Daly Walker Sr. was recognized as a new Revolutionary War patriot by the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) December 11, 2010. He took the Oath of Allegiance to make a land entry in Burke County, North Carolina, in 1779 (Huggins, Burke County, North Carolina Land Records, vol. 2, p. 15.), and he provided a substitute for RW military service (State of Tennessee, Dickson County, Explanatory Declaration of Isaac Walker, 1833). Isaac Walker’s Explanatory Declaration stated that he substituted for Daly Walker—County of Burke, State of North Carolina. Additional information included Isaac Walker’s place and date of birth, “In Prince George’s County in the State of Maryland on the 16th day of April 1754.”
The following information is what we “think we know” about Daly Walker and his family. On-going research, collaboration, and DNA studies will continue to enhance this body of work. Additions and corrections to this information are encouraged and welcomed.
Daly Walker Sr., born 1750-1760 in Maryland < Charles Walker III, born circa 1727 in Maryland< Charles Walker II, born May 09, 1698, in Prince George’s County, Maryland< Charles Walker I, born circa 1667, died 1730 in Maryland
The 1830 Federal Census record of Knox County, Tennessee, enumerated Daly Walker Sr. as 70-80 years of age, suggesting he was born between 1750 and 1760. A deed record for Daly Walker Sr.’s parents, Charles Walker III and Elizabeth Daly/Daily Walker, places the family in Prince George's County, Maryland, in 1768--Frederick County Court [Land Records] [MSA CE108-8] L p.0416. Daly Walker’s family moved to North Carolina after 1768, indicating that Daly Walker Sr. was born in Maryland. The family settled in North Carolina in the Wilkes, Burke, and Alexander County areas. The 1779 Burke County, North Carolina, land plots identify Charles Walker, Daly Walker, Simon Walker, and Isaac Walker sharing boundaries. Neighbors included John Jones, William Smith Sr. and William Smith Jr., Patrick Sloan, Richard Hood, Lucas Hood, and many others. The marriage bond of Daly Walker Sr. and Hannah Smith “of Burke County” was dated November 27, 1778, in Wilkes County, North Carolina. The marriage bond was signed by Daly Walker, Charles Walker, and Renelder Walker.
Daly Walker purchased land (1815, No.157, Michael Tabler to Daly Walker, Deed 70 acres, Flat Creek—written in the deed as 72 acres) in Knox County, Tennessee. The land stretched to the "piney spur” of House Mountain where the Walkers became known as the “Walkers of House Mountain.” Now, in 2010, descendants still live around House Mountain and own the land where the Old Walker Cemetery is located.
Daly Walker Sr.’s will was written in 1830 in Knox County, Tennessee, and was witnessed by James Kearns, Thomas Lowe, Lucinda Lowe, and James Fry. Daly Walker Sr. identified his children as Catherine, Edney, Isaac, Sarah, Daly [Jr.], Mary, Martha, JoAnna, Jenny, and Nancy. His will was probated in 1836 in Knox County, Tennessee. His widow, Hannah Smith Walker, was enumerated in The Federal Census of Knox County, Tennessee, in 1840 as head of household with age given as 70-79 years of age. There were three others in the household, 1 male 15-19, 1 female 20-29, and 1 female 40-49. Hannah’s neighbors included the families of McBee, Lowe, and Fry.
Isaac Walker (who substituted for Daly Walker in the RW War and who is believed to be the brother of Daly Walker Sr.) migrated from North Carolina to Fayette County, Kentucky, and then to Dickson County, Tennessee (Explanatory Declaration of Isaac Walker, 1833). Charles Walker (Charles Walker III?) was also in Dickson County. The Dickson County Handbook by Jill Garrett, 1984, p. 120, has the following entry:
John Lowe and John Ward of Robertson County
Isaac Walker of Montgomery County
Lowe and Ward convey to Walker land on west fork of Jones Creek, part of land granted Robert Bell by State of North Carolina: mentions Charles Walker’s northeast corner.
Made 16 Dec. 1803
Registered 24 Feb. 1806
Witnesses, Charles Walker, Jeremiah Walker
Isaac Walker was still living in Dickson County, Tennessee, in 1840 when the Federal Census enumerated him as 80-89 years of age and in the…Pensioners from Revolutionary or Military Services, included in the foregoing -85 years of age.
Daly Walker Sr.’s father was Charles Walker III. The father of Charles Walker III was Charles Walker II, whose date of birth was recorded as May 9, 1698, at St. Barnabas Church in Prince George's County, Maryland. Charles Walker II’s parents were Charles Walker I and Rebecca Isaac Walker. There are several records in Maryland that track the activities of Charles Walker II and help clarify family relationships (records extracted from The Kent Walker Papers on CD):
-1724 Charles Walker Sr. grants to son Charles II 100 acres of Bacon Hall, Prince George’s County, Maryland (his will later divides land between sons Charles and Joseph)
-1739 Richard Snowden sells 39 acres, “Third Addition to Bacon Hall” to Charles Walker II
-1744 Charles Walker, Patented Virgins Delight, Prince George’s County, Maryland
-1765 Charles Walker, Third Addition to Bacon Hall—Charles Walker II sells to Thomas Snowden—deed identifies Charles Walker as “carpenter”
-1794 Richard Walker reacquires Third Addition to Bacon Hall and references (Grandfather) Charles Walker Sr. and (Uncle) Charles II
-1797 Register of Wills, Prince George’s County, Maryland—Richard Walker is son of Joseph Walker
Charles Walker I and Rebecca Isaac Walker had two children recorded at St. Barnabas Church in Prince George's County, Maryland, prior to 1700--Elizabeth born 1695 and Charles II born 1698. Rebecca Isaac Walker gave a deposition in 1761 with age given as eighty nine years. Charles Walker I gave different ages in different depositions with birth dates ranging from 1664 to 1669. Charles Walker I died in 1730 in Maryland. The following records tract the activities of Charles Walker I and Rebecca Isaac and help clarify family relationships (records extracted from The Kent Walker Papers on CD):
-St. Barnabas Church in Prince George’s County, Maryland (children recorded as Elizabeth Walker, born December 22, 1695, Charles Walker, born May 09, 1698, Rebecca Walker, born April 11, 1700, Mary Walker, born May 11, 1702, Ruth Walker, born April 11, 1704, Isaac Walker, born March 05, 1705, Ann Walker, born April 10, 1708, Richard Walker, born March 04, 1709/10, Crecy Walker (F), born October 26, 1713, Joseph Walker, born December 24, 1715, and Rachel Walker, born February 06, 1717.)
-1710 Land Office, Charles Walker, survey of Bacon Hall
-1713 Land Office, Charles Walker, patent of Bacon Hall
-1724 Deed, Charles Walker Sr. to Charles Walker Jr.
-1730 Prince George’s County Register of Wills, Charles Walker Sr.
-1730 Prince George’s County, MD, Prerogative Court, Charles Walker estate
-1730 Prince George’s County, MD, Last Will and Testament of Charles Walker