Posted By:Sheila Collins
Subject:Harrison J./Giles Walker-Davie Co., NC
Post Date:March 02, 2003 at 18:48:02
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Forum:Davie County, NC Genealogy Forum
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Would like to have some dialog with Harrison Walker descendants. My Walker line is Samuel Walker, Sr. b. ca 1780 and found around Salem meeting house on Hunting Creek. My family is good friends with Harrison descendants' William (decd.)and May, dau. Sarah Walker. I hope to talk with May on my next visit.

I would like to learn as much as I can about Harrison's presence in what would then have been the Kappa community. I have been told that McKinley Walker at one time owned approx. 1000 acres that most likely would have butted up to Salem Church. Harrison's line and mine are buried at Salem. I noticed last night as I reviewed my notes, that a William, Micheal P. or T., and a Sarah Walker were members at St. Matthews Luthern church which my line also attended. Who are these Walkers, they aren't mine. William is probably William McKinley Walker, but who are the others? Also, everyone seems to believe that Polly Walker is Harrison's mother and is searching for his father. There is a John Walker b. 1796 living with Harrison and Sarah in 1850. If he isn't the father then who is he? Who is this Polly Walker? Davie Co. Will Abstracts: 7-20-1843 prb 2-1846 Wife: Sally Sons: Jacob, John, William Daus: Elizabeth and Jinsey Saunders. Other children: Adam, James, Susan Vestal, Polly Walker. Exrs: Jacob Sheek, William Saunders. Wit: F.A. Ward, Thomas Smith

What is the connection between this William B./S. Wilson/Willson/Wilsen and Harrison's Sarah and my Nancy?
5-30-1848 William B. Wilson to Arthur Neely for $1 7 love in trust for Sarah Walker, wf of Harrison Walker, 150A of Keller place on Hunting Creek on Mocksville-Statesville Road adj. Abraham Van Eaton, Slomon Hall, Providence Neely, and a negro girl, Mariah, 9. Wit: G.W. Campbell, H.H. Dent, John Lucky

Book 31, page 414, Oct 21, 1830, William S. Wilsen lets Nancy Walker have during her life two tracts (one called the Taggart place & the other called the Hill field, the former being next John Ham & James Rheshaw) for one ear of corn yearly, but reserves the right to cut the timber & build fences on them, acknowledged in aug. 1831 .(The latter tract seems to begin at the old bars of John Ham or Hains? & goes up the old road of Hames? to within 50 yeards of the old house of ------Taggart, north to the line of James Renshaw, west with the line of Renshaw to the fence around the bottom, then with said fence to Ham's old bars--the acreage is not given & the writing is poor). (the above information was taken from McCubbins Collection in Rowan Co Library History Room, Salisbury, NC, on 3/12/2001.

Also, Vincent Walker, b. 1816?, (William and Mary C. Walker) is found just on the other side of Hunting Creek.

So what do you guys think? My brickwall, Samuel, Sr., is driving me nuts and I am digging through all of the Rowan/Davie Co. Walkers. I believe that there was a John Walker on the 1757 Tax List for Rowan Co., but most of the others seem to have migrated in about 1780 or later. Doris Frye, DC History Room, stated that there was an economic down turn about that time and a lot of the original land grand owners left and new folks moved in. Iredell Co. records indicate a big tobacco migration about that same time (?). The other Walker lines that I have contacted with say the same thing, they go back to 1780-90 and zero!!! What's the answer????????????? Will gladly share what I have on any of the Walker lines.