Notebook:John Walker III of the Wigton Walker line



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  1. 1726, December 6. Will of Christopher Houston, Mill Creek Hundred, New Castle Co. DE

The last will and testament of Christopher HUSTON. I leave my soul to God who gave it and my body to be buried where my friends think fitt. I Bequeath and leave to my wife the little house which is now a shope to Dwell in and one third part of all my movables Excepting one horse out of the whole which I leave to my son Samuell. I Leave to my son Robert two pounds ten shillings. I Bequeath to my son Samuel the plantation and the horse before excepted with the plow and Takling and to enter to possess next March. I apoint and order that Samuel shall pay to his sisters the sums of fifteen pounds current money of this government that is to say Jean Four pounds, to Martha five pounds, and to Ann Six pounds, all to be paid within four years after the Date here of in Every year of the four one fourth part of the sd fifteen pounds. I leave to my son-in-law Hugh LINN Ten Shillings which is owing to me of John Porter BAKER. I do appoint and order that Samuell my son Shall maintain and keep one cow Summer and Winter for the use of his mother enduring her life time and shall give to his mother yearly six Bushell of wheat and Ry. I do leave my son Samuell to pay to his Brother Robert the above sd two pounds ten shillings. I do Leave to my grandchildren Christopher and James HUSTON a bond which I have of Charles SIMONS of three pounds. I do Leave my wife and my son Samuell to be my executors of this my last will and testament being in the perfect use of my Reason as witness my hand and seal the Day and year above written. Signed and sealed in the presence of William McDOWELL, Hugh CLARK. Probated January 6, 1726/7, Christopher HUSTON (seal) Source: fide Jerry Penley, personal communication, 20 August 2000
Commentary: This will identifies Ann Houston as the daughter of Christopher Houston. A Samuel Houston is identified as his son. Samuel died and left a will identifying some of his immediate relations that are also identified in his father's will, showing that he is indeed the son of Christopher. He identifies his sister Ann as "Ann Walker" indicating that she had married by the date of his death, and that her husbands last name was "Walker".

  1. 1739 Extract of Will of Samuel Houston, E. Nottingham farmer

listing wife Esther, Mother Martha, with his personal estate later going to

  • Robert,
  • Christopher
  • James Houston,
  • Anne Walker,
  • Margaret Linn,
  • Jennet Linn,
  • Martha Linn.

Source: From Wills of Chester County, PA, extracts Commentary: This is from an extract of Chester County wills. [Check original, and add to references]. The Anne Walker mentioned is believed to be Anne Houston Walker, wife of John III. This seems to be the only record referring to any of the Wigton Walker line in this area.

Rockbridge Co, VA

A list of records for "John Walker" may be found below in Augusta County, Rockbridge County, and Orange County VA. Not all refer to John Walker III. [Work in progress.]

  1. 1740. Importations from Abroad to Orange Co. Va.

For unknown reasons the list from which this was obtained was found in the Cumberland NC records

  • Wm. Long & Family 1740
  • John Walker 1740
  • Thomas Walker 1736

Source: (From "boarding" papers in W. E. Brookman's book, Orange County, Volume II, pub. 1956); Intermdeiate Source: USGenWeb, transcribed by Myrtle Bridges/ Jeanne Creel

New River Settlements

Walker to Walker Power of Attorney 15 May 1771 Botetourt Co., Va. Bk p. 249. fide Jerry Penley 21 Nov 1997 ]

John Walker of Orange Co., N.C. ... hath nominated constituted and appointed well beloved brothers Samuel Walker and Joseph Walker or the Survivor of them my true and lawful attorneyes (to sell) 471 acres of land ... in two tracts lying in Co. of Botetourt on south side of Roan Oke below the land of Alexander Ingrim to Andrew Armstron of said Co. of Botetourt for sum of 225 pounds current Co. of Botetourt money of Virginia ... Wit: John Walker (seal) Alexr Stewart Joseph Cloyd

Commentary: This record is sometimes cited as demonstrating John III had acquired property near Roanoke.

