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Walker Families of Rockingham County, North Carolina

Updated April 9, 2002

Mark B Walker

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The American frontier in the 1750s cut through the Piedmont region of North Carolina, a lush, rolling country that was largely unsettled. The era was full of change and movement, however, and Piedmont North Carolina was the recipient of a great flow of humanity from the north. This river of souls included the first Walkers to come to Orange County, a vast jurisdiction that encompassed much of the northern Piedmont in the colony of North Carolina.

Two brothers, Alexander (died 1794) and James Walker (died 1803), received land grants on Hogan's Creek in the 1780s in an area in southeastern Rockingham County, which had been on the far western fringe of Orange County. This well-watered region is crisscrossed by rivers and in a few square miles of territory, both Hogan's Creek and Country Line Creek originate,and Big Troublesome Creek flows into Haw River.

James and wife Ann had clear connections to Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, as they continued to correspond with friends and relatives there into the early years of the 19th Century. Alexander and James had another brother, John, who migrated to Davidson County in the Southwest Territory (present-day Tennessee) some time prior to 1793. William Walker (1737-1800), who may have been a brother to these other three, established a home on Country Line Creek just a few miles from Alexander and James.

They, however, were not the earliest Walker arrivals in that area. A William Walker died there in 1769, when it was still a part of the old Orange County. He bequeathed his estate to sons William, James, John, Alexander and Abraham. A strong circumstantial case could be made that the three brothers, and possibly also the later William, were sons of this elder William. Nevertheless, there is a need to develop more solid information that would tie them all together.Anyone who would like to contribute information or inquire is invited to contact Mark Walker at

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    Letters written to and by James and Ann McClintock Walker between 1793 and 1813.
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