William Walker, of Craig's Creek
Facts and Events
William Walker was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA
Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Page 177.--8th July, 1763. Robert Williams, of Orange County, North Carolina, to William Walker, of Bedford County, £33.18.3, 275 acres conveyed to Robert by James Patton, 17th December, 1753, on Craig's Creek. Teste: John Mills, David Looney. Delivered: William Walker, March, 1766.
Transcription of Record:
- Botetourt Co. Deed Book 5, page 252 & also Augusta Co. Deed Book 12, page 176:
- This Indenture made the Seventh Day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand Seven hundred & sixty three Between Robert Williams of the Province of North Carolainia [sic] of the one part and William Walker of the County of Bedford in the Colony of Virginia of the other part Witnesseth that the said Robert Williams for and in Consideration of the Sum of five Shillings Current Money of Virginia to him in hand paid by the said William Walker at or before the Sealing and Delivery of these presents the Receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged Hath Granted Bargained and Sold and by these presents Doth Bargain and Sell unto the said William Walker one Certain Tract or parcel of Land Containing two hundred and Seventy five acres as appears by Deeds of Lease & Release to him made for the same by James Patten bearing Date the Sixteenth & Seventeenth Day of December 17_3 Lying and being in the County of Augusta on a branch of James River Called Craigs Creek & bounded as followeth to Wit
- Beginning at three black oaks on a banck & Running thence South fifty two poles to two hiccorys & a poplar on the west side of the creek & up the Creek
- North Eighty Degrees West Sixty two poles
- North Seventy Degrees West one hundred poles
- North fifty Six Degrees West Fifty four poles to a hiccory & Walnut on the West Side of the Creek
- North Seventy two deg's West Eighty four poles Crossing the Creek to a white oak
- South twenty five Degrees West one hundred poles to a black oak and white oak
- South thirteen Degrees East Sixty poles to two Spanish oaks and a Walnut
- South Eighty Degrees West fourty four poles to a white oak and hiccory on the East side of the Creek thence Down the same
- North twenty three Degrees West one hundred & fifty four poles
- North fifteen deg's East one hundred and twenty poles
- South Eighty five Degrees East fifty Six poles
- South Sixty five deg's East Eighty six poles to an ash and Walnut on the bank of the Creek thence
- East Sixty poles & South Sixty Degrees East two hundred & twenty poles to the beginning & all Houses Buildings Orchards Ways Waters Water Courses profits Commodities Hereditaments and Appurtenances whatsoever to the said premises hereby granted or any part thereof belonging or in anywise appertaining and the Reversion & Reversions Remainder and Remainders Rents Issues & profits thereof To Have And To Hold the said tract of Land & all & Singular other the Premises hereby Granted with the appurtenances unto the said William Walker his Executors Administrators and Assigns from the Day before the Date hereof for and during the full term and time of one whole year from thence Next Ensuing fully to be Compleat & Ended Yielding and paying therefore the rent of one pepper Corn on Lady Day Next if the same shall be Lawfully Demanded to the intent and purpose that by Virtue of these presents & of the Statute for transferring Uses into possession the said William Walker may be in actual Possession of the premises & be thereby Enabled to accept & take a Grant and Release of the Reversion & Inheritance thereof to him and his heirs In Witness whereof the said Robert Williams hath hereunto set his hand and seal the Day and Year first above written.
- Robert Williams
- Sealed & Delivered in the presence of John Mills, Jno. Buchanan, David Looney
- At a Court Cond'd & held for Augusta County November the 21st 1764 this Lease for Land from Robert Williams to William Walker was proved by the oaths of John Buchanan Gent and John Mills two of the :Witnesses thereto & ordered to be Certified.
- At a Court Cond.d & held for Augusta County August the 21st 1765 This Lease for Land from Robert Williams to William Walker was this day further proved by the oath of David Loony the other witness thereto & ordered to be recorded.
Botetourt County, VA Records:
- William Walker received grant of 60 acres, on a southeast branch of Craigs Creek, on the Fincastle to Sweet Springs Road. [Botetourt County, Virginia, Deed Book 14, page 649]. In his will, this land is called "The Sulpher Springs Place". He willed this land to his grandson William, son of his deceased son Henry Walker.
- Botetourt Co., VA, Deed Book 3, page 461, William Walker mortgaged some of his property to his sons-in-law Joseph and Isaac Snodgrass.