Orange Co NC

  1. 1755. Tax List Orange Co, NC includes the following names of interest related to the line of John III:
  • James Campbell 2-0
  • Laughlin Campbell 1-0
  • James Campbell & son 2-0
  • Henry Cobb & 3 sons 3-0
  • John King 1-0
  • Benjn. King 2-0
  • Hugh Porter & son 2-0
  • Samuel Walker 1-0
  • Jonathan Walker 1-
  • Joseph Walker 1-0
  • Samuel Watt 1
  • John Watts 1-0
  • Thomas Watts 1-0

Commentary: Orange County was formed in 1752 from parts of Bladen, Granville and Johnston Counties, North Carolina. From 1752 until 1770, Orange County embraced an area approximately 72 miles long and 50 miles wide - 3,600 square miles or 2,304,000 acres, In 1755 there were close to 1,200 families enumerated by the tax collector, or, on the average, one family per every three square miles or 1,920 acres: The county extended from the Virginia-North Carolina State Line on the north to Cumberland (now Moore) County, North Carolina, on the south, and from Granville and Johnston (now Wake) Counties on the east, to Rowan (now Rockingham, Guilford and Randolph) County on the west. Prior to 1770, Orange County took in all of the present-day counties of Orange, Caswell, Person, Alamance, Chatham, most of Durham, small parts of Wake and Lee, and the eastern third of Rockingham, Guilford and Randolph, This 1755 taxlist is the earliest one extant for Orange County, the next one being dated 1779. (File No. T.O. 105.1, State Department of Archives and History, Raleigh, N. C.) It is significant that "John Walker" does not appear on this 1755 Orange County Tax list. This implies that he was not yet in Orange County. Source:William Perry Johnson, (Ed.), 1955. fide Mary Ann Hubbell, 5 August 2006

  1. 1755 Tax List of Granville County. Granville County Sch, A List of Taxables for the Year 1755
  • Thomas Campbell & Son John, 2-0-2
  • William Campbell, 1-0-1
  • John Campbell, 1-0-1
  • William Campbell, l-0-10
  • James(?) Gill, 1-0-1
  • Thos. King & Son Thos,, 2-0-2
  • Wm King & Son Wm, 1-0-1(?)
  • George(?) King, 1-0-1
  • Francis King, 1-0-
  • Thomas King, 1-0-1
  • John King, 1-0-1
  • Daniel King, 1-0-1
  • John King, 1-0-1
  • George King, 1-0-1
  • Charles King, 1-0-1
  • Robert King, 1-0-l
  • Hugh Montgummery, 1-0-11
  • Wm & Peter Walker & Negroe Annica, 2-1-3
  • Frans. Walker & Son Frans., 2-0-2
  • Thomas Walker, 1-0-1
  • John Walker, 1-0-1
  • James Walker, Son James, Negroes Rose & Lattice, 2-2-4
  • Jacob Watts, 1-0-1
  • Andrew Watts, 1-0-1

Commentary: Granville County, North Carolina, was formed in 1746 from Edgecombe County, and at that time embraced all of the present-day counties of Granville, Franklin, Warren, and Vance, and parts of Caswell, Person and Durham Counties. In 1752, Orange County was formed from parts of Bladen, Granville, and Johnston counties. This 1755 tax list, therefore, covers all of the present-day counties of Granville, Franklin, Warren, and Vance, and is Granville County's oldest extant tax list. The original list was not sorted. This list has been sorted by the second word in each line, which is usually the last name. The tax list as published in 1959, was in paragraph format. This information has been transcribed, put in a single column, and sorted alphabetically by the second word in the line which is the last name in most cases. The numbers represent number of whites polled, number of blacks polled and a total. It is not clear that the Walkers identified in Granville Co., including John Walker, are in anyway related to the line of John III. The King's listed in here, may however, be related to the Samuel Walker who is known to have had dealings with John III in Orange Co. Source: Fide Mary Ann Hubbell 5 August 2006 [Need formal source]

  • 1761, 30 January. JOHN WALKER, planter, ten shillings, both sides of Moons Creek., begin at a white oak the NW side of creek, N 90 ch. 50 lk. to a black oak saplin, E 35 ch. to creek cross creek & extended 55 ch. in all to a pine, 90 ch. 50 lk. to center between 2 white oaks, W crossing creek to first station, 497 acres, nineteen shillings eleven pence rent per year, surveyed for HENRY RUNELLS 1 August 1754, THOMAS BARTON & VENERIAS TURNER, SCC (SSLG 102-B) (Ed. note: see also N. D. Patent Book 12:56) Signatures of Jas Watson, John ?, & John Walker. Source: Shields Page 11 459[???].
  • 1762, 6 March, JOHN WALKER, ten shillings, on North Fork of Moons Cr., begin at a hicory, E crossing creek 30 ch. to a red oak, N 52 ch. to a red oak, E 20 ch. to a dogwood, N 22 ch. crossing creek to an ash, W 61 ch. to a black oak, S 15 ch. to a red oak, W 39 ch. to a post oak, S to first station, 577 acres, twenty three shillings one penny rent per year, suveyed 3 February 1762, CHRISTO. HOWSTIN & PARICK PORTER, SCC. (SSLG 102-A) (Ed. note: see also NC Patent Book 12:53). Signatures of Jas Watson, W. Churton and John Walker SOURCE: Shields Page 72 640 [???].

