Samuel Walker, of Natural Bridge
Facts and Events
Samuel Walker was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
- Source:White, 1902
- List of Records for Samuel Walker in Chalkley's Chronicles
From White, 1902:176
SAMUEL Walker- (10) (John) ; purchased land and established a home in Virginia about 1740, leaving Chester County, Pa., whither he had come with his father about 1735 from Newry, Ireland, where Samuel was born Dec. 25, 1714. He was m. to Jane Patterson Dec. 5, 1740, in Virginia. In tracing the Patterson name intermarriages occur frequently with the Walker family. The old Rutherford Bible shows both names recorded therein soon after the emigration to America. He d. Feb., 1793. She d. Jan. 10, 1800, aged 80 years.
Mrs. James E. Gray of Atlanta, sends the following in regard to land granted to Samuel Walker : "Samuel Walker obtained a grant of land in Bedford County, Va., July 20, 1768, also one April 6, 1769, in Augusta County, Va., and another in Botetourt County, Va., March 1, 1773. See records kept at Richmond, Va., Land Office." These grants were no doubt given on account of service in the Colonial Wars, as Samuel Walker's name appears in a list of Colonial Militia under Capt. John Buchanan. This company was from Augusta County, Va., and Was in service in 1742. See Virginia Historical Magazine, Vol. Till, No. 3.
Their 8 children were:
- 1088. Barbara Walker; m. William McClelland. 9 children +.
- 1089. Katherine Walker ; m. David Scott. 5 children +.
- 1090. Jane Walker; m. William Taylor. 7 children +.
- 1091. Samuel Walker; m. Susan McDonald. 8 children +.
- 1092. Elizabeth Walker; b. Dec. 8, 1750; d. in 1826; never married.
- 1093. James Walker; b. May 15, 1752; m. Jane Thompson. 2 children +.
- 1094. John Walker; b. Oct. 5, 1755; m. Margaret Paul. 13 children +.
- 1095. Joseph Walker; b. Oct. 21, 1758; m. Susan Willis. 8 children
Traditionally, the Samuel Walker who married Jane Patterson, is identified as the son of John Walker II and Katherine Rutherford of the Wigton Walker line described in Source:White, 1902. YDNA analysis has brought this into question as the family lines included in White 1902 seem to include two entirely separate lineages that have been merged in White's treatment. The Samuel Walker line is sometimes referred to as the "Natural Bridge line" to distinguish them from the "Walkers Creek line", The two lines intermarried, and this led to the confusion in White 1902. One or the other of these lines is probably descended frm John Walker I of Wigton Scotland, as described in White, 1902. Which one is so descended is not obvious. One of Samuel's son, Joseph Walker, married a woman whose family lived in Goochland County VA. It is speculated that perhaps Samuel came from this area, and that family connection explains the long-distance courtship. Data to assess this issue is provided at Notebook:Walker Family of Goochland County, VA
Samuel Walker acquired land near "Mill Creek" in the forks of the James River in an area called "Natural Bridge". The following two Chalkley's transactions are adjacent to Samuel's tract in Mill Creek and establish him there prior to 1751:
- 1751 November 28 Same to Mary Douchort, 170 acres by patent as above. Mill Creek in Forks of James. Corner Samuel Walker.
- 1752 August 17 Mary Doughart to John Mackee, 170 acres on head branch of Mill Creek in Forkes of James; corner Samuel Walker'. Teste: Jacob Gray.
Samuel Walker is known by the by-name "of Natural Bridge" because his property in Rockbridge County was near Natural Bridge. He married Jane Patterson in 1740 in Virginia according to White. It seems likely that this marriage took place before the family moved to the Rockbridge area, as the first record that can be clearly associated with Samuel of Natural Bridge dates to 1750. In that year he took part in an inquistion at James Greenlee's home near Natural Bridge concerning the death of Edward Hogan. This was some twelve years after the Walkers of Walkers Creek came to Borden's Grant, and may indicate that the two lines were not in fact related to each other. (See: Samuel Walker on FamilyPedia)
- in 1745 People of Borden Tract petition for a road from James Youngs onto Bordens Tract by a gap in Blue Ridge called Michael Woods Gap. Francis McCown, Samuel Walker, Captain Charles Campbell, and Captain Patrick Hays among the overseers.