- Botetourt Co., VA Deed Book 5, page 252:
- William Walker deeded 100 acres of this land to Henry Walker. (likely the son Henry Walker, noted in the next record),
- Botetourt Co., VA, Deed Book 6, page 300:
- This Indenture made this 11th day of April in the year of Our Christ 1797 between William Walker of Botetourt County & State of Virginia of the one part & his son Henry Walker of the county and State aforesd. of the other part...sum of $300...tract of land it being part of a Grant of 275 acres granted to James Patton by a patent bearing date the 3rd day of November 1750 & conveyd. by said Patton to Robert Williams by a Deed admitted to record at Augusta March Court 1754 and conveyed by said Williams to William Walker by a deed admitted to record at Augusta Court 1765 said tract or parcel of land containing Eighty acres be the same more or less as is contained in the following boundries to wit
- Beginning at three Sycamores on the South Bank of Craigs Creek on a line of said grant thence with said line North 73 degrees West 90 poles to a White Oak corner to the land of Henry Walker & to said Grant
- thence, a Division line, North 70 west 125 poles crossing Craigs Creek to a Hickory & Mulberry on a line of sd. Grant
- thence with the line of the same North 15 East 60 poles to a stake
- South 85 East 50 poles to near the Creek
- thence down the Creek 124 poles to a double Ash & Walnut on the South bank of the Creek corner to said Grant
- thence, division lines, down the Creek with the Several Courses thereof 78 poles to the Beginning...
- In testimony whereof the said William Walker hath hereunto set his hand and Seal the Day and Year above written.
- [signed] William Walker
- (witnesses) Jas. Heavin, Hugh Caldwell, William Givens
- At July Botetourt Court 1797
- This Indenture of Bargain & Sale was Exhibited in Court and proved by the oath of James Heavin, Hugh Caldwell & William Givens witnesses thereto
- Subscribed and thereupon ordered to be Recorded.
- A copy teste Hy. Bowyer C.B.C.
Will of William Walker
- Will Abstract:
- Walker, William - Will probated Sept. 1810
- Names children: John, Esther, George, James, William - "and my daughter-in-law, Martha Walker, equally."
- Son-in-law Thomas Harmon, grandsons, William (son of John) and William (son of William).
- [Source: Early Marriages, Wills and some Revolutionary War Records, Botetourt County, Virginia, Compiled by Anne Lowry Worrell, pg. 64-65].
- Will Transcript:
- Botetourt County Will Book B, pages 246-249, 261:
- In the name of God Amen, I William Walker of Botetourt County and state of Virginia, Tho weak in body yet (through the Mercy & Goodness of God) Sound in Mind and Memory do constitute this my last Will and Testament and desire it to be received as such.
- Imprimis, I most humbly bequeath my soul to God who gave it and my body to the earth from whence it was taken, as for my burial I desire it to be done in a descent and Christian manner. Touching Worldy affairs I will that all my Just debts be first paid and the surpless of my Estate to be divided as follows,
- Imprimis, I give to my son John one certain tract of land called the Iron Spring place containing about 250 acres to him and his heirs forever, to whom I leave also one hundred and twenty five pounds which is now in his hands, also two bonds on George Hardy the first bond for one hundred dollars due in April 1812 the other bond calls for two hundred and fifty dollars due in the year 1815, he paying as follows, to my daughter Esther fifty pounds lawful money within two years from this date. To my daughter Agnes five pounds within three years from this date. To my daughter Mary five pounds within three years from this date.
- Item. To my son George and James equally I give my land on Barbers Creek above Greenlees to them & their heirs forever.
- To my son George I also give one half of the tract of land which is in dispute between Nathin Eakin and myself, he looking after the title at his own expense.
- The other half of which, if gained, I give to my son William and my daughter-in-law Martha Walker equally.
- To my son William I also give all that is now in his hands.
- To my son James I also give all that is now in his hands, my riding mare excepted, also two bonds on George Hardy of one hundred dollars each, one of which is due in the year 1813, the other in the year 1814. He paying out of said bonds when collected to my son George ten pounds, provided he can not gain the above mentioned disputed land, if the land is gained said James must pay ten pounds in good property to my daughter Esther, also, my son James is to take good care of me while I live and at my death to give my body a decent burial.
