McMinn County, Tn. Walker Family--Last update 10/11/2015

There are a multitude of web sites and postings on the internet claiming that John Walker of Greene County, Tn. was the son of John Walker III and Ann Houston. If this WERE TRUE, then their paternal line descendants SHOULD have the group 8 y-dna profile of the Wigton, Scotland Walker paternal line. They don't! It IS possible that their descendants are from the Wigton, Scotland MATERNAL line but there's no way to prove that either. But a y-dna mismatch to group 8 of the Walker DNA project DOES PROVE they are NOT the Wigton, Scotland paternal line.

It has been proven by documentation and by dna testing that the Walker paternal line families of Tucheleechee Cove in Blount County, Tn. do have the group 8 profile. Some of them migrated to McMinn and Monroe Counties of the Hiwassee Land Grant area having obtained properties in Knoxville, Tn. on the same time and day with sequential land grant numbers. Those grants also were for the same location on adjoining properties in McMinn County, Tn. A descendant from John Walker IV's daughter, Mary Walker, who married Rev. George Snider in Blount County, Tn. is a family finder match to the McMinn County, Tn. descendants as well. The Tuchaleechee Cove GROUP are detected as cousins to each other. So discard ANYTHING that claims the Greene County, Tn. group are descended from John Walker III and Ann Houston until such time as you obtain a group 8 y-dna profile from one of their descendants. The Wigton, Scotland Walker paternal line claim for Greene County, Tn. John Walker is fictional.

Disclaimer: An effort has been made on this site to provide photographs of documentation rather than transcriptions. Use these files as a general reference, include the documentation, and do your own research to confirm this research. You should do your own family finder and y-dna testing to confirm your lineage.

Multiple families of the same surname lived side by side in many locations and they were cousins as well. The McMinn County, Tn. Wigton, Scotland Walker descendants are approximately 6th cousins to the descendants from the Green County, Tn. John Walker (Indian Killer) line as proven by autosomal dna comparisons. They ARE cousins, possibly from the Anderson maternal line. My opinion is that it is more than probable they share a common ancestry through the Wigton, Scotland Walker maternal line. Documentation proves that Rev. Isaac Anderson not only knew the Wigton, Scotland Walker descendants who lived in Roane County, Tn. but spoke at the ordination service of Samuel Walker in the Presbyterian Church at Kingston, Tn. indicating a family connection with him.

The Walker family maternal line goes back to Rev. Joseph Alleine, a controversial Puritan minister who was imprisoned in England bacause of his religious beliefs. Richard Alleine was the father of Theodosia Alleine who married Rev. Joseph Alleine. The Rev. Joseph Alleine had a Divinity degree from Oxford and as a minister sometimes traveled with Rev. John Wesley. Several of the books he wrote while in prison were used by Rev. John Wesley as foundational doctrines for the methodist faith. Rev. Joseph Alleine and Theodosia Alleine were the parents of Isabella Alleine who married Rev. John Rutherford, Scottish Covenanter. Katherine Rutherford, their daughter, married John Walker II of the family indicated below.
Click here to go to external site with article about Rev. Joseph Alleine
Click here to see a picture of Rev. Joseph Alleine and to download some of his works as audio files or pdf files.

The following kinship reports show the relationship of the McMinn County, Tn. Walker descendants to a couple of historical figures. Most likely Rev. Isaac Anderson was also descended from the Wigton, Scotland lineage because his mother was the daughter of William Walker of Rockbridge, Va. but the exact connection of William Walker has not been defined. The presence of Rev. Isaac Anderson and his siblings in McMinn County, Tn. with the Walker descendants and his presence at the ordination service of Samuel Walker of Kingston, Tn. is another strong indicator of his Walker ancestry.

Click here to download the kinship report of Rev. Joseph Alleine

Click here to download the kinship report of explorer Joseph Rutherford Walker.

Former president George Herbert Walker Bush's probably 4th great uncle William Rutherford Weir is buried in Walnut Grove Methodist Church Cemetery in McMinn County, Tn. This cemetery was formerly part of the Weir farm in McMinn County, Tn. Click here for deails about photographs of the graves and details about Weir deeds.

A summary of the McMinn County, Tn. Walker family as proven by y-dna testing and documentation is:

1. John Walker II and Katherine Rutherford of Rockbridge, Va.
2. John Walker III and Ann Houston of Augusta/Russell/Scott County, Va.
3. John Walker IV and unknown spouse of Blount County, Tn. (In the following discussions John Walker IV shall be referenced as John Walker Sr. and John Walker V as John Walker Jr. because that is how they are listed in the Blount County, Tn. records.)
4. Children: Samuel Walker, John Walker Jr., Robert Walker, and Mary Walker (who married Rev. George Snider) of Blount County, Tn. (Samuel Walker and John Walker Jr. married Davidson sisters. Samuel Walker remained in Blount County, Tn.)
5a. Per 1810 census of Blount County, Tn., Robert Walker Jr. is named, being the person who purchased land with John Walker Jr. and Andrew Cowan in McMinn County, Tn. (This was Rev. Robert Walker as proved by Hiwassee Land Grant deeds, location, and McMinn County, Tn. census locations. He married Rachel Bates.

Click here for a photograph of the front of the book containing the reconstructed 1810 census of the state of Tennessee.

Click here for a photograph of the page in the above book which lists Robert Walker Jr. in Blount County, Tn. being the ONLY Robert Walker Jr. in Blount County. Robert Walker (the father) is listed on Blount County, Tn. deeds with his father, John Walker Sr., Samuel Walker, and John Walker Jr.
6b. Per naming tradition and family finder dna tests, William Houston Walker who married Mary "Polly" Beck was the brother of Rev. Robert Walker.

Note: John Walker Jr., who married Caty Davidson, was also in McMinn County, Tn. but some of his descendants went to Benton County, Arkansas including his daughter who married John Roper Wooten in McMinn County, Tn. While in McMinn County, Tn. one of John Walker Jr.'s daughters married Edmund Ramsey, the son of the widow Nancy Ramsey who 00 family was formerly of Rockbridge, Va.
According to the history of Bradley County, Tn. John W. Ramsey began the practice of his law profession in 1853 under John C. Gaut. Shortly after he was admitted to the bar he moved to Alabama where he remained for thirteen years. He returned to Clevland, Tn. in 1866 and resided on Ocoee Street in his home where the FIrst United Methodist Episcopal Church now stands. His law office stood for many years on the present site of the Church building. Ramsey was not only an earnest advocate but also an excellent jurist and an active churchman. He was influiential in organizing the Methodist Episcopal Church after the war and represented the Holston Conference three times in the General Conference.
Born April 7, 1827 Ramsey died Feb. 1, 1887 and is buried in Fort Hill Cemetery. He had two sons, J. . and W. E. Ramsey, and one dauhger, Mary L. who married L. R. stegall.

Click here for Barren Cemetery in Benton County, Arkansas findagrave link for graves of John Roper Wooten and wife Anna Walker, who was the daughter of John Walker Jr. and Caty Davidson Walker.

Note: Mary Walker Snider and Rev. George Snider went to nearby Monroe County, Tn. Their family finder tests confirm the cousin relationship with the descendants from Rev. Robert Walker and William Houston Walker.

Note: The following PDF file is based on documentation and dna evidence used in combination. The file pertaining to William Walker as son of John Walker Jr. connecting to William R. Walker of Benton County, Arkansas is based on family finder test results, the John Walker Jr. family bible transcription linked on this page, and some speculation. Ann Walker who married John Roper Wooten is documented in the John Walker Jr. family bible and records in both McMinn County, Tn.. Based on the naming tradition and family finder matches there is a strong possibility that either Robert Walker Sr. OR John Walker IV was married to a Vance female or daughter of a Vance female. There is no documentation to back this up other than both Rev. Robert Walker and William Houston Walker had sons named as James Vance Walker. Both shared the given names for multiple children, also indicating that they were brothers. The James Vance Walker name implies that there was a maternal ancestor named James Vance. One researcher indicates that a James Vance was present in Blount County, Tn. in the same time frame the Walkers were living there. Documentation proves that the Colville and Vance families were intermarried and present in both Blount and McMinn County, Tn. The Vance y-dna profile of Walker group 33 present in paternal line descendants from John Walker IV's sister's son, William Walker is another strong indicator of the family connections.

When doing ancestral research a person should use the family group concept, both in locating family finder dna matches and identifying those of the correct families. The Wigton, Scotland Walker migrated with a family group. This fact is evident in the wills from Pa. and in the neighbors and intermarried families of Rockbridge, Va. The Snider, Cowan, Montgomery, Walker, Henderson, and other lines were intermarried in Washington County, Tn. and Blount County, Tn. But that relationship predated Washington County, Va. and went back to Rockbridge County, Virginia. Proof of that is in the 1860 map of Rockbridge County, Va. which can be downloaded from the Library Of Congress. The map was in *.jp2 format and was opened and zoomed in to show a view of Walker's Creek, Hay's Creek, and Back Creek. Visible on the map are the Patterson, Walker, McCown, Montgomery, Snider, and other families who migrated for three or four generations with the Walker descendants. It is obvious that the Cowan family was originally the McCown family from Scotland. The following link is for a small portion of that map showing where John Walker Sr. (Aka John Walker II) owned property;

Click here for partial map of Rockbridge County, Va. ca 1860 showing location where John Walker II and John Walker III lived ca 1754. Keep in mind that most of the Walker family had moved on by 1860 with the John Walker IV descendants living in Blount County, Tn. and McMinn County, Tn. But in the later version of these old maps there were usually some family members who inherited their parent's property and chose to stay in the location where they were raised. Also, these old maps included home locations and surnames of the home owners sometimes including the intial of the given name.

Click here for modern street atlas map of Rockbridge County, Va. showing gps coordinates and modern names for same location as above map.

John Walker III and Ann Houston lived in the Moccasin Creek location of what originally was Washington County, Va. but was part of Russell County, Va. in 1788. About 1820 the county lines changed again and that location became part of Scott County, Va. where it remains today. You can find the general area by locating Copper Creek in Scott County, Va. and then looking about two miles south of there to find Moccasin Ridge and Moccasin Creek.

A couple of years ago groups 27 and 33 were part of the discussion as possibly descended from John Walker III and Ann Houston. The DNA family finder evidence shows about a 6th cousin relationship but not a group 8 y-dna paternal line relationship between the Green County, Tn. John Walker descendants and the Blount County, Tn. Tuchaleechee cove group. I think the connection is probably the Anderson line from Rockbridge, Va. and that John Walker of Green County, Tn.'s wife was likely descended from Robert Anderson and Margaret Walker. The Walker DNA project group 27 or group 33 with the Vance y-dna profile could be descended from the daughter of John Walker III and Ann Houston. I think that regarding the line which is descended from William Walker, the grandson of John Walker III designated in his will, the y-dna mismatch is explained by in a book "recollections of Mrs. Samuel Scott of Jessamine County, Kentucky" because in the original discussion she said that the William Walker who was captured by Indians was the SON OF ANN WALKER COWAN'S SISTER.

The Y-dna evidence indicates that the group 33 Walker line has the Vance y-dna profile. The ged files that acompany those group 33 matches show that the Vance paternal line also goes back to Wigton, Scotland and is a family that migrated with the Wigton Walkers. It is very likely that the boy was raised by John Walker IV and taken to be his son because of lack of documentation. As the son of John Walker III's deceased daughter, this would also fit with him being named as a grandson in John Walker III's will. If the group 33 line is descended from the Wigton Scotland Walker maternal line, then their autosomal dna should be at approximately 6th cousin genetic distance to the McMinn County, Tn. Walker descendants.

The Vance family were neighbors of John Walker III in Russell County, Va. as proven by the deeds and they were intermarried with the John Walker IV lineage BECAUSE three of the descendant lines from John Walker IV have sons named Vance Walker. Samuel Walker had a son named Vance Walker but the Davidson and Collville files indicate that the grandmother of his spouse, Rebecca Davidson, was a Vance famale. Rev. Robert Walker (listed as Robert Walker Jr. in the 1810 census of Blount County, Tn.) had a son named James Vance Walker, and William Houston Walker also had a son named James Vance Walker. It seems likely that Robert Walker's spouse was Elizabeth Vance. So both Rev. Robert Walker and William Houston Walker named sons after their maternal ancestor who likely was James Vance. At any rate, the y-dna profile for group 33 who claim or originally claimed to be descendants from the William Walker who was captured indicates that these are the descendants of Vance male. The William Walker who was held captive by indians was named as the son of sister of Ann Walker Cowan as stated in the recollections of Mrs. Samuel Scott. The book is Maxwell History And Genealogy (1916)by Florence Wilson Houston and the following is on pages 283-284. The recollections are below:

For six years Ann Walker Cowan was being held captive by the Indians, serving as a slave. The following was part of the above-cited recollections of Mrs. Samuel Scott of Jessamine County, Kentucky. ".....One year while we lived on the Clinch, we had no need to fort, and did not fort. Cowan's fort was about two miles from Moore's. We went to it one year, but it was too weak, but seven or eight families did. The Indians attacked it. Miss Walker, then the Widow Ann Cowan, was taken (captive by the Indians), going from Cowan's to Moore's. Her and her sister's son, William Walker, were taken. As soon as the dead were buried, we all left, and went to Moore's fort. Her brother Matthew (Samuel, not Matthew) Walker, that went with her was killed, and the other man that went with her was shot at, but escaped and got into the fort. This Mrs. Cowan had just gotten back from her captivity, as I passed the Crab Orchard coming out to Kentucky. Captain John Snoddy, William and Joe Moore's wives were sisters to her. They was forted there (in Crab Orchard). (By this Mrs. Scott means that as she was moving west in Kentucky and was passing the Crab Orchard settlement in Lincoln County, Kentucky, she heard the news of Ann Walker Cowan's escape from the Shawnees, no doubt from one of Ann's sisters there.)..."

John Walker III's neighbors consisted of John Tate, Christopher Houston, the Montgomery family, and the Weir family just to name a few. You can usually tell who the neighboring families were because of the marriages between the various families. These same families migrated with the Walkers to Blount County, Tn. And these same families migrated with the Walkers to McMinn County, Tn. These family groups were not always related to each other but connected sometimes by marriages to families that were related such as in-law relationships.

Jobn Tate Sr. signed the deeds for Christopher Houston and other neighbors as a witness. There was a John Tate who performed several marriages that are documented in Blount County, Tn. marriage records. John Tate Jr. married Elizabeth Jane Weir as his 3rd wife in McMinn County, Tn.

Another interesting fact is that a descendant from Samuel Tate, b Ulster c1731, d Claiborne Co TN is a -3 of 37 markers y-dna match to the test number 49502 profile of James Ronald Thompson who created this web page. These Tates who migrated with the Walkers were descended from Samuel Tate who was named in the full text about Daniel Boone and the Wilderness Road. The common ancestor would appear to go back to the time that gaelic names were used. This group of people first came through Northern Ireland about 350 A. D. and then went to Scotland. They also lived along the border between Scotland and England. There is another -3 of 37 matching profile to Robert Norton who descends from the Lords of Yorkshire who were intermarried with the Stewart ruling class.

Proof that these families were neighbors in Virginia is in the following deeds: This deed proves that Christopher Houston's property adjoined that of John Walker III who was deceased by 1788. John Tate is the witness.

From Russell County, Va. deed book 1 page 41 and 42. October 17, 1788 between Christopher Houston of N. C. and Nathan Hobbs.. on both sides of Moccasin Creek Beginning on a rocky spur corner to the land where John Walker formerly lived. by a path. 100 acres. Signed. John Tate.

This above deed spelled out that the location of his property is where John Walker formerly lived. At the time this deed was made John Walker III was deceased. So this ties this particular John Walker to the Houston family. There is no other Walker family that I've seen which are connected to the Houston family this way. This identifies John Walker III and where he lived because of the fact that his wife's cousin owned the adjoining property. John Tate migrated with the Walkers to Blount County, Tn. Then Rev. John Tate, a Presbyterian minister migrated to McMinn County, Tn. with the Walkers and other families. John Tate is in the files that I found in the E. G. Fisher library because he is related by marriage to some of these families. John Tate is present in all three locations with the Walkers and this identifies him with this particular group of Walker descendants. Also, their McMinn County, Tn. relationships with the Weir, Brown, and Cowan families equally identify them. The Colvile family to Vance family connection ties them to Samuel Walker and Rebecca Davidson of Blount County, Tn.

Take a look below at the other deeds of other Christopher Houston and John Walker III neighbors on Moccasin creek.: You see the Weir, Edmonston, Montgomery, Tate, (and Poage line that shows up so often in our matches.) You see that Jonathan Weir's property adjoined that of Christopher Houston. And these are the Weir families who lived near the Walkers west of Riceville. Some of the Weir family are buried in Walnut Grove Methodist Cemetery with my four of my great-great-grandparents. These deeds prove absolutely that this was a family group living as neighbors to Christopher Houston and John Walker III on Moccasin Creek in the location which is now Scott County, Va. and that these families came to McMinn County, Tn. These families are in the group sheets I put on my web page. These families are also in some of the wills and estate records in McMinn County, Tn.

The Washington County Surveyors Record 1781-1797
Page 11 - Robert Tate...250 ac...Commissioners Certificate...on both sides of Mockison Creek, north branch of the north fork of Holstein River...May 1, 1782

Page 36 - Samuel Weir...152 ac...Commissioners Certificate...on the waters of the south fork of Holston River...Beginning corner on David Old Kanses line...corner to Christopher Huston...May 27, 1782 - Samuel Weir, assignee of James Coulter, assignee of Robert Lowry...200 ac by settlement made in 1777...on the south side of the south fork of Holstein to a gap in the mountain adjoining John Robinsons claim, includes improvements...August 14, 1781

Page 37 - Robert Edmonson...400 ac...Commissioners Certificate...between the middle and south fork of Holston River...June 12, 1782 - Robert Edmonson, Legatee of Robert Edmonson, decd...400 ac by settlement made in 1763...adjoining George Masonrie, Robert Montgomery, Samuel Houston & Edward Houston...August 10, 1781

Page 37 - Robert Stevenson...272 ac...Commissioners Certificate...on the south fork of Holstein River...Beginning corner on John McCathrons line...corner with Gideon Farris...corner to Robert Farris land...May 15, 1782 - Robert Stevenson, assignee of William Hayes, assignee of Dawson Ware...400 ac... on the south fork of Holstein River, includes improvements, actual settlement made in 1774...August 17, 1781

Page 37 - Samuel Montgomery...266 ac...Commissioners Certificate...on Holstein River...Beginning on Oliver Alexanders line...corner to Adam Hope...corner to William Duff...corner to John Berry & William Duff...June 16, 1782 - Samuel Montgomery, Robert Montgomery, Joseph Montgomery, Thomas Montgomery, Margaret Montgomery, Mary Montgomery, Susannah Montgomery & Abigal Montgomery, representatives for Michael Montgomery, decd, assignee of Thomas Gorman...400 ac...to extend on the south side of Holstein river...110 ac surveyed January 28, 1774...includes improvements, actual settlement made in 1771...August 24, 1781

Page 43 - Jonathan Wier...400 ac...Commissioners Certificate...on the waters of the south fork of Holstein River...Beginning on William Edmondsons patent line...on John McCutcheons line...corner to Gideon Farris land...with Christopher Hustons line...May 15, 1782 - Jonathan Weir, assignee of Thomas Cooper, assignee William Poage, assignee of Nicholas Brabston...400 ac...between the middle and south fork of Holston, includes improvements, actual settlement made in 1773...August 17, 1781

Page 47 - Joel Hobbs, assignee of William Gill...180 ac...Commissioners Certificate...on both sides of Moccasin Creek, waters of the north fork of Holstein...Beginning on the south side of the creek...May 1, 1782 - William Gill, assignee of William Tate...200 ac...on Mockison Creek adjoining John Tate above and Alexander Montgomery below, includes improvements, actual settlement made in 1775...August 16, 1782 - Assigned to Joel Hobbs by purchase on May 21, 1782. Signed: William Gill. Witnesses: John Tate

The relationship between the John Walker III descendant line and a Montgomery family descendant line is that Peter Snider married Mary Montgomery. The exact family origin of Mary Montgomery has not been identified. Peter Snider's brother Rev. George Snider married Mary Walker, the daughter of John Walker IV and the grand-daughter of John Walker III and Ann Houston Walker. Peter Snider died in Blount County, Tn. Their descendants migrated to McMinn County, Tn. in the same general area as the Walker descendants. This is an example of two unrelated families being related to a common family, thus becoming a family group who migrated together.