Commentary: Christopher Houston and Patrick Porter served as chain carriers (SCC) for this survey. Christopher is probably one of Anne Houston Walker's kin; Patrick Porter is John III and Anne's son-in-law. Chain carriers were often selected locally, and can be different for each survey. Sometimes the chain carriers are selected from adjacent land owners, with a vested interest in ensuring that their own property rights are observed.

1772 10 September, JOHN WALKER SENR. of Orange to SAMUEL WALKER of same, one hundred pounds, 220 acres, on both sides of Moons Cr., begin at a white oak, E 220 p. to center of 2 white oaks, N 148 p. to 2 white oaks, W 110 p. to a maple, N 40 p. to a beach, W 110 p. to a white oak saplin, S to beginning, part of land from Granville to Walker: signed: JOHN WALKER; witness: SAMUEL BRANCKIN, JOHN WALKER, SAM. COWAN: proved October Term 1772 by BRACKIN. (Ed. note: see also Granville Deed & Surveys #459)Commentary: The John Walker who signed this sale is clearly John III. The sale is witnessed by son John IV, and also by Samuel Cowan. Samuel Cowan was John III's son-in-law. Source:Bennett, 1990:Page 97 P. 499,

From: Grant Pinnax, 24 June 2010 Orange Co. NC Deed Book 3 page 379

1772. John WALKER Senr of Orange to John GRAVES of same, fifty pounds , 260 acres, on Moon's Cr. including plantation whereon PATRICK PORTER now lives, begin at a pine in Wm ROBINSON's line, 202 p. to a cor. of 2 box oaks, W 110 p. to a maple, N 40 p. to a beach & w oak, W 110 p. to 2 w oaks, N to ROBINSON's cor, 182 p. on ROBINSON's line to beginning: signed: John WALKER; witness: Thomas RICE, John WALKER Junr; proved July Term 1772 by RICE.

  1. 1756, 3 June.

WALKER, JOHN Warrant for 450 acres on northeast side the wikipedia:Haw River at a place called the Red Field; begin at a white oak on east side Poke Berry Cr., includes two plantations where he now lives & James Collin's.

  • Entered 17 June 1755
  • Surveyed 2 Apr 1756 (?)
  • Deed for 468 acres 23 May 1758

Source: Page 20 [Need full source]. Commentary: Red Field and Red Field Ford of the Haw River is probably in Chatham Co NC, and appears in numerous records. The location of this parcel on the Haw River suggests that this John Walker was not John III. Alternatively, despite our belief that John Walker lived in the Moon Creek area, he may have lived at Red Field, but owned land on Moon Creek.

  • Page 51

WALKER, JOHN Warrant 9 Dec 1762 700 acres on a branch of County Line Cr., includes Thomas Cunningham's improvements. Surveyed 3 June 1763

  • Page 52

WALKER, JOHN Warrant 21 Dec 1762 700 acres on the head of Hogan's Cr., on both sides the path leading from Bird's to Pain's. Surveyed 17 June 1763

  • Page 55

WALKER, JOHN Survey 17 June 1763 210 acres on the head of Hogan Cr. of Dan R.: Jas Nichols, Wm Mateer: SCC. 3 copies

  • Page 48

WALKER, MOSES by James Watson Entry 28 Jan 1762 700 acres on Seven Mile Cr., waters of Enoe, begin at mouth of Long Br., includes improvements that Burk lived on.