- To my son-in-law Isaac Snodgrass [husband of daughter Sarah Walker deceased], I give one French Crown.
- To Henry Walker's son William I give and bequeath the Sulpher Spring Place containing about sixty acres to him & his heirs forever, he paying to his mother five pounds.
- To John Walker's son William, I give my riding mare.
- I also give to my son John my saltpeter cave in Greenbrier County, he looking after the title at his own expense.
- I also constitute my son John sole Executor of this my last Will & Testament and I desire that he shall collect all debts due to me except such as are herein remited & a few small claims which I have assigned to James Walker and that he the said John shall pay all my just debts prior to this date except doctors bill which my son James shall pay & if any thing remains I allow him the said John to keep it for his own benefit.
- To my son-in-law Thomas Harmon I remit all that is due to me from him by bond or otherwise...
- If the bonds herein mentioned on George Hardy are not paid according to bargain I desire that John Walker my Executor shall sell the land for which said bonds were executed or as much thereof as will be requisite according to my contract with said Hardy and that he apply the money as herein before directed.
- In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this twenty eight day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and ten. Sealed and declared by the above named William Walker for his last Will and Testament.
- Interlined before signing in presence of us.
- Jacob Wagener John Taylor (his mark) Andrew Walker
- I the said William Walker on this thirty first day of July 1810 do authorize & empower my said Exr. John Walker to convey by proper deed or deeds any land that I may be bound to convey & more expressly the land sold to George Hardy. And in the event of sd. Hardy's not fulfilling complying with his purchase & its becoming necessary that my sd. Exr. should make another sale of sd. land, he is hereby empowered to make a conveyance therefor to the purchaser or purchasers, & this provision I declare to be a part of my aforesd. last will & Testament
- (signed) William Walker Sinr.
- Witnesses: Andrew Walker John (his mark) Taylor Zadok Nutter
- A memorandum of Articles not mentioned in my last will and testament which I dispose of among my children as follows
- To my son John I give my Cross cut saw 1 pewter dish 1 kettle 1 pot 1 pair Stilyards 2 woolen reeds 1 pair 5 hund.d gears 1 foot adz, Croze, crooked drawing knife, butcher knife, inshove and Iron wedge.
- To his son William 1 tomahawk.
- To his daughter Polly my looking glass & some teacups & saucers.
- I also allow my son John to take my cotton webb of 30 yards warp and about 14 dozen filling and get it wove soon, and give to my sons William, George, & James each 4 yards & a half for coats, and keep the ballance himself.
- To my son George I give one eleven hundred reed [part of a weaving loam], my silver watch, 1 falling axe, mounting for a chest, a Book the auther David Linsey, and 1 Twell'd bagg [= twilled bag].
- To my son James I give my Double barrel gun, whip saw, broad axe, 5 dozen seven hundred flax thread, some thread on big spools, 1 pairing chissel some tow yarn, my Bible, 3 table spoons, 1 pewter bason, 1 water bucket, 1 seven hund'd reed & gears 1 pair 5 hund'd gears, a pair compasses.
- To my daughter Polly Snodgrass [Mary, wife of Joseph Snodgrass] I send 1 Feather bed & bedding, 1 bedstead, 1 weavers loom, 1 six hundred reed, 1 four hundred & fifty reed.
- To Henry's son William I give a small oven & potrack which he now has, 1 drawing knife, and 1 three gallon jugg.
- August 3rd, 1810
- Witnesses present Henry Myars (his mark) Jacob Wagener, Nimrod Crawford.
- [Note: Transcribed by Charlou Dolan].
- At a Court held in Botetourt County March 14, 1782, William Walker was allowed £3 6s 8p for 400 lbs of beef for the Militia. At a Court held April 11, 1782, William Walker was allowed 6 Shillings for pasturage and 6s 6p for 12 bundles of fodder for Com'ny Department.
Records in Augusta County, VA
From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:
- Vol. 1 - MARCH, 1764 (B). - Rowland vs. Walker.--Williarn Walker, of Augusta, also of Bedford Co.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=charlou10&id=I62
William Walker died 17 Aug 1810, and is buried in the Caldwell/Walker Cemetery in Craig Co., VA (right on the line of Botetourt Co, VA). His stone is still standing (tilted slightly forward) and legible (as of October 2007) and reads:
THE 17 1810 IT
BEING THE 85
YEAR OF HIS