I’m posting these notes in hopes that other family researchers will join the conversation and add to the information that is provided in this post. Collaboration and corrections to this body of work are appreciated and welcomed.
The search for Charles Right Walker began with Charles Walker, IV, and Mollie Brown who were the parents of Charles Right Walker. Reference: the Thomas Jefferson Moore/Frances Pickens Moore Family Bible, the Jeff Ross Papers, and trees posted at ancestry.com, including the McKee-Patton Family Tree and the Weir Family Tree.
… “In October of 1789 Ezekiel Joines [Jones] purchased 200 acres of land from Charles Walker of Franklin County, Georgia. (Doc # 82)…In 1791 Ezekiel Joines sold 100 acres to George Payne… The deed states that this was part of a tract of land sold to Ezekiel Joines by Charles Walker. (Doc # 196)…” These Jones folks trail back to Wilkes County, North Carolina. Reference: http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/j/o/i/Eldon-D-Joines/GENE4-0001.html.
Additional research is needed because the lineage of Charles Right Walker goes back to the Alexander/Burke/Wilkes County areas of North Carolina… According to an email dated May 31, 2011, from researcher, Jerry Dagenhart, Larkin Kerley, who married Sarah Walker (sister of Charles Walker, IV) was living with his daughter, Martha Kerley Jones when he died—Larkin Kerley Jones, 78 years of age, was in the household of William B. Jones (wife Martha) in 1850, Alexander County, NC)…
According to the Federal Census of the Pendleton District, South Carolina, 1790, Charles Walker was living near several Brown families, including Captain Hugh Brown, Joseph Brown, David Brown, William Brown, and James Brown. Indications are that these Browns remained loyal to the British Crown and migrated into Georgia from South Carolina. Reference http://www.camdencounty.org/ebooks/brownbook.pdf for a well-documented book and look into the life of Captain Hugh Brown. Also, for an interesting look into the Brown Families who migrated into Elbert and Franklin County, Georgia, including DNA studies, reference Brown GenForum messages #43590 and #43599.
In 1790 in the Pendleton District of South Carolina, Charles Walker’s next door and near neighbors included John Evans and James Kell. According to Michael C. Dunn at http://www.tamandmichael.com/dunnindian.htm, this Kell family had a Cherokee connection. He wrote a colorful account of the family, and it is posted for our viewing. The writing demonstrates the flavor of the time and migration movements into Georgia. “The Kells seem to have been connected all over northeast Georgia, even while still based in extreme northwestern South Carolina…[James Kell] who spent quite a few years in Pendleton District, South Carolina, what is today the three northwestern counties of SC. He was there by the early 1790s.” Reference: Dunns’ Cherokee Connections. Note: 2. (Future) Rabun County, Georgia, at the above web address.
A look at the folks living near Charles Walker in 1790 gives a voice to the migration patterns of the time…many families migrated from the Pendleton District of South Carolina west into the Northeastern area of Georgia.
We think we know that Charles Right Walker was born in Georgia. Referencing the 1850 and 1860 Federal Census of Wayne County, TN, Charles Right Walker (son of Charles Walker, IV) was enumerated consistently as born in Georgia circa 1795. His sister, Hannah Walker, was also consistently enumerated as born in Georgia. When considering Hannah Walker’s date of birth (circa 1785), it leads one to wonder if Charles Walker, IV, was back and forth between South Carolina and Georgia.
Note: Many biographical accounts of the children and grandchildren of Hannah Walker (sister of Charles Right Walker) and Jesse Brown are scattered throughout the Internet, including many interpretations of the life and times of their grandson, Robert “Clay” Allison, the notorious gun fighter who died in 1887 in Pecos, Reeves County, Texas. Reference: the Outlaw Allison Family Tree at ancestry.com, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clay_Allison, and http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=7940776.
The search for Charles Right Walker led from Georgia to Tennessee. In 1820 in Hardin County, Tennessee, Jesse Brown was living beside a Charles Walker, 16-25, and a Charles Walker, Jr., 45+, (reference 1820 Federal Census, Hardin County, TN). Charles Walker is believed to be Charles Right Walker because of his age and subsequent census records in Hardin County. In 1830, Hardin County, Tennessee, he was enumerated as Chas. W. Walker, and in 1840, Hardin County, Tennessee, he was enumerated as Charles R. Walker.
Also to be considered is the Charles Walker in Lawrence County, Tennessee, in 1820 with 2 males over 45 in the household (reference 1820 Lawrence County Census Records (not Federal), or Heritage Quest online Census Records for Lawrence County, Tennessee, 1820). So, in 1820, in Hardin and Lawrence Counties, we have 3 Charles Walkers—two living beside each other in Hardin County--Charles Walker and Charles Walker, Jr.—the other Charles Walker is in Lawrence County with 2 males over the age of 45 in the household. Note: Geographically, Hardin County, Lawrence County, and Wayne County bumper up against each other in lower middle Tennessee and are bordered on the south by Alabama.
Charles Walker in Lawrence County, Tennessee, had neighbors that included Walter Brashears, Robert Brashears, and Nathan Brashears. Goodspeed, Lawrence County, posted at www.tngenweb.org/lawrence/goodspe.htm, provides an accounting of some of the first settlers on Beeler Fork, Lawrence County, including John Gest, Elijah Walker (who married Elizabeth “Gist” in Lawrence County in 1819), Jacob Brashers, John Brashers, and William Brashers.
Note: I had not previously identified the Charles Walker in Lawrence County in 1820 partially because Ancestry.com enumerates this Charles Walker in Franklin County, Tennessee, which lies 3 counties over from my research area. When I consulted the county records of Lawrence County, Tennessee, and the Heritage Quest online Federal Census Records for 1820, this Charles Walker (as well as Elijah Walker) was clearly in Lawrence County, Tennessee. Prior to the discovery of the Charles Walker in Lawrence County, the older Charles Walker in Hardin County was assumed to be Charles Walker, IV. Additional research is needed.
