Notes for James Walker: "James Walker Sr. married Catherine Miller in Greenbrier County VA (now WV), where they lived for a few years. In about 1789 they moved west to Madison County, KY, then to Cumberland and Wayne Counties where they settled until about 1820, when they began to prepare for the move to Texas. Wayne County was formed in 1801 out of Cumberland and Pulaski Counties."
"Fairly Consistent census records of Milam, McLnnan, and Erath Counties from 1850 to 1880 establish that James Stephen was born in 1795 in KY, married a Georgia girl named Mary, and moved to Missouri in about 1815 with their first born James R. Stephen. The remainder of their children were born in Missouri, Arkansas, and Texas. A James Stephen (without the terminal "s") made a deposition supporting James Walker, Sr. in the 1825 Wayne County Court Case, indicating that the Stephens and Walkers might have been friends in Kentucky before the move to Texas. There was also a Isaac Stephens (or Stephen) in Wayne County in 1810-1820 that was known to have had a son named James, but the author has been unable to make any connection. Private correspondence from Homer Stephen to the author alleges from family tradition that James Stephen's father was an Adam Stephen of VA iwth Revolutionary war service. There was indeed a Majoy General Adam Stephen of Revolutionary Service, who was dismissed by General Court Martial in 1777 for drunkeness and behavior unbecoming an officer, on the retreat from Brandwine. Fortunately, this Adam's death in November 1791, disqualifies him for the paternity in question. As of the date of this note, the origins of James Stephen are still an open case." History per Kerns H. Powers 28 Oct 1990
"In 1821, Mexico broke away from Spain, and Texas became a part of the Empire of Mexico under the rule of Generismo Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna. A year earlier, a Missouri banker by the name of Moses Austin had obtained approval from the Spanish officials in San Antonio to establish a colony of 300 American families in Texas on the Brazos River, and had obtained a grant of land for the settlement. Although Moses Austin died before he could organize the colony, his son Stephen F. Austin carried out the plan and by 1822 Austin and 300 families had begun to arrive. Among Austin's "original 300" was a farmer and a stock-raiser from Wayne County, KY, named James Walker who arrived in 1822 with his wife Catherine, sons John M. and Sanders (Andy), two daughters Susanna Singleton (wife of Austin colonist Phillip Singleton), and Lucinda, and a small number of slaves. James and Catherine were both listed in the first census of Austin's colony (1826) as over 50 years of age, with two sons 16-25, and a daughter 7-16. Their older sons James Jr., Charles, and Thomas, plus three daughters (Sarah Townson, wife of Wm. Townson, Chatherine Singleton, and Lucrecia Bell, wife of Silas Bell) had remained in KY. Another son Gideon was liviing in TN. All of the original 300 colonists had arrived along the Brazos by the summer of 1824, when titles to the land were issued by Baron de Bastrop, commissioner of the State of Coahuila and Texas for the Mexican Government. The first title was issued on 7 July 1824, and that to Walker on 21 July, and to Singleton on 19 August. It is surmised that the Walker clan were among the first to arrive on the scene. Walker was granted one sitio of land (one labor plus one league or about 4448 acres) (see Texas General Land Office Land Grant, abstract # 106 dated 21 July 1824, patent #204 for 4,428.40 acres) fronting on the Brazos at New Years Creek, in what is now Washington County. Singleton also received one sitio in what is now Washington and Burleson Counties......
After a few years, James Walker Jr. decided to join his parents and family in Texas, arriving at the Austin colony in april 1835 with all of his children, his brother Gideon and family, the families of sisters Lucretia Gilpin (who married Elias Gilpin after a divorce from Silas Bell) and Sarah Townson, and one slave." Per Kerns H. Powers, 28 Oct 1990
More About James Walker: Alternate fact 1: Birth 1762, WFT, Vol 3, #4637.4682 Alternate fact 2: Aka Sr.. Alternate fact 3: B 1756 d 1837. Alternate fact 4: Handbook of TX has middle name Francis. Military service: Rev. War Orange County, VA Continental units.4682 Moved: VA and KY prior to Rep. of Texas in 1822. Property 1: July 21, 1824, One league Spanish land grant Wash. Co..4682 Property 2: Bet. 1773 - 1776, Orange County, VA.4683
More About James Walker and Catherine E. Miller: Marriage: September 09, 1783, Greenbrier County, VA now WV.4684, 4685
Children of James Walker and Catherine E. Miller are: