2.JohnWalker, born Abt. 1755 in of Red Banks, Henderson, KY; died Aft. 1804 in prob Hopkins, KY.
Notes for John Walker:
8 November 1996
Our objective was to extend your Walker line through an in-depth study of any possible counties where John Walker lived. This has continued to be a very difficult line, due to the facts that Walker is a common name and we are dealing with an area and time period where many sources needed to be studied and compared in order to sort out the correct families. However, we feel that some important progress was again made. The details of our report follow.
We began our study of your family in the land records of Hopkins County, by where John Walker married Charity Palmer in 1810. The General Index to Grantees for Hopkins County for the surname Walker was of little use. These Walker entries were too late to relate to your John and his family. The Index to Grantors for Hopkins County proved more interesting. An entry for Jesse Walker in 1827, when he appointed an agent to act on his behalf in the sale of his property showed that he was living in St. Clair County, Illinois. Eliazar Givens and Michael Harman witnessed this document. In 1827 "et al, John Walker" sold 145 acres to Wlm. Earle. A John Walker sold 2 tracts on Deer Creek, by agent, in 1844. The fact that both Jesse Walker and John Walker sold land in Hopkins County in the same year, 1827, may not be mere coincidence, especially in light of the sale "by agent" of John's 2 tracts on Deer Creek in 1844. This John Walker could very well be your John Walker.
Between 1831 and 1834 when James Walker died, he and his wife, Harriet, sold 6 parcels on Pond River and Duck Creek.
'et al, Emma... John" Walker sold personal property to Wlm Wilson.
Although, time did not permit us to examine all of the deeds for Jesse, James, and the two John Walker's, and to determine exactly how they were related to your John Walker, we believe that all three men are part of your Walker family (Doc 4).
Your ancestor, Robert Robertson, his brother John; and, his father John Robertson, as well as Joseph, Charles, Lewis, Jno and, Lawson Robertson were found in numerous land transactions in Hopkins County between 1813 and 1834 (Doc 2,3). Although we studied at least twelve or more of these Robertson deeds, time did not permit us to read all of the land transactions for this family. In order to sort out your Robertson family and, to determine exact familial relationships we will need more time to study land records, census, marriage and tax records; and to plot these families on a map showing waterways in Hopkins County. However, this is all one family.
The following description of locations of property held by both the Robertson and the Walker family, as well as identifying neighbors with whom they transacted business will point to a familial relationship between Jessie, John and James Walker, who are found in the Hopkins County Grantor Index between 1822 and 1824, and your John Walker.
John Robertson lived on Crabapple Orchard, a fork of the Tradewater River and, had property on Flat Creek - a branch of the Pond River. This is the John who married Patsy Davis, whom we still believe, based on research findings from this session, is the grand er of your 4th great grandmother, Elizabeth Robertson
Robert Robertson, Elizabeth's father, bought 200 acres on the Tradewater River in 1813 from Eliezer Givens. This ties Jesse Walker, of St. Claire County, Illinois, into the family.
E.Givens witnessed his transaction in 1827 (Doc 4).
Robert Robertson also had land on Weer's Creek. Joseph Robertson had town lots in Madisonville, land on Norwood's Creek and, Filat Creek. In 1817 when Joseph Robertson bought another lot in Madsionville, his testators were Samuel Earl and Wlm Wilson. We note that in 1844, John Walker and, Emma, his wife, sold personal property to Wlm Wilson; and in 1822 'et al John Walker" sold 145 acres to Samuel H. Earle. Even if this John W. were not your Jno Walker, all of this evidence points to a relationship between the Walker family who are found in Hopkins County, Kentucky after John and Elizabeth Robertson married in St. Claire County, Illinois and your ancestor. Moreover, your Robertson clan were found on Deer Creek, Owens branch and Flat Creek, which is a branch of Pond River. The Walker family who remained in Hopkins County were found on Pond River, Dear Creek, and Drakes Creek.
