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Descendants of Elijah Walker

Generation No. 3


      7. Elijah3 Walker (John2, Elijah1) was born 15 Sep 1819 in Centerville, Hickman County, Tennessee, and died 06 Sep 1887 in Centerville, Yell County, Arkansas. He married Lucy Ann Elizabeth George 04 Jul 1844 in Danville, Yell County, Arkansas, daughter of Walter George and Angeline Miller. She was born 06 Mar 1828 in Limestone County, Alabama (Source: Church Records, Ard Springs Church of Christ Minutes.), and died Sep 1918 in Centerville, Yell County, Arkansas (Source: Arkansas Death Index, 1918.).

Notes for Elijah Walker:
Elijah is the oldest son of John Walker, Sr. He is named after his grandfather who is found in the 1820 Hickman County, Tennessee census.

Elijah married Lucy Ann Elizabeth George. This marriage brought the Walkers and the Georges of Yell County together in a union that would produce a prolific number of children in the following generations. These generations would establish the churches, cemeteries, and schools in the communities of Centerville and Mt. George in Yell County, Arkansas.

The George family belonged to the Church of Christ. The Walker family belonged to the Missionary Baptist Church. How did they ever do it?

Mt. Tabor Missionary Baptist Church was organized in July 1876. After divine services by Elder DeArmon, the church organized by calling Elder J. W. Pendergrass as Moderator and Bro. A. B. Tharp, Clerk Protem, and calling for letters, whereupon the following brothers and sisters came forward and presented their letters of dismissal from the severl churches to which they belonged: from Zion Hill Church, Yell County came Jessie Pendergrass, J. M. Miller, Jane Pendergrass, W. D. Ross, James Sloan, M. A. Burton, Lucretia Taylor and Emma A. Tharp. From Mountain Springs, Yell County came M. D. and M. E. Harley. W. R. Payne came from Temperance Hill, Masshale, Mississippi.
Letters were read and approved, read the Church Covenant, Articles of Faith and Rules of Decorum which were unanimously adopted. (This taken from the original church record).
The church elected Elder J. W. Pendergrass as pastor and W. R. Payne as church clerk.
The original church building was located approximately two miles south of Hwy. 154, on the east side of the county road that runs through Mt. Tabor Community connecting Hwy. 154 and Hwy. 7 near Petit Jean River Bridge.
The first church building burned in the late 1920's. Only a few pews were saved from the burning building. The church members then began meeting in the Potts School House, which was located approximately one mile southeast of the church property. The Potts School District was consolidated with the Ola School District in the early 1930's. The church continued to meet in the school building which became known as the Mt. Tabor Church House and was later deeded to the church.
During World War II many people left the Mt. Tabor community. Small farms were sold collectively to one owner. Thirty years later there were too few to continue meeting in church services. They began driving out of the community for church services. Today, the Mt. Tabor church building stands alone in a community stripped of it's once thriving small farms as a monument of the many Christians who spent many years worshipping there.

More About Elijah Walker:
Burial: 08 Sep 1887, Mt. George Cemetery, Mt. George, Yell County, Arkansas
Church Membership: Jul 1876, Mt. Tabor Missionary Baptist Church, Mt. Tabor, Yell County, Arkansas (Source: Church Records, July 1876 Mt. Tabor Missionary Baptist Church Minutes.)

Notes for Lucy Ann Elizabeth George:
Lucy was affectionately known as "Aunt Puss." She moved to Arkansas with her parents, Hardin and Angeline Miller George. Though her entire name is Lucy Ann Elizabeth George, she married by the name Elizabeth to Elijah Walker on July 4, 1844.

Lucy lived to be 90 years old. She was born March 6, 1828 and died September 1918 according to the Arkansas Death Index for the years 1914 - 1949. These are also the dates given on her tombstone.

On his genealogy website, Jack Walker Yarbrough, son of Bettye Leigh Walker provided the following information about the Walker and George families.

