1872 & 1876 &
William M Walker
1825-1882 ..was born in Marion Co. southwest of Columbus, Georgia, a son of
William and Elizabeth Walker who had migrated from North Ireland to South
Carolina before 1820. The Walker, Fullerton, and other families migrated
from Georgia and Alabama to the Robertson Colony near Fort Franklin in the
1830s and it was there that William Walker married Mary Minerva McCandless,
a daughter of David & Polly Gordon McCandless. Mary was a sister of
Macca Orange McCandless who married Joseph Thompson Lawrence. David
McCandless had assembled 5,000 acres of land on the headwaters of Richland
Creek...Liberty Hill area...and moved there in the 1850s with the Walker and
Lawrence families. David McCandless divided his land between the
Walkers and the Lawrences and the families prospered.
sister, Elizabeth Walker, had married young Brit Dawson in 1838 and had died
at Franklin in 1847. Meanwhile, Brit Dawson had remarried and settled
along Battle Creek which emptied into Richland Creek.
Nancy Walker, married Henry Fullerton. Their family settled from Franklin
to the Liberty Hill area of Western Navarro Co.
William and Mary
Minerva McCandless Walker had two daughters.
One.....Alice Orange Walker was born about 1850 and married William G
Martin who may have been related to the Savage and Worden families.
William may have come to the area after the Civil War in company of George W
Savage. Children of Alice and William....Homer who was buried at Spring
Hill pior to 1870; Robert born before 1868; Berta born 1870; Maud born 1874,
and Mary born 1876. The Martins were living in Dresden in 1880 next to
Sarah Berry, a first cousin of Alice Martin. Sarah Walker had married
Josiah Montgomery Berry.
The Martin Family
left the area after the death of her parents and disappeared.
Two....Mary E Walker c1870 married George M Dallas Berry, a brother of
Josiah Montgomery Berry. They had two sons before her death in 1874.
Sparton Berry was born 1871. Otho Berry was born in 1872...died in
1884...and was buried at Spring Hill Cemetery next to his Mother.
Both boys went to
live with their Walker grandparents after the death of their Mother, and, at
one point, William Walker sought to gain custody of the two boys. When the
Walker grandparents died, Spart Berry inherited all of the original
McCandless land that was due his Mother. Spart Berry married a niece of
one of the first teachers in Dawson, built a home in Dawson, raised a fine
family, was active in politics, and died in Dawson in 1939
The Walker and
Fullerton Families had lived in the adjoining counties of Down and Armagh,
Northern Ireland for many years, but came to America in the early part of
the 1800s. The Fullerton Family had lived earlier in the Londonderry area,
and John Fullerton had married Jane Matthews at Armagh in 1773.
b.1705....married Ann Archer, daughter of Sampson Archer and migrated c1739
to Augusta Co VA. Elizabeth Matthews had married Thomas Greene, a first
cousin of Gen. Nathaniel Greene and had settled in South Carolina. George
Matthews, son of John and Ann Archer Matthews, served under Gen. Greene,
settled in Georgia across the Savannah River from Thomas Greene and near
Augusta, Georgia. George Matthews, also, participated in the American
Revolution, served under Washington and Nathaniel Greene, served three terms
as Governor of Georgia, and when he had a disagreement with President
Madison, decided to go to the nation's capital and horse whip the
President. He was on his way from Mississippt to Washington DC when he died
in Augusta GA.
The Walker and
Fullerton Families settled in the South Carolina-Georgia area near Augusta,
arriving prior to 1820. Our William Fullerton b.1774...may have been a
child of John and Jane Matthews Fullerton.