It also should be explained that the family GROUP concept is of neighboring families who migrated together, possibly being related to each other but more often being related to a third common family and not directly related to each other. This family group concept helps identify the various descendant lines as they migrate from place to place. It is also VERY likely that there are marriages between the groups that are not documented and lost in time.

It should also be pointed out that not all families of the same surname are related to each other. Per example, next door neighbors could be Walker or Thompson families sharing the same surname but not related to each other. The PURPOSE in showing these deeds is showing that these people are NEIGHBORS and sign deeds as witnesses being part of a community of FAMILY GROUPS who migrated together.

Some Walker family researchers apparently have an agenda to prove that a group 33 Walker line represents the Wigton, Scotland Walker line. They don't seem to want to be confused by facts. In actual fact, it appears that they descend from one of John Walker III's daughters who likely has been missed by researchers because she died young. The file which is linked below is ABSOLUTE PROOF that group 33 descends from a Vance ancestral line. The way this data was gathered is that a representative profile was taken from the Walker DNA project group 33 and uploaded to gedmatch.com. Then a search against all surnames was made and the results showed several Vance lines which trace their ancestry far earlier than the earliest documented group three Walkers. The actual profile representing a William Walker from that group was compared to the y-search data base but the surname was changed to shorten the matching list to only include the Vance surname. This returned EIGHTEEN people of Vance surname with a y-dna profile which matches the group 33 Walker line. And most of these trace their ancestry either back to Ireland or to Scotland.

When a line descends from an earlier parent line of different surname it is typical that the new line can only trace their ancestry to a certain point in time. Then the parent line has the ancestry on back to the original migrating family which represents the profile. Most likely William Walker, the son of Ann Walker Cowan's sister and a Vance male, was raised by John Walker IV and took his surname. The Vance family is documented in the Holstein River region of Washington County, Va. (now Scott County, Va.) living as neighbors to the Walker family. And the Vance family is documented in marriages with Davidson and Colville lines from which Samuel Walker's spouse descended. The same Colville line migrated to McMinn County, Tn. and is documented in court records with John Walker Jr. as a guardian for the minor children of Young Colvile. From McMinn County, Tn. the Colvile descendants migrated to Benton County, Arkansas with John Walker Jr. and Caty Davidson. So the argument that group 33 represents the Wigton, Scotland Walker line or that it represents the John Walker IV line is an absolute lie. The Wigton Walker group 8 profile is the same for descendants from John Walker I as it is for descendants from John Walker II and John Walker III down to the McMinn County, Tn. Walkers who descend from John Walker IV from his son Robert Walker.

Click here for screen grab of 18 y-search Vance y-dna matches to the group 33 Walker line.

Click here for screen grab of Russell David Walker Jr's y-dna matches to descendants from John Walker I.
At 37 markers this profile matches -2 to the John Walker II and Katherine Rutherford descendant lines as well. Some confused researchers don't seem to understand that this large group of matching profiles for documented descendants from John Walker I and II is proof that the Wigton Scotland Walker profile is group 8.

The E. G. Fisher Library in McMinn County, Tn. has a group of family folders that were prepared by researchers from the various families who lived in the county. Among those files were the Colville family which migrated with the Cowan, Weir, Brown, and other families to McMinn County, Tn. The following links are for files showing various family relationships:

Click here for file showing that the Lusk family decended from Margaret Vance.

Click here for y-dna profiles of this Vance paternal line.
Test number 68535 represents William Vance born 1832, probably the son of William Vance on the 1830 census of McMinn County, Tn. who owned land grant property 1/2 mile west of William Houston Walker per land grant map. William Vance of the 1830 census record was probably a double cousin to William Houston Walker and likely was the son or grandson of Patrick Vance who died 1801 in Knox County, Tn. with will probabted 1803. The y-dna profile of his descendant is a match to the Patrick Vance paternal line.

Click here for file showing that Margaret Vance Lusk's daughter Sarah married Joseph Colville.

Click here for file showing that the Colville descendants married into the Cowan family.

Click here for 1830 McMinn County, Tn. census record showing the presences of the Cowan, Lusk, and Colville families.

Click here for page 1 of article about the Vance family.

Click here for page 2 of article about the Vance family.

Click here for copy of George Colvile McMinn County, Tn. will.

Click here for copy of Young Colvile McMinn County Chancery court record.
The above document is proof of a family relationship between John Walker Jr. and John McDowell with the Young Colvile. The court appointed these two as guardians over Young Colvile's minor children. And John Walker Jr.'s wife was Caty Davidson, the daughter of Elizabeth Colvile who married William Davidson.

The above files show that these families were intermarried with the Brown and Weir families of McMinn County, Tn.

Samuel Walker and his brother John Walker Jr. were married to Davidson sisters, the daughters of William Davidson and Elizabeth Colville. The above connection appears to provide a hint as to how the Vance surname became used by Samuel and Rebecca Davidson Walker. The same surname was used by William Houston Walker of McMinn County, Tn. There are other articles about the Colville family because they were involved in McMinn County, Tn. politics. The folders also show that the family migrated to Benton County, Arkansas. So it seems likely that there was an earlier relationship between these families and John Walker IV.

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Use the following link to go to a Header page for a Snider folder which gives a list of the Rev. George Snider Children. One child was named John Walker Snider after Mary Walker's father. The page also says that her father was Captain John Walker.
Click here for E. G. Fisher Library documentation from Snider Folder and Historical Book pertaining to Long, Snider, and other related families.

Click here to go to a page containing Blount County, Tn. deeds that connect John Walker Sr., John Walker Jr., George Snider, Peter Snider, Joseph Walker, William Walker, Samuel Walker, Robert Walker, and others together on common deed transactions.

Click here for proof of connection of BOTH John Walker II and John Walker III to McMinn County, Tn. Walker family.

THESE FAMILIES WHOSE FILES ARE FOUND ON THIS WEB PAGE WERE PART OF A GROUP OF MIGRATING FAMILIES, most intermarried with multiple connections. McMinn County, Tn. Deed Book 5 page 3 includes a power of attorney CONNECTING the Weir, Anderson, and Walker families of McMinn County, Tn. BACK to Rockbridge County, Va. 12 Sept 1833 Isaac Anderson, Mary W. Anderson, A.B. Weir, Elizabeth Weir, Newton Armstrong, Martha Armstrong formerly Elizabeth and Martha Anderson to William W. Anderson, all of McMinn Co. Power of Atty. To sell land in Rockbridge Co., Va. on waters of North River and being land owned by Robert Anderson deceased; land adjoins Daniel and Robert Rhea on the East and Land formerly owned by William Walker on the South.

The above paragraph proves that the Weir family migrated to McMinn County, Tn. The actual court documents prove the connections between the Houston, Walker, Weir, and Anderson families, both in Rockbridge County, Virginia and in Augusta County, Va, now part of Scott County, Va. The McMinn County, Tn. Walker y-dna profile is a 35 of 37 match to group 8 of the Wigton, Scotland Walkers who descend from John Walker and Katherine Rutherford of Rockbridge, Va.

Family finder dna tests prove a cousin relationship between the descendants of John Walker III and Ann Houston Walker with matches of McMinn County Walker descendants to the Moore, Baker, Long, Houston, Clark, Cowan, and Weir families. Family finder tests also prove relationships back to Ireland to Houston descendants whose ancestors remained in Ireland.

Most of the files about John Walker IV claim that he was married to an unknown Long female. Family finder matches to Walker descendant Russell David Walker Jr. connect to Ronald G. Long, a descendant from a Long family which migrated from Chester County, Pa. as did the Walker family and others. All of the Walker descendants who have tested match to Ronald G. Long at about 6th cousin genetic distance. Then, when he provided his ancestral line, we found that descendants from Edward Long and Jane Jones came to McMinn County, Tn. Not only that, but some of their descendants were personal friends of Walker descendant Ron Thompson and frequently visited his home. By consulting the Hiwassee District Land Grants it was discovered that William Long, James Jones, and Wm Jones had purchased a 160 acre land grant exactly 1/4 mile west of the property that was owned at that time by Rev. Robert Walker. Refer to the William Long deed abstracts below for proof that William Long's spouse was Mary Brown of the same Brown family who are buried in Walnut Grove Methodist Cemetery in McMinn County, Tn. near the location where William Long purchased this land grant property. So there is both family finder dna evidence and documentation which connects these families together. The link below provides documentation connecting William Long both to Rockbridge, Va. and Blount County, Tn. Further, his wife probably was part of the Brown family who purchased property near Rev. Robert Walker in McMinn County, Tn. The Lewis Ball family also descends from another Walker daughter and had purchased property in Knoxville on the same day, time, and location as Rev. Robert Walker, John Walker, and Andrew Cowan. Ancestors of these people were also present in Russell County, Va. Both solid deed documentation and dna evidence agrees with the internet files that show John Walker IV was married to a Long female. There is shared dna between all of the John Walker IV descendants who tested as compared to the Long descendants. Brothers Rev. Robert Walker and William Houston Walker each named a daughter as Elizabeth Walker.

There are researchers who claim that John Walker who lived on Moccasin Creek in now Scott County, Va. was John Walker IV. That appears to be the location where Christopher Houston lived adjoining John Walker III and Ann Houston Walker. The proof is the property sale made by Christopher Houston whereby he sold property that adjoined that where John Walker formerly lived. John Walker III was deceased at that time. The Houston deed is from Russell County, Va. deed book 1 page 41 and 42. October 17, 1788 between Christopher Houston of N. C. and Nathan Hobbs.. on both sides of Moccasin Creek Beginning on a rocky spur corner to the land where John Walker formerly lived. by a path. 100 acres. Signed. John Tate. That this is the Rockbridge, Va. descendant lines is documented by the Tate relationships. The Tate family is also documented in the McMinn County, Tn. William R. Weir family files along with the McMinn County, Tn. Walkers so John Tate also was probably living in the same general location. There is no reason whatsoever for mixing these family lines because they were intermarried and migrated together as a group. Refer to the Weir files at the bottom of this page for proof of this.

