Four generation photo taken at a family event about
1904. Sitting from left: Mary Melvina (Walker) Casada,
Louisa (Lewis) (Walker), Leabow. Standing: Anna
Mary McKenzie, Olive (Casada) Golden. Courtesy Nancy
Cassada Nelson. Click for larger version.
Jacob Walker, the third son of Joseph
and Mary (Tussey) Walker, was born 27 May 1822 in
Sycamore Valley in Claiborne County, Tennessee.
On 26 November 1846, he married Louisa Lewis there,
a daughter of William Lewis and Sarah Boyers and sister
to John who married Jacob's sister Anna a few years
later. Louisa was born 3 December 1824 probably at Lone
Mountain and died 26 July 1904 there.
Mary Melvina (Walker) Casada (left), and her mother,
Louisa (Lewis) (Walker) Leabow in a faded photo.
Courtesy Nancy Cassada Nelson. Click for larger
Not much is known of Jacob's short life. He was a Justice
of the Peace for Claiborne County for a time. He also
bought out his siblings' portions of his father's land
when his father died in an accident, and on 3 December
1857 he was named master for John Lewis, son of Jane,
who was probably related in some way to his wife.
Mary Melvina (Walker) Casada, Jacob's only surviving
daughter, and her family at their home at Lone Mountain,
Claiborne County, Tennessee. Courtesy Nancy Cassada
Nelson. Sitting from left: unknown, John Alexander
Casada, Mary Melvina (Walker) Casada. Standing:
Rachel Casada (married William Fieldon Hopson),
John Frank Wylie, Sara L. "Sallie" (Casada)
Wylie. Click for larger version.
A day short of his 36th birthday, Jacob died for reasons
no longer known. According to Nancy Cassada Nelson,
Jacob sold land about three weeks before he died, suggesting
that he knew he was dying. He left a will supposedly,
although it did not show up until 6 months after he
had died. He is believed to have been buried in the
same cemetery as his parents, although he has no inscribed
stone. Louisa went on to marry Urial Leabow, also known
as Royal Leabow, about a year later and raised another
Jacob and Louisa had two known children. The oldest,
Mary Melvina, married John Alexander Casada and had
11 children. The second child is one only recently attributed,
Olivia, or, more properly, S. Olivia T. Walker apparently.
Olivia died when she was 7 and is buried next to her
mother; her mother is buried next to her second husband
in Leabow Hollow in the Lone Mountain area.