We included the Palmer family in our search of land records in Hopkins County. They are an important key in
tracking John Walkerís ancestry, since Johnís association with the Palmer family preceded his marriage to Elizabeth Robertson. As a result of reading a deed for Jonathan Palmer, Charity's father, in 1816, when he sold 100 acres on Clear Creek in Hopkins County, our investigation took a strange twist. This deed revealed that Jonathan Palmer, in 1817, was living in Hickman County, Tennessee. Thus, the entry we found during the preceding research session in the Ancestral File for James Walker, John and Charity's son, was correct and this genealogist's assumption was wrong. In the Ancestral File it was reported that James was born "on Duck River in Hickman Co, TN". Since there is a town named Hickman in southern Kentucky en route to St. Clair County, Illinois to St. Claire County, Illinois, we presumed the information in the Ancestral File was in error - it was not!
We went, immediately, to the records of Hickman County, Tennessee. We discovered that many of Hickman County records had been destroyed but some of the early deeds and marriage records had survived. We found a Walker family living on Sugar Creek, Persimmon Creek and Banin fold -- all tributaries of Duck Creek; and, on Duck Creek itself in 1812 through 1818 Joel, Elijah, Jeremiah and Charles Walker all belong to the same family. Joel Walker Sr. had been on Persimmon Creek at least since 1794 when he was granted land in Davidson County, North Carolina (Doc 5).
Hickman County, Tennessee evolved from Davidson County, North Carolina. Moreover, Joel, Elijah, and Iona Walker were heirs of Elijah Walker Sr. who in 1814, appointed Allen Walker of Rockingham County, North Carolina to act on their behalf in the sale of "a certain tract of land lying in the County of Rockingham and State of North Carolina formerly the lands of Joel Walker Sr. dec."
Why did Jonathan Palmer move to Hickman County, Tennessee? Did John Walker move with Jonathan Palmer solely to accompany his father-on-law or did they both have roots in Hickman County? Is John Walker part of the Walker North Carolina Walker clan found on Duck River? Perhaps Charity died in child birth, when James was born in 1811, on Duck River. In any case she died before 1814, when we found John Walker in St. Claire County Illinois. Did John return to Hopkins County Kentucky and move to Illinois with his future father-in-law, Robert Robertson. All of this needs to be determined through future research.
Returning to the records of Kentucky, we searched deed indexes for Henderson and Christian County. Christian County was formed in 1797; Henderson came out of Christian in 1799; and Hopkins was carved out of the Southern portion of Henderson in 1807. The only Walker found who was early enough to have been your John Walker's father, was a John Walker who had assigned his town lot, in the newly formed community of "Henderson" to Geo Walker, who was securing this property 7 Oct 1880, from Richard Henderson and Company. Their agent Samuel Hopkins, was empowered to " make over in fee simple to all those male persons ... who settled at the Red Banks on or before 1794" (Doc 6).
We quote from the court records of Hopkins County, previously quoted on page 13 of our Research dated 13 Aug 1996. In 1808 'on application of Eleazer Givens . . . Wlm Owens Robert Robertson, and John Robertson were directed to view a way for a road to be constructed from Anderson Ferry to the road from the Red Banks to Centerville at, or near Harpe's Head and report to this court'
Givens, Owens, and Robertson were, without a doubt, from the same neighborhood. We have shown that Jesse Walker, who later moved to St. Claire County, Illinois, was connected with Givens; and, now we know that Red Banks was in their neighborhood. In fact, the specificity of the description in the court orders prove that the Red Banks intersect the very locale, where your family lived. Harpes Head refers to the spot where Big Hayrs head was placed on a pole; and Jonathan Roberts lived in this neighborhood. Thus, our case that the Jno Walker who paid property tax in 1800 in Henderson County was your John Walker's father has been strengthened. Whether or not he belonged to the Duck River Walker clan from North Carolina remains to be seen.
Your John Walker was reported in the Greene County, Illinois 1860 Census to have been born in Virginia; and, his wife, Elizabeth Robertson, was reported to have been born in North Carolina. Rockingham County, North Carolina, where the Duck River Walker clan originates, is on the Virginia, North Carolina border.
We will need to continue our investigation in Hopkins County, Kentucky records; in St. Claire County, Illinois, Green County, Illinois; and, in Hickman County and those counties Hickman came out of, as well as Rockingham County, North Carolina.
We have only skimmed the surface of numerous documents from which we believe much can be learned about both your Walker and Robertson families from county, state and federal records. With sufficient time allotted to continue a painstakenly, tedious research effort in all of the pertinent localities, that we should indeed be able to sort out and identify your Walker and Robertson families, as well as extend their ancestry.
