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Daly Walker, Wythe County, Virginia
Posted by: karen walker bauer (ID *****3784) Date: October 13, 2011 at 18:45:11
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Daly Walker, Sr.
Circa 1750/1760 – 1836

…From Burke County, North Carolina, to Wythe County, Virginia, to
Knox County, Tennessee…

Note: Until now, evidence of Daly Walker’s life was largely missing between the late 1790s to 1815. Thanks to the work of Walker researcher, Loretta Walker, Daly Walker, Sr., is now firmly established in Wythe County, Virginia, during those missing years. The documentation presented here tracks Daly Walker, Sr., from Burke County, North Carolina, to Wythe County, Virginia, and finally, to Knox County, Tennessee, where he made a will in 1830 and died in 1836.

November 27, 1778, in Wilkes County, North Carolina, the marriage bond of Daly Walker and “Hannah Smith of Burke County,” was witnessed by Charles Walker and Renelder Walker. Daly signed his name “Daly Walker,” which is the spelling that was adopted by the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) when Daly Walker was included as a member of DAR for Revolutionary War Patriotic Service in December of 2010. For additional information, see the Daly Walker Family Tree at by Karen Walker Bauer.

In 1790, Daly Walker was in Burke County, North Carolina. In the household were 2 males under 16, 1 male 16 and over, and 5 females. His next door and near neighbors included Nicholas Jones, Edward Teague, Elijah Banks, Hugh Fox, John Hood, Charles Walker, and Simon Walker. Reference: 1790 Federal Census, Burke County, North Carolina, 8th Company, pages 98 and 99.

December 22, 1795, Daly Walker, assignee of Nathenial Frisbie, on a treasury warrant, enters 185 acres on Cripple Creek [Wythe County, Virginia] beginning in a line of Jos. Fannin. Reference: Kegley Books…Mary Kegley, author and attorney, has researched the genealogy of Southwest Virginia families for over 45 years. She coordinates and publishes actual records from courthouses for reference by genealogists and historians. Kegley publications are found in a variety of places, including libraries and archives throughout Southwest Virginia, including the Roanoke, Virginia, Public Library.

Note: Records indicate that Daly Walker traveled back and forth between Wythe County, Virginia, and Wilkes County, North Carolina.

November Term 1796, Wilkes County, North Carolina, Daly Walker, Johanna Walker, and Martha Walker witnessed the will of William Careley [Kerley].

Note: Sarah Walker, sister of Daly Walker, Sr., married Larkin Kerley in North Carolina. Larkin Kerley’s father was William Careley/Kerley. The will of William Careley (witnessed by Daly Walker, Johanna Walker, and Martha Walker in 1796) names his eight children as William, Joseph, John, Larkin, Martha, Lucy, Sary, and Wiluth. Reference: Wills: William Careley, 1796: Wilkes County, North Carolina, on the Internet at the USGenWeb Archives site, also reference family trees at, including The Barnes Family Tree, also reference The Jeff Ross papers, housed in the Tennessee State Library and Archives in Nashville, Tennessee. As always, when referencing the work of others “trust but verity” the information.

In 1800, Wythe County, Virginia, Daily Walker was enumerated on Personal Tax List B, page 20.

In 1800, Daily Walker, 185 acres adjoining Joseph Friend, on Cripple Creek [Wythe County, Virginia], granted 1800. Reference: Kegley Books.

January 20, 1802, “George Buckelew, on the last mentioned warrant enters 50 acres beginning on Rodger’s line to Danner’s corner to Daily Walker’s; withdrawn” [Wythe County, Virginia]. Reference: Kegley Books.