- Page 505.--27th February, 1749. Deed for the Glebe. Robert Campbell, Gent., to James Lockhart and John Madison, Church Wardens, and the other vestrymen, viz: James Patton, John Buchanan, Patrick Hays, John Christian, John Buchanan, Robert Alexander, Thomas Gordon, John Archer, John Mathews, John Smith, 200 acres in Beverley Manor. Corner James Clarke. 350 acres conveyed to Robert by Beverley, 24th July, 1740. Teste: Patrick Cook, John Risk, Matthew Wilson, Nathan Patterson, Samuel Walker.
- Inquisition, 19th May, 1750, at the house of James Greenlee, on James River, before John Mathews, on body of Edward Hogan, late of this County. Found that he was drowned accidentally by the oversetting of a cannow as he was crossing over James River, near the house of James Greenlee, on 13th May, 1750. James Mountgomery, Michael Dougherty, John Hitchins, John Ramsey, Josiah F. Hendon, John Vance, John Poage, Samuel Walker, Joseph Walker, John Mathews, Jr., Joshua Mathews, Mathew Vance.
- Page 150.--Same date (21 Nov. 1751). Same to Mary Douchort, 170 acres by patent as above. Mill Creek in Forks of James. Corner Samuel Walker.
- Page 422.--8th February, 1752. Valuation of Robert Rennix' improvements on plantation, formerly called John Harrison's place, by John Maxwell, Samuel Walker, John Smith.
- Page 483.--17th August, 1752. Mary Doughart (prob. Daugherty/Dougherty) to John Mackee, 170 acres on head branch of Mill Creek in Forkes of James; corner Samuel Walker. Teste: Jacob Gray.
- Page 13.--5th June. 1753. Philip Chittam's will--Sons, John and William. To son John, a horse bought of Sampson Mathews for to schooling. To daughter Eleanor. Wife. Teste: John Smith. George Wilson, Samuel Walker. Proved, 20th March, 1754, by all witnesses, and widow Mary qualifies administratrix, with sureties Jno. Smith, Robert Rennix.
- Page 460.--18th August, 1753. James Patton to Morris O'Freel, 400 acres by patent 3d November, 1750, in Forks of James, Samuel Walker's land. Road.
- Page 490.-- (undated, abt. Nov. 1753) John Doughert (prob. Daugherty/Dougherty) (signed Jocort) to Alex. Walker, 1753, 94 acres. From Patton, 1751, Craig's Creek at Indian Camp. Teste: John Smith, Adam Lewnis, Richard Borton, Jno. Sproul, Ro. Rennix, Samuel Walker.
- NOVEMBER 23, 1753. Page 75. - John Mathews to be overseer of road from North Fork of James River, near John Mathew's, to Renix's Road, with these workers: Henry Brown, John Smiley, James Trimble, John Berriford, James Edmondson, Wm. Edmondson, Michael Finney, Wm. Holdman, Stephen Arnold, Hugh Means, John Harger, Wm. Scot, Edward Bishop, Alexr. McCorkall, Pat. McCorkall, Henry Fuller, Joseph Pain, Edwd. Baley, James Baley, John Peter Salling, Jas. Simpson, James Wolson, Alexr. Beggs, John Mathews, Joshua Mathews, John Maxwell, Jas. Frazier, John Hutcheson, Senr., John Hutcheson, Jr., George Sailing, Richd. Beton, Wm. Boil, John Sprowl, John Smith, Saml. McClure, John Smiley, John McCuley, Richd. Mathews, Sampson Mathews, Daniel Sancion, Saml. Paxton, Wm. Paxton, John Oleston, Samuel Oleston, Saml. Walker.
- Page 389.--22d August, 1754. Robert Poage and Elizabeth to John Allison, £50. 195 acres on Mill Creek of James River joining Samuel Walker and Tohn Poage; corner Samuel Walker; corner John Poage; Elizabeth Page.
- Page 447.—21st November, 1754. Robert Poage and Elizabeth to John Poage, £25, 300 acres on Mill Creek of James River; corner John Mathews; corner Joseph Walker. (Note: this Joseph Walker was most likely the younger brother of Samuel and appears to have also lived on Mill Creek)
- Page 88.--21st February, 1755. John Sprout's will (is this Sproul?)-- Executors, wife and daughter Mary; sons, John and Jace, infants. Mary and Martha and Sarah to have what is their own. Additional executor, Robert Renick. Teste: Jas. Morson (Morrison), Saml. Walker, Mathew Vance. Proved, 19th March, 1755, by Walker. Jane and Mary Sprout qualify with sureties Saml. and Joseph Walker.