We have written letters of inquiry to the descendants of ino Walker and Charity Palmer with the hope that more can be learned about ino Walker's connections with Duck River in Hickman County Tennessee.
A family group record has been prepared for the James Walker who died in St. Claire County, Illinois in 1836. Jno Short was the Executer of James' will; and both ino and Wlm Short witnessed the will. In 1818, Charles Robertson bought 140 acres on Deer Creek in Hopkins County, Kentucky. Charles is probably either your Jonathan Robertson's son, or younger brother. We believe that James Walker of St. Claire, County is probably your John Walker's brother. It is a pleasure to assist you.
RESEARCH REPORT (5011-A - WALKER)
13 February 1997
Continued ef forts have been made on your Walker ancestry, and although very challenging, we are pleased with the progress made.
Your Walker line presents an interesting case study which offers many possibilities for research. We have continued our investigation on the end of your Walker and Robertson lines in the Kentucky counties of Hopkins, Henderson, and Christian during the first part of this session. We also devoted time to discover the path your RLDS Walkers took.
In order to continue the process of sorting out your Walker and Robertson family, we continued our study in land records and concentrated on tax records in Henderson County and Hopkins County. A hand-drawn map of the waterways in Hopkins County, on which your Walker and Robertson families lived, has been plotted and accompanies this report. A Map of the State of Kentucky 1794 by J. Rufsell and Counties of Kentuckv 1792 in Respect to Modern Counties by B. Hardin are also included (Doc 1),
Working with your Walker and Robertson families in census, land, marriage and court records in Hopkins County, Kentucky will need more time, particularly in regard to the families of John and Robert Robertson. Because your ancestors and their families in Hopkins cannot be identified through probate records, this kind of tedious, painstaking process is necessary to identify as many of your family members as possible and to establish their relationships.
In this session, we turned our attention to your ancestor John Walker, who was born in 1782 in Virginia. Our goal was to establish that the John Walker, who paid tax in Hopkins County in 1800, and for whom no further records have been found, was the father of your ancestor, John Walker. It was clear from the results of research in land records in Hopkins County from our last session, that there were Walkers who remained in Hopkins County, who were related to your John Walker, and that James and Jesse Walker of St. Claire, Illinois, were related to your John. However, we had not discovered any record which proved that the John, who paid taxes in 1800, was the father of your John Walker. A time consuming year-by-year search of tax records from 1798 through 1811 has provided evidence which confirms our original supposition.
John Walker had already settled at the mouth of the Ohio River in 1799 when Henderson County was formed. He was shown with two slaves and one or two horses from 1799 through 1804. John Combs was situated on Elks Creek, in the Ashby Settlement, and Peter Ruby was located on Deer Creek. Ezerah and Reuben Owen were on the Ohio, Denmore Island, William Owens was already on Clear Creek, and John Odell resided on Drakes Creek. The significance of Combs, Ruby, Owens and O'Dell, in relation to John Walker, will be discussed further on in this report (Doc 3).
In 1800, John Walker had one slave and four horses. He does not appear to have owned land at this time. William Owens was found on the Tradewater River in 1800. Robert Robertson made his first appearance on the tax rolls in 1800. He owned 800 acres on Deer Creek and had I slave and 2 horses. By 1802, John Walker was still listed with two slaves and two horses. This time, one of the horses was designated as a "stud horse". Two new Robertsons were taxed, both of whom were tied in with your John Robertson, Amos and Aaron. They both appeared on the tax rolls for Hopkins County again in 1804 (Doc 9).
From 1799 through 1803, John Walker was enumerated on Hopkins County, Kentucky tax rolls; one white male over 21. In 1804, the enumeration for John Walker read "two white males over 21". This indicated that John Walker had a son, who had turned twenty one by 1804, and was therefore subject to tax. Your John Walker, born in 1782, turned twenty-one in 1804. (Doc 9).
