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167. Alexander J. WALTERS4,80,98,108,146 was born on 26 April 1805. He died before November 1848 at the age of 43 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

Alexander married Louisa Wilson 15 May 1826 but there is also another marriage record in Pittsylvania County for Alexander J. Walters: to Sarah E. Paschall on 13 Aug 1846.

15 May 1826. Alexander Walters and Louisa Wilson, dau of John Wilson who requests that license be issued. Sur: Champness Terry. Married 25 May by Rev. Wm Blair.

Pittsylvania Co. Deeds of gift from Deed Books [1767-1850].
Abstracted on Pittsylvania Co Message Board.
Jan 1828 Archer Walters & wife Catherine to Alexander J. Walters, gift of land.

1830 Census, Pittsylvania Co VA. Alexr. Walters. 1m 15-20, 1m 20-30 [Alexander]; 1f -5, 1f 20-30 [Louisa]. Did Alexander have his brother Azariah who was about age 20 living with him? Azariah did not seem to be in his father's household.
I have no further information about what may have happened to Lousia. Certainly they didn't have a son as old as the male age 15-20.

1 Feb 1840. Alexander's Marriage to Mary F. Vinson in Caswell Co NC. Bond date. Azariah G. Walters bondsman. This recorded in the Caswell Marriage Bonds.

1840 Census, Pittsylvania Co VA. Alexander Walters. 1m age 20-30 [he should have been age 30-40] 1f -5, 1f 10-15, 1f 20-30 [2nd wife].
The ages of the two young females poses a bit of a problem. The female 10-15 could be the child from 1830. Daughters Nannie & Mary would seem to have not yet been born. Certainly they had Alexander's age wrong. But this is apparently Alexander since he's the only man of that name in that county. And he does seem to have had at least one older daughter, see next:

Here would be a clue to an elder daughter:
21 Oct 1844, Daniel Coleman Jr., marriage bond to Martha Ann Walters. Champness A. Terry, Bondsman. Alexander J. Walters, Father.
[If she's marrying in 1844, she's probably at least 18 - or born say about 1826 which works for both 1830 & 1840 censuses] She was more likely about 16 or 17, born soon after the marriage to Lousia, 1826.

There are two Daniel Colemans in Pittsylvania Co in 1850, neither marked as a senior or junior.
One is age 38, and has Elizabeth, age 17, in his household. Probably a wife, but could be a daughter - NOT Martha Ann for sure. [If this is Daniel Jr as it would seem to be, perhaps Martha died.]
The other Daniel Coleman was age 82, his wife Anna T. or P. age 72.
No help there.
There was also a Daniel S. Coleman in Caswell Co NC in 1850. He was age 65, b. VA and had living with him, Ann S. age 23, Spillsby age 22, and Bartlett T., age 21, all born in Caswell Co.

Alexander married a third time, also on the Pittsylvania Co website
13 Aug 1846 Alexander J. Walters to Sarah E. Paschall. She signed for herself. Joel A. Motley, bondsman. Jno. L. Prichard, officiated.
Obviously they were not married long and she apparently declined the care of her stepdaughters, or she herself died.

Index to Probate Records in Pittsylvania Co state that the sale of estate of Alexander J. Walters was held Nov 1848.

Alexander J. WALTERS and Louisa WILSON were married on 25 May 1826 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.108,109 Louisa WILSON, daughter of John WILSON, was born (date unknown).

Alexander J. WALTERS and Louisa WILSON had the following children:

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Martha WALTERS was born circa 1827 in Virginia. She died on 4 February 1848 at the age of 21.

Here would be a clue to this elder daughter of Alexander's:
21 Oct 1844, Daniel Coleman Jr., marriage bond to Martha Ann Walters. Champness A. Terry, Bondsman. Alexander J. Walters, Father.
[If she's marrying in 1844, she's probably at least 18 - or born say about 1825 which works for both 1830 & 1840 censuses] More likely she was 16 or 17, born after Alexander's marriage to Louisa Wilson.