- Page 41.--10th November, 1760. Borden's executors to James Robinson, £5, 416 acres, part of 92100, on Hays Creek; cor. Samuel Walker; cor. Joseph Culton. Delivered: James Wallace, 1767. (Note: this record seems to indicate that Samuel Walker had land in the Borden Tract, but no other records exist in Chalkley's to confirm this, and Samuel is also not listed on the Hildebrand Borden Tract Map. If he did acquire land there, it would have been very close to the land acquired by his brothers, John, Alexander and James, and his nephew John Jr.)
- Page 138.--9th September, 1766. John Moffete, Robert Moffette and Jean to John Buchanan, gent., £40, 170 acres, part of 340 acres made over to John and Robert by Samuel McDowell, 18th August, 1764; corner Robert Moffette in Samuel Walker's line, corner Robert Moffette in James McGavock's line. Teste: John Maxwell, John Taylor, Alex. Walker.
- Page 364.--14th February, 1769. William McIlhenny to Alexander Stuart, £155, 197 acres purchased by Henry Bowen from Lilly Bowen, his mother, 6th September, 1765, and conveyed by Henry Bowen and Ann to William McIlhenny, 2d October, 1765. on James River; corner tract belonging to John Bowen, deceased, of which this 197 acres is a part. Teste: Samuel Walker, James McGavock, James McElhiney. Samuel McDowell.
- Page 237.--12th June, 1789. Thomas Stuart's estate appraised by Walter Davis, Samuel Long, Joseph Colter. (Ties to record below)
- Page 239.--List of debts by bonds, bills, notes, and acceptances due to above estate--By Francis Allison and son, Andrew; George Burton; Francis Bogs, assigned by John Hardy; Thomas Bates (Holston); Wm. Butt; Isaac Burns; John Boal; Jno. Creely; Wm. Currance; David Clerkston; Wm. Dandridge; Jno. Emmitt; Jno. Earskins; Edward Harkins; Jno. Jack; James Walker (Samuel's son).
From Phil Rhoton, with some reorganization and word smithery to fit the needs of Werelate:
Bill Willis Wrote:
- "And checking through Chalkley's, I find no records that identify Samuel's wife as 'Jane'.(So that raises the possibility that Samuel wife might not have been Jane Patterson at all. In which case, good luck with identifying her first and last name!)"
Agreed, however the records of Botetourt and Rockbridge may provide clues that would not be included in Chalkley and need to be looked at further.
You [also] wrote:
- "The first record I have for a "Samuel Walker", that I can reasonably conclude is for Samuel of Natural Bridge, comes in 1750. (An earlier record that could be pointed to is a baptismal record for Barbara dau of Samuel Walker, that comes at Stone MH, in 1741. Samuel of Nat Bridge is said to have had a daughter Barbara, but that may be based on the assumption that this baptismal record refers to him. It might refer to some other Samuel, so to accept this earlier record as applying to Sam. of Nat. Bridge, we'd have to demonstrate that Sam of Nat. Bridge did indeed have a day. Barbara."
Samuel did have a daughter Barbara. The following deeds identify his heirs and are consistent with the names of his children as given by White, 1902. The birth of Samuel's daughter Barbara is given as 27 September 1741 by White, 1902. The baptism Rev Craig recorded occurred on 18 Oct 1741.
- Would it have been possible for White to have consulted the Rev. Craig's baptismal records? If so, we would expect agreement. White may have assumed this was a record for Samuel's daughter. The fact that we also have direct records (below) to show that he did indeed have a daughter "Barbara", does lend credence to this being a record of his child, especially since "Barbara" was a relatively rare name during this period. I do know of one other "Barbara Walker" during this time period in Augusta County, namely Barbara the daughter of person:Alexander Walker (28) of Stone Meeting House. The ancestry of this particular Alexander is not currently known.
