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UPDATE for William and Susanah Graham Walker Marriage WILLIAM WALKER b. 1758- d.1841 and Susanah Graham b. abt. 1771 - d. abt 1858-1861 were married September 1787 by Richard Whitt, minister, in Montgomery Co.,VA (formerly Montgomery and Fincastle Counties) Robert Graham was surety for Susannah as I have read online but not seen the official document. A trip to the Mormon Library after looking for three hours at a very old microfilm dated 1787 gave me the "Walker Marriage Bond" and a listing of marriages. It seems that Virginia required marriage bonds. This marriage bond was between William Walker and Robert Graham and posted for Fifty pounds if either party was to turn from the marriage. My previous conclusions were Susannah being the daughter of Robert. Robert's wife Mary Craig Graham died October 1786 leaving him with two very small daughters, Nancy Agnes and Margaret. Who was to care for them? I have been told by a good source that Mary Cowan may have been living in the Graham home and she took care of Nancy Agnes and Margaret Graham. I think Susanah may have helped Mary Cowan to care for the girls. Mary and Susanah were near the same ages and the Cowan and Graham were neighbors. After William and Susanah married in September she had two daughters of her own ; Mary 1788 and Jane 1789. William and Susanah make a decision to move to Tennessee around 1790 and Robert marries a second time to Mary Cowan and has a second family. Nancy Agnes and Margaret are about five and six years old by now. But do the girls remember much about Susanah who took care of them? Robert had a large two story house on the main road where travelers stopped by. I use to think Susanah was born in Ireland making her the oldest child of Robert. There was also an Archibald Graham living as neighbor to Robert Graham and Susannah might be a sister to him? Are there any descendants of Samuel and James Graham that might have had a story passed down in their families about an older sister? Samuel Graham married Rachel Montgomery and James Graham married Nancy Montgomery and their parents were John and Ann Agnes Crockett Montgomery. Now that brings me to the CROCKETT family back in Waxhaw, Lancaster Co., SC ; or Susannah could be a sister to Hugh Graham who seemed to be in all the places that Robert Graham lived ; Mecklenburg, NC and Wythe Co., VA
Marriage Bond Sept 4, 1787

Know all men by their presence that we William Walker and Robt Graham are held and firmly bound unto his Excellency the governor of this [s....] for the time being in the just & full sum of Fifty pounds after payment of which will truly to be made now bind our silver our seal? with our seals & dated this 4th Day of Sept 1787. The condition of the above obligation to such that whereas there is a marriage shortly intended to be solemnized between William Walker and Susanah Graham. Now if there should be no Impediment why they should not be bound together then the [?inkblot] obligation to be void else to remain in full force. Sealed & Delivered in presence of Bird Smith (signed with seals) William Walker and Robt Graham



We know William Walker and Susannah Graham married. Below is a list of the marriages in Montgomery Co., Virginia



1789 map of the United States showing Tennessee as being part of Virginia and North Carolina


William may have followed Robert Graham to Montgomery Co., VA. where he met Susannah Graham. Or Susannah may have been living in Mecklenburg, NC with the Grahams, who were neighbors to the Walkers. Were there other Walkers who came on the journey to Montgomery Co., Virginia? My most recent discovery is two deed abstracts that tell about Robert and Samuel Graham buying land in Mecklenburg, NC. As Charles Buchanan Graham said "the Grahams were in Pennsylvania but the soil was too hard; the Grahams came to North Carolina but the soil was too soft which brought them to VA where the soil was just right"
As quoted by Walker relatives

  • William Walker deed to Washington County land from Robert Carson August 31, 1793


  • 2 May 1825, Grant #10807, per entry in Washington Co. #86 dated 5 July 1824 at 12-1/2 cents per acre, grant to Joseph Duncan 77 acres on head waters of great Limestone Creek, corner to W. Walker and W. Carson, with Walker's line, crossing the creek, said Duncan's line, surveyed 17 Sept. 1824

  • 28 Sept. 1841, Grant #23997, per entry in Washington Co. #497 dated 30 Oct. 1837, by Joseph Duncan, grant to Joseph Duncan 200 acres on waters of Big Limestone Creek adj. corner of a grant to David Robertson, Bartholomew Wood's old line, James Deakins line and corner, Bowman's corner, John Tadlock's line, Thomas Mather (Mathes?) line, surveyed 19 Nov. 1837

