maryland, where his parents (John Walker III and Ann Houston) married c1734.
- 1. John III on the Nottingham Lots of Chester County PA c1726-1742
- 2. John III on Borden's Grant, Augusta, VA (?) c1742-1756 (?)
- 3. John III and John IV in Orange County, NC 1756-1771
- 4. John III and John IV in Southwest Virginia, 1771-c1786
- 5. John IV and John V in Blount County TN, 1786-18??
About 1738 John's parents relocated to the Valley of Virginia, along with other family members. There is some evidence that they may have initially settled on Beverly's Manor, but by 1753 we find his parents owning property on Walker's Creek on Borden's Grant, a few miles to the south, where other members of the family (per White 1902) had settled. Sometime around 1756, during the French and Indian War John's parents fled the Valley of Virginia, settling in what is now Caswell County NC. John IV would probably have been an adult by this time, but there is little evidence of his presence in NC. About 1770 the family relocated once again, this time to Southwest Virginia. John's father settled in an area known as "The Sinks" (1) between the community of Place:Castles Woods and Hunter's Ford of the Clinch River, at Dungannon. Other family members settled nearby. John IV settled some distance away, choosing a site for his home at Houston's Fort on the Big Moccassin Creek (2) watershed.
||(1) John III settled at the Sinks of Sinking Creek|
John IV settled on Big Moccassin Creek adjacent to his relation William Houston at Houston's Fort.
John lived in this area for the next 16 years. At the end of the Revolution he sold his property (including his fathers lands on "The Sinks", and left the area. Some identify him as John Walker (aka "Meadow Creek" John Walker), who settled on Meadow Creek in Green County TN about 1786. This identification is based on the fact that a Charles Kilgore settled near by; Charles is well known, and came to the area from Southwest Virginia where he lived adjacent to Person:Patrick Porter (1), and John Walker IV's father, John III. It was once presumed by some that Charles and John IV moved together to Greene County. However, YDNA results from the line of Meadow Creek John Walker and that of John Walker III indicate that they are unrelated to each other. It now seems likely that after he left Southwest Virginia John IV settled in Blount County where he is the person known as "Indian Killer". Confirming YDNA evidence for this interpretation has not been obtained. For the moment this article assumes that John IV is in fact "Indian Killer".
TBD LIttle River history of John IV....
||Area in green is approximate location of John Walkers Little River Property. Upper purple spot marks location of Walker Chapel and Cemetery. Lower spot marks location of Millers Cove methodist Church. Black spot marks location of modern community of Wallend. The year previous to this transaction John IV sold the southern portion of this tract to his son John V. The northern portion of the green area is the property sold at auction to sons Robert and Samuel. The land of John Snider, listed in the property description, lay to the north of John IV's land; the exact boundary between the two holdings is unknown, and Snider's land may include portions of the area in green shown here. John Snider is most likely the son of the George Snider who lived in this same area, and married John IV's daughter Mary.
The following mapping identifies land owned by "John Walker Jr.". It is not clear which of several John Walkers in the area is involved in this. John Walker IV has in the past been considered a possible candidate. Phil Rhoton argues convincingly that the John Walker involved can not be John IV.
John Walker Jr.'s land (Borden Tract NW, 302 acres) as shown on the map meticulously drawn by J.R. Hildebrand, cartographer. This map is copyrighted©, used by permission of John Hildebrand, son of J.R. Hildebrand, April, 2009, Note land of other Walker relatives nearby John's land: John Walker, Sr. I(John's Father) 213 acres, 1743; Alexander Walker (John's Uncle) 161 acres, 1743; James Walker (John's Uncle) 321 acres, 1743; and John Walker, Sr. (John's father) and additional tract of 190 acres acquired in 1754.
Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Page 154.--19th March, 1753. Borden, etc., to John Walker, Jr., 302 acres of 92100. (Back Creek ?); corner Joseph Culton, Moffets Cr., Robert Culton. Delivered: Alexander Walker, October 2d, 1775, Archibald Buchanan. Teste: James and Wm. McCoskry, Alexander McMullen.
- ↑ Birth year estimated based on marriage year of his parents (and on birth year of son Tandy, although I am not certain if it is accepted that he was the son of this John Walker).
- ↑ The source for this is [[Source:White, 1902|]]. This work work contains considerable information about the early family history of the Wigton Walker line, based on an earlier family history known as the "Joel Walker Record". White acknowledges this document as her source, but unfortunately, does not tell us exactly what it contained. Relatively little of the information she gives about the early family history (presumably based on the Joel Walker record), has been independently confirmed. Significant elements in White 1902 have been demonstrated by YDNA analysis to be unfounded. White's presentation of the Wigton Walker lineage is now seen as a merger of two separate lines of Walkers who are believed to have intermarried on Borden's Grant beginning sometime after 1740. One of the consequences of this is that we are unsure which of these two lines is associated with the family of Walkers which White places on the Nottingham Lots.