GIDEON WALKER AND ISAAC WALKER OF TOAPING CASTLE-- BROTHERS
information on ancestry.com "The Legacy of Gideon Walker and Priscilla Duvall" family tree(being posted for March 2012)
SUMMARY:DNA results indicate that Gideon Walker was the brother of Isaac Walker and Lady Elizabeth Stuart born in Scotland and residing in Prince George’s County, Maryland (Family Tree DNA Study).Results from 3 descendants of Gideon Walker show a 90% probability of a match to descendant of Isaac Walker within 8 generations.
Gideon Walker: Multiple descendants from 3 children of Gideon are quoted as saying the family came from Scotland and these documents are reported on ancestry.com in “The Legacy of Gideon Walker and Priscilla Duvall”family tree.Mareen Duvall Walker, son of Gideon,stated that “his father’s family came from Scotland” and landed in Delaware (next to Maryland) according to his grandson, Helm Walker of Louisville, KY in a letter 1918.Another great-grandson of Mareen Duval Walker, Richard Mareen WalkerJr., stated that his father was of Scotch descent in a newspaper article dated 1900 in Ohio County, KY.Amanda Burnette who lived to be 88 years old (b. 1828)—granddaughter of Ruth Walker and great- grand daughter of Gideon stated that Gideon came from Scotland landing in Maryland in a letter dated circa 1900.Aaron Schollars—grandson of Howard Walker and great-grandson of Gideon stated that his family was Scotch-Irish (an Appalachian term used to describe the Scottish) in an autobiography dated circa 1930.My (Sheila) own great-great grandfather, Elias Walker, passed information to his family that his father, Richard Walker, was born in Maryland and this can be documented as correct. There is a notation in the Lewis B. Walker bible, with no clue of the author,that states the Walkers came fromNorth Umberland, England and this probably has something to do with Walker villages being in Northumberland.So, there are many letters and other media in the Gideon Walker family indicating Scottish origins and settling in Maryland—media posted on ancestry.com “The Legacy of Gideon Walker and Priscilla Duvall”family tree.
Isaac Walker: The story of Isaac Walker is best represented by his great grandson Major Samuel Hamilton Walker, who was the Chief of Police in Washington D.C. in the late 1800’s. The following was written by Samuel H. Walker (1844-1935) on the occasion of his parent’s 50th wedding anniversary in 1883:
During the earlier years of the eighteenth century, from 1715 to 1746, Scotland was much agitated by the different attempts of the "Pretenders," James and Charles, to obtain a foothold upon the soil, and recognition as the crowned heads of England and Scotland, in pace of the Elector of Hanover, who, a German, had been crowned as George 1st, King of England.(This is a general statement for how the wars began—it is not tying Isaac to George 1st, King of England.)
This foreign substitution, for the native born house of Stuart, was revolting to the sensitive sensibilities of many Scottish Chiefs, and they raised the standard of rebellion, hoping, while England was entangled with European wars, consequent upon the accession of a German to the throne, to secure recognition from the powers of Europe and support from the nation for the house of Stuart. After many disastrous encounters with the power of England, supported by the Hollanders, in which they suffered great loss of life, the remainder sought safety from the wrath of the King and fled to foreign soil. Of those who were taken many were executed, others were banished, while those who eluded pursuit were for three years published, both at home and the colonies, as rebels and felons, with large rewards offered for their heads.
Isaac WALKER and his brothers Charles and Nathan were thus forced to flee, with five hundred pounds offered for their heads, and found in France temporary secrecy and security. (The history only pertains to those brothers that fought in the war according to decendant, Phil Winter, who maintains the notes of Samuel H. Walker’s speech.)Isaac Walker's wife, a Stuart, was informed of his intention to sail for America and made all her preparations to follow him, but was baffled for four years, least she should betray his hiding place in the forests of Maryland. He was afraid to communicate with her, and intended to return secretly to Scotland and bring back his wife, whom he had not seen for so long. By some kind providence, the day he intended to sail from Alexandria, the vessel he expected to return in brought his wife, and they met at the wharf. It was stated by Grandfather Nathan that, as his mother came up the hill from the wharf, a parrot called out to her, "Scotch;" when she exclaimed, ‘Laird! How did the poor creature know?’(This is a figurative statement designed to make the audience laugh—some people try to take this literally.)
The brothers constructed a large white oak log house at the head waters of Bear Garden Branch, in Prince George's County, about nine miles northeast of what was afterwards called Washington, D.C. This house remained standing until about 25 years hence, when some of the logs were used to repair the barn and granary, which are now standing, and a piece of which is the cane this day presented to Jonathan T., Walker by his grandchildren. They named the place "Toaping Castle"**, after their stronghold in the old country; and after they thought it safe to acknowledge their identity, and danger was over.” (Naming family strongholds was a Scottish custom up until the Revolutionary War—reference: Mareen Duvall of the Middle Plantation by Harry Wright Newman)It should be noted that Jonathan Thomas Walker--Major Samuel H. Walker’s father, and grandson of Isaac Walker-- was in attendance.All the Walker men in this particular line lived to be about 80 years old and it would be very easy for family heritage to be passed from one generation to the next.ESPECIALLY, among the people that remained in Washington, D.C.We believe that most people,especially those who grow up or remain where the family originates, know who their grandparents are and there history.
