Facts and Events
William Walker was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Approximate location of William Walker's land (Beverley Manor SW, 176 acres acquired from Hugh Hays in 1765) 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: Hugh Hays had previously acquired 400 acres of Patrick Hays' 600-acre tract in 1763.
Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Page 102.--20th August, 1765. Hugh Hays and Mary to William Walker, £73.16, 176 acres in Beverley Manor; corner said Hays, Henry's line, Henry's and Purris's line. Teste: Mathew Huston, James Henry, John Weir. Delivered: Wm. Walker, August, 1767.
4 Feb 1813 Rockbridge Co., Virginia, Will Book 4, Page 168-170
In the name of God, Amen, I, William Walker of Rockbridge County and Commonwealth of Virginia being in my usual state of health and of sound judgment and memory do on this 4th day of February in the year of Our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirteen make this my last will and testament in the manner and form following.
- First, I do order and appoint that all my lawfull debts be discharged by my executors.
- Secondly, I give and bequeath to my well beloved wife Mary all my household furniture. Also all my live stock not already named to my children. Also my negro woman named Bett. Also the free and full priviledge of the room in the west end of my dwelling house during her natural life. Also two black children Rose and Emy to be disposed of as she shall think fit at her death.
- Thirdly I give and bequeath to my two sons William & George the plantation on which I live containing three hundred and thirty two acres to be divided betwixt them equally. My son William to have my Dwelling house and that side of the plantation join Deckers tract purchased by said son Wm. My son George to have the side of said Plantation next the north river, the division line to be made paying respect to quantity and quality the same to be to them their heirs and assigns forever.
- Fourthly I give and bequeath to the heirs of my son John Deceased the plantation on which his widow lives in the state of Tenessee and county of Knox containing two hundred and seventy five acres to them their heirs forever. The widow to have the management of said land during her natural life.
- Fifthly I give and bequeath to my daughter Betsy Berry the sum of Eighty pounds currant money of Virginia.
- Sixthly I give and bequeath to my daughter Jane Buchannon the sum of seventy five pounds currant money of Virginia.
- Seventhly I give and bequeath to my daughter Susanna Lyle the sum of seventy five pounds like lawfull money of Virginia.
- Eighthly I give and bequeath to Isaac Anderson & William Anderson, sons of Robt. Anderson the sum of seventy five pounds lawfull money to be equally divided betwixt them--
- Ninthly I give and bequeath to my grandson Wm. Walker & Mary Walker orphans of Hugh Walker dec'd. the state of Tenesee the sum of one hundred & five pounds, twenty five pounds of which is now bearing interest and at the expiration of five years the whole sum will bear lawfull interest to be equally divided between them.
- Lastly I do ordain and appoint my son Wm. Walker & William Lyle sole executors of this my last will and testament, and do hereby revoke and disannull all former wills & testaments, and do hereby revoke and disannull all former wills & testaments publishing and pronouncing this
to be my last will and testament the day and year above written.
in the presence of William Walker
- John Lyle
- Samuel Lyle
- Wm. R. Lyle
The household property that was formerly left to my wife Mary Walker during her life I bequeath to my son William Walker at my Discease given under my hand and seal this first day of November 1815 William Walker
in presence of us
- Danl. Rea
- Jas. C. Rea
At Rockbridge County Court May 6th 1816<BFR>
A writing purporting to be the last will and testament of William Walker dec'd. was produced in court by William Walker one of the executors therein named & proved as to the will by the oath of William R. Lyle one of the witnesses thereto & as to John Lyle one of the witnesses thereto it was proved to the satisfaction of the court that the said John Lyle is dead & that the signature is in his hand writing & the codicil of the said will was proved by the oath of James C. Rea one of the witnesses thereto & it appearing to the satisfaction of the court that Daniel Rea another witness thereto is through bodily infirmity unable to attend court it is ordered that a commission with the will & codicil annexed do issue to any two magistrates of the county of Rockbridge to take the testimony of the said Rea respecting the said codicil & that they make return to court.
