States: Indiana: Hancock
Thanks for the response. I have looked at most of the Walkers in the county, at least enough to sort them into rough batches. I have a Roberts lineage and some of them married Walkers, so I've had a couple of reasons for looking at Walkers. This bunch seems to be primarily associated with Robert Walker and Dorcas (?Simms). This group seems to have come from NC into Wayne Co., IN before moving to Hancock Co. Since I have so little on my Walker line and I haven't posted much about them, I thought I'd go ahead and post this here in case someone might make a link. My William C. Walker was b. 22 Jan 1814, reported variously as PA, NC, and IN. He married Julia A. or I. Payne in Orange Co., IN 1 Mar 1838. Julia was b. 25 Feb 1819 in either NC or IN (Harden's history, p. 449, says b. NC in 1820 and came to the county abt 1836). She died 14 Mar 1893 and was buried in the Reeves Cem. which was either on or beside property that William owned. William remarried 15 Mar 1894 a Gussie Burris, but as far as I can determine her maiden name was Walkstetter. It is my understanding that there was a lot of conflict in the family over the estate, but so far I have not located the records on that. William and Julia had 13 children although not all survived into adulthood and some others died as young adults. There is some evidence that William owned some property in KS and that his son James went there at least for awhile, but he later returned. So far I have not been able to find out where this property was in KS. I have visited Orange Co. and searched the records there, but I found nothing on either Walkers or Paynes. The only thing I know is that Orange Co. was one of several sites in IN that have a strong Quaker history. However, I have not found any evidence that either the Walkers or Paynes were Quakers. The church associated with the Reeves Cem. was known as the Mt. Zion Baptist Church, and Harden's history reports that Julia was an honored member there. The point is that William and Julia seem to be isolates; I just can't connect them to any of the other Walkers. Here's a list of their children, just in case it matches something you have: George D. or O., Mary Elizabeth (my direct ancestor), James, Noble P., an unnamed infant, William A., Thomas (twin), Thompson (twin), John (F.?), Walter Howard David (Dock), Julia, Martin, and Amanda.
I have another point of discussion. On my maternal side I have an Anna Beachman b. abt 1794 Ireland whose first husband was Thomas Rogers. I know almost nothing about him except that he apparently died in 1830 shortly after arriving in Hancock Co. He is buried in the Scotten Cem. I think that Anna and Thomas had 3 sons - Anthony, George, and John. Oral history says that the Beachmans were Orangemen in Ireland and that Anna and Thomas had a child who was buried at sea during the voyage. I have in my notes that Thomas may have had a brother Nathan who died in 1838 and that a Jesse Rogers was involved in some court dispute over Nathan's estate. I also have a note that Thomas may have had a brother-in-law or son-in-law named John Jessup who lived in Fayette Co. John's wife's name appears to have been Margaret. Does this tie in with the Nathan Rogers who was the father of Elizabeth and Nancy?