YDNA. Walker, Group 8



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Group 8 of the Walker YDNA project currently (September 2011) includes 16 kits. They fall into Haplogroup R1b1a2, suggesting western European Ancestry. Of these kits three are for 27 markers or less; comparisons with these kits are considered unreliable. Eleven kits comprise the core of this group. Two additional kits are currently seen as outliers, matching the core only through the low marker, unreliable, kits. The core kits show relatively low cohesiveness, each typically matching 3.7 other kits among the core set of kits. Overall dissimilarity within the group (excluding isolates, and low marker kits) is about 11%, (vice an acceptance criteria of 8%) with 23% of the pairwise combinations of kits within the core group showing a relatively recent common ancestor. This is a relatively small percent of kits in a group, showing a very recent common ancestor, and suggests that the depth to the common ancestor is fairly deep, though still genealogically meaningful. This may indicate that some members of the core group descend from ancestors who either remained in the British Isles, or were independent importations to America. This is supported by the lineage data provided by Kit owners which shows that a number of the lines shown here represent independent importations

A number of kit members in the core group trace their ancestry to John Walker=Jane McKnight of the Wigton Walker lineage. This identification is based on the work of Emma Siggins White (Source:White, 1902) who cited family records for the ancestry dating back to about 1700 in Wigtonshire, Scotland. YDNA evidence has shown that White merged two independent lineages present in Old Augusta in Virginia beginning c1738. These two groups are commonly identified as the Natural Bridge Line and the Walkers Creek Line. Independent proof as to which, if either, of these two lines descend from John Walker I of Wigton, is not currently available. Currently available evidence suggests that the history of the Walkers Creek lineage is more consistent with White's description. From this perspective, there is a need to verify the ancestry of the core members of this group, probably looking outside of the usually Wigton Walker areas. One suggestion that has been put forward is that the Samuel Walker who settled near Natural Bridge in Augusta County is the patriarch of the natural Bridge line. There are indications that he may have come to the area not from the Nottingham Lots in Pennsylvania (per White, 1902), but from eastern Virginia. Kit 52737 traces descent from this Samuel through his son Joseph who married Susan Willis. Susan's family is known to have lived in Goochland County, VA and did not miagrate to the Natural Bridge area. This suggests that the Walkers and Willis knew each other prior to the marriage of this couple, and that the Walkers came from Goochland County.

Quick Index

The following are traditionally included in the Wigton Walker lineage as defined by White 1902. YDNA data suggests that they are in reality two separate lineages that have been conflated in White 1902. The two lines are the Natural Bridge Walkers and the Walkers Creek Walkers

John Walker I (191)
Person:Alexander Walker (14) John Walker II (190)
John 217
Alexander 26
John III 81 James 126 Samuel 41 Samuel 55
the Orphan
Alexander 28 Joseph 55 Thomas
(81) X
(177) X

Joseph 79
Alexander 16
James 122
John 220
Samuel 64
Andrew 12
William 176 .

John 249
Joseph 71 X

John IV (149)
Samuel 49 .

John 211 .

Samuel 42
James 114
John 202
Joseph 51
Joel 5

James 164
Samuel 68

John 207
William 172
James 120
Alexander 24 X
Joseph 60
Alexander 27
Joseph 60
David 31

William 198 X
John 258 X
Joseph 50
James 127
Samuel 47

Most, but not all, Walkers in Chalkley's Chronicles can be traced to the Wigton Walker line as describe by White 1902. The above is a Summary of Male Descendancy of the Wigton Walker line, based on White, 1902. This includes the Walkers Creek and Natural Bridge lineages. Also included is thethe lines of Samuel the Orphan, known to be related to the Line of John III by YDNA, but also known not to be related to the line of Samuel of Natural Bridge. Not currently shown are the lines of, Alexander the Orphan, and the Letterkenney Walkers, all of which share the Walkers Creek YDNA signature with John III and Samuel the Orphan.) Entries marked "X", indicate individuals who are believed to have "died young", died without children, or about whom nothing is known.