There are two Daniel Colemans in Pittsylvania Co in 1850, neither marked as a senior or junior.
One is age 38, and has Elizabeth, age 17, in his household. Probably a wife, but could be a daughter - NOT Martha Ann for sure. [If this is Daniel Jr as it would seem to be, perhaps Martha died.]
The other Daniel Coleman was age 82, his wife Anna P. age 72. [This was the Daniel Coleman who married Anna Payne Harrison, a sister to Mary Dillard Harrison who married Edmund Richardson that were parents of Ann Eliza Payne Richardson, first wife of Azariah Graves Walters.]
No help there.
There was also a Daniel S. Coleman in Caswell Co NC in 1850. He was age 65, b. VA and had living with him, Ann S. age 23, Spillsby age 22, and Bartlett T., age 21, all born in Caswell Co.

http://ncccha.org/pdf/coleman/colemanfamilygenealogybykathleendawson.pdf
(13) Daniel Coleman, Jr. m. (1) Martha Ann Walters
31 Oct 1820 – 26 Apr 1905 abt 1824 – 04 Feb 1848
They married 22 Oct 1844 in Pittsylvania Co., VA. A listing for Green Hill Cemetery in Danville gives his date of birth as 31 Oct 1821. Martha Ann was the daughter of Alexander Walters.
(a) John Alexander Coleman
Daniel Coleman, Jr. m. (2) Margaret Elizabeth Ayers/Ayres [ 23 Jul 1827 – 31 Jul 1905]
They married 10 Oct 1848.

Alexander J. WALTERS and Mary F. VINSON were married on 1 February 1840 in Caswell County, North Carolina.147 Mary F. VINSON died before August 1846.

Alexander J. WALTERS and Mary F. VINSON had the following children:

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Nancy Dyson "Nannie" WALTERS1,103 was born in 1843 in Virginia.103 She died circa 1917 at the age of 74.

The World Connect database had two daughters, one as Mollie and one as Mary Catherine, but no Ann or Nancy for a daughter of Azariah. He has a different marriage for each. In the 1850 Census there was a Mary C. age 14 and a Nancy age 7 in Azariah's household. It is believed Nancy was the daughter of Azariah's deceased brother Alexander.

Mary Catherine Walters, married Christopher "Kit" G. Holland, a wealthy Danville, Virginia citizen. Mary "Mollie Belle" shown as married to Judge Green - but this is not correct; she was still living at home with her mother, age 40+, in 1900, listed as Single.

Nancy or "Nannie" is the one that married a man named Green - and he was a doctor, not a judge.

1870 Census. Pittsylvania Co VA, Danville. Hh 472
James C. Green, age 31, physician, b. VA
Nannie D., age 28, b. VA
Mary, age 1.

1880 Census. Pittsylvania Co VA, Danville Hh 185
J. C. Green, age 42, doctor, born VA as were his parents.
Nannie D., age 38, wife, b. VA as were her parents.
Mary, daughter, age 10. Jeanette, daughter, age 4.
Marie, age 54, sister, a teacher
Julie C., age 48, sister, teacher
Sallie C., age 46, sister, teacher

1900 Census. Richmond City, Clay Ward, VA, Hh 115
John T. Watson, b. Jul 1861, age 38, married 9 years
Mary Green, wife, b. Sep 1868, age 31, has had 2 children, 1 has died
Nannie G., dau, b. Apr 1864, age 36
Nannie D. Green, M in law, b. Jun 1841, age 58, widow, 1 child
Marie Green, aunt, b. Feb 1826, age 74, widow, no children

1910 Census. Danville, Independent City, VA, Hh 109
John T. Watson, Jr., age 48, married 18 years, b. VA
Mary G., wife, age 41, 3 children, 2 are living
Nancy G., daughter age 15
James G., son, age 1 year, 7 months
Nannie D. Green, mother-in-law, age 68, b. VA, widowed. Had 4 children, only 1 is living.
Estis Jeffries, servant, Black, age 45, widowed. Had 5 children, 2 are living, b. NC

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Mary F. WALTERS was born in February 1846 in Virginia. She died on 9 May 1923 at the age of 77.

I thought at first Mary "V." might be a stepdaughter living in Azariah Graves' household in 1860. There's some confusion dealing with the two wives named Martha and when Azariah married the second Martha. In 1860, Mary V. was already 13 years old and yet she had not appeared in the 1850 census with Azariah's family. In the 1900 census, Martha Walters would say she had had two children, both living - the ladies Mollie Belle and Bettie Flinn were in the household but neither were Martha's daughters. I have come to believe the enumerator possibly made an assumption they were her daughters and in reality, Azariah Walters third wife had no children at all. I believe that Azariah raised his nieces, Nancy & Mary F. Walters, daughters of his deceased brother Alexander.

