Ancestral Family Topic 444

 444   Warren Walker (c.1730-c.1785)
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Warren Walker, in his own words
If he could speak to us today, Warren Walker might describe his life as follows.

Magdalene Burton and I were the parents of 5 children we reared at “High Hill” in Cumberland County. I was head of a household of 5 whites and 39 blacks in 1782.  Five white souls were still in my household in 1785 and I had one dwelling house and 14 other buildings. 
During the Revolution I provided 1,050 pounds of beef to the militia and a gun to General Lawson’s Brigade, for which I was later reimbursed.  I also got paid £12 for being “commissioner of the specific tax” for the years 1780 and 1781. 
I was among the largest slave-holders in the county, on par with the Mayo and Carrington families. By far the largest slave-holders in Cumberland County in 1782 were Archibald Cary with 189, Carter Henry Harrison with 136, Alexander Trent with 123, and Henry Skipwith with 96.
Since we were wealthy Presbyterians, our contributions undoubtedly helped open Hampden-Sydney College in Prince Edward County where my son Warren was a trustee.
I made my will in Littleton Parish, Cumberland County, 17 April 1785, giving land on the south side of Broad Branch to William and disposing of 31 “Negroes” and various personal possessions. I let Magdalene continue to live on half our plantation and have the services of 13 of our slaves for the rest of her life. Magdalene Judith was to be well educated, and if her mother died before she came of age or married, her brothers and sister were to care for her. 
I do not know when Magdalene died.

As a resident of Southam Parish, Warren was appointed to procession the boundary of farms between Angola Creek, the Appomattox River, Green Creek, and Randolph’s Road in 1755-71. 
Cumberland County charged Warren on 7 tithables in 1759.  He placed his name on a petition in Cumberland County in 1777 praying the county be divided in two,  and petitioned the House of Delegates from Cumberland County in 1780 to reject a bill forbidding the use of depreciated currency in payment of debts. 

Warren’s will
Here is the text of his will.

Will of Warren Walker
17 April 1785
In the name of God, Amen.
I Warren Walker of Cumberland County, Littleton Parish, to make and ordain this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following (viz).
Imprimis. I give and bequeath to my son William Walker the tract and land on the North side of Broad Branch.
Item. I give and bequeath to my son Warren the tract and land whereon I now live lying on the South side of Broad Branch and also the Negroes and other estate that my beloved wife Magdalene Walker shall [have] free and uninterrupted possession of said during her natural life.
Item. I lend unto my beloved wife Magdalene Walker the land Whereupon I now live Lying on the South side of broad branch during her natural life and also thirteen Negroes (Viz) Old Jack, Old Shauser [?], Tony, Frank, Pompy, Beck, Rose, Lyd, Fann, Jane, Mons, Jimmy & Tabb and also all my other estate not mentioned in this will and my will and desire is that after the death of my beloved wife that part of my estate land is her [sic] shall be divided equally amongst my children then alive.
Item. I give and bequeath to Daughter Sarah McGee Two Negroes (Viz) Hannah and young Beck to her and her heirs forever.
Item. I give and bequeath to my daughter Mary Walker Eight Negroes Viz Bibb, Lucy, Delphy, Jude, Young Sharper [?], Young Frank, Fibby, and Peter and also two cows and Calves and two other young cattle also a feather bed and furniture to her and her heirs forever.
Item. I give and bequeath to my daughter, Magdalene Walker, Eight Negroes (Viz) Violet, Grace, Candy, Nancy, Phill, Julas, Young Jack and Bob and also two cows and calves also two other Young Cattle and a feather Bed and furniture to her and her heirs forever.
It is also my Will and desire that should my daughter Magdalene Judith depart this life before she be married or come of age that that part of my Estate left to my daughter Magdalene Judith should be maintained and educated out of the part of my estate left to my wife and that no expence for her support be on that part of the Estate Given to her until she shall come of age or marries.
It is also my Will and desire that in case of the death of my wife that the care of my daughter Magdalene Judith should devolve on her Brothers and sister jointly.
My Will and desire is that my son Warren Walker should have two cows and calves and three other young cattle.
My Will and desire is that there shall be no appraisement on my Estate.
Lastly I appoint my beloved wife Executrix and my two sons William Walker and Warren Walker Executors of this my last Will and Testament, and do hereby revoke all other will or Wills heretofore by me made and do declare this to be my last Will and Testament.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this seventeenth day of April 1785.
Warren Walker
William B. Reese
Stephen Lockett
Osborne Lockett.

The division of the Walker’s estate in 1795, which named 23 slaves, identified heirs William and Warren Walker, Elisha Meredith, Baker LeGrand, and William McGehee. 

Descendants of Warren Walker
Information about the children of Warren Walker, their descendants, and allied families previously found at is now available as Southside Virginia Genealogies. Learn more 
Names found in this topic include the following.
 Capt. William Walker (1757-1840),  
 Sarah (Walker) Harris McGehee,  
John Skipwith Harris,  
William McGehee,   
Anne Skip Magdalene Harris,  Peter T. Phillips,   
Mary McGehee,  Thomas Weaver,  
Judith McGehee,  Simeon Walton,  
Elijah McGehee,  Virginia Walker,   
Jacob McGehee,  Mildred H. Clarke,   
Eleanor McGehee,  Thomas Pettus,  
William McGehee,  Ann Foster,  
John Booker McGehee,  Elizabeth Taylor Walton,  
Sarah Chappell McGehee,  Henry M. Penick,   
 Warren Walker (c.1760-1828),  
Sarah (—) Walker,  
Jesse Miller,  John Beasley,  
William Walker,  
Cynthia Walker,  James Fentress,  
George Washington Walker,  
Warren Walker,  
Gilly Walker,  
Sarah Walker,  
Pleasant M. Walker,  
 Mary (Walker) LeGrand,  
Baker LeGrand,   
Sarah C. LeGrand,  
Judith Baker LeGrand,  William Dibrell Jones,  
William LeGrand,  
 Magdalene Judith (Walker) Meredith Guthrie Watkins,  
Elisha Meredith,  Henry Walker,   
Peyton Guthrie,   George Watkins,  
Warren W. Meredith,  Martha W. Allen,   
Magdalene Judith Meredith,  John Watkins,  
Pleasant Walker Meredith,  Harriet Cabell Bradley,  William Bradley,  Elizabeth Harrison,   
Nancy S. Meredith,  Royall Watkins,   
William Walker Meredith,  

This family topic includes the following notable individuals.
Soldiers of colonial and American wars
Henry M. Penick - War of 1812 Warren Walker - Revolutionary War

Officers and trustees of Hampden-Sydney College
Warren Walker  

Selected sources
Johnson, Ruby Walker, Johnny D. Walker, Howard D. Walker, and Jane Walker Womack. “Walker.” Cumberland County Virginia and its People. Cumberland: Cumberland County Historical Society, Inc., 1983: 209-211. • A series of family histories regarding William Walker and Warren Walker.

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