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Samuel S. Walker
Posted by: Chancey Wells Walker 111 (ID *****9733) Date: September 07, 2009 at 07:38:30
In Reply to: Re: Walker family by ronnita hawkins of 224

Ronita, If you will email me at, I will scan some of the documents I have collected. One is the death certificate for Richard, signed by my granddad, Chancey Wells Walker Sr.
On the certificate he listed Richard's father as Samuel Walker but his grandmother as Abbey Bonham or Bonhann. There were so many Walkers in that area, most originally from Virginia and South Carolina, that it's hard to tell who is who. On the death certificate, he also listed Richard's birthplace as Tennessee. I wonder if there is a mix up with the Abbeys? Was there a Abbey or Abigail Boon and a Abbey Bonham?
Another interesting thing about this is there is a Samuel and Abigail Walker listed in the 1880 census, in TENNESSEE.

I thought I was sure of the correct Samuel walker but now I am not so sure. Samuel S.Samuel C. or another Samuel J?

Here is the real riddle with Samuel S! I joined the Walker DNA Project and was tested. Are you ready for this? The DNA showed no match for any other Walkers who were tested. I was an exact match, exact, for a Drewry Vinson from Hertford, NC. who lived in the later 1700's and early 1800's. In researching him, I find several Walkers in that area. Somehow, either from a " Vinson in the wood pile" or a Walker being taken by the Vinson family, the Vinson's became the start of our Walkers. I can't think of any other way this could happen. Perhaps thats why it's so hard to trace Samuel S. Walker.
The DNA test showed it most likely the Vinson connection was at least four to nine generations ago.

Also, there is an exact match for some Vincents from South Carolina, so that could also be a trace. It seems that the names Vinson or Vincent are from French ancestery. The DNA shows mostly French ancestry.
You beat that; not Scotch-Irish.

The key is finding the correct Great-Great-grandfather, Samuel S, C, or J. and the Abbey. The killer to me was the death certificate showing Abbey Bonham as Samuel's wife and Richard's birthplace as Tennessee. In the Tennessee census, Abigail has the money, Samuel had none.
In the Deed books from Pender County, It shows Abbey Walker selling land to a Holly Jones several times in 1880 and 1892. In 1890, Charlotte and Richard P. gift land to Abbey Walker. Are there two Abbeys, Boon and Bonham? It seems my granddad would know his mother's maiden name?

Please email me and I will send you the death certificate , and copies of all I have.

Thanks, it's wonderful meeting another cousin.


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