Orange/Caswell Co., NC,1756-1800 Petition from the North Part of Orange County c. 1771, THE COLONIAL RECORDS collected and edited by William L. Saunders, Secretary of State, Vol. IX-1771 to 1775 fide Jerry Penley 21 Nov 1997 To his excellency Josiah Martin Esquire, Captain General, Governor in and over the Province of N. Carolina, The Honourable Council, and Gentlemen of The House of Burgesses; The Petition of the North Part of Orange County......[petitioners include the following] Alex Montgomery Sam Cowan John Walker, Jun John Walker Pat Porter Tho Dobbins John Graves, Jun James Graves Hugh Dobbins A complete transcription was provided by Jerry at a later date, and is found here.

Commentary: This petition seems to be related to the formation of Caswell County. The date is missing from the current transcription and needs to be added. The 'c1771' is assumed. If the c1771 date is correct it indicates that John III and John IV did not formally leave the county until a slightly later date. There are indications that the extended family (specifically, Patrick Porter, John III's soninlaw, were in SW VA by 1771.

Orange Co. NC Deed Book 3 page 379

John WALKER Senr of Orange to John GRAVES of same, fifty pounds , 260 acres, on Moon's Cr. including plantation whereon Patrick PORTER now lives, begin at a pine in Wm ROBINSON's line, 202 p. to a cor. of 2 box oaks, W 110 p. to a maple, N 40 p. to a beach & w oak, W 110 p. to 2 w oaks, N to ROBINSON's cor, 182 p. on ROBINSON's line to beginning: signed: John WALKER; witness: Thomas RICE, John WALKER Junr; proved July Term 1772 by RICE.

Portion of large tract purchased by John Walker III 1 Jan 1779. Caswell County, NC, Deed Book A, page 126,

Joseph PORTER of CC to Reubin Estis of same co., for 535 lbs., 146 A on south side of Moon's Cr, a part of a large tract John Walker purchased of Earl Granville. Also signed by James A. Porter. Wit. Jonathan Siniard, Edward Upton, Labon Estis.

Portion of large tract purchased by John Walker 27 Feb 1779. Caswell County, NC, Deed Book A, page 201

Reubin Estes of CC to William Rice of same, for 250 lbs, 146 A on south side of Moon's Cr part of tract John Walker purchased of Earl Granville. 27 Feb 1779. Wit. James Barker, Henry Williams, William Gwyn.

Land sale to John Walker on Hogan Creek 13 Oct 1783 Caswell County, NC, Deed Book B Page 163 State of NC - No. 466 -

to John Walker 337 A on Hogan's Cr adj Atkinson, William Par, Harrison. 13 Oct 1783

Land sale from Samuel Walker to James Orr on Moon's Creek 25 Dec 1784 Caswell County, NC, Deed Book C Page 26 Samuel Walker of CC to James Orr of same, for 50 lbs, 220 A on n fork Moon's cr, part of survey granted Walker 3 Mar 1779 of 621 A. . Wit:James Johnson, James Walker

Land sale from John Walker to William Parr on Hogan's Cr. 1 Mar 1788. Caswell County, NC, Deed Book ??? p. 287 John Walker of CC to William Parr of same, for 21 lbs, 14 shillings, 107 A on Hogan's Cr adj Parr, Jno Atkinson, Harrison. Wit: Berryman Turner, James Paul, ? Paul

Commentary: This "John Walker" would apparently not be John III, given the 1788 date. It is possible that this is John IV, but it is more likely that this is a different John Walker, perhaps a son of Samuel Walker. If so, he died before Samuel's 1798 will which named his son, James.

John Grant of CC to Armistead Flippen 16 Jun 1795. Caswell County, NC, Deed Book J page 75-6 John Grant of CC to Armistead Flippen of same, for 500 lbs., 231 A s side Moon's Cr being part of tract John Walker purchased of Earl Granville and part purchased by Christopher Huston of Earl Granville. Wit: Alr Porter, Elizabeth Porter, Joshua Grant.

