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In Memory of My Ancestors

Updated May 10, 2014

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My Ancestors are the Weavers, Waldens, Johnsons, Turners, Clauds and Hardy families who may have originated in Lancaster County, Virginia, Surry County, Virginia, Nansemond County, Virginia and Southampton County, Virginia. The Weavers and Waldens migrated to Hertford County,and Northampton County, North Carolina in the early 18th and 19th centuries. They were described as Mulattoes as early as 1850. Prior to 1850, in the 1800-1840 census, both families are described as free persons of color or free colored people. Remaining family members were also described as Mulattoes at various periods.
My GGGrandmother, Nancy Ann Weaver Walden's brother, David Weaver married Estelle Sprague, grandaughter of Frederick Douglas. Another brother, William B. Weaver of Hampton, Virginia, founded the Weaver Orphan Home in 1904. Nancy died of a heart attack on April 1,1922, in a Winton, North Carolina Bank while collecting her First Civil War Survivors Pension check from Samuel Walden.
Nancy, married second, Peter Hunter on December 26,1872. Both Peter and Nancy Weaver Walden Hunter are buried in the Albert Hall Homestead Cemetery, located directly behind Pleasant Plains Baptist Church, Winton, North Carolina, Hertford County.

Titus LaGrand Walden, my maternal great grandfather, son of Samuel Walden and Nancy Ann Weaver, was born November 10,1859, in Winton, North Carolina, Hertford County. In 1880, he migrated to Suffolk, Virginia (formally Holland, Virginia,), Nansemond, County, where he met and married Mary Catherine(Katie)Johnson December 29,1880. Mary and Titus had fourteen children. Only ten of their children survived. Samuel, their oldest child, named for his grandfather, Samuel Walden, died at an early age after being struck by lightening while in a tree.

Squire Titus Walden, my grandfather, and sixth child of Mary and Titus, married Lizzie Barnes Turner of Southampton County, Virginia. They raised five children, two of whom still reside in Nansemond County, Virginia.

James Thompson Claud, son of Sarah, grandson of Zilphia and my paternal great grandfather, was born a slave of Phillip J. Claud, Southampton County, Virginia, on December 26,1853. James, married Susanna Turner, daughter of Milly Bozeman (alias Turner). It is reported by family members, that Susanna, was a direct descendant of the Nottoway Indian Tribe of Southampton County, Virginia. She was described by her grandchildren as having long, straight, black hair which hang below her waist. Susanna also dressed in Indian clothing regularly.

Walter Hardy and his uncle, Booker Hardy, both of Southampton County, purchased land with other family members to allow for a "Colored" burial ground for people in the immediate community of Courtland , Virginia. Walter was a sharecropper and first performed this duty in an agreement with James Tyler, President Tyler's grandson.

All of my ancestors owned land and provided service to the community as well as some members serving in both the Civil War and the American Revolution. IN MEMORY, to those who came before me.
Last Update: 04/23/2000