Information found in A History of Hopkins Countv by M. R. Gordon and in Hopkins CountV Deed Books A, both of which we have reported on in earlier sessions, substantiates our case of circumstantial evidence linking the two generations, the two John Walkers, father and son. We quote the following from our report dated 8 Nov 1996:
"John Walker ... had assigned his town lot, in the newly formed community of "Henderson" to Geo Walker, who was securing this property 7 Oct 1780 from Richard Henderson and Company. Their
agent was empowered to make over in fee simple to all mail persons ... who settled at the Red Banks on or before 1794.í
From the court records of Hopkins County 1808 'on application of Elezaer Givens Wlm Owens, Robert Robertson, and ino Robertson were directed to view a way for a road... from Anderson Ferry to the road from the Red Banks to Ceterville ... near Harpe's Head... "
Although we knew from the court order to build a road and from the account of the murder of Little Harpe, that Red Banks was in the neighborhood of your Robertson family, we still were not entirely clear on its location. The exact location of the "Red Banks" is critical to the case of obtaining good circumstantial evidence that we are building to connect the two John Walkers. Where were the "Red Banks"? Where was the town of Henderson?
On page 39 in the Colonel's History of Hopkins County, we read "There were only two families living between Peter Ruby... and the Harpe women, near the site of Henderson" . From the account of the murder of the Harpes, two more pieces of the puzzle were found.
"Susannah wife of ... the Big Harpe, and Sally, spouse of... the Little Harpe, were apprehended at Red Banks... 1799".
"Moses Stiggall ... lived on Stigall's Branch of Main Deer Creek in Webster County.
Thus, Red Banks was firmly established as having been in the northern part of Hopkins County, near the town of Henderson. Moreover, we learn that under the Act in Central and Eastern Kentucky, by an amendment of 12 December 1799, "various ports of inspection were provided... an inspection was established on the land of Henderson and Company, to be known ... by the name of Henderson ... ".
From the 1794 map of Kentucky, by Rufsell, we get a better idea of the relationship of the watercourses, and their effect in relation to where the ancestors lived on this circumstantial case of evidence we are building to link the Walker generations. The Tradewater River and its tributaries flow into the Ohio. John Walker was at the "mouth" of the Ohio in 1799 (Doc 3e).
We presume that he was at the "mouth" of the confluence of the Ohio and the Tradewater. The Red Banks and the inspection station of Henderson were in close proximity. Both of these locations were apparently on the Tradewater in the general neighborhood of Deer Creek, Owens Branch and Clear Creek.
There was only one Walker old enough to have been your John Walker's father, residing in Hopkins County between 1799 and 1804. This Walker, John Walker, lived in the same neighborhood with your Robert Robertson clan and John Walker's father-in-law, Johnathan Plamer, with whom John and Charity lived in 1810. Moreover, he had a son who turned 21 in 1804. one question remains, what happened to the two John Walkers after 1804? Hopkins County, Kentucky tax records were missing for the years 1805, 1806 and 1807. Neither John Walker was taxed in 1808. We presume that the elder John Walker died. The younger John was in Hopkins in 1811 when he married Charity Palmer.
Finding John Walker in Virginia will be challenging and time consuming because Walker was a common name. We checked the Heads of Families, the First Census of Virginia, which was taken from personal property tax enumerations for the years 1782 to 1785. More than ten John Walkers were listed in just about the same number of counties. we noted that John Combs, John O'Dell, Asbys, and Underwoods were all found in the early tax records for Henderson County, which became Hopkins County in 1809. John Combs was located in Ashby's settlement on Elk Creek in 1799 in Henderson. It may be that some of your family lived on Elk Creek. In any case, Elk Creek was not far from Flat Creek, Clear Creek and Madisonville where your Robertsons lived. Moreover, your Lewis Robertson witnessed a deed involving the estate of Henry Ashby, deceased in 1807. The signif icance of all of this is that we are trying to determine if John Walker might have come from the same place in Virginia that the Combs-Underwood-Asby clan came from. This clan, who had all intermarried for generations, were most recently from Fauquier County, Virginia.
1. Trace John Walker into Virginia.
2. Prove the relationships between the St. Claire, Illinois, Walkers and the Hopkins County Walkers.
3. Identify all of the Robertson families in Hopkins. Trace the Robertsons into North Carolina.
4. Complete information for the children of John Walker and Elizabeth Robertson in Green County, Illinois.
Time did not permit an extensive investigation to discover the path that your RLDS Walkers took. However, we made a good beginning. In the 1900 Iowa Soundex, we discovered the families of David Walker, born 1864 in Idaho; and James H. Walker, born 1860 in Utah. Most of the children were daughters (Doc 6). In the 1920 Iowa Soundex, we found two more families living in Decatur County, Iowa. Lamoni was in Decatur County. Clarborn A. Walker, age 63, was born in Illinois and Elmer Walker, age 35, was born in Iowa. This session closed before we could investigate who these Walkers were in relation to your family.