A copy. Teste Aw. Reid C.R.C. [Clerk of Rockbridge Court]
Rockbridge County Court
In obedience to the above order & the annexed commission, we being justices of the peace for the county aforesaid attended, on this day, at the dwelling house of Daniel Rea, we produced to him the within codicil, and he being first sworn, declares that William Walker whose name is subscribed to the said Codicil, acknowledged the same to be his act & deed & that he the said Daniel subscribed the same as a witness at the request & in the presence of the said William. Given under our hands this fourth day of June eighteen hundred and sixteen 1816 James Moore Alex. Culton
And at Rockbridge County Court June 5th 1816
The last will and testament of William Walker dec'd. with the codicil, was again produced in court and having been further proved as to the codicil as appears by the critificate of the magistrates thereon endorsed it is ordered to be recorded, and on the motion of William Walker one of the executors therein named who made oath according to law certificate is granted him for obtaining probate thereof in due form on his entering into bond with good security in the sum of $10,000.
Whereupon he together with John H. Hyde, James Lindsay, William McCampbell & John McHenry his securities entered into & acknowledged bond conditioned according to law (leave being reserved the other executor to qualify & give bond hereafter) A Copy Teste. A. Reid C.R.C.
William Walker Dec'd Inventory
We the undersigned Agreeable to an order of Rockbridge Court to us directed to appraise the personal estate of William Walker Dec'd. do appraise the following property to wit: [I can't read all the words as spelled]
- One waggon $80
- Clock and case $65
- Corner Coubart (cupboard?) $15
- one horse $47.50
- red flacked cow $14.50
- one flacked cow $13.50
- black cow $12.25
- Bedsted bed and bed close $33.50
- Crosscut saw and grindstone $12.25
- two ovens a small pot and brass kettle $5.37 1/2
- Fawl leaf table $5.25
- seven old chairs $3.00
- small tea board $1.25
- sundry old carpenter tools and still aros $6.50
one chest $2.75
- Drawers and bookcase $8.00
- a number of family Books $16.00
- two shovels one pair of tongs and fiar irons $2.75
- a winmill $14.00
- seven Barrels $4.75
- one pot and log chaine $6.00
- farm harrough $2.82
- Mathew White & Robert White bond payable to William Walker Nov. 30th 1816 $333.33
- Mathew White & Robert White bond payable to Wm. Walker November 30th 1817 $333.33
- Mathew White & Robert bond to William Walker payable Nov. 30th 1818 $166.67 1/2
- Joseph White bond payable Janry 25th 1816 $211.80
- George Walker note due 24th Dec 1814 $55.00
- Wm. Walker Junr note: due March 1th 1817 $133.33
James C. Rea
James E. Crawford
William Walker executor of the estate of William Walker dec'd. [pages 487-490]
Settlement of Accounts
To the devisees of said Estate
1817 June 3 Dr [Delivered?] to Elizabeth Berry specific Legacy 80 pounds $266.66
Cr. by her receit in full No. 1 266.66
1817 May 6 Dr. to Susanna Lyle specific Legacy 75 pounds $250.00
To Interest from 6th of May 1817 up to 6th of July 1818 $17.50
Cr. (total) $267.50
By cash paid Jany. 28th 1814 see No. 2 $92.00
By Interest thereon up to 6th of July 1818 No. 3 $23.50
By Cash Paid 10th June 1818 No. 3 $70.00
1818 Interest to 6th July 33 cents
1818 July 6 By Wm. Keys receit No. 4 $46.86
By order to Joseph White No. 5 $10.00
Interest from 1st Nov. 1815 to July 6, 1818 $1.60 $244.29
Balance Due $23.21
Interest from 6th July 1818
1817 May 6 Dr. to Jane Buckhannon specific legacy 75 pounds $250.00
Cr. By Cash paid Dec 10th 1816 No. 6 $182.00
By Interest up to 6th May 1817 $4.31 $186.31
D. To Interest up to 5th February 1819 $6.68
1819 Feby. 5 Cr. By receit No. 7 $65.65
By receit dated 31st Nov. 1817 No. 11 $32.00
By Interest up to 5th Feby. 1819 $1.26 [subtotal] $98.91
Balance due the executor $28.54 with Interest from 5th of July 1819
1818 Sept. To Isaac Anderson A specific Legacy half of 75 pounds is = $125.00
Cr. By receit in full No. 8 $125.00
To William Anderson Specific Legacy half of 75 pounds is $125.00
To Interest from the 6th of May 1817 up to 1st of December 1827 $79.27
1827 Dec. 1 Cr. By Payment per receit No. 9 $163.75
Balance due $40.52
To William Walker son of Hugh Walker specific Legacy half of 105 pounds = $175.00
To Interest on half of 25 pounds from the date of the will up to 17th
November 1823 $19.89
To Interest on $133.34/100 from the 1st day of November 1820 up to 17th
Nov 1823 $21.33
1823 Nov 17 Cr. By receit No. 10 $80.00
Balance due $136.22
To Mary Walker orphan of Hugh Walker dec'd. To specific Legacy half of 125 pounds = $175.00
Interest on $41.46 from 1st day of Nov. 1815 & Interest on $133.34 from
1st day of Nov 1820
In pursuance of the annexed order, I have made a statement of the accounts between William Walker the executor of William Walker Dec'd and the several Devisees of the estate*
[written on the side: *The vouchers or receits accompany the statement]
From the foregoing statement it will be seen that the executor has fully paid up Elizabeth Berry & Isaac Anderson two of the devisees named in the will--and that he has overpaid Jane Buckhanan the sum of $28.54, on which he is entitled to receive Interest from the 5th day of February 1819 -- There is due to the other devisees to wit. To Susanna Lyle the sum of $23.21 with Interest from the 6th day of July 1818.
