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1756-1838, Duplin County, North Carolina - Sullivan, Claiborne, Hancock Counties, Tennessee

 

Record of descendants of Edward Walker, Revolutionary soldier of North Carolina and Tennessee


Author: Annie Walker Burns (1894-1966)
Date: 1929
Publisher: Self-published
City: Frankfort, Kentucky
Online: No; posting on this site planned
On file: Yes (from Lizzie Click copy)
Scanned: No; planned
Repository: McClung Collection/ETHS
DAR
Societies: DAR
Daughters of 1812
Wikipedia: Felix Walker
Dr. Thomas Walker

Annie Walker Burns was a prolific self-publisher of genealogy books, although nearly all were transcriptions of records such as marriages, censuses, pensions.

In 1929, Annie wanted to join the Daughters of the America Revolution as well as the National Society United States Daughters of 1812. She wrote a series of letters to relatives she knew or who were given to her as contacts, and the book itself primarily consists of transcriptions of the letters she received in return along with her partial transcriptions of Edward B. Walker's Revolutionary War pension and a few other documents.

Some of the letters included are invaluable as they were written by people with first-hand knowledge of various branches of the family. The book itself, though, is quite difficult to read without pre-existing knowledge of the family as Annie provides no explanatory text and presents the letters in an arbitrary order and does not include the letters she herself must have written. Great care must also be taken in reading the book to distinguish what each letter writer actually would have known themselves and what, in some cases, the writer seems to be repeating from letters Annie sent to them.

This book is not a polished history of the Walker family, and people who do not seriously research this branch probably would have little use for it. Serious researchers probably should obtain a copy, but research has progressed far beyond it at this time, and it includes only a little source material that cannot be found in other places today. Some of that material concerned Felix Walker and Dr. Thomas Walker, who she wanted to connect to the family, though she never could and never claimed to do so. Because of the organization of the book, among other things, modern readers sometimes believe she did make the connection.

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