It is possible that John Walker lived on the middle Fork of the Holstein River as is documented in the Washington County, Va. deeds found in the link below but this could have been a different John Walker since his father lived on North Fork of Holstein River near Moccasin Ridge. When you look at the street atlas map also linked below you can only see a North Fork and South Fork of the Holstein River on the map. From these deeds it can be seen that the Robert Walker who lived on the North Fork of the Holstein River was probably the son of John Walker IV. The same families found in these Washington County, Va. deeds migrated to Blount County, Tn. The Gamble family is one prime example because they were directly intermarried with the descendants from John Walker IV's son Samuel Walker. It is also clear that John Walker IV's son, John Walker Jr. migrated to McMinn County, Tn. with his wife Caty Davidson Walker. Proof is in the McMinn County, Tn. marriage records and Benton County, Arkansas where John Walker Jr. and wife Caty died. Everything indicating that he died in Blount County, Tn. is absolutely false because he and his family are in the 1830, 1840, and 1850 census records of McMinn County, Tn. and Bradley County, Tn. after the county line changed. At least two descendants from Robert Walker's son Rev. Robert Walker have tested and are y-dna profile group 8. That alone is proof that this line descends from John Walker II and Katherine Rutherford. There are also family finder shared autosomal dna with at least one Cowan descendant from John Walker III and Ann Houston. There is another family finder match with a descendant from John Walker III and Ann Houston Walker's daughter who went to Kentucky with her husband.

Click here for deed abstracts from Rockbridge, Va. proving that William Long formerly from there by 1812 was living in Blount County, Tn. with wife Mary Brown Long.

Click here for Washington County, Va. deed transcriptions showing properties owned by John Walker III, John Walker IV, the Anderson, Jones, Long, Montgomery, Henderson, and Bates familiy lines.

Click here for Street Atlas Map showing approximate location of above properties. Some of the creek names have changed.

Documentation referenced on this page or linked from this page indicates that John Walker IV had children Mary, John, Robert, and Samuel. (There were probably others who were not documented as well.) Thomas Walker descendants also share autosomal dna with the others at about 6th cousin genetic distance. But paternal line Walkers who claim to be descended from Thomas Walker are y-dna profile group 27. My personal opinion is that both lines have a common maternal ancestor back in Rockbridge County, Va. My opinion is that the Green County, Tn. John Walker is not the same person as John Walker IV, the son of John Walker III and Ann Houston. John Walker IV's son John Jr. was married to Caty Davidson, the daughter of William Davidson. The McMinn County, Tn. paternal line descendants are not only documented as coming from Blount County, Tn. but their y-dna profile is a match to that of the descendants of John Walker II and Katherine Rutherford. From the scottish naming tradition it seems likely that John Walker had a daughter named Margaret as well. But dna evidence is indicating that most likely his first wife was either an Anderson or a Long female, possibly of given name of Mary Elizabeth. Family finder test results prove connections to both the Anderson and Long families. But I have my doubts about that, especially because the surname of Vance was used as a given name for a couple of different descendant lines from John Walker IV. I suspect his spouse could have been the sister of Alexander Vance but this is a hunch on my part. The exact relationship as to which was the spouse of John Walker IV and the spouse of Robert Walker is not known. One researcher claims that when Robert Walker sold his property on the North Fork of the Holstein River his wife's name was given as Elizabeth which makes sense because sons Rev. Robert Walker and William Houston Walker both had a daughter named Elizabeth, following the Scottish naming tradition. It is very clear that Samuel Walker who married Rebecca Davidson and both Rev. Robert Walker and William Houston Walker of McMinn County, Tn. are the same family by just examining the names of their children. Both Rev. Robert Walker and William Houston Walker named one son as Samuel Walker. Rev. Robert Walker named a son as James V. Walker and William Houston Walker named a son as James Vance Walker. Samuel Walker and Rebecca Davidson had a son named Vance Walker. And it is evident to anyone that the "Houston" middle name of William Houston Walker came from the Houston maternal line, proof of another connection to John Walker III and Ann Houston. The name "Robert Houston", the uncle of Ann Houston, was very likely the source of the name "Robert" used for the son of John Walker IV. And the name "Samuel" would have been likely taken from Samuel Houston, another of Ann Houston's uncles. Among those who came to McMinn County, Tn. and bought property 1/2 mile west of the William Houston Walker property was William Vance. A descendant from his line has tested and matches the y-dna profile of Patrick Vance who came to Knoxville, Tn. and died about 1801. There is a Robert, James, and William Vance named in his will as sons. There is a Robert, James, and William Vance who purchased Hiwassee Land Grant property. It appears that the William Vance who purchased property adjoining William Houston Walker was the son of this Patrick Vance. The property is shown on a land grant map which can be downloaded from this site.

In McMinn County, Tn. there are three original land grant books within the Register Of Deeds office within the court house in Athens, Tn. In the front of each book there is an index of purchasers. The purchases begin in 1820 and continue until all of the land grant properties were sold. From that book you can find the date of purchase. the range east or west of the meridian, the township, and section number of the properties. Then you can use the maps indicated below for properties for ranges east or west of the meridian including section boundaries with the gps coordinates to a modern street atlas map.

Conversely, if you are on a property in the Hiwassee Land Grant district in ranges east of the meridian you can use a hand held gps, find the coordinates for your location, and then do a reverse lookup using the maps below to find the original land grant range, township, and section numbers with owners and purchase dates. The problem with doing a reverse lookup is that there is no index of grants by township and ranges so you would have to go page by page through the original books to locate the property, purchase date, and owner.

The original Hiwassee district land grant deed books A, B, and C are in the Register of Deeds Office in the McMinn County, Tn. court house at Athens, Tn. In the front of each book is an alphabetic index of names. Also placed in those books is a copy of the land grant maps. The owner of this web site made photographs of each page of those three books, including the alphabetic index and has put it those on a DVD not available to the general public.

Click here for ranges east of the median of the orginial Hiwassee District Land Grant map. This map is laid out in one mile by one mile square sections of 640 A. each.

Click here for ranges west of the median of the orginial Hiwassee District Land Grant map. This map is laid out in one mile by one mile square sections of 640 A. each.

Click here for modern Street Atlas map which shows boundaries and gps coordinates for Cowan and Walker land grant properties #369, #373, and #374.

Click here for modern Street Atlas map marked to show 160 A. property owned by William Houston Walker with gps coordinates for corners.

Click here for 37 marker y-dna profile for McMinn County, Tn. Walker family, formerly of Blount County, Tn. which is a 35 of 37 match to group 8 of Wigton Walkers.
Rev. Robert Walker and William Houston Walker were brothers. Family finder matches for their descendants is proof of this. Lester Johnson Hunt and Russel David Walker descend from Rev. Robert Walker. Ray Lantrip and James Ronald Thompson descend from William Houston Walker.

Click here for Russell David Walker's family finder matches to other McMinn County, Tn. Walker Descendants.

Click here for Russell David Walker's family finder match to a direct proven descendant from John Walker III and Ann Houston Walker.

Click here for family finder matches between McMinn County, Tn. Walker descendants to a Cowan descendant from John Walker III and Ann Houston Walker.

Click here for James Ronald Thompsons family finder matches to other McMinn County, Tn. Walker Descendants.

Click here for McMinn County Tn. Walker family matches to descendants from Wigton Walker ancestors John Walker I and Jane McKnight or John Walker II and Katherine Rutherford.

Click here for Rockbridge County, Va. documents connecting Weir family of McMinn County, Tn. and Anderson family to William Walker of Rockbridge County,Va.

Click here for Iredell County, N. C. Houston paternal line Y-dna profile for family finder match to Walker descendant James Ronald Thompson.

John Walker IV, son of John Walker III and Ann Houston moved to Blount County, Tn. and died there.

Many internet records indicate that Samuel Walker and Rebecca Davidson had a son named John Walker who married Caty Davidson. BUT there was also another John Walker in Blount County, Tn. at the time. The deeds show that John Walker Sr. had a son named John and the deeds refer them as Sr. and Jr. in a property conveyance from John Walker Sr. to John Walker Jr. The following internet posting is allegedly a transcription from the family bible of John Walker who married Caty Davidson. When the Scottish Naming Tradition is applied to these names which are trasncribed with the exact sequence of birth of John Walker's children this data shows that his wife's father was William Davidson and mother was Elizabeth "Betsie." It also shows that his father was John Walker and mother was Mary.

Click here for a transcription which is alleged to be the John Walker Jr. family bible.

Click here for a photograph of a deed where John Walker Sr. transferred property to John Walker Jr.

The following is the Scottish Naming Tradition. Download the above transcription and appply this tradition to the names of the children in the sequence of their births.
1st Son named after Fathers Father
2nd Son named after Mothers Father
3rd Son named after Father
4th Son named after Father's oldest brother
5th Son named after 2nd oldest brother or mother's oldest brother
1st Daughter named after Mothers Mother
2nd Daughter named after Fathers Mother
3rd Daughter named after Mother
4th Daughter named after Mothers oldest sister
5th Daughter named after 2nd oldest sister or Fathers oldest sister

The Rockbridge, Va., Washington/Augusta/Russell/Scott County, Va., McMinn County, Tn. and Roane County, Tn. Walker families were all related having descended from John Walker II and Catherine Rutherford. That relationship is documented in the following document.

Click here for a a document that shows the relationship of the McMinn County, Tn. Walker family to Gen. Sam Houston and also the explorer Johnny Rutherford Walker.