To William Anderson the sum of $40.52 cents with Interest from the 1st day of December 1827.
To William Walker son of Hugh Walker dec'd. the sum of $136.22 cents with Interest from 17th of November 1823. Do.
To Mary Walker the sum of 175 Dollars with interest on $41.66 part thereof from the 1st day of November 1820 untill paid.
Your Comr. thinks it is proper to notice that by the Will of the Testator, the executor is burthened with the payment of all the debts due by the Testator, & that therefore he has not asked a settlement of any other accounts than the foregoing--
I am requested by the executor to state that the receit No. 9 from William Anderson, was intended to be a receit in full--that he had made to him sundry payments previous to the date of that receit, & that he then gave him a bond on Alexr. Porter for the balance of his claim--& that the cause of the apparent balance against him is that the receit does not include all the Interest which he was entitled to on his several payments. All which is respectfully submitted
John Ruff (signature)
At Rockbridge County Court November 3rd 1830 This settlement of the accounts of William Walker executor of William Walker deceased was produced in court and being examined was confirmed and ordered to be recorded.
- Page 497.--20th November, 1771. William Lowrie and Isabel and Robert Lowrey, Sr., to James Henry, 170 acres of Borden's 92100, 160 acres of which was devised to Wm. Lowrie by his father John Lowrie, by will in Augusta, the remaining 10 acres sold by said Robert Lowry, John Weir's line, Edmiston's corner. Teste: Samuel Huston, William Walker, Robert Lowrey, Samuel Henry. Delivered: James Henry, 26th July, 1774.
- Page 422.--21st February, 1777. James Brownlow and Katherine ( ) to John McCullock. Teste: William Walker, Samuel Wier, Alexander Tedford.
- Page 182.--2d November, 1782. William Buchanan, of Augusta, Robert Buchanan and Margaret, of Montgomery, George Buchanan and Margaraet, of Washington, to David Buchanan, of Augusta. James Buchanan, father of grantors, died seised of a tract on Walker's Creek, 415 acres, and devised same to the grantors and grantee. Teste: James Weir, William Walker, Joseph Wear.
- Chalkley, Vol. II - Boone vs. Campbell, et als.--Brice Hanna failed and ran away. Charles Campbell, Alexander Moore, William Walker and James Walker were commissioners to have work done at New Providence Church in 1766. Brice Hanna was contractor.
- Chalkley, Vol. I - Page 441.--Processioners' returns, by Thos. Shields and Jas. Meteire, viz: For Patt. Campbell, for Wm. Campbell, for Robt. Willson, for Thos. Brown, for Wm. Thompson, for Pat. Hays, for John Ward, for Wm. Purrens (Purvens), for James Henry, for Nathl. Steele, for Geo. Bright, for Roben Mitchel, for Robt. Alexander, for Wm. Walker, for Roben Willson, for John Mitchell, for James Mitchell, for John Buchanan, for David Cunningham, for Wm. Campbell, for Thomas Mitchell, for James Meteire, for Hugh Hays, for Reuben Steele, for Thomas Steele, for Thomas Shields, for David Doake, for John Teate, for Samuel Doake, for Samuel Brawford, for James Cowan, for Saml. McCutchen, for Alex. Campbell, for James Moffett, for Wm. Cunningham, for David Doake, for Hugh Fulton and James Fulton, for Saml. Steele, for Alex. Brownlee, for John Brownlee.