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


Jonathan Walker (1818-1848)

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Jonathan T. Walker was born 15 March 1818 in the Little Sycamore Valley in Claiborne County, Tennessee, on Andrew Jackson's 51st birthday. His parents, Joseph and Mary (Tussey) Walker, had recently settled the area, and, as far as is known, he spent his entire life there.

Jonathan and Amanda's son Sterling and his family; courtesy Fay (Walker) Barnard through Lehman Callahan. Back row from left: Jonathan Leslie, Henry Lewis, Joseph Hillary, Milton Green. Front row: Sterling holding Martha Jane, Ellen holding Charles Spurgeon, unknown woman thought to have worked as household help. Click for larger version.

Amanda Jane Tussey was his first cousin, the daughter of his mother's brother, Jonathan, and his wife Mary Buckner. Amanda was born in June 1819 probably in the same area, perhaps on the Powell River near Fugate's Ford. Her parents eventually moved to Kentucky.

Jonathan and Amanda's daughter Mary Jane and her family; courtesy Fay (Walker) Barnard through Lehman Callahan. Back row from left: Joseph Nelson, Sterling Alexander, William Henry. Front: James Albert, John Netherland Lewis, Mary Jane. Click for larger version.

The couple was married in Claiborne County on Christmas Day in 1843. In short order, they had two children, Sterling, born 13 October 1845, and Mary Jane, born 1 December 1847.

A typhoid epidemic arose the very next summer after Mary Jane was born, with both Jonathan and Amanda contracting it. A majority of people who contracted typhoid in the area did surive, but the death rate was still high. Jonathan and Amanda died a day apart, Jonathan on 11 August 1848 and Amanda the next day. They were buried on his father's farm and may have been the first buried there.

The children were raised by Joseph and Mary (Tussey) Walker, though, with Joseph's accidental death in 1851, Mary was left to raise them alone. Sterling, called "Sod", married Ellen Pearson and lived his life at Little Sycamore. The couple had six children and are buried near his parents.

Sterling's sister, Mary Jane, married John Netherland Lewis and raised a family of four boys in the Lone Mountain area. Both are buried in Lewis Cemetery at Lone Mountain.


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