Armed with the thinking that Charles Walker, IVs, children were born in Georgia, I decided to look for Charles Walker, IV, prior to 1820 in Georgia. I began with map placing of the Walkers who were in Georgia during the Reconstructed Census years—circa 1790. Walker families who were present seemed to cluster in the northeast area of Georgia near the border of South Carolina. The early Georgia Census Records were lost (burned by the British during the War of 1812) and are reconstructed from wills, deeds, tax digests, court minutes, etc. An index to the individuals around the 1790 time frame is contained in the Reconstructed Census Records (reference 1790 Reconstructed Census Records of Georgia [Index], page 231, at ancestry.com). Some of the Reconstructed Census Records are as follows.
In 1786-1792 Deed Book C and 1792-1793 Deed Book H, Charles Walker and Jessie Walker were listed as land grantees in Franklin County, Georgia. Reference the will of Jessie Walker, The Early Records of Georgia, Volume II, Wilkes County, admx, Jeremiah Walker purchaser. Note: Also in Franklin County were Greer and Dailey families.
In 1789-1790, Midway Congressional Church Records, Liberty County, GA, include Joel Walker and Mary Walker.
The 1793 tax list of Chatham County, Savannah District, GA, shows a Charles Walker.
In 1793, a Charles Walker, Elijah Walker, Jacob Walker, and Randal Walker were on the Muster Roll of Captain Samuel Walters in Franklin County, Georgia.
In 1793, Georgia’s Virtual Vault shows Charles Walker with 78 acres in Franklin County (Volume DD, Page 78, Record ID 56305, Georgia Colonial and Headright Plat Index, 1735-1866).
In 1793, the Militia Payroll of the 3rd Company, Liberty County, Georgia, enumerates Ansiel Walker, Isham Walker, Little Walker, and Richard Walker.
In 1800, 1801, and 1802, a Charles Walker is on the tax list of Franklin County, Georgia.
In 1803, Elbert County, Georgia, Jeremiah Walker and wife, Hannah [Daniel] Walker, sold property to John Daniel. Jeremiah and Hannah Walker migrated to Dickson County, Tennessee, where known children of Charles Walker, III, settled…reference Leaves from Our Tree—Our Georgia Roots rootsweb.ancestry.com--note the Banks surname) and Walker GenForum message, #28931, posted May 24, 2011, by Kent Walker.
Following Charles Right Walker (son of Charles Walker, IV)…
In 2001 Alan McCulley (of Richardson, Texas) prepared a paper, “Ancestors of Pinkney C. McCulley.” The paper’s focus is the McCulley/Walker family, and it provides a list of the children of Jesse Brown and Hannah Walker (sister of Charles Right Walker). Reference http://www.genealogy.com/users/h/a/n/April-Hanna/FILE/0002text.txt. I received information about the above referenced paper from Walker researcher, Loretta Walker, as well as TSDAR Bible pages (owned by Cathy Lackey Smith of Savannah, TN) with entries showing that Charles Right Walker’s middle name was originally recorded with an “R”. In alternate census years, his middle name begins with a “W.” Additional research may shed light on the origin of the Right/Wright name.
A 2002 posting on RootsWeb: TNHARDIN-L Re: [TNHARDIN] Walker Family—references the Thomas Jefferson Moore/Frances Pickens Moore Family Bible, owned by Miss Sue Waller of Wiggins, TN—from the Bible:
…Charles Right Walker married Elizabeth Honor Brown 11 November, 1819. Her parents were Jesse Brown and Hannah Walker. Their children were:
Martha b. 12 June 1824, d. 3 Sept. 1899, married Andrew Jackson Pickens and Mastin Moore
Malizza married Alfred Skelton 1 Jun 1839
M. Jess, married S. S. Rickets, 24 Dec 1851
According to the above referenced 2002 posting, Jesse Brown and Elizabeth Honor Brown were siblings…
Chronological tracking of Charles Right Walker:
1790—Charles Walker, IV, (father of Charles Right Walker) Federal Census, Pendleton County, South Carolina (living near several Brown families)
1790-1820—CONSIDER EARLY RECORDS OF GEORGIA
1820—Charles Walker, 45+, Lawrence County, Tennessee, Census Records, (living near Brashears families)
1820—Charles Walker and Charles Walker, Jr., Hardin County, Tennessee (living beside Jesse Brown)
1822—Charles R. Walker signed a petition to move the county seat of Wayne County, Tennessee. Ref: http://www.tngenweb.org/1822.htm.
1830—Charles W. Walker, 30-39, was in Hardin County, TN, with an older male, 70-79, in his household.
1840—Charles R. Walker, 40-49, was enumerated in Hardin County…the older male was no longer in the household, suggesting the death of the older male was between 1830-1840 in Hardin County, Tennessee.
1850—Nannie Brown [Elizabeth Honor Brown], 65, born Georgia, was living in the household of son, C. M. Brown [Clifton Marion Brown] and wife Elizabeth in Wayne County, Tennessee.
1850—C. R. Walker [Charles Right Walker] was enumerated in District 14, Wayne County, Tennessee, age 55, birth abt. 1795, Georgia, with wife Elizabeth…
1860—Charles R. Walker was enumerated in District 14, Wayne County, Tennessee, age 65, born circa 1795 in Georgia, wife Elizabeth. Charles Right Walker died shortly after the 1860 census was taken, and he is buried in Elliott Cemetery in Clifton, Wayne County, Tennessee.
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