  • 28 Sept. 1841, Grant #23994, per entry in Washington Co. #498 dated 21 Oct. 1837 by Joseph Duncan, grant to Joseph Duncan 585 acres on head waters of Limestone Creek including the plantation and improvement where he now lives, adj. Allison Sampson's corner, John Brown's corner, Wm. Walker's corner corner 5 acre tract of said Duncan, Samuel McAdams corner, Thomas Givins corner, Thomas Livens corner George Hales and Michael Martin's corner, Martin's line, Allison Thompson's corner and line, surveyed 14 May 1839

  • James Deakins line, Bowman's corner, John Tadlock's line and corner, Thomas Matthises line

  • So now our question "Did William and Susannah and two daughters Mary and Jane arrive in Washington Co. summer of 1793?" Who else came on the journey from Wythe Co., Virginia to Washington Co., North Carolina (later Tennessee) Deed was made August 21, 1793 with Robert Carson but I am sure they had arrived before this date...(how long did it take for such a journey?) The above Duncan deeds show that William Walker was making changes in 1824-1830 which may be about the time he was now at the Walker home place in Sulphur Springs


    "Granddad Walker was born in Ireland" Emily Rogers Baskett granddaughter-in-law of William Walker son of old Granddad Will who told this to her family and was told to me by Trudy Campbell Cannon. "Granddad Walker married a Graham girl from Virginia" William Martin Walker told his children and grandchildren. I love these quotes that were handed down in the family and to me they are as real as a document signed on paper. Granddad Will also kept sheep and bees. "Granddad Will brought a clock over the mountain in a covered wagon" was told to me by Joy Walker Martin who later got the clock from her dad, William M. Walker, youngest son of Andrew Walker the youngest son of Granddad Will. The clock is known to be a fine clock with Swiss movements


    This is the grandfather clock that was brought over the mountain in a wagon


    Today this clock graces the home of Joe Walker Martin who also is into beekeeping...just like grandpa Will Walker...the tradition goes on


    The Grandfather Clock has real Swiss movements - I am thinking that clock originated in Europe and made the journey from Switzerland to Scotland to Ireland and across to America. DNA shows matches with European continent...Switzerland, Italy, Germany, France, Israel, Spain more evidence that our families originated in the Middle East and they too traveled northward with the Roman armies




    Joy and Walter had four sons and one daughter


    Before Joy married she was working in my daddy's grocery store at Sulphur Springs




    The family traveled by cover wagon over the mountain from VA to Washington Co., NC (now Washington Co., TN). On August 31, 1793, William Walker bought land from ROBERT CARSON ; 84 acres for L50 and 100 acres for L60 in present Washington Co., TN. They settled along the headwaters of the Big Limestone Creek. The land is located in Sulphur Springs Community, the original house is still standing, having been remodeled several times. The original house was a log house facing the Limestone Creek. Today the front of the house faces southeast beside the new Sulphur Springs Road, which when built, caused the Walker cousins to have quite a squabble among themselves; each one had land that was being taken for the road. All along the road was farm land owned by the brothers and cousins, which is still in ownership by descendants today

    William Walker died 1846 in Washington Co., TN. [Death date for Granddad Walker was found in handwritten notes by Ethel Walker Templeton] I use to think he was buried in the Old section of the Fairview Cemetery located on the grounds of the Fairview Methodist Church. Today I am thinking William & Susannah may be buried in the Walker-Galloway Cemetery in Sulphur Springs on property that was once the property of John Walker. Susannah lived almost twenty years after William. She continued to live at the home place with Andrew and Susannah, the youngest son and daughter


    This house sets in the meadow facing the creek and the ridge where the old road use to run. The back of the house faces what later became the new Sulphur Springs Road that ran "smack dab" through the middle of the Walker land. Brothers and Cousins were very upset with this new road. This house is on land later owned by John Keys who married Nancy Ann Walker daughter of Andrew Walker. This house is down the road from the Zachariah Walker house and the William Walker home place shown above. I have just found out more about this house, many thanks to John Mauk Kennerly the great grandson of John and Nancy Ann Walker Keys. Nancy Ann may be the woman who died (November 02, 1922) standing on the front porch of this old house. John died December 28, 1901