Samuel Walker who married Rebecca Davidson was the son of John Walker IV and there is a will for him in Blount County, Tn and included on this web page. The John Walker who married Caty Davidson in Blount County, Tn.was NOT the son of Samuel Walker and Rebecca Davidson. That would make him marrying his aunt because Caty was the sister of Rebecca Davidson, the wife of Samuel Walker. Rather, BOTH Samuel Walker and John Walker were the children of John Walker IV and Mary, the first wife of John Walker IV. McMinn County, Tn. marriage records indicate that John and Caty Davidson Walker's daughter, Ann Walker, married John Wooten on 30 Oct. 1838. It appears that their son, Robert Walker married Luliann Philips 12 Feb. 1843 performed by D. L. Godsey, M. G. John's daughter, Sarah married Edmond Ramsey, the son of Nancy Ramsey who lived in the same location in McMinn County, Tn. and was the widow of Thomas Ramsey of Va. Another possible son was William Walker who married Polly Shield, 27 Jan. 1832. Based on these marriages it is very unlikely that John Walker's children would travel to McMinn County, Tn. to be married. It seems more plausible that the John Walker who purchased land grant property with Andrew Cowan and Rev. Robert Walker in 1820 actually was John Walker, the brother of Samuel Walker. This puts the brother of Samuel Walker with Rev. Robert Walker and Andrew Cowan purchasing property in Knoxville in 1820 in the same location in McMinn County, Tn. with Rev. Robert Walker and John Walker with 160 A. adjoining tracts in the same section. Also, the marriage records for Blount County, Tn. show that on 9/25/1816 Esther F. Houston married Andrew Cowan performed by Isaac Anderson, MG. This is proof connecting Andrew Cowan to Isaac Anderson, the great-grandson of John Walker II and Katherine Rutherford BECAUSE Isaac was the son of Robert Anderson and Margaret Walker of Rockbridge, Va.

After 1860 some descendants from John Walker and Caty Davidson went to Benton County, Arkansas. When the given names of the John Walker, Rev. Robert Walker, William Houston Walker, and Samuel Walker children were examined they matched almost exactly with both male and female children. This fact is documented by the William Houston Walker family bible. Also, Samuel and Rebecca Davidson Walker's children are documented in the Blount County, Tn. historical records with son Vance Walker owning the Walker farm at Miller's Cove. Simply take a look at the William Houston Walker Jr. family bible and you find that he named a son as James Vance Walker. THIS is the ONLY Walker family that I could find listed ANYWHERE in the U. S. with a Vance Walker. I found NO OTHER Walker family which used the Houston given name. Through about 1850 virtually every Scottish family that I have researched almost EXACTLY followed this naming tradition. The only deviation I found was when a child was missing who had died in child birth or before being in official records. If you accept that Samuel Walker who married Rebecca Davidson was the son of John Walker IV then the documentation connects him directly to Rev. Robert Walker and William Houston Walker. The evidence also proves that Alexander Cowan migrated with the Walkers to McMinn County, Tn. and purchased property with them as well. The connection of this Alexander Cowan to John Walker III and Ann Houston Walker through their daughter Mary Walker is documented in the John Walker III will. The problem with the Walker DNA research project is that some people have attempted to insert a group 33 y-dna profile for a family that descends from John Walker and Katherine Rutherford and this McMinn County, Tn. y-dna profile is group 8 as with the other descendant lines from John Walker and Katherine Rutherford. Possibly they are following documentation which indicates that but the problem with documentation is that often stepsons are not named as such and definitely non-parental events show up. Y-dna testing and documentation proves that the group 8 profile was carried through the descendants of John Walker IV and THAT is not going to be accepted.

There is PROOF that these people and NONE OTHER were in Blount County, Tn. in 1810 prior to their purchasing property in the Hiwassee Land District. There is a Robert Walker Jr. in the Blount County, Tn. 1810 reconstructed census records. The source of this proof is Blount County Court Records 1808-1811 (typescripe, 1937; Works Progress Administration collection at TSLA, Nashville, Tn. Records of 1809-1810 were extracted from pages 56-149 and there are 938 entries. The book containing the proof is entitled "The Reconstructed 1810 Census of Tennessee" 330000 long lost records by Charles . Sherrill. On page 534 these is Walker, Robert Jr. of Blount County source 11 which is as referenced as indicated. Also found in this book are John Walker (Jr.), Samuel Walker, William Walker, David Walker, and Jospeh Walker. David Walker could be a different line but he's connected to the others by land grant deeds. William Walker would probably be William Houston Walker. Joseph Walker was either the son of John Walker IV or of Robert Walker, the son of John Walker IV. There are NO OTHER Walkers in this county, per the census. And the family is proven as coming from Blount County, Tn.to McMinn County, Tn. That John Walker Sr. was in this location is proven by the deeds bearing his name and included on this site along with sons Samuel and Robert on the same deeds. So the census record prove that Robert Walker Jr. was a resident of Blount County, Tn. in 1810 and also prove by the Jr. following his name that he was the son of Robert Walker Sr. This is EXACTLY as shown by the y-dna tests which match back to the Rockbridge, Va. line descending from the parents of John Walker III who married Ann Houston.

Not only were the above related Walkers in the 1810 census of Blount County, Tn. but the following link is the land grant properties that they purchased about 1807. This is DOUBLE proof that they are the John Walker IV line because they are connected with Anderew Cowan, the Henderson family, the Long family, the Snider family, The Gamble family, the Moore family, and the Anderson family. ALL are documented as related to the John Walker IV descendant lines. The Anderson family are documented as descended from Robert Anderson and Margaret Walker in Rockbridge, Va. and also documented in McMinn County, Tn.

Click here for the land grant properties that the Walker family obtained about 1807 in Blount County, Tn.

The Walker, Cowan, Houston, Weir, Anderson and other families were not only connected by marriages back in (formerly Augusta County) Russell/Scott County, Virginia and then in Blount County, Tn. but they migrated together to the location shown by the map of their land grant properties. William Houston Walker lived almost exactly three miles west of the Wier property in McMinn County, Tn. Terry Wayne Brock and second wife Elizabeth Walker Brock owned property that was purchased from the Weir estate. Anyone who doesn't understand that these were families related by marriage in Virginia, Blount County, Tn. and McMinn County, Tn. need not bother to read the documentation below because it will be meaningless to them. The premise that there was a Rockbridge, Va. group of Walkers and a second group of Walkers descended from John Walker III and Ann Houston is as faulty as their perception of the dna evidence. These families were one and the same group of families, but researchers have probably intermixed with them with other Walkers who were not the same family. Autosomal DNA evidence shows that they were all connected by blood line and dna with cousins matching cousins as outlined by the marriage documents and descendant lines. Blount County, Tn. deeds, wills, and other documents show that some of those who were married in Blount County, Tn. had moved to McMinn County, Tn. Some of those who were born in Blount County, Tn. were married in McMinn County, Tn. There is proof in McMinn County, Tn. deed and census records and Bradley County, Tn. deed and census records that the Cowan descendants from Augusta County, Va. were among this family group, connecting BOTH the Rockbridge County, Va. line and the Washington County/Augusta County/Russell County/Scott County, Va lines as OF THE SAME FAMILY GROUP.

The John Walker III will listed Andrew Cowan who had married Mary Walker, the daughter of John Walker III and Ann. It appears that the Andrew Cowan who migrated with the Walkers to McMinn County, Tn. was the grandson of John Walker III and Ann Houston Walker. The idea that there were somehow TWO Andrew Cowans in the McMinn County, TN. location is an illusion. I find no records of a second Andrew Cowan. Further, those who would reject the McMinn County, Tn. connection of Andrew Cowan are absolutely ignorant of the formation of McMinn County, Tn. Originally the land grant extended ONLY to the Hiwassee River. At one point in time McMinn County, Tn. included Bradley County, Polk County, and part of Monroe County as well. Proof of that fact is the picture below of the early map of McMinn County, Tn. But keep in mind that his map was made AFTER the section below the Hiwassee River was purchased from John Walker, Cherokee Indian Chief. Prior to that, the Hiwassee Land Grant extended from the Hiwassee River north to Kingston, Tn. and included part of what is now Roane County, Tn.

Click here to view early map of McMinn County, Tn.

The original purchases made by the Walkers and Andrew Cowan were in McMinn County, Tn. Andrew Cowan sold his property a couple of years after the purchase. Then in about 1838 the Cherokee Indians were removed and the property south of the Hiwassee River became available. ONLY after then was it safe for a white man to venture south of the Hiwassee River. So the assumption that Andrew Cowan first purchased property south of Cleveland, Tn. is as false as their misperceptions of the Walker family relationships.

Both an Andrew Cowan and a William Cowan were listed in the John Walker III will and there were both an Andrew Cowan and William Cowan (probably grandsons of John Walker III) in the McMinn County, Tn. records. Andrew Cowan is listed as purchasing a 160 acre tract of land from the Hiwassee District Land grant at the same time and place in Knoxville, Tn. when the Walkers purchased their tracts of land from the Hiwassee District Land Grant. This proves that Andrew Cowan and these particular Walkers were together when they bought property. Then the explicit description of the tract proves that the Rev. Robert Walker and Uncle John Walker (son of John Walker IV and Mary) purchased adjoining tracts and Andrew Cowan purchased a track approximately 1 1/2 miles distance from Walkers. There are also chancery court documents that show William Cowan as the co-executor of the estate of a man whose grand-daughter married Joseph H. Walker, the son of Rev. Robert Walker. These files prove a connection to John Walker III and Ann Houston Walker and to their son John Walker IV of Blount County, Tn.

There is also proof of the connection of Rev. Robert Walker directly to the Rockbridge, Virginia Walkers as well. So the documentation connects BOTH the Rockbridge, Va. and the Augusta/Russell County, Va. Walkers as being the same descendant lines. Proof is in the McMinn County, Tn. records and in the Roane County, Tn. records as well as in the Presbyterian Church records at Kingston, Tn. There is also an estate document in the Roane County, Tn. court house (copy included on this page) that lists Burk Priddy as owing money because of a loan from Samuel R. Walker. (It seems likely that the R. stands for Rutherford.) Some internet files claim that Samuel R. Walker descended from the Rockbridge, Va. Walker family and those files are included downloadable from this page. The same Burk Priddy is listed in the will of Rev. Robert Walker because he married one of Rev. Robert Walker's daughters. Researcher Teri Sumners listed in her online postings that a couple of William H. Walker's children were born in Blount County, Tn. which connects the Walkers of that location to these Walkers. Researchers also claim that John Walker IV died in Blount County, Tn. and there are deeds for his property and that of his sons Samuel and Robert Walker. Photographs of those deeds can be downloaded from links below. Both Rev. Robert Walker and brother William H. Walker named their children after the given names of the Blount County, Tn. Walkers. Because of those connections the deeds, wills, estate records, and other documents for the Walkers of Blount County, Tn. and McMinn County, Tn are linked below so you can download and view the actual source documents including signatures.