Mother - Bettye Leigh Walker
Father - Aulder (Jack) Cornelius Walker
Grandfather - Cornelius Avington Walker
Great Grandfather - Elija Walker
Great Grandmother - Lucy Ann Elizabeth George
Great Great Grandfather - John Walker, Sr.
Great Great Grandmother - Martha Mary George (Her name was more likely Patsy)

http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/y/a/r/Jack-W-Yarbrough-AR/index.html#edit

Jack writes, "Lucy George, the firstborn of Hardin and Angeline, was born on March 6, 1828 in Limestone County, Alabama. She lived most of her life in Magazine Precinct, Yell Co. Arkansas where her family were leaders in the Mount George Church of Christ. In her later years she was given the name "Aunt Puss". She was 5' in her bare feet, small and thin, with inquisitive...piercing eyes. She manufactured her own soap in a huge black raw iron pot in back of the home place in Centerville, Arkansas and made coffee and red-eye gravy on her old iron stove still using wood to fire the heat. Seth Walker, her grandson, in an interview before his death told of the good times and bad. He told the story of how his family and ancestors hid Myra Belle Starr from the law in the Magazine Precinct, Yell County, Arkansas. Myra felt she and her family had been wronged. Seth said that after the Civil War, his family lost everything and they had slaves on the Walker side. Some of the Walkers fought for the North and the George side were soldiers for the North. The Walkers were spilt on this subject. There are slave graves behind the Walker homes in Centerville, Yell County, Arkansas. Lucy would take all the family to worship at the services in Magazine Precinct Yell County, Arkansas. They were leaders in the Mount George Church of Christ in a small wooden frame church building. She would proudly sit with her brothers and sisters arranged on her grandmother's homemade quilts behind the pews. Rain or shine they were there....that was in the year 1859. "Aunt Puss" was a devout Christian woman and set in her ways. Mount George Cemetery for which Hardin George donated the land is beside the church and many of the George family are buried there.

The Yell County History book has the following excerpt which includes information on Lucy Walker:
Later, Lucy Ann joined the Ard Church of Christ. The Ard church was formed October 11, 1874, according to church minutes. It was known as the Ard Springs Church of Christ.
The minutes read as follows: We the disciples of Christ meeting at Ard Springs, Yell County, State of Arkansas, embody ourselves for the purpose of worshipping God. Known as the Church of Christ and to convant with God and teach others to take the Bible and in a love as our only will and guide to our faith and practice we have here unto anex our names this 11th day of October 1874.
So brethern and sisters after having enrolled their names and forming a body of organizing disciples according to the plan as market in the new testament.
Resolves that Bro. Hiram Dacus and J. S. Guinn should be chosen elders they being qualified and of good report and it was also resolved of the brethren and sisters to choose deacons as has Robert Cox and Prestly W. George were chosen, they being qualified for such work among the brethren and it was further agreed to select Bro. C. L. Thomson as clerk for the Ard Springs congregation and the book for registering the names of the brethren was given to his charge. The parting by greeting each other by the hand was then gone through and all left much edified.
To Christ all the praise now and evermore. Amen. C. L. Thomson, clerk.
There were twenty-four brethren present that day and twenty-one sisters. They were the following: James A. Dacus Hiram Dacus, Hesakiah Dacus, Prestley W. George, Robert Cox, James S. Guinn, J. E. Paty, E. T. George, B. Caraway, D. Thomas Tucker, J. T. Pennington, Joseph Huhn, R. T. Land, James M. Walker, David H. George, W. A. Kuhn, James M. Cook, J. B. Reich, Jessee J. George, A. M. Gee, R. S. Kuhn, R. A. George, Harden George, C. T. Thomson.
Catherine C. Dacus, Angaline George, Eliz. E. Pennington, Frances Reich, Mary George, Lucinda Dacus, Martha A. George, Marinda Guinn, Euelin J. Cook, Martha J. Dacus, Mariah E. Cox, Lucy Ann Walker, Sarah E. Dacus and Ann Smith.
This information of the organization and conformation of the Ard Springs Church of Christ was taken from the original church ledger.
Ann Elizabeth Cox Thaxton received the church ledger at the death of her parents.
The Cox, Cook, Dacus, George, and Thomson families were all kinfolk for they married into many of the church families.

"Aunt Puss" was a member of the Church of Christ. Her husband Elijah Walker was a member of the Baptist Church. How did they resolve their separate beliefs. There must have been some interesting moments in that family. Wouldn't it have been fun to be a fly on the wall?