  • John Keys 47 laborer John Keys was a carpenter who built a log cabin below the Baptist Church, on Duncan land, which is now occupying space in the Carroll Reece Museum at East Tennessee State University
  • Nancy A 37 wife keeping house
  • Sarah E. 18 daughter born 1864 and died in childbirth with a baby. She was married to Samuel Carder, his 1st wife
  • Mary M. 14 daughter born September 1866 died 1940; never married but was living with her sister Cornelia Kennerly in 1930
  • Cornelia F 9 daughter born March 1872 died 1949 married to John Eli Kennerly, a carpenter


  • This house was built by John Keys husband of Nancy Walker daughter of Andrew and Sarah Brown Walker. This house was thought to be Cox home ; however, the house where James and Hannah Cox lived was the Granddad William Walker house. When Andrew Walker died in 1869 Sarah continued to live there in 1870 with Mary E. Keys but by 1880 she was living with Henry M & Hester Walker and by 1890 Sarah dies and is buried at Fairview Cemetery. Sometime between 1870 and 1880 the James Cox family was in Sulphur Springs and I am most certain they bought the William and Susannah Walker home. So who bought the house in 1900 from James Cox who was now living in Bowmantown? Many years later Ray Kennerly a descendant of Nancy Walker Carson-Jones and Nancy E Hicks Kennerly was living in the house. The house has undergone much restoration. Fred Smith husband of Thelma Cox (Thelma was daughter of Isaac and Leota Walker Cox and he remembers many stories about the Walker family and the Sulphur Springs area. He recently told family the William Walker house was also the Cox home



    So according to Fred Smith this house above would not be the Cox homestead but the John Keys home. James Washington & Hannah Hale Cox have many descendants throughout Washington and Sullivan Counties in Tennessee. James & Hannah were living in Sulphur Springs after the Civil War and I speculate that James was most likely in bad health from being a prisoner of war ; they had bought land from the widow of Joseph Duncan. James & Hannah must have bought the William and Andrew Walker house after the death of Sarah Brown Walker. After Hannah died in 1894 James married again to Mira Hammit and was living in Bowmantown in 1900. Both Mira and James were deceased by 1910

    The Walkers were of the Christian faith, all requesting they be buried in a decent Christian burial. Burials were in protestant cemeteries, mainly Baptist and Methodist. At the present, Decoration Day is still being honored as a day to place flowers on the graves of the families. The women especially were of a deep-rooted Christian faith attending camp meeting services at Sulphur Springs. As early as 1820, mothers and daughters prepared foods, making cakes, breads for the meals that would be consumed during the one week, two week or maybe three week camp meeting at the Sulphur Springs camp grounds. Men worked hard to get their harvesting finished, preparing their wagons and horses for the long journey, some that would take days or even weeks to arrive at the camp grounds. People came early to find a suitable place to hitch their wagons and tents. Some of the Walkers had cabins on the camp grounds where family members would get together to enjoy each others company. Sermons were heard everyday, along with lots of shouting and singing and praising God. Then at night after supper, folks would talk over the sermon, the years crops, the new generations of the future, inquire about kinfolks who had moved away to settle out west or to another area of the new country. Sometimes they spent the whole night in prayer and most of the night someone could be heard shouting. Baptismal in the sulfur springs nearby was a great moment of celebration. In 1842, the Sulphur Springs Methodist Church was organized and earlier the Limestone Baptist Church was organized. James and Anna Walker Deakins and John and Lucretia Martin Walker were members of the Limestone Baptist Church ; Margaret Walker and Benjamin Hunt were married in the Limestone Baptist Church May 29, 1827. William and Mary Brown Walker were members of the Pleasant Grove Methodist Church where he gave land for the church and the cemetery. Andrew and Sarah Brown Walker were members of the Sulphur Springs Methodist Church. John and Lucretia Martin Walker were charter members of the Limestone Baptist Church and later generations were split between the two churches. Today the stained glass windows in the methodist church tell the story of family members who left this heritage

    The will of William Walker dated August 9, 1841 reads thus