Click here for Modern Street Atlas map showing Scott County, Va. location of Penix, Castle, Salyor, Walker, Cowan, and Houston properties. The John Walker who lived in this location was John Walker III and wife Ann Houston. Proof of that is obvious because the Cowan and other related families also lived in this location. And further proof was the deed of sale for Christopher Houston's property which adjoined that of John Walker III.

There is deed documentation which shows that Christopher Houston and the Jacob Beck family owned property in Rowan/Davie County, N. C. above the Yadkin River. William H. Walker is connected to this location because his wife Mary "Polly" Beck descends from Jacob Beck and Mary Winkler who lived there. It is also interesting that Squire Boone's property adjoined their properties on Dutchman's Creek. You will also find that Israel Boone from this family came to McMinn County, Tn. and his descendants are documented in deed and court records there and are in the McMinn County Tn. Historical Book as well. Family finder matches prove a cousin connection to Winkler descendants because of shared dna between them and Walker descendant James Roanld Thompson. There is no evidence to show that Robert Walker lived in Rowan County, N. C. so it appears more likely that the Beck descendants went to Blount County, Tn. and the William Houston Walker marriage took place there.

Probably Rev. Robert Walker, wife Rachel, and his uncle John Walker Jr. came to McMinn County, Tn. between 1820 and 1830. Since Andrew Cowan sold his property within a year or so of obtaining the land grant it appears unlikely that he ever lived on the property. On Nov. 17, 1820 Rev. Robert and his uncle John Walker purchased adjoining land grant properties each being a quarter section of 160 A. Andrew Cowan, probably the son of the Andrew Cowan purchased his land grant property for $2.00 per acre at the same time. The Andrew Cowan Land grant property was #369 and the Walker brothers purchased grants #373 and #374. The transaction occurred in Knoxille, Tn. which is within walking distance of Blount County, Tn. Then on Feb. 12, 1824 BOTH Rev. Robert Walker and his uncle John Walker returned to Knoxville and paid the balance and interest due on their land grant purchases. The records do not record the county of origin for either Rev. Robert Walker or his uncle John Walker. Rev. Robert paid $2.00 per acre and paid an $80.00 deposit with a note to pay the remaining $240.00. The location was the South West quarter section 35 of fractional township 4 range 3 of the Hiwassee Land grant properties. The original document with his signature and the Hiwassee Land Grant map showing the location are linked below.

This link indicates that the Cowan family of Augusta/Russell/Scott County, Va. was intermarried with the Weir family. As EXPECTED the Wier family also migrated with the Walker brothers and Cowan family to McMinn County, Tn. Details about the Cowan, Houston, Walker, and Weir family of Va. are found at the following link proving the connection:

There is proof that the George Snider family were acquainted with Andrew Cowan because he was mentioned in a letter that is linked on the Snider page linked near the top of this page.
Click here for an external internet site provided by Cowan descendants defining family relationships.

The location of the Weir property in McMinn County, Tn. was near that of the Walkers. The relationship of the Walkers to John Walker III and Ann Houston and to the Cowan family is not speculation. That relationship is documented in the McMinn County, Tn. deeds, maps, and court records found on this web page. The following two deeds and maps indicate property sales from the Weir estate to William Houston Walker's son-in-law Terry Wayne Brock Sr. and to Terry Wayne Brock's son-in-law Francis Marion Sliger.

Click here for Deed from Weir heirs to Terry Wayne Brock Sr. and to Francis Marion Sliger. Look closely at the signatures of the heirs and you will find a Margaret B. Weir signature on the documents indicating that the naming tradition was followed in this later generation of descendants.

Click here for Modern Street Atlas map shows exact location of properties sold from the Weir Estate to Terry Wayne Brock and Francis Marion Sliger.

Click here for Original Hiwassee District Land Grant Map is marked to show above sold Weir properties in relation to the Walker properties and the Andrew Cowan property.

Click here for Hiwassee Land Grant deed which has John Walker, Wm Henderson, William Walker, and Robert Walker all on same deed as owners.

Wm Henderson represents the family which married into the Mary Walker Snider descendant line, John Walker was married to Caty Davidson, sister of Rebecca Davidson who married Samuel Walker, Rev. Robert Walker and William Walker were the children of Robert Walker. Therefore you have the connection of Samuel Walker, Mary Walker Snider, Robert Walker, and John Walker Jr. all in this one deed.

Proof of William Henderson's connection to George Snider is the following Monroe County, Tn. Chancery Court Record:

No.304) O. Bill Filed 4 Feb. 1845 Nancy White vs William Henderson and Saml Henderson, P.B.G. Melton, William Taylor and Archilles Stapp. About 22 or 23 mos. ago, Constable P.G.B. Melton levied on Nancy White's personal property to satisfy judgements against James L. and Enos H. White in favor of Wm. Henderson and Co. and of Wm. Taylor of Polk Co. Sd. Melton sold the property and Nancy brought suit and recovered judgement by Melton is insolvent. The Hendersons say that Nancy just claimed the property. Decree for defendants and Nancy appeals to Tenn. Supreme Ct. Witness John Taylor deposes that he was present when Nancy applied to the church for her letter of dismission and Mrs. White said she bought the property of her son Enos to prevent it being subject to his debts. Other information is; Rufus M. Henderson is son of Samuel and brother of William and John Henderson; George Snider, age 41, 1847, deposes that William Taylor married his sister, Thomas White and Jasper White are witness.

Note: The Andrew Cowan property purchased Nov. 17, 1820 was approximately six miles distant from the Weir property.

There is a Nov.9, 1825 160 A #1930 land grant property purchase by William H. Walker. He kept that property until 1834 and then sold it. Before he died he was living at the location shown a few miles west of the Terry Wayne Brock property indicated by the maps on lines 9 and 14 below. He first appeared on McMinn County, Tn. 1830 census. The purchase records for his second property have not been located but there are records of him and his heirs selling parts of that property. McMinn County, Tn. deed book "H" which covered part of the early years was lost or destoyed and possibly contained the lost record. Researcher Teri Summers indicated in her file that his son William Houston Walker was born 2 November, 1818, Blount Co, TN; d. Aft. 1891. Teri also lists the McMinn County, Tn. 1830 and 1840 census records for William Houston Walker. (The 1830 McMinn County, Tn. census records are also linked below separately.) This implies that William Houston Walker Sr. was living in Blount County, Tn. in 1818 and most likely that was where Rev. Robert Walker was living when he purchased the land grant property in 1820. Refer to Terri Summer's research files which are linked below for specifics as to the descendants from William Houston Walker and Mary "Polly" Beck. Since Christopher Houston owned property in Rowan/Davie County, N. C. near Jacob Beck whose wife was named Mary Winkler, it is highly probable that Mary "Polly" Beck was the daughter or grand-daughter of Jacob Beck and Mary Winkler. Family finder tests prove a relationship as a cousin between descendant James Ronald Thompson and the descendants of Lewis Winkler's son Henry Winkler who was the brother of Mary Winkler who married Jacob Beck, a neighbor to Christopher Houston near Dutchman's Creek in Rowan/Davie County, N. C. Lewis Winkler lived slightly south on Swearing Creek in Rowan/Davidson County, N. C. Jacob Beck and Christopher Houston were neighbors on Dutchman's Creek. If you look at Teri Summer's file of William Houston descendants below you find futher proof of the connection because a descendant Mary Winkler married one of the William Houston Walker descendants. This also proves that the descendants from these families migrated together to McMinn County, Tn.

There are several Walker deeds in Blount County, Tn. from the time period of 1797 through 1830. These Scottish descendants followed the Scottish naming tradition. Any researcher who does not use this as a predictive tool has not been deeply into Scottish family research. It is almost a "given" that this tradition will be followed through about the 1850-1900 time period. The significance of this is that the given name of each of William Houston Walker's sons is an exact match to the names on the deeds. Those names include James, Vance, Joseph, Samuel, Robert, John, Daniel, ect. Refer to the actual pages taken from the Walker family bible that is linked below for proof. The name "Houston" which was passed on to many of these Walker descendants, is indicative of a Houston paternal ancestor which in this family was Ann Houston who married John Walker III. In Blount County, Tn. Robert Walker and Samuel Walker purchased property together for which the deed is indicated below. They also purchased separately several tracks of land.

In order to prove that the research is correct for Rev. Robert Walker and William Houston Walker being brothers the family finder tests for four proven descendants were compared. The tests were conducted by ft-dna. James Ronald Thompson and Ray Lantrip represent the descendant line from William Houston Walker and Mary "Polly" Beck with each person descended from unrelated diverse family lines. Lester Johnson Hunt and Russell David Walker represent the descendant line from Rev. Robert Walker and Rachel Bates. All four of these test participants were detected by ft-dna as cousins. Russell David Walker is detected as a cousin to Lester Johnson Hunt, James Ronald Thompson, and Ray Lantrip. Each is detected as a cousin to each other. The genetic distance between each matching cousin as detected matches the actual documentation.

Additional proof of the connection of Rev. Robert Walker and William Houston Walker as brothers is found in the Scottish naming tradition. They used the same names for their children and their sons also did. In the listing of descendants you find James or James Vance Walker, Joseph Walker, Samuel Walker, John Walker, Elizabeth Walker, ect. They were members of the same Methodist Church with one researcher naming William Houston Walker as a charter member of Spring Creek Methodist Church in McMinn County, Tn.

