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Elijah, Ben Walker and Martin Dowdy in 1840's
Posted by: Ann Lackey (ID *****4010) Date: February 20, 2004 at 08:38:10
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I am grasping at straws in my effort to find the parents of Benjamin F. Walker who was born in NC in 1808. He married Martha Mahala Wahoon Vaughn in Oglethorpe in 1832. They appeared on the 1840 census there, the Franklin Co., GA census in 1850 and the Harris Co., GA census in 1860. Ben died in 1867, but Mahala lived until 1883 in Harris. On the 1880 Harris census when she was 68, there was a Terrell Walker, age 62, his wife Elisabeth, age 38, and a daughter, Addie, age 9.

This 1880 Harris census leads me to believe that Ben's parents moved to Ga by 1818 when Terrell was born. I have not found Terrell anywhere else for any time period.

I have a number of land transactions for Ben in both Oglethorpe and in Franklin. I also saw that he was named guardian for a William and Sarah Vaughn in Oglethorpe. Elizabeth Vaughn named her sister, Mahala Walker, sole inheritor of her possessions in 1845.

My attention is now on the fact that Ben witnessed a codicil for Martin Dowdy's will. Living next to Martin on the 1840 census was Elijah Walker. The Dowdys also witnessed the will of the above Elizabeth Vaughn. Could this Elijah be Ben's father or brother? There was an Elijah Walker in Franklin also, but he was already on the Franklin Tax list in 1801. There was an Elijah on the 1850 Franklin Co. census when Ben and his family appeared.

Two of Ben's sons married in Franklin Co in the 1850's. James Valentine Walker married Theodosia Allen David. James died in 1855. His widow married Nathaniel Fitzpatrick in Banks Co. Ben's son William Elbe Walker married Sisily C. Mize. William died in the Civil War in 1862. Sisily remarried a Chitwood. That marriage produced the mother of Ty Cobb, Amanda Chitwood Cobb.

I would very much like to correspond with anyone researching these families, but it seems from the messages that this forum is not often used.


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