Transcript:Sale of land of John Walker, Blount County, TN, 1799

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Joseph Colwell, Sheriff
To Samuel and Robert Walker
Page 224 Session Book B

State Tennesee Blount County, Know all men by these presents that Joseph Colwell Sheriff of said county by the Power in me vested by an execution to me directed to me in the name of George Lewis ____ of James Lewis vs John Walker Senr. exposed to public sale and sold unto Samuel Walker and Robert Walker they being the highest bidders all the right title ____ and interest to a tract of land lying and being on Little River on the East Side of said River Beginning on John Walkers Juniors line on the South East side running down the River to John Sniders line for ____ all which being the property of John Walker Senr which land I do warrant and defend from said Walker to the said Samuel Walker and Robert Walker forever in witess wereof I have herunto set my hand and sea this 20th day of January 1799. Ja(s?) Colwell (Seal) Shff. Test John walker
State of Tennessee
Blount County May Session 1809. Theses are the excution of the ___Bill of Sale duly proven in open court John Walker Junior the subscribing Witnesss, therefor let it be Registered J? Houston dB __
Registered August 26 1809

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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.]]

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Discussion

James Lewis apparently brought suit against John Walker sometime before 1799. As a result of that suit it appears that John's property on Little River was sold at auction to Samuel and Robert Walker in 1799. The above record does not say this, but it seems likely that Samuel and Robert were John's sons. John Walker Jr witnessed this sale, and testifies to it in when the land sale was registered in 1809.

The property in question corresponds to that originally owned by Person:John Walker (149) approximately where Ellejoy Creek enters the Little River. This property is choice bottom land, still in cultivation today (2011). It is believed that John Sr. was among the earliest settlers in Blount County. The Cherokee Expedition of 1777 is known to have crossed the Little River heading westward at the mouth of Ellejoy Creek. A John Walker from Southwest Virginia, was a member of that expedition. Though surviving records do not establish this, this particular John Walker could well be the same person who settled on this property after the Revolution. Given the value of flat bottom land it would have been claimed very early on in the settlement process. This argues for a very early appearance of John Walker in the area; otherwise the property would probably have been claimed by other early arrivals.

The property description shows that John Jr. lived adjacent to his father on the Little River, confirming other evidence that placed his home on the Little River. The property of John Snider may be that originally owned by George Snider, husband of Mary Walker daughter of John Walker Sr. Other Court records confirm that George did indeed own land near/adjacent to John Sr.

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