Click here for a screen grab of the findagrave site listing of Walkers buried in Spring Creek Methodist Church Cemetery in McMinn County, Tn.
The above link shows the identified ancestral lines of some of those buried in the Spring Creek Methodist Church Cemetery. It would appear that most, if not all, of those buried in this cemetery are a combination of descendants from both William Houston Walker and Rev. Robert Walker and the spouses of the descendants.

The William Houston Walker Jr. bible has a date of birth for William H. Walker Sr. as June 22, 1788. It lists his spouse as "Polly" Beck born July 14, 1789. The death certificate for James Vance Walker lists his mother as Mary Bailey which is a contradiction to the bible data which states her name was Mary "Polly" Beck. The bible also lists the names of each of their children and the dates of birth. The 1840 census of McMinn County, Tn. lists his age as 62 and born in Tennessee. The census record proves that a McMinn County Historical Book and other researcher document saying he was born in England is false. The census record also lists his occupation as Miller. This seems consistent with the location of his property which appeared to be on Eastanalle Creek west of Riceville, Tn.

The State of Tennessee has an archive of family bibles. The William R. Walker Sr. bible is among that group. It contains the death record for Rev. Robert Walker and details about the birth of Hemard Walker whose picture is linked below. Click here to download bible from remote TSLA site. The E. G. Fisher Library in McMinn County, Tn. has a book of historic pictures of citizens of McMinn County. In that book was a picture of Hemard Walker. His grandparents were Rev. Robert Walker and Rachel Bates. (The will lists Rev. Robert Walker's spouse as Rachel as do census records. An internet forum posting for the Priddy line indicates that her maiden name was Bates.) His parents were William R. Walker and Amanda Wolf. His spouse was Eva Elkins, the daughter of Thomas Elkins and Jennie Bilderback.

Click here for speculative ancestral files for Rev. Robert Walker and William Houston Walker of McMinn County, Tn.

In case some researchers fail to understand that these were related families who migrated together let me make it plain that this actually happened. The following documentation is actual articles about the related families who migrated with the Walker family to McMinn County, Tn. You will find the ancestors of these families present in Augusta County, Va. with John Walker III and Ann Houston (formerly Russell County, Va. and now Scott County, Va.). If you DON'T find related families present in various locations while doing research I suggest to you that your research is probably wrong. A census record of the period will usually reveal multiple family groups who lived on neighboring properties.

Daily Post Athenian article about James Walker, State Senator for McMinn, Monroe, and Polk Counties in 22nd, 23rd, and 24th Congress indicates he was son of Rev. Robert Walker.

Click here for article about James Walker, son of Rev. Robert Walker.

Click here for link to Tennessee Government archives with petitions to Honorable James Walker while serving in his capacity in office in Nashville, Tn.. The following picture appeared in the McMinn County, Tn. Historical book. It is of workers who maintaining the road in the Lower Spring Creek Community. Since this was the location where the Walkers lived this picture should contain several Walker family members. It was a common practice for each land owner to maintain the road which ran through his property. That was true of the James Henry Thompson family as well but they lived in the northern section of McMinn County, Tn.

Click here to view picture of workers.

Several families migrated with the Walker family to McMinn County, Tn. Among them were the Morgan family who intermarried several times with the Walker family. After moving to Missouri these families later migrated to Williamson County, Il. where some descendants still live. This family was also intermarried with the McClung famiy and migrated through Augusta County, Va. as did the Walkers. The article also connects the Morgan family to Kingston, Tn. where Samuel R. Walker died intestate.

Thanks to Starr Alexander for this photograph of Lydia Walker, daughter of William Houston Walker, and her husband Silas Morgan.

Click here for Silas Morgan property deed from Thomas Morgan estate.

Click here for Silas Morgan property location platted with gps coordinates on modern street atlas map.

Click here for Silas Morgan property platted on original Hiwassee land grant map with Weir, Walker, Cowan, Brock, and other related families.

Click here for Daily Post Athenia article about Morgan family page 1.

Click here for Daily Post Athenia article about Morgan family page 2.

Click here for Daily Post Athenia article about Morgan family page 3.

The brother of maternal ancestral Ann Houston Walker was Christopher Houston who owned property on Dutchman's Creek in Rowan/Davie County, N. C. adjoining the property that was owned by Squire Boone. Squire Boone was the uncle of Jesse Boone who also migrated to McMinn County, Tn.

Click here for Daily Post Athenia article about Israel Boone's son, Jesse Boone, who migrated to McMinn County, Tn.

The Campbell family is another family with Augusta County, Va. connections to the Walker or Cowan families. Some of those Campbells from Augusta County, Va. migrated to McMinn County, Tn. The following two Daily Post Athenian article discusses their ancestry.

Click here for Daily Post Athenia article about Campbell family page 1.

Click here for Daily Post Athenia article about Campbell family page 2.

The Davis family from Blount County, Tn. is documented with Cowan maternal line and migrated with the Walker family to Mcminn County, Tn. as indicated in following article.

Click here for Daily Post Athenia article about Davis (and Cowan) family from Blount County, Tn.

Click here for Daily Post Athenia article showing early logging in Spring Creek Community. The article does not name the loggers but it is highly probable that the Walker family was among those in this picture.

Click here for Listing of Walkers and related families buried in Spring Creek Cemetery in McMinn County, Tn. taken from on line source.

Click here for a picture of Hemard Walker taken while logging in McMinn County, Tn.

Click here for page 1 of Eva Elkins Walker's death record taken from Tn. State records.

Click here for page 2 of Eva Elkins Walker's death record taken from Tn. State records.

Walker Research documents are listed below. These only represent about 10% of the documents that are available in the files of this site owner. Only the more imporant files are listed.

1a. Click here for Page 1 of original land grant purchase by Rev. Robert Walker dated Nov. 17, 1820 in Knoxville, Tn.
1b. Click here for Page 2 of original land grant purchase by Rev. Robert Walker dated Nov. 17, 1820 in Knoxville, Tn.
1c. Click here for Page 1 of original land grant purchase by John Walker, uncle to Robert and William and m. to Katy Davidson dated Nov. 17, 1820 in Knoxville, Tn.
1d. Click here for Page 2 of original land grant purchase by John Walker, uncle to Robert and William and m. to Katy Davidson dated Nov. 17, 1820 in Knoxville, Tn.
1e. Click here for Original land grant purchase by Andrew Cowan dated Nov. 17, 1820 in Knoxville, Tn.
Comment: It looks like Andrew Cowan only kept this property for a few years and then assigned it to others as indicated by transfers on this document.
1f. Click here for Original Hiwassee District Land Grant Map marked to show Andrew Cowan prorperty, Walker brother properties and properties of intermarried families.
1g. Click here for Hiwassee District Land Grant entries show Andrew Cowan, John Walker, and Robert Walker purchasing property in Knoxville, Tn. at same time grants #369, #373, and #374.
1h. Click here for Modern Street Atlas map shows boundaries and gps coordinates for Cowan and Walker land grant properties #369, #373, and #374.
1i. Click here for John Walker III will with Andrew and William Cowan named within will. Christopher Houston deed shows Christopher Houston property adjoined property owned by John Walker, deceased.
1j. Click here for Ezekiel Bonner will names James Bonner as son and Wm Cowan as executor.
1k. Click here for James Bonner will with CC names Sarah as daughter and wife of Joseph Walker of Missouri, who was the son of Rev. Robert Walker.
1l. Click here for Power of Attorney for Joseph H. Walker and wife Sarah assign their interest of James Bonner widow's dowry to John E. and Margaret Hutsell.
1m. Click here for McMinn County, Tn. deed records which show William R. Walker and Joseph H. Walker dividing the land given them by their father, Rev. Robert Walker.

Click here for a partial map of Blount County, Tn. This map shows the approximate locations of the properties represented by the deeds below.

1n. Click here for Blount County, Tn. property deed purchased at auction jointly by Robert and Samuel Walker. This Robert was probably the father of Rev. Robert and William Houston Walker.
1o. Click here for Blount County, Tn. property deed from John Walker Sr. to John Walker Jr. April 22, 1798. This John Walker Sr. was probably the son of John Walker III and Ann Houston Walker.
1p. Click here for Blount County, Tn. property deed from John Walker Sr. to Samuel Walker-Methodist Church site WITH TRUSTEES listed Jan 1, 1814. This John Walker Sr. was probably the son of John Walker III and Ann Houston Walker and Samuel Walker, his son was m. to Rebecca Davidson.
1q. Click here for Blount County, Tn. property deed from James Moore to Thomas Walker Sept. 24, 1811. This Thomas Walker was possibly the Thomas Walker of Green County, Tn. and the son of John Walker who is indicated by many as Meadow's Creek John Walker. There is a document which connects Thomas Walker of Green County, Tn. to Pete Snider, the brother of Rev. George Snider who married the daughter of John Walker IV. George Snider moved to Monroe County, Tn.

The description of those Monroe County, Tn. Hiwassee District land grant properties is:
Page 32 George Snider 26 July 1824 Grant number 218 10765-482 ; George Snider as an occupant entry; location R3E-T1 24 NWq 160 A. Monroe County, Tn.
Page 33 Michal Snider Grant number 245 10517-347 26 June 1824; Michal Snider as an occupant entry;location R3E-T1 24 Swq 160 A Monroe County, Tn.

