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

 

Jacob Shuff Walker


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Spouse: Martha Davis
Family Bible: Available on this site
Photos: No known photos
Signatures: On files
Tombstones: Fieldstones only; exact graves unknown

Jacob Shuff Walker, a son of Edward and Mahala (Tussey) Walker, was born 31 December 1826 probably at his parents' home on Mulberry Creek. He was named for his maternal grandparents, Jacob Tussey and Jane Shuff. On 15 November 1846 in Claiborne County, probably in the Mulberry area, he married Martha Davis, called Patsy.

Martha was born 7 November 1825 at her father's farm at Mulberry Gap. The home is thought to have been located at the intersection of what are now called Back Valley Road and Buell Road in the northwest quandrant of the intersection. No trace of the home remains.

Probable site of Eli Davis' home. Photo taken 8/2/2005 by Phillip A. Walker.

Martha was the daughter of Eli and Martha (Baker) Davis. Eli Davis was a teacher and his wife an herb doctor. Martha (Baker) Davis was the daughter of Rev. Andrew and Elizabeth (Avant/Avent) Baker, with Andrew being a frontier Baptist preacher of some renown in southwest Virginia.

For some time after they married, they appear to have lived with or near his parents at Mulberry Creek, later moving to up the road to her parents' home. Her father died in 1861, and perhaps they helped with his care. Jacob, although he was raised as a Methodist and attended the Thomas Chapel Methodist Church, left the church in 1858 for the Mulberry Gap Baptist Church, joining the denomination of his in-laws although not their original church; Martha joined the church after him.


Location of Jake and Patsy's home on Straight Creek. Taken July 1993 by Phillip A. Walker.

Probably about the time that Eli Davis died in 1861, the couple moved to Straight Creek, purchasing a farm about a mile from his brother Isaac, and they lived there for the remainder of their days. Practically nothing is known of their lives; Vannah (Carr) Greever, a granddaughter, recalled that her mother said that Jake looked like Abraham Lincoln, but no one seems to know any stories about the lives of this couple.


Cemetery where the couple is buried. Straight Creek is pictured, and the homesite was just inside the treeline on the right side of this photo at the creek; the church is barely visible. Photo taken July 1993 by Phillip A. Walker.

Apparently, Jake had a good-sized farm, and, with two sons becoming doctors and a daughter who married one, probably had a reasonable income and good standing in the community. Jake was technically young enough to have been drafted during the Civil War but was older than the usual soldier and did not appear to serve, possibly because of his skills as a blacksmith. His sympathies are unknown.

Now remodeled house where Patsy Walker died.

Jacob was one of the two men who gave the land for the Straight Creek Missionary Baptist Church, which is located not far from where his house once stood and from where the couple is buried. The Walkers were active in the new church throughout their lives.

Quilt top made by Martha (Davis) Walker from dresses that had belonged ot her daughers. Also pictured, Vannah (Carr) Greever, granddaughter and owner of the items. Photo taken July 1993 by Phillip A. Walker.

Jake died of presently unknown causes 4 October 1887 probably at his farm at Straight Creek in Claiborne County. He was buried in the family cemetery up the hill from where his house stood. There are about 10-14 graves in the cemetery, but all are marked with fieldstones without inscriptions, and the exact location of his grave is unknown.

Lace made by Martha (Davis) Walker owned by Vannah (Carr) Greever. Photo taken July 1993 by Phillip A. Walker.

Martha apparently stayed at the home place for some unknown period of time, but, having gone blind several years before her death, she moved in with her daughter Lizzie (Walker) Click on Bear Creek, where she died sometime in June 1900. She was buried in the same cemetery as Jacob.

Most of the couple's personal effects are thought to have remained with Lizzie, who lost nearly everything she owned in a house fire in the 1920s in Andersonville, Tennessee. Vannah (Carr) Greever, daughter of the couple's daughter Alice, did own a quilt top made from dresses that belonged to some of the daughters along with some lace that Martha (Davis) Walker had made.

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