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Earnest Brown Walters (b. 1890 VA) & Samuel Walter
Posted by: James Patrick (ID *****4716) Date: April 16, 2007 at 11:17:26
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We’re trying to find information about Earnest Brown (b.1889 VA), said to be the son of (wed/unwed?) Margaret Brown. Margaret is said to have died from TB when Earnest was little. Nothing more is known. Earnest’s WWI registration notes his birthplace as Mildale VA, but we suppose that it’s actually Milldale (Warren Co) VA.

Earnest is enumerated in the 1900 census of Page County VA, on page 286, Springfield Magisterial D., in the household of Samuel Walter (b. Oct 1873 VA), and identified as a "lodger". Listed in the household are :

Walter, Samuel (b. Oct 1873 VA)
Walter, Dollie (wife b. Sep 1880 VA)
Brown, Earnest (Lodger b. Jul 1889 VA) -- "At School"
Washington, Howard (Lodger b. Mar 1879 VA)
Washington Jane (Lodger b. Dec? 1880 VA)

It is said that Earnest Brown became “Earnest Walter", and later, “Earnest Walters”. We don’t know if perhaps he was adopted by Samuel Walter. Does anyone know if such possible adoption papers might have been sealed in the 1900-1910 time period? It was only by happenstance that his granddaughter learned the truth of Earnet’s birth from a dying great-aunt.

We don’t find subsequent 1910 census listing for Samuel Walter or Earnest Brown/Walter/Walters.

Earnest Walters was a successfully merchant and grocer in Winchester (Frederick Co) VA. Ernest had several daughters but only two sons, Lawrence and Leonard. Both Lawrence and Leonard only had daughters, so we don’t have an option for Y-DNA analysis.

Jim Patrick <>

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