Families of Gideon and Isaac Walker:Both of these men lived in Prince Georges County, Maryland.Gideon does not appear on any tax list, census, nor is he named in any documents that describe him as an heir of any Walkers.Researchers have looked for many years for documentation of Gideon’s existence and there is one document and one letter linking him to families in Prince George’s County, MD.He first appears on the will of Samuel Waters in 1769 as a witness along with Gabriel and Joshua Clarke, brothers-in-law of Priscilla Duvall (Gideon’s wife.)The letter of Dr. Luther Welsh to Cora Behrends in 1932 states that Justice Gabriel Duvall—historian of the early Duvall family—reported the marriage of Gideon Walker and Priscilla Duvall circa 1755.According to the history of Isaac Walker, he first appears on documentation in Prince George’s County in 1754 when Lord Baltimore gives a patent for Toaping Castle (the original patent is still held in their family).So, both of these men are first documented in Prince George’s County in the 1750’s.This would indicate they arrived in Maryland about the same time.Isaac Walker married the royalty of Scotland, Lady Elizabeth Stuart and Gideon married into the prestigious Duvall family.In Major Samuel Hamilton’s speech, he stated that some relatives went to Pennsylvania and Gideon Walker did move to Pennsylvania the Kentucky—indicating an awareness of Gideon.Both men, Gideon and Isaac served in the American Revolution.Gideon served in Washington County under Capt. Andrew Linn and Isaac Walker served in the Middle Battalion of Maryland as a First and Second Lieutenant.Isaac’s son Nathan served as a Private in the Maryland Militia under Capt. Beall (Ref: DAR of Prince George’s County, MD).Apparently, both Isaac and Gideon were patriotic and proud of their new country.Gideon Walker, is mentioned in a paper byMaj. Samuel Hamilton Walker as a patriot in the American Revolution (notes held by Phil Winter).Moreover, Gideon’s children are all named after members of the Duvall family, but his youngest son Howard has a son, Isaac,-- and his grandson, Gideon named a child Gideon Isaac --perhaps this is an indication of more stories passed down in the family about Maryland relations.Given the similar stories of Scottish heritage, family letters, primary and secondary documentation it becomes apparent that Gideon and Isaac are most likely brothers.
Discussion of other families in PGC, MD that DNA shows some relationship:
1. Charles and Rebecca Isaac Walker—Charles has four sons: Charles, Isaac, Richard, and Joseph and they are named in Church records.
2. Charles Walker II—The Jeff Ross papers held in the Tennessee State Archives give the names of Charles’s half-siblings and possibly his brothers depending on the interpretation.It does not provide any information linking Isaac Walker of Toaping Castle or Gideon Walker.There is no documentation of any transfer of property to Gideon or Isaac by Charles Walker II.
3.Charles Walker III—There are Bible records from Martha Walker Baskett, daughter, and Jeff Ross, great-grandson and they do not name Gideon or this Isaac as family members.There is no will or transfer of property to Gideon or Isaac from Charles III.
4.Joseph Walker son of Charles and Rebecca Walker—There is a will with children and grandchildren listed but neither Gideon nor Isaac appears on the will.
5. Maryland Walkers—Researchers have not been able to entirely develop the lineage of the Charles and
Rebecca Isaac Walkers,although many of their ancestors have been identified.It is our belief that some researchers in attempt “to be the one who completes the family tree” have identified the wrong Isaac Walker as a grandson of Charles.Because Walker is a common surname and they tended to use the same given names in the locations where they settled it is often confusing trying to identify families.(There were 72 Maryland households headed by Walkers in the1790 Census of Prince George’s County, MD—William N. Hurley. )Frequently, it requires the knowledge of descendants who remained in those locations and have maintained private family collections to identify linage. We believe Gideon and Isaac Walker are a separate branch of these Maryland Walkers and our family origins are Scotland.
In order to use DNA as documentation, there must be other sources such as family history or wills that connect the lineage from one group to the other.DNA is neither always reliable nor accurate when identifying lineage; unfortunately it is not as portrayed on Miami CSI.
CONCLUSION:Using DNA in conjunction with family memoirs, similar stories of family history, and other documented evidence there is a strong indication that Isaac Walker of Toaping Castle, MD was an older brother of Gideon Walker.Documentation as well as exclusive family information is being added on ancestry.com “The Legacy of Gideon Walker and Priscilla Duvall” family tree (March-April 2012).Look for us there.
Phil Winter—Great Grandson of Samuel H. Walker, 4th Great Grandson of Isaac Walker of Scotland
Family Historian of the Toaping Castle Walkers, Maryland
Historian and Lecturer, Montgomery County, MD
MA Political Science—American University, Washington DC
Sheila Best-5th Great Granddaughter of Gideon Walker of Scotland
Author of “The Legacy of Gideon Walker and Priscilla Duvall”
(reviewed by the Prince George's County Genealogical Society)
BS Chem. Engineering
Native of Kentucky and graduate of the University of KY
Edward S. Waker
Maj. Samuel H. Walker
Philip E. Winter
Mareen Duvall Walker
Richard Mareen Walker
Clinton H. Walker
Sheila R. Best