I found a Mary Walters, age 4, living with Elizabeth Walters, widow of Archibald, in Caswell Co, Yanceyville, in 1850. Undoubtedly that was this orphaned child.

In an email exchange it was evident that there is an obituary for Mary F. Gravely who died 9 May 1923 at the home of her son, James G. Gravely, at Woodstock, VA. She was a daughter of Alexander and Mary Walters and widow of Peyton B. Gravely. She had two sons, Peyton B. Gravely and James G. Gravely; three daughters, Mrs. Kate Cabell, Mrs. Mary Clapp, and Mrs. Nannie Turpin. Mrs. Turpin lived in Colorado. Mrs. Nannie D. Green, mother of Mrs. Jno T. Watson, her only sister had died six years previously. She was buried Green Hill Cemetery. The Danville Bee, 10 May 1923, p.5.

Based on information about Alexander Walters marriages and census ages, it would seem likely that Sarah Paschal was the mother of the young Mary F. but instead it seems that Mary was an infant when they married, her mother perhaps having died at the time of her birth. She also appears to have been named for her mother. And, Mary F.'s obituary did state Nancy, or Nannie Green, had been her only sister and that her mother was Mary Walters.

1880 Census. Danville, Pittsylvania Co, VA
P. B. Gravely, age 45, b. VA, tobacco manfgr
M. F., wife, female, age 34
Kate W., dau, age 7; Payton, son, age 4; Jas. G, son, age 2
Annie Gravely, age 26, Sister
Catharine Morton, Black, age 23, servant
Lucy Puryear, Mulatto, age 20, servant
Lewis Peatross, Mulatto, age 15, servant
Ed. Coleman, Black, age 30, servant

1900 Census. Danville Ward 3, Danville City, VA Hh 14
Gravely, B. Payton, b. May 1835, age 65, married 28 years, b. VA as were his parents, tobacco manufacturer
Mary, wife, b. Feb 1852 [marked over - said 1842 underneath, but that wasn't right either - she was age 4 in 1850], age 48, 5 children, b. VA as were her parents
J. George, son, b. Jan 1879, age 21
N. Daisy, dau, b. Jun 1881, age 18
Mary, dau, b. Aug 1885, age 14
Olliver, Annie, servant, Black, b. May 1873, age 27, married 4 years, has had 3 children, only 1 living
Otis, son of servant, b. Feb 1895, age 5.

1910 Census. Danville Ward #3, Independent City, VA, Hh 27
Peyton B. Gravely, age 74, married once for 38 years, b. VA, living on his own income
Mary T., wife, age 64, has had 5 children, all are living.
James G., son, age 34, has been married twice.
Mary A., daughter in law is age 30, has had no children, they have not been married a year
Peyton, son, age 32, single
Alexander Jacobs, lodger, age 55

1920 Census. Stonewall, Shenandoah Co, VA, Hh 83
James G. Gravely, age 42. Alice S., wife, age 40 Born VA as were their parents.
Mary F., mother, age 74, b. VA as were her parents
Mary G. Clapp, niece, age 11, b. NC as was her father [This may have been Mary F's granddaughter, not her niece - she was James G's niece.]

Alexander J. WALTERS and Sarah Elizabeth MOTLEY were married on 13 August 1846 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.109 Sarah Elizabeth MOTLEY148, daughter of Joseph MOTLEY and Sarah "Sally" TANNER, was born on 1 January 1813.75 She died on 25 November 1885 at the age of 72.

13 Aug 1846 Alexander J. Walters to Sarah E. Paschall. She signed for herself. Joel A. Motley, bondsman. Jno. L. Prichard, officiated.

1850 Census, following the death of Alexander Walters. Southern District, Pittsylvania Co, Hh 703
She was indexed as Sarah E. "Matters"
Sarah R. Motley, age 66, b. Virginia [her mother who died later that year]
Sarah E. Walters, age 36 [or 34, 6's and 4's very much alike]
at the top of the next page, Hh 704 is her brother, living alone:
Jorden L. Motley, age 28.

I have not found her in later censuses.

Found on FindAGrave.com
Sarah E. Walters
Birth: Jan. 1, 1816
Death: Nov. 25, 1885
d/o Joseph Motley. Wife of Alexander J. Walters.
Inscription: Wife of Alex. J. Walters
Burial:
Dillard-Motley Cemetery
Mountain Hill
Pittsylvania County
Virginia, USA