It appears to me Samuel and his daughter Barbara are extremely good candidates to be the Samuel and Barbara of the baptism record. Looking further at the records occurring the same day as this baptism, we see Charles Hayes, Samuel Dunlap, Richard Cawser (Cousart/Cousard), Andrew Martin, John Dicky (Dyche), and James Robison (Robinson) all have children baptized that day. Samuel Dunlap and Richard Cousart/Cousard lived in the northeastern part of Borden's grant, pretty much on the modern Rockbridge-Augusta county line. Charles Hayes, John Dicky, Andrew Martin, and James Robinson all lived in the immediate area around Walker's Creek. All of these men, with the exception of Richard Cousart (though he may be the man Chalkley transcribes as Richard Courser in the list), appear on Captain Buchanan's list of the 1742 Augusta Militia Muster. Also appearing on Buchanan's list is a Samuel Walker who was probably the same Samuel who had daughter Barbara baptized in October of the previous year. If this is the case then it places "Natural Bridge" Samuel in the area earlier than 1750 and around the same time the other Walkers were purchasing land from Borden.
- 1 Jul 1794: William Taylor and Jean his wife of Rockbridge County, John Walker of Rockbridge County, Elizabeth Walker of Bath County, and Joel Walker of Bath County to Samuel Walker Junior of Rockbridge County; “Witnesseth whereas Samuel Walker Senior late of the county of Rockbridge Virginia died seized and possessed of 930 acres.” All 930 acres on both sides of Cedar Creek for 5000 pounds, 5 shillings; adjoins John & Henry Erwin, and Aaron Rowlinson. No witnesses. Recorded: 2 Sep 1794 Rockbridge Co, VA, Deed Bk C: 72-74
- 6 June 1796: Samuel Walker and Susanah his wife of Wythe County, Virginia in consideration of the sum of 660 pounds sold Nicholas Firestone of Fredereck Co., Maryland "900 acres more or less located in Rockbridge Co. lying on both sides of Cedar Creek a branch of James River adjoining the lands of John and Henry Ewing, William Taylor, Joel Walker, John Pettecrew and Aron Rollison. Rockbridge Co, VA, Deed Bk C: 270-272
- 9 Jun 1796: Samuel Walker & Susanna his wife...sold and conveyed to Nicholas Firestone 900 acres more or less with the appurtenances lying and being within the County of Rockbridge and whereas the said Susanna cannot conveniently travel to our said County Court of Rockbridge to make acknowledgement of the said conveyance..." the Rockbridge Co. Clerk appointed Wm. Thompson, James Maxwell, George Peery and Robert Wallace of Wythe Co. to receive Susanna's acknowledgement. Rockbridge Co, VA, Deed Bk C: 477-478
- 27 Jul 1796: William McClelland and Barbary his wife, David Scott and Catharine his wife of the County of Knox and state of Tennessee on the one part and Nicholas Firestone of Frederick County, Maryland on the other part, bargained for their interest in 930 acres lying in Rockbridge Co. as heirs at law to Samuel Walker, Senr. late of Rockbridge Co., Virginia. Rockbridge Co, VA, Deed Bk C: 318-320
- 26 Sep 1796: Joseph Walker of Greenbrier County of the State of Virginia to Nicholas Firestone of the County of Frederick and state of Maryland..."whereas Samuel Walker, Senr. late of the County of Rockbridge died seized and possessed of 930 acres of land lying and being in Rockbridge Co.... leaving Joseph Walker with others joint heirs at law and whereas it appears that the aforesaid Samuel Walker Senr. in his life time convenanted to convey the aforesaid premises to Samuel Walker Junr. the aforesaid land, the aforesaid Firestone and the said Joseph in consideration thereof of five shillings, Joseph relinquishes his right interest and title in the aforesaid 930 acres lying in Rockbridge Co. on both sides of Cedar Creek a branch of James River bounded by John and Henry Ewings, William Taylors, Joel Walker, John Petticrews... Signed Joseph Walker. Witnesses: Joel Walker, James Scott, Jno. Armstrong, James Armstrong, Hudson Hues, Arch'd. Armstrong. Rockbridge Co, VA, Deed Bk C: 332-335
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Genealogy of the Descendants of John Walker of Wigdon, Scotland, by Emma Siggins White, p. 176.
- Chalkley, Lyman. Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish settlement in Virginia: Extracted from the Original Court Records of Augusta County, 1745-1800. (Rosslyn, Virginia: The Commonwealth Printing Company, 1912-1913 in Three Volumes).
- ↑ These land records probably refer to different persons by the name of "Samuel Walker". The 1769 Augusta County record probably refers to the Samuel of this article. The Militia record of 1742 probaby refers to Samuel of the Walkers Creek Line, though it could easily refer to either person.