The quest will be continued, during the next session, for your RLDS relatives in Lamoni. We will also contact the RLDS Church and do some detective work in Lamoni in order to locate your relatives.
It has been a pleasure to assist you further on this research problem.
UNIVERSAL GENEALOGY CENTER
RESEARCH REPORT (5011-A WA.LKER)
16 June 1997
Research was continued on your Walker line, and although this remained very challenging, we feel that some important progress was made.
A case of good circumstantial evidence has been developed which has established a connection between your 4th great grandfather, John Walker, and the John Walker who resided at the "mouth" of the Ohio in 1799 in Henderson County. The next goal is to identify the brothers and sisters of John Walker (2:2)- Research findings from previous sessions indicated that both James Walker, who died in 1837, in St. Claire County, Illinois, and Jesse Walker, who conveyed real estate "by agent" in Hopkins County, Kentucky, were related to your ancestor, John Walker. We continued our study of land and census -records in Hopkins County, and census records in St. Claire County, hoping to find out how James Walker and Jessee Walker were related to your 4th great-grandfather, John Walker (2:4).
In 1817, Jesse Walker granted power of Attorney to William Owen in Hopkins County, Kentucky. Michael Harman and E. Givens witnessed this document. One year later, in 1818, Jesse Walker of St. Claire County, Illinois, sold 175 acres in Hopkins County, Kentucky to Benjamin Bamberry for three hundred and fifty dollars (Doc 3). Walker's 175 acres was located on "William Givens line" and bounded by James Wilson's survey. Moreover, this deed was witnessed by Daniel C. Cargile and Ana Wier. Coordinating entries for John and Robert Robertson on the 1810 Hopkins County Census, we would place Jesse Walker's tract of 175 acres in the vicinity of Clear Creek, Weir Creek and Pond Creek, most likely on Weir Creek (Doc 6). Eleazer Givens, who witnessed Jesse Walker's deed, lived in the same vicinity as your 4th great grandfather, John Walker, and his brother-in-law, John Palmer. William Owen, to whom Jesse Walker granted power of attorney, was an early resident of Henderson County and a neighbor to your ancestors, Robert Robertson (2:6) and John Walker, Sr. (2:4).
In the 1820 St. Clair County Census, Jesse Walker was enumerated on page 120, next to Moses Short in Bellsville Township. John B. Robinson, Jacob Whiteside, and Jacob Short were enumerated on page 119. John Whiteside, William Whiteside, Zacharias Holcomb, and Charles Ruby were all enumerated on page 121, except William Whiteside who appeared on page 123. A Henry Walker was enumerated on page 124 in Ogle Township and a William Walker appeared on the following page 125. Both James and John Walker were enumerated on page 127 in Chambers and Silver Creek Townships respectively. Entries for both Chambers Township and Silver Creek Township were listed on the same page. A second James Walker was found in Turkey Hill Township on page 130. James Robinson was enumerated on page 131 in Turkey Hill, and John L. Whiteside, Benj. Davis, Jesse Walker, Jr., and Ortho Wilson were all found in Turkey Hill Township on page 133 (Doc 8).
It was clear at this point that a number of families who resided in the same neighborhood in Hopkins County, Kentucky, had settled in St. Clair County, Illinois prior to 1820. They were the Whitesides, Walkers, Shorts, and John Ruby. It was also evident that the population in each of the several townships was quite small, and in at least one case appeared to overlap each other on the 1820 Census. Case in point, ,James Walker was the last head of household enumerated in Chamberlin Township. Only one other family was enumerated between James Walker of Chamberlin Township, and John Walker of Silver Creek Township.
At this point it was not certain whether or not John B. Robinson and James Robinson, enumerated in the 1820 St. Clair County Census, were part of your family. The spelling of the surname "Robinson" is close to "Robertson". In fact, on John Walker's marriage certificate, in 1814, Elizabeth's name was given as "Robinson".