Click here for original land grant map showing the location of Snider properties. This location is about 2 1/2 miles north of Sweetwater, Tn. and slightly to the west of Highway 11 North. The location is also about 2 miles south of Philadelphia, Tn. A good estimate would be approximately at the location of Old Sweetwater Baptist Church.
1r. Click here for Blount County, Tn. property deed from Thomas Walker to Robert Walker Sept 15, 1812. This Thomas Walker was probably the Thomas Walker of Green County, Tn. and NOT the son of John Walker IV.
1s. Click here for Blount County, Tn. Will for Samuel Walker whose wife was Rebecca Davidson.--not dated--

The following four deeds show a connection between Thomas Walker of Blount County, Tn. to the Weir/Ware family and also to Robert Walker and William Walker. This Thomas Walker was probably a maternal line cousin to John Walker Jr., Samuel Walker, and Robert Walker because a DNA connection was discovered between a descendant of Thomas Walker and the McMinn County, Tn. Walker descendants. This Thomas Walker is shown as the son of Meadows Creek John Walker and Mary Anderson by his descendants who have taken the 23 and Me family finder test. Since those descendants are group 27, the connection could not be through the paternal line since the McMinn County, Tn. Walker paternal line is group 8.
1u. Click here for Blount County, Tn. property deed purchase for Thomas Walker from James Ware. This Thomas Walker was possibly the Thomas Walker of Green County, Tn. and NOT the son of John Walker IV.
1v. Click here for Blount County, Tn. property deed sale from Thomas Walker to Robert Walker. Thomas Walker and Robert Walker were probably cousins through a maternal line connection, possibly the Anderson family. This Robert Walker was probably the father of Rev. Robert Walker and William Houston Walker.
1w. Click here for Blount County, Tn. property deed page 1 sale from Thomas Walker to William Walker. This William Walker was probably the son of Thomas Walker and he married Elizabeth Culberson.
1x. Click here for Blount County, Tn. property deed page 2 sale from Thomas Walker to William Walker.
1y. Click here for Click here for ged showing descendant line from Green County, Tn. John Walker to tested descendant who shares dna with McMinn County, Tn. Walker descendants.
1z. Click here for file showing the cousin relationship AND the shared autosomal dna between Green County, Tn. John Walker's supposed son Thomas Walker's descendant and the McMinn County, Tn. Walker descendants.
Note: The above file shows a shared amount of autosomal dna consistent for six cousin and six cousin once removed relationships between Thomas Walker descendant and McMinn County, Tn. descendants. These are descendants from the Thomas Walker of Green County, Tn.
2. Click here for Deed for property sold Feb. 3rd, 1852 to William R. Walker by William H. Walker.
3. Click here for Deed record from Robert Walker to Blassengame Brock-wit Terry Brock
4. Click here for Deed record from Robert Walker to Blassengame Brock-wit Terry Brock, John MacDowell.
5. Click here for Page 1 of actual copy of William Houston Walker Jr. family bible.
6. Click here for Page 2 of actual copy of William Houston Walker Jr. family bible
7. Click here for Copy of Teri Summer's internet file posting listing William Houston Walker descendants.
8. Click here for Transcription of names from William Houston Walker Jr. family bible.
9. Click here for Hiwassee District Land Grant map with Walker, Cowan and Brock properties marked on it.
10a. Click here for Rev. Robert Walker land grant purchase #374 Nov. 17, 1820.
10b. Click here for Rev. Robert Walker land grant purchase # 3632 July 25, 1827.
The two adjoining land grant properties listed above were in the possession of the Barham family as late as 1968. The William R. Walker family bible was also in their possesion.
10c. Click here for Researcher letter from E. G. Fisher Library discusses William R. Walker family bible and couple who had it.
10d. Click here for McMinn County, Tn. Historical Book article about above family and property.
11. Click here for William H. Walker land grant purchase #1930 purchased Nov. 9, 1825.

Samuel R. Walker is connected to Rev. Robert Walker. The ancestral file of Samuel R. Walker is as follows, per one internet site:
John Walker I m. Jane McKnight
John Walker II m. Katherine Rutherford
Samuel Walker b 25 Dec. 1714 died Feb 1793 m. Jane Patterson
John Walker m. Margaret Paul----His brother Joseph Walker married Susan Willis and the couple were the parents of Joseph Rutherford Walker born 13 Dec. 1798 probably in Rockbridge, Va.---
Samuel R. Walker b. 30 Jan 1787 died April 1823 was the son of John Walker and Margaret Paul. He married wife Elizabeth McKamey 10/10/1815 in Kingston, Tn. Samuel R. Walker was the first cousin of Joseph Rutherford Walker, famous explorer.
It appears that Rev. Robert Walker and William Houston Walker were 2nd cousins once removed to Samuel R. Walker and Joseph Rutherford Walker.
Click here to go to external link discussing Joseph Rutherford Walker.
12. Click here for Samuel R. Walker Roane County, Tn. estate record shows loan due from Burk Priddy. A John Walker is also named in the record.

On line records list another Samuel R. Walker (Captain) born 1764. A book, THOSE WHO SERVED Compiled by Emma Middleton Wells Chattanooga , Tennessee , Vol. II Transcribed by S. Gruver - August 2013 states about Samuel Walker that (Capt) Volunteer, while a resident of Botetout Co. Va. Gen. Washington signed has Commission as Captain. He was in the Service three years. Married Susannah McDonald. Capt. Walker was Stationed at South West Point, Head Quarters of the 4th U.S.A. , before Roane County was organized. He was ordained an Elder in the Bethel Presbyterian Church when it was organized, and his wife and sons and daughter were Charter members. He was one of the Commissioners appointed by Gen. Washington to lay off the road between Knoxville and the West. He lived at Post Oak. He was b. in Virginia , 1764, d. Sept. 9, 1811. Susannah d. Feb. 7, 1822. Both are buried in the Anthony Smith at Post Oak, as are several of their children.

13. Click here for Samuel R. Walker Roane County, Tn. Bethel Presbyterian Church records are in this document
Click on the following link to see a Roane County, Tn. history of the McKamey family which connects them back to Augusta County, Va. where John Walker III lived.
Click here for McKamey and Samuel R. Walker history from remote site
Below is the the will of James Harvey Walker, the son of Samuel R. Walker found in Records of Roane County, Tennessee Compiled by Emma Middleton Wells, Chattanooga, Tennessee, Vol. II as transcribed by S. Gruver His father was the Samuel Walker whose ordination service was attended by Rev. Issac Anderson.
James Harvey Walker's will was probated in I836. This book states that was the son of Capt. Samuel Walker, a soldier of the Revolution, and one of the founders of Bethel Presbyterian Church at Kingston. His father, and brother Theospheus and maybe other members of the family were buried at Post Oak. James requested that the family burial ground at Post Oak be enclosed, each grave with brick or fenced. He bequeathed Capt. William Scott $100. William Ramsey $75, William, Samuel and John, sons of his sister Mrs. Jan Walker McKamey, each $25, The American Bible Society $40.
14. Click here for Modern Street Atlas map marked to show 160 A. property owned by William Houston Walker with gps coordinates for corners.
15. Click here for Layout page for 1830 McMinn County, Tn. census form
16. Click here for McMinn County, Tn. 1830 census record with Rev. Robert Walker. (Internet files indicate his wife was Rachel Bates.)
17. Click here for Transcription of Rev. Robert Walker McMinn County, Tn. census records.
18. Click here for Rev. Robert Walker researcher's letter page 1 with descendant files from E. G. Fisher Library folder, Athens, Tn.
19. Click here for Researcher's letter page 2 conveying details about Rev. Robert Walker from E. G. Fisher Library.
20. Click here for Researcher's letter page 3 conveying details about Rev. Robert Walker from E. G. Fisher Library.
21. Click here for Researcher's letter page 4 conveying details about Rev. Robert Walker from E. G. Fisher Library.
22. Click here for Researcher's letter page 5 conveying details about Rev. Robert Walker from E. G. Fisher Library.
23. Click here for Researcher's letter page 4 conveying details about Rev. Robert Walker from E. G. Fisher Library.
25. Click here for Bradley County, Tn. 1850 Census with William Houston Walker aka W. H. Walker
26. Click here for McMinn County, Tn. 1850 Census with Walker family and related families page 9
27. Click here for McMinn County, Tn. 1850 Census with Walker family and related families page 10
28. Click here for McMinn County, Tn. 1850 Census with Walker family and related families page 11
29. Click here for McMinn County, Tn. 1850 Census with Walker family and related families page 12
30. Click here for McMinn County, Tn. 1850 Census with Walker family and related families page 13
31. Click here for McMinn County, Tn. 1850 Census with Walker family and related families page 14

Family group sheets for McMinn County, Tn. Weir family take from E. G. Fisher Library. (This family was intermarried with the Anderson, Cunningham, Brown, Bradford, Thompson, and Walker families in Rockbridge, Va. or in Blount County, Tn.) There is a complete folder indicating the various family connections in the E. G. Fisher Library at Athens, Tn. This site owner has photographs of these files. The Cunningham and Anderson families are documented with properties located on the Middle Fork Of The Holstein River in Washington County, Va. as are the Walker families. The Bradford family is documented in Burke County, N. C. and were intermarried with the James Potts family from there. The William R. Weir who is buried in Walnut Grove Methodist Church Cemetery was the brother of Dr. Hugh Weir who went to Texas and who is in the George Herbert Walker Bush ancestral line. Details are on page 2 linked below listed below William R. Weir and spouse Marion Mourning Murphy. McMinn County, Tn. court documents include this family group.
Weir family files page 1
Weir family files page 2
Weir family files page 3
Weir family files page 4
Weir family files page 5

Various Family files from E. G. Fisher Library of Athens, Tn.
The Porter family migrated with and inter-married with the Wigton, Scotland Walker line through Rockbridge, Va., Washington County, Va., and to McMinn County, Tn.
19. Porter family files part 1.
20. Porter family files part 2.

The Horton family was intermarried with the Roberts family in multiple locations. This is the y-dna profile of the Estep line descending from Henry Estep. The Estep, Thompson, and Roberts families were intermarried in multiple locations. These are two books and the files found in the folders in the E. G. Fisher Library. The first book is linked below.
21. This is a handwritten version of the Horton family book by W. G. Horton found in the E. G. Fisher Horton folder.

This is the second Horton family book including Horton and Roberts files found in the Horton folder in the E. G. Fisher Library.
22. This is the first part of the book written by Elizabeth Cate Manley about the Horton, Bryan, and Roberts Families.
23. This is the second part of the book written by Elizabeth Cate Manley about the Horton, Bryan, and Roberts Families.
24. This is the third part of the book written by Elizabeth Cate Manley about the Horton, Bryan, and Roberts Families.
25. This is the fourth part of the book written by Elizabeth Cate Manley about the Horton, Bryan, and Roberts Families. This section includes the Roberts files
26. This the writeup about Edmound Roberts and ancestors taken from the McMinn County, Tn. Historical Book. This is the same Roberts line as above.
Click here to go to external site with Weir, Berry, Anderson, and Walker relationships.

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