Isaac and Mary (Haynes)
Walker; portrait owned by great grandson Bill
He was married to Mary Haynes, called Polly, on 20
January 1848 in Grainger County by a Baptist minister
named Anderson Acuff. Polly was born 10 May 1822 in
Union County and died 13 October 1899 at Straight Creek.
She was the daughter of William Haynes. The couple had
at least six children, several of whom moved to Newton
Possibly Isaac and Polly's
house at Straight Creek; photo courtesy of Bill
After their marriage and before the Civil War, the
couple lived at Mulberry for a while but moved to Straight
Creek about one mile from the present location of Straight
Creek Baptist Church.
The picture at right is thought possibly to be his
home, which burned about 1900, although identification
is uncertain; the photo is in the collection of Bill
Walker, he great grandson, who also owns the large photo
of the couple and lives on part of the land that Isaac
Burch Cemetery, Straight
Creek; photo taken 8/2/2006 by Phillip A. Walker.
Ike was technically young enough to be drafted into
the Civil War but was older than the typical age and
does not appear to have served. Ike's sympathies in
the war are not known, and none of his children were
old enough to have served. He did sign a loyalty oath
to the Union but the circumstances are unknown. During
the war, troops from one side or another stole some
of his horses, but he and his son Billy chased after
them and were able to recover them.
Although Isaac did attend the Straight Creek Baptist
Church for a time, for the most part, he appears to
have remained a Methodist. His wife attended the Straight
Creek Church, and his son Billy was later a deacon there.
Both are buried in the nearby Burch Cemetery.