The 1830, entries on the St. Clair County, Illinois Census provided some clarification which has helped to identify both James and Jesse Walker (Doc 9). In 1830, James Walker was enumerated on page 154, next to Moses Short and John G. Short. In 1837, William B. Short, John G. Short, and James Hill witnessed James Walker's will in St. Claire County, Illinois. Since Jesse Walker resided next to Moses Short in Bellsville Township in 1820, and James Walker resided next to Moses Short in 1830, it is clear that there was a connection between Jesse Walker and James Walker.
Since it has already been established that Jesse Walker, of St. Claire County, Illinois, lived in the same neighborhood as your Robertson and Walker ancestors, in Hopkins County, Kentucky, it is also clear that there was a family connection between Jesse Walker, James Walker, and your John Walker.
Moreover, Stephen Whiteside, who was enumerated along with William B. Short in 1830, on page 155, was enumerated in 1820, on page 127, in Silver Creek Township, only four farms away from John Walker. The composition of John Walker's family matches exactly the numbers and ages of males and females in the family of your ancestor, John Walker. The James Walker enumerated next to John Walker on page 127 in 1820, may have been the same James Walker residing next to Moses Short in 1830.
As we continued to examine clues found in St. Clair County, Illinois Census records and to relate these findings in the census records to information from previous research in an effort to establish family relationships, it became necessary to continue our investigation in land records in Hopkins County, Kentucky. Samuel Short, and his wife, Lydia, sold 140 acres on Deer Creek in 1818, to Charles Robertson. This was the same year Jesse Walker, who had already moved to St. Clair County, sold his tract in the same general vicinity where your ancestors lived. John Robertson sold his tract on Owens Branch, which ran to "Whitesides Corner" in 1818. it appears that the Whitesides, Walkers, and Shorts moved to St. Claire around the year 1818.
Thus, we can be quite certain that the John B. Robertson who was enumerated, along with Jacob Whiteside and Jacob Short, on page 119, in Bellsville Township, in St. Claire County, was part of your family, probably Elizabeth Robertson's cousin.
Previously, it had been thought that the James Walker, who died in St. Claire in 1837, might have been the brother of your 4th great-grandfather, John Walker (2:4). This is not correct. Based on James Walkers age in 1830, we now know that he was born between 1750 and 1760. Thus, he was probably the brother of your 4th great-grandfather, John Walker of Henderson County, Kentucky.
The case of Jesse Walker is somewhat more complicated. The elder Jesse Walker enumerated next to Moses Short in 1820, did not appear in the 1830 St. Claire County, Illinois Census. In 1820, Jesse Walker was over 45. His wife was 26-45. Two males, 26-45, 10-16, and one female, 10-26, resided with Jesse Walker in 1820. Jesse Walker, Jr., enumerated with John L. Whiteside, on page 133, in 1820, with a wife, 16-26, and one male, under 10, must have been his son. It is less clear where Jesse Walker fits in to your family. However, we are beginning to suspect that he may have been the Reverend Jesse Walker, who was in Hopkins County in 1806, and subsequently resided in St. Clair County, and served in the Missouri Conference.
The process of sorting out your Walker family continues to be painstaking and challenging. However, we are pleased with the continual progress which has been made throughout our entire investigation. We are encouraged to have found entries for James and Jessee Walker in the St. Clair County, Illinois Census. This source, coupled with information from land and tax records of Hopkins County, Kentucky, has supplied information which will enable us to continue our search for the siblings of both your 3rd great-grandfather, John Walker, and your 4th great-grandfather, John Walker.
Research findings from this session suggest probable relationships, but they also pose questions which we need to address in the next research session through investigating additional sources in St. Claire County, which might help complete the family group record for John Walker, prior to addressing other areas of research which were proposed in the last report. We believe that Eleazer Givens, a close associate of both your Robertson and Walker ancestors, might help lead us to the next Walker generation.
More time was spent during this session, both in reviewing your Walker file and in actual research in the files, themselves, as well as in new sources, than was allotted. For this reason, Documents 2, 4, and 10 will be submitted, and reported on in the next session, after we have had a further opportunity to study them.
It has been a pleasure assisting you with this challenging quest for your Walker ancestry.
UNIVERSAL GENEALOGY CENTER
Child of John Walker is:
John Walker, born Abt. 1784 in Virginia; died 1867 in Walkerville, Green, Illinois; married (1) Charity Palmer February 1810; married (2) Elizabeth Robertson 1814.