Note: George Bucklew married Cathorine Smith in Wilkes County, North Carolina, 8 Nov. 1780—bondsmen were John Walker and Lucas Hood, and the witness was William Whitaker. Catherine Smith and Hannah/Johanna Smith (married Daly Walker, Sr.) were sisters; their parents were William Smith and Catherine Hood. The Hoods were early settlers of Wythe County, Virginia (cut from Montgomery County, Virginia). According to the Letsinger Family Tree-Nationwide (, George Buckalew and wife Catherine Smith Buckalew were in the Cripple Creek area of Wythe County, Virginia, in 1789. In 1814, a deed record in Roane County, Tennessee, states that George Buckelew was of Knox County, Tennessee. George Buckelew died in 1825 in Roane County, Tennessee, and Catherine Smith Buckelew died in 1826 in Roane County, Tennessee—see the Letsinger Family Tree-Nationwide at

May 17, 1805, on the waters of Cripple Creek, Wythe County, Virginia, Daly Walker purchased 93 acres of land from Matthias Greenfield (Richard Hobbs of the County of Wythe was the attorney in fact for Matthias Greenfield). Reference: Deed and transcription (by Loretta Walker) posted on the Daly Walker Family Tree at by Karen Walker Bauer.

In 1810, Daly Walker was enumerated as 45 years of age or over. His household included a male 16-25 years of age, 2 females under 10 years of age, 1 female 10-15, 1 female 16-25, and one female 45 and over. Reference: Darley Walker (looks like Dailey on the original census record), 1810 Federal Census, Wythe County, Virginia.

September 14, 1813, Daly Walker and wife, Joannah Walker, sold land on Cripple Creek in Wythe County, Virginia, to David Fisher… signed and delivered in the presence of Joseph Speedy and William Gleaves. Reference: Deed and transcription (by Loretta Walker) posted on the Daly Walker Family Tree at by Karen Walker Bauer.

By 1814, Daly Walker, Jr., enlisted in the War of 1812 in Knox County, Tennessee. Reference: Bunch’s Regiment (1814), E. Ten. Militia, War of 1812, Company Pay Roll for Jan 10 to May 14, 1814.

In 1815, Daly Walker, Sr., purchased 70 acres on Flat Creek in Knox County, Tennessee, from Michael Tabler (No. 157). The land ran to the “piney spur” of House Mountain. These Walkers were subsequently known as the “Walkers of House Mountain.” Reference: The Walkers of House Mountain and Their Kinsmen by Thomas Hollingsworth Walker--in the holdings of the Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection of the Knox County Public Library in Knoxville, Tennessee. These Walkers test in Group 20 of the Walker Surname DNA Project (at Family Tree DNA). For additional information, see the Daly Walker Family Tree at by Karen Walker Bauer.

Note: Records indicate that the Daly Walker families traveled back and forth between Wythe County, Virginia, and Knox County, Tennessee.

August 23, 1817, Knox County, Tennessee, Daly Walker, Jr., married Druscilla “Drury” Epps (Drury was born in Virginia). Reference: Tennessee State Marriages 1780-2002,

In 1820, Daly Walker was enumerated in Evensham Township, Wythe County, Virginia (Federal Census). This appears to be Daly Walker, Jr., son of Daly Walker, Sr., because he was enumerated as 26-44 years of age. The household included 2 females under 10 and a female 16-25 years of age.

September 12, 1820, recorded in Wythe County, Virginia, Will Book 1, Page 318, Daily Walker is listed as “notes held on” at the Inventory of Estate of William Gleaves.
In 1830, Daly Walker (40-50 years of age; of forty and under fifty) and Daly Walker, Sr. (70-80 years of age; of 70 and under 80) were enumerated in Knox County, Tennessee. Reference: 1830 Federal Census, Knox County, Tennessee.

November 11, 1830, in Knox County, Tennessee, Daly Walker, Sr., made his will in the presence of James Kearns, Thomas Lowe, Lucinda Lowe, and James Fry. The names of his children were given as Nancy, Isaac, Catherine, Edney, Sarah, Daly [Jr.], Marthy, Joanna, Mary, and Jenny.

In 1836, Knox County, Tennessee, the will of Daly Walker, Sr., was probated. Daly Walker is believed to be buried in the Old Walker Cemetery—the cemetery land is still owned by the Walker Family (2011). For additional information, see the Daly Walker Family Tree at by Karen Walker Bauer.

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