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16. Obediah WALTERS1,4,8,13 was born in 1765 in Halifax County, Virginia.1 He died in 1836 at the age of 71 in Grainger County, Tennessee.1

Pittsylvania Co VA DB 7
p.411 20 Nov 1784 Chichester Mathews and James McMurdry of Pittsy to Thomas Walters. 100£. 200 acres. Begin at said Thomas Walters corner red oak. Pointers on a branch, down the meanders. Signed: chichester Matthews, James McMurdery. Wit: Archer Walters, Samuel Walker, Obadiah Walters18 Apr 1785 Deed with memoradum & receipt proved by oaths of the witnesses.

Married (1) Abigail McBee on 20 Dec 1790 in Pittsylvania Co VA and married (2) Polly Powell on 2 Jan 1829 in Grainger Co TN. Obediah & Abigail moved to Tennesse in 1796. He was a farmer and a Baptist.

Pittsylvania Co DB 10
p.171 20 Apr 1795 Thomas Walters to Robert Walters. Sum of 100£. Tract on branches of Double Creek, 185 acres. Begin Robert Walters corner tree in Atkinsons line, sd Atkinsons line to Robert Madding line; to sd Thomas Walters line, meanders of branch to Robert Walters line & his line to the beginning. Being the plantation and part of Tract of the Land Deeded from Chichester Mathews to said Thomas Walters. Signed: Thomas (T) Walters.
Wit: Othe Thorp, William Finch Thorp, James Thorp, Obadiah Walters, Jackson Walters, Walker Gooding.
Sum of 100 pounds rec'd from Robert Walters. Signed: Thomas (T) Walters
Wit: Othe Thorp, Wm Finch Thorp, James Thorp, Obediah Walters
20 Apr 1795 Ack by Thomas Walters
p.172 20 Apr 1795 Thomas Walters to Obediah Walters. 100£. Tract on branches of Double Creek. 175 acres. Begin on large Branch in Thomas Walters & Jackson Walters line, up the branch to Joseph Slaydons line and along same, corner near Nathnial Murrays old Field, new line to Jackson Walters corner in the fork of a branch, along his line to the beginning. Part of tract deeded to Thomas Walters from Richard Griffin. Signed: Thomas (T) Walters
Wit: Robert Walters, Betsey Walters, Jackson Walters, Walker Gooding
20 Apr 1795 Ack by Thomas Walters

Pittsylvania Co DB 10, p.353
12 Mar 1796 Obadiah Walters and Abigail his wife of Pittsylvania Co to Joseph Slaydon of said county. For 65£. Tract on branches of the double Creek containing 175 acres. Bounded upon said Joseph Slaydens line; corner tree binding on John Walters line, Nathaniel Murray's line, along John Walter's line, Jackson Walter's line, beech corner of Jackson Walters's line up the Branch to the said Joseph Slaydens line.
Signed: Obadiah Walters, Abigail (X) Walters
Wit: John Vaughan, Stokeley Slayden, William Sladen
18 Apr 1796 proved by Oaths of the witnesses thereto. Ordered recorded.
[This is the same as the property sold to Obadiah by his father Thomas in April of 1795. Thomas Walters had died by Feb of 1796 and his property is not here mentioned but the ownership could already have changed. This may mention the property willed to the grandson John, son of Thomas dec'd. Mervin Walters had a note that 18 Apr 1796 was also the same day of the Probate of Thomas Walters' will.]

Grainger Co TN DB A, p.209
25 May 1801 Needham Whitfield of Montgomery Co TN to Obadiah Walters of Grainger Co. For $500. 200 acres, granted to William Whitfield date 11 Jul 1788, #689. Conveyed from Wm Whitfield to Bryan Whitfield by deed of record. Lying in Grainger Co on West side of Copper Ridge on a prong of Bull Run, near Elisabeth Greens line. Signed: Bryan Whitfield, Needham Whitfield. Wit: Jesse Magbee, Samuel McBee, ___ Davis. Proved in open court & ordered to be Recorded.

Knox Co TN, Estate Book 1
Oct 1808
p.274 List of property of Samuel Cox sold by Matthew Tally & Prestly Buckner
Some of Names: Benj. Condra, Margaret Cox [probably the widow - bought households good, bedding, slave Tobias, furniture, etc], Dennis Condra, Matthew Talley, James Dyer, Moses Brock, Jacob Tally, Rice Buckner, Samuel McBee - 5 sheep & bell, Obadiah Walters - keg, one terrapin, dutch oven & hooks, Jacob Cox, Prestly Buckner, John Cox
Obadiah Walters and Samuel McBee are brothers in law. Presley Buckner was married to Nancy Cox, sister of Samuel Cox.


1830 Grainger Co TN
Obadiah Walters. 1m 10-15 [Isaac], 1m 15-20[Israel], 1m 20-30 [Lemuel], 1m 60-70, 2f 15-20 [Abigail has already died]
William and Thomas are also listed in Grainger Co.

20 Aug 1832, Grainger Co, TN. Obadiah Walters, aged sixty five years deposed that he was well acquainted with Israel McBee who was making declaration as a soldier of the Revolution to obtain pension. He stated he was acquainted with McBee at the time of his enlistment in Pittsylvania Co, Virginia. Some time after McBee returned, he saw in his possession his parole, from Col. Tarlton, a British Commander.
James Spradling also testified saying in part that he understood Israel McBee was taken prisoner at the Battle of Hanging Rock in South Carolina.