More About Lucy Ann Elizabeth George:
Burial: Sep 1918, Mt. George Cemetery, Mt. George, Yell County, Arkansas
Church Membership: 11 Oct 1874, Ard Springs Church of Christ, Yell County, Arkansas

More About Elijah Walker and Lucy George:
Marriage: 04 Jul 1844, Danville, Yell County, Arkansas
     
Children of Elijah Walker and Lucy George are:
+ 14 i.   Mary B.4 Walker, born Jun 1847 in Dardanelle, Yell County, Arkansas; died Bef. 1910 in Centerville, Yell County, Arkansas.
+ 15 ii.   Hardin C. Walker, born 19 Feb 1849 in Dardanelle, Yell County, Arkansas; died 17 Mar 1935 in Centerville, Yell County, Arkansas.
+ 16 iii.   William Jasper Walker, born 19 Feb 1849 in Dardanelle, Yell County, Arkansas.
+ 17 iv.   James M. Walker, born 1855 in Dardanelle, Yell County, Arkansas; died Bef. 1900 in Centerville, Yell County, Arkansas.
+ 18 v.   Cornelius Avington Walker, born 09 Feb 1858 in Dardanelle, Yell County, Arkansas; died 19 Sep 1921 in Centerville, Yell County, Arkansas.
+ 19 vi.   Angeline J. Walker, born 1864 in Dardanelle, Yell County, Arkansas.
+ 20 vii.   George W. Walker, born Aug 1867 in Dardanelle, Yell County, Arkansas.
+ 21 viii.   Martha L. Walker, born Dec 1869 in Dardanelle, Yell County, Arkansas; died 11 Mar 1939 in Centerville, Yell County, Arkansas.


      8. Martha3 Walker (John2, Elijah1) was born 1821 in McNairy County, Tennessee, and died 1870 in Dardanelle, Yell County, Arkansas (Source: United States Federal Census, Galley Rok, Yell County, Arkansas.). She married James Porter Raymer Abt. 1841 in Yell County, Arkansas. He was born 1819 in Alabama, and died May 1896 in Arkansas.

Notes for Martha Walker:
1860 Census Dardanelle, Yell County, Arkansas

James P Raymer 41
Martha 39
Andrew 19
Elizabeth 17
Ellendor 13
Elmira 13
Martha 10
Clarissa 8

1870 Census Galley Rock, Yell County, Arkansas

James Raymer 49
Elizabeth 27
Clarissa 18
Loretta 3 months
Thomas 13
John Walker 18
Charlie White 8
Thomas White 4

Looking at these two census records we find Martha in the 1860 census, but not the 1870 census. There is a daughter, Loretta, in the 1870 census who is listed as 3 months old. Martha most likely died during her birth or shortly thereafter assuming she is the mother of Loretta. She would have been 49 years old.

Notes for James Porter Raymer:
James married Martha in 1841. Together they had 8 children. Martha died in 1870 before the census was taken. There was a girl, Loretta, listed in the census who was 3 months old. It's assumed that she was Martha's daughter and Martha died giving birth or shortly thereafter. James then married Nancy E. White (1st marriage name) who maiden name is unknown at this time. By 1880 they had 6 more children.

More About James Raymer and Martha Walker:
Marriage: Abt. 1841, Yell County, Arkansas
     
Children of Martha Walker and James Raymer are:
  22 i.   Andrew4 Raymer, born 1842 in Dardanelle, Yell County, Arkansas.
  23 ii.   Elizabeth Raymer, born 1844 in Dardanelle, Yell County, Arkansas.
  24 iii.   Ellenor Raymer, born 1846 in Dardanelle, Yell County, Arkansas. She married David Long.
+ 25 iv.   Elmira Raymer, born 1852 in Dardanelle, Yell County, Arkansas.
  26 v.   Martha Raymer, born 1849 in Dardanelle, Yell County, Arkansas. She married Ambrose Parks.
+ 27 vi.   Clarissa Raymer, born 1852 in Dardanelle, Yell County, Arkansas; died 05 Jan 1941 in Centerville, Yell County, Arkansas.
  28 vii.   Thomas Raymer, born 1857 in Dardanelle, Yell County, Arkansas.
  29 viii.   Loretta Raymer, born 1870 in Dardanelle, Yell County, Arkansas. She married Alton Stroud 03 Nov 1889 in Dardanelle, Yell County, Arkansas; born 1868 in Yell County, Arkansas.
  More About Alton Stroud and Loretta Raymer:
Marriage: 03 Nov 1889, Dardanelle, Yell County, Arkansas




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