Family Photos

  • Martha Jane Roberts Walden: Wife of John (32 KB)
    Photo contributed by Direct Descendant, Corrine Chesimard. Martha Jane Roberts, wife of John Thomas Walden, son of William and Elizabeth F. Jones Walden.
  • Titus La Grand Walden Family & The Howells (526 KB)
    Samuel and Nancy Weaver Walden's Oldest Son Titus's Family and their youngest daughter, Deborah. Circa 1904, Front row: Children, Moses, Flossie, Theophilus, Floyd, Essie. Second Row: Laura, Titus, Mary, Lou,Deborah Howell. Back Row: Willis , Obadiiah, Squire Titus, Delaware Howell.
  • Volunteer Enlistment (1842 KB)
    Samuel Walden's volunteer enlistment for the U.S.C.T, Civil War
  • Children of John and Martha Walden (40 KB)
    Photo Contributed by Direct Descendant, Corrine Chesimard.
  • Titus La Grand Walden's Children: Circa 1959 (487 KB)
    FrontRow,SquireTitus,Theophilus,Floyd,Obadiah,Back Row: Moses, Laura, Elsie, Flossie, Lou,and Willis.Last group picture of sisters and brothers. My Grandfather, Squire Titus,was the first to die, on March 23,1959.
  • Volunteer Enlistment (1067 KB)
    James Walden's volunteer enlistment for the U.S.C.T., Civil War
  • Census: Samuel and Nancy Ann Weaver Walden (975 KB)
    1860 Winton Township, Hertford County, North Carolina.
  • Zilphy Claud: Slave of Philip J. Claud: (952 KB)
    Zilphy, and her unamed child were valued at $500.00 in the 1857 account inventory of the estate of Philip J. Claud. It is not known if Philip J. Claud was the original owner. Zilphy is my paternal GGGGrandmother.My Journey continues in the search for the origins of Zilphy. Copy provided by Ernest Claud who has the original.
  • Squire Titus and Lizzie Barnes Turner Walden (506 KB)
    Maternal Grandparents: Before 1951.My grandmother attended Franklin (Virginia) Normal and Industrial Institute founded by Della Irvin Hayden in 1904. The school was the first high school for rural black children in southeastern Virginia. Mama Lizzie resided in the girls' dormitory and completed her high school education. She later attended St Pauls College in Lawrenceville, Virginia and taught school in a one room building for a brief time before she married my grandfather on January 25,1920.
  • Census: Squire and Tempy Walden (955 KB)
    1850 Northampton, County, North Carolina Census.
  • Grandparents, Mom , Aunt, and Uncles abt 1940 (593 KB)
    Squire Titus Walden Family. Left to right, Squire,Lizzie, Melton,Gloria(my mom), Lindburg, Goldie, and Walter. My grandfather was a self educated man who worked as both a farmer on his own land and a carpenter.He afforded his children the opportunity of a college education. Three of whom graduated, Goldie, Gloria and Walter, and at one time all became Teachers.Lindberg went to War during the defeat of Hitler and Melton became a farmer.
  • Descendants of Samuel and Nancy Weaver Walden (547 KB)
    Titus LaGrand Walden's lineage. Group photo taken July,1981,in Rich Square, North Carolina at a Family Reunion hosted by the late Launsie Walden Day's Family.
  • Census: Squire and Tempy Walden (864 KB)
    1860 Northampton County, North Carolina Census.
  • Virgie Mae Claud Hardy (186 KB)
    Paternal Grandmother: 1958. Mama Virgie was the daughter of former slave James Thompson Claud and Susanna Turner. James Thompson Claud purchased 194 acres of land in Southampton , County for $400.00 14 March,1903. The land was divided into 3 tracts: 48 acres, 71 acres and 75 acres and was joined by the lands of Milly (Bozeman) Turner, Susana's mother, who is believed to be a Nottoway Indian. The James Thompson Claud Family was enumerated as Mulattoes in the 1900,1910 and 1920 Southampton County Census.
  • Census: Squire and Tempy Walden (854 KB)
    1870 Northampton County, North Carolina Census.
  • Delaware and Deborah Walden Howell abt. 1947 (390 KB)
    Deborah Walden Howell, youngest sister of Titus La Grand Walden, and My GGAunt,was only 5 months old when her father, Samuel Walden, died while serving in the Civil War.
  • John Walter Hardy (824 KB)
    Paternal Grandfather:Before 1939. John was the son of Walter who was a sharecropper at age 21 for the grandchildren of President Tyler. John died before any of his grandchildren were born.
  • Census: Willis and Sally Sarah Weaver (1033 KB)
    1850, Winton Township , Hertford County, North Carolina Census.
  • Katie B. Turner Padget: My GAunt : August, 1983 (442 KB)
    I last saw Aunt Katie August of 1983, in Long Island , New York. It was a special time for me since she was my grandmother's sister and I did not know my grandmother. Aunt Katie was a Registered Nurse in a New York Hospital. She retired as a Nurse and devoted her time to her husband Henry's Church where he was a Minister.
  • Walter B. Turner and Family (613 KB)
    Maternal GreatGrand Parents. Circa 1918, Turner Home Place.From Left to right: Fitz (near car), Walter Terry seated, wife Laurena behind him, Ben, Marcia, beside husband Joe Alley seated, their son Woodrow,(small child), Katie, George,(child) leaning on chair of Walter, Nina and Lizzie.
  • Census: Lawrence, Edward, and Anna Weaver (972 KB)
    1850, Winton Township, Hertford County, North Carolina Census. Brothers and Mother of Willis Weaver, my GGGGrandfather.
  • Bob Fitzsimmons Turner: My GUncle circa 1917 (498 KB)
    Uncle Fitz was the owner and operator of a neighborhood store.
  • Titus and Mary Catherine Johnson Walden:Bef.1939 (367 KB)
    Maternal GreatGrandparents, in later years
  • Census: Willis and Sally Sarah Weaver (494 KB)
    1860, Winton Township, Hertford County, North Carolina
  • Descendants of Samuel and Nancy Weaver Walden (353 KB)
    Elena(Eleanor)Walden's Lineage. Group photo taken July 4,1981 in Rich Square North Carolina. Family Reunion hosted by Launsie Walden Day's Family
  • John Walden:Son of William & Elizabeth J. Walden (26 KB)
    John Walden:Son of William,Grandchild of William Squire Walden. William and Samuel Walden were brothers. John married Martha Jane Roberts. Photo contributed by Direct Descendant, Corrine Chesimard.
  • Census: Willis, Sally Sarah Weaver & Nancy Walden (1033 KB)
    1870,Winton Township, Hertford County, North Carolina.
  • Aunt Goldie: My Favorite Photo circa 1924. (976 KB)
    Mother's sister, about 3 years old. Restored via e-mail by Rodney Skeeter.
  • Census: Nancy Weaver Walden Hunter (1057 KB)
    1880 Hertford County, North Carolina Census. Nancy and Peter Hunter.

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