Accepted descent from Samuel of Natural Bridge
presumed independent importation
unreliable due to too few markers tested
Insufficient lineage data

Kit Lineage Markers
Matches Comments
All Kits Excluding
Low N Kits
134845 JOHN Ist WALKER (b 1650 Wigdon, Scotland, = JANE MCKNIGHT, dau of John McKnight)
JOHN Gunmaker WALKER, ll (b Bet. 1677 - 1682) married KATHERINE Rutherford dau of JOHN RUTHERFORD, Rev. and Isabella Alleine)
SAMUEL WALKER, Capt. (b. 25 Dec 1714, married JANE PATTERSON dau of William Patterson and Jennet Irvine)
69 7 5Core; Founder Natural Bridge Line of Wigton Walkers
52737 John Walker & Katherine (Rutherford)
Samuel Walker & Jane (Patterson)
Joseph Walker & Susan (Willis)
69 9 7Core; Mountain Man lineage
43417 Robert H. Walker b 12 May 1828 Adair Co., KY d 30 Dec 1891 St. Helens, Columbia, OR m1 16 Nov 1848, Frances E. Harris b 1833 d 1859 CA m2 Julia Hull Garrison, b MI d OR 69 7 4Core
21094 John Walker m Jane McKnight (Scotland)
John Walker b 1667 Wigton, Scotland d Sept 1734 Chester Co., PA m 07 Jan 1701/02 Scotland, Katherine Rutherford b 1682 Wigton, Scotland d 1738 Chester Co., PA
Alexander Walker b 19 May 1716 d 1784/5 Rockbridge, VA m 8 Jan 1747, Jane Hammer (Hammers) d 1798 Woodford, KY
John Walker b 1 Nov 1747 Rockbridge, VA d 16 Jan 1814 Rockbridge, VA m2 on 3 July 1783, Margaret Kelso d 15 Aug 1818 Rockbridge, VA
Dr. Hugh Kelso Walker b 8 May 1802 Rockbridge, VA d 17 Sept 1866 Rogersville, TN m 18 Nov 1830, Mrs. Frances Rogers Grantham b 21 Jan 1795 d 17 Feb 1783 (all Rogersville, TN)
39 6 3Core
1771 Samuel Walker b. June 7, 1807 Iredell Co. NC d. July 29, 1868 Van Buren Co. IA m. 1831 Nancy Cundiff, Muhlenberg Co. KY 39 4 2Core
142855 John Walker of Wigton, Scotland, m. Jane McKnight
Alexander Walker m. unknown
John Walker m. Margaret Culton
James Walker m. Anne Walker
69 4 3
8853 Samuel Walker b ca 1778 cam to U.S. ca 1808, wife Nancy, possibly Aynes? 69 5 3Core; independent importation
190354 John Walker B(1710)-D(?)
David Walker B(1737)-D(4-4-1807)
Elisha Walker B(1761)-D(1802)
69 9 6Core; Independent importation
2761 Hugh Walker b ca 1775 d 3 July 1805, Port Hope, Ontario m Mary Johnston b 1776 d 11 Feb 1850, Port Hope, Ontario
James Walker b 23 Feb 1798 d 13 Nov 1867 m Rosemary Roseborough b 9 Oct 1806 Ireland d 9 Jul 1872
69 3 1Outlier*
190878 Samuel Walker (b. abt 1711 in Ireland) and Marie Huten or Von Huten
Samuel Walker (b. abt 1737, Philadelphia, PA, Died 11 Oct 1811 St Mary, LA) married abt 1761, prob St Mary, LA, Sarah Ann Davis (b. abt 1741 of Roanoke River, NC, died 22 Sep 1833 Saint Mary, LA), mar.(2) Jeanne Harran
39 2 1Outlier* Independent importation
1601 John Walker I b Wigton, Scotland;
Joseph Walker b 7-15-1722 Londonderry, Ireland;
Joseph Walker b 1-10-1761 Rockbridge, VA
27 15 1Too few markers
40524 George Walker b ca 1780
James Walker b ca 1808 PA d ca 1859 Blackford Co., IN m 7 Sept 1843 (2nd marriage) Jay Co., IN, Elizabeth Houck b ca 1820 OH
27 10 1Too few markers
73386 John McKnight Walker, b 1680 Wigton Scotland,d1734 27 9 1Too few markers
184324 69 4 3Core
197100 39 5 3Core
69583 39 5 2Core

*Primarily matching core through kits with few markers; probably separate from the Core group, with an earlier ancestor