Grainger County, TN Wills Nov 1833 - May 1852
WALTERS, Obadiah, deceased. Wife (not named); 2 sons Israel and
Isaac; daughter Mary; granddaughter Leete Jane WALTERS, son
Lemuel; the rest of all my children $1.00 to each with what I
have partioned to them; trusty friends James COLVIN and Lemuel
WALTERS to be my Executives. Signed Obadiah WALTERS. Witnesses:
George W. VITTITO, William P. McBEE, Israel WALTERS. Recorded 8
Jun 1836, E. TATE, Clerk.

Wills and Settlements; Grainger Co TN 1839-1847
[Hand copied on lined paper]
LDS #0464102
p.461/176
An Account of the Settlement made with James Colvin and Lemuel Walters, Executors of the last Will and Testament of Obadiah Walters Decd. 24 Dec 1841
Said Obadiah Dec'd by his LW&T disposed of all his property both real and personal excepting one horse which was to be sold by his executors to pay his Debts and said horse being sold by said Testator before he died for the sum of $66.00 to William Donshee and the said Testator having received himself before his Death $36 the Balance of the price of said Horse come into the hands of James Colvin & Lemuel Walters the sd executors to.wit, the sum of $30.
The said Executors claim a credit for the following vouchers
1. Balance of Obadiah Walters note to John Hill & Clabourn Johnson & Co. $3.29
2. Obadiah Walters note to John Smith $1.56 ¼
3. E. Tates Clerks Receipt $2.00
4. Paid E. Tate, Clerk for making this settlement & Recording the same $2.35
$11.36 ¼ $18.64 ¾
Leaving in the hands of Lemuel Walters, the sum of $18.64 ¾ which by the Directions of said will belongs to him. Rec. 23 Jany 1842. E. Tate clk.

Obediah WALTERS and Abigail MCBEE were married on 20 December 1790 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.12,32 Abigail MCBEE, daughter of WILLIAM MCBEE and ABIGAIL ?HUBBARD, was born about 1770 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.1 She died about 1825 at the age of 55 in Grainger County, Tennessee.1

Aby Magby to Obediah Walters. Sur: Robert Madding. Married by Rev. John Atkinson.

Obediah WALTERS and Abigail MCBEE had the following children:

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i.

Champless WALTERS.

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ii.

William WALTERS.

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iii.

Sarah WALTERS.

65

iv.

Mary WALTERS33 was born in 1798 in Grainger County, Tennessee. She died in Indiana.

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v.

Thomas WALTERS.

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vi.

Lemuel WALTERS.

68

vii.

Abraham WALTERS33 was born about 1809 in Grainger County, Tennessee.

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viii.

Israel WALTERS.

70

ix.

Isaac WALTERS33 was born about 1815 in Grainger County, Tennessee. He died in 1841 at the age of 26 in Grainger County, Tennessee.

Wills and Settlements; Grainger Co TN 1839-1847
[Hand copied on lined paper]
LDS #0464102
p.463/176
31 Jul 1841 An Inventory of the Estate of Isaac Walters Dec'd
Notes due: Daniel McPhetridge; John Carden & John F. Huddlestons; G. W. Vitteto; William Lays & Daniel McPhetridge; G. W. Vitteto & Williston Willis; Joseph Hill & Son; G. W. Vitteto; Solomon Wyrick, Thomas McMillan, James Colvin, Lemuel Walters, John Walters
1 Negro woman slave named Fellis, about 30 years of age
1 mare, 1 skillet, 1 pot & 1 pair of pot hooks, 1f adz; 1 pair of harness & traces and one singletree & clevis
One tract of land of 100 acres
The above is a true and perfect inventory of all the goods and chattels, rights and credits of the said Isaac Walters Decd which have come to my hands possession or knowledge or the hands of any other person for me to the best of my knowledge & belief the 31st day of July 1841.
Lemuel (x) Walters, Admr.

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x.

Abigail WALTERS.

Obediah WALTERS and Mary "Polly" POWELL were married on 2 January 1829 in Grainger County, Tennessee. Mary "Polly" POWELL13 was born (date unknown). Mervin Walters gives further information regarding Mary "Polly" Powell, second wife of Obediah. She is said to have had two Powell children by an earlier marriage. She may have left Grainger Co after the death of Obediah. There is said to be a Polly Walters listed in the 1840 Census of Lawrence Co IN near Abner Walters with four children. Possibly these could be her two children, and Isaac & Abraham Walters, children of Abraham not yet married. [See note below - I'm not at all sure about this interpretation of the census.] Then he states that she might have been the Mary Walters listed in Crawford Co AR in 1850 - when I looked this up, she was living alone, age 60, born in VA, and not living near anyone whose name I recognized. Mr. Walters did not state why he thought this could be the same Mary.

In 1830 in Lawrence Co IN there was a Hiram Walters, age 20-30 with spouse age 20-30 and one small boy under 5, p.97. Abner Walters was there with his family on p.64. Not living close together at all. In 1840, Lawrence Co IN, Abner and family were on p.218. There were, in 1840, two widows, named Walters, one was Polly on p.200, the other was Susan, p.241. Susan was age 50-60 with a girl between 15-20 and a male aged 30-40; no clue to who she might be. Polly could be Hiram's widow; in her household was a boy, now 10-15 and a younger boy age 5-10. There were three women in the household, one age 10-15, one 30-40, and one 50-60. The 30-40 year old lady would be Hiram's spouse appropriately aged, and could have relatives living with her. I would doubt that the two daughters of Polly Powell Walters would be this far apart in age, if Polly was the 50-60 year old, and Obadiah's widow.