Southwest VA 1771-1786

Will of John Walker III [NEED SOURCE] written c. 1775, probated 1778. fide Jerry Penley 21 Nov 1997 [Need original date, and source]

IN THE NAME OF GOD, AMEN I, John Walker of the county of Washington being sick in body but of good and sound memory, thanks to it almighty God and caling to mind the uncertainty estates of this transistory of life and that flesh must yeald to death when it shall please God to call do make constitute ordain and declair this my last will and testament in manner and form following and annuling by these presents all and every testament or testaments, will or wills heretofore by me made or declares either by word or writing and this to be my last will and testament for-none other; and first being penitent for my sins past most humbly desire foregiveness for the same. I give and commit my soul unto almighty God my saviour and redeemer in whom and by the merits of Jesus Christ I trust and believe assuredly to be saved and to have full remission and foregiveness of all my sins and that my soul with my body as a general day of the resurrection shall rise again with joy and though thou hearest of Christ death saviour poses and inherit the kingdom of heaven prepared for his elect and chosen and my body to be buried in such a place as will pleas my executors hereafter named. To appoint and now for the settling of my temporal estate and such goods and chattels and debts it hath pleased God for above my presents to bestow upon me. I do order, give and dispose the same in a.manner and from following: That is to say, I will all these debts & dues I own in right to any manner of person or persons whatsoever shall be well and fairly contested and pid or ordered to be paid within convenient time after my deciece by my executors hereafter named then I give and bequeath the money that is in Patrick Porter hand. That I have his bonds and account for to be equally devided amongst my six daughters and granddaughter An Bell and do order that all my debts that is owing to me be collected by my two sons John and Samuel Walker and when collected at my creditors to be paid and the remainder to be equally divided betwixt my two sons except that is divided already and I do appoint my two sons John and Samuel Walker my executor. This given under my hand and seal the day and year above written [???1773???]. My lands to be equally divided betwixt my two sons and one bay mare I give to my grandson William Walker. JOHN WALKER Seal Signed, sealed and delivered in the present of Alex Montgomery, William Cowan and Andrew Cowan..... at Court held for Washington County the 17th day of November 1778. This last will and testament of John Walker, deceased was proved by oath of Alex Montgomery, William Cowan........

Commentary: This will is for John III father of John IV. The will was probated in 1778, which is probably the basis for which many have identified his year of death as 1778. However, the will was probably written well prior to that date. Photocopies of this will that I've seen do not show the date it was written. The date is often cited as 1773, but the basis for that is not known. Presumably the date is on the same page as the text says ""the day and year above written". Since the will shos a bequest to Samuel, and grandson William, we can probably assume that it was written before Samuel's death, and the capture by Indians of William. Those events are belived to have occurred in 1776, hence we assume the will itself was probably written about 1775.

Estate record for Samuel son of John III, identifying John IV as administrator [Need date of record] Washington County Court Minute Record Bk #1; fide Jerry Penley 21 Nov 1997

On motion of John Walker Administration is granted him on the Estate of Samuel Walker deceased who made oath thereto and entered into and acknowledged his bond with William Edmondson and Archelaus Woods in the penalty of six Hundred pounds for the faithfull Adminstration of the said decendants Estate. Ordered that Patrick Porter, James Wharton, Joseph Moor, William Trimble & John Kinkead or any three of them being first sworn appraise the Estate of Samuel Walker deceased and make return to the court. Commentary: Samuel was killed c.1776 during an Indian attack on Castle's Woods that saw his nephew William (son of John IV) and sister Ann Walker Cowan, both taken captive by Indians. Elsewhere John IV is identified as the "heir at law" of John II and Samuel. This indicates that there were no other sons of John III who could be considered heirs, nor that Samuel, who apparently died intestate, had a wife, or children.

8th day of August, 1781, Washington County Grant Bk #1; page 267 fide Jerry Penley 21 Nov 1997

We the commissioners for the district of Washington & Montgomery Counties do certify that John Walker Heir at law of John Walker & Samuel Walker dec'd is entitled to 300 acres of land by settlement in the year 1773 lying in Washington County on Sinking Creek near the sink, which was surveyed for the old John Walker April 2nd 1774, by virtue of an order of Council passed Dec. 16th, 1773. Witness our hands this 8th day of August, 1781. N. B. The plot for this certificate is recorded on page 269. Test, James Reid, C, C, C Jos. Cabell Harry Innes N. Cabell I do hereby assign all my right & title to the within certft. to John Donnell for value recd. of him this 10th August, 1782. John Walker. I do hereby assign the one half of the within certificate to Jas, Robt, & Jno. Barr for value rec'd. of them this 10th Augt. 1782. Jno. Donnell

Commentary: Certification that John IV is entitled to the property settled in 1773 by his father John III. [Penley, 1997] This certification was probably a requirement because of laws established during the Revolution requiring a will be filed for someone who died before a property was properly recorded. Without the will, showing that the prperty was properly inherited, you probably would not be able to secure the land.