- A Young Claude & Nettie Baker (45 KB)
Claude Thomas is the son of Alfred Baker and Lela Wallen. Nettie Mae Burke Baker is the daughter of Elder William Harrison Burke and Louisa Joyner Burke.
- Blackwater School Lee County Va Circa 1917-18 (49 KB)
I am sure most of my mother's siblings and she are in this picture as she would have been 7-8 years old. Her name was Nettie Mae Burke of William Harrison Burke/Louisa Joyner.
- Alfred Baker, Alonzo Baker and grandchildren (46 KB)
Back Row L to R : Alonzo Baker, youngest son of Alfred and Lela Wallen Baker, Alfred Baker, son of Claiborn Baker. Middle Row L to R : James L. Baker, son of Claude T and Nettie Burke Baker, unidentifed in cap, H. Paul Baker, eldest son of Claude T and Nettie Baker.Fron Row: Mildred Evelyn Baker Roberts,oldest daughter of Claude T and Nettie. ( the next 2 young ladies were children of Mary and Stella Baker. (if you know names, please email me)
- Bryan & MaryMoore, Nettie & Claude Baker (95 KB)
L to R :Elder William Jennings Bryan Moore, Mary Burke Moore, Nettie Mae Baker, Claude Thomas BakerMary and Nettie were daughters of Elder William Harrison Burke and Louisa Joyner Burke.
- Great Grandparents- David & Polly Hurd Wallen (157 KB)
David was one of a long line of Wallens who resided in Hancock Co Tenn. The Wallens were some of the earliest settlers in this area. In fact a log cabin built by one of my GGGFs still stands today that was built in 1700's.
- In loving memory of Homer Paul Baker (83 KB)
Homer Paul Baker (Paul) went to his eternal reward on September 07, 2001 at Blackwater, Virginia. He was born in Blackwater, Va on June 18, 1929. He will be missed by his wife of 54 years Virginia Woliver Baker and his children Sharon Holquin of Fort Walton Beach, Florida, D. Paul Baker of Ft Walton Beach, Florida, and Timothy E. Baker of Milton, Florida. His grandchildren will also miss their "Pappa" sorely.Paul was a man of God and he served as my spiritual patriarch and as my brother.David K Baker
- Wallen's Bend on Clinch River (38 KB)
This part of the Clinch River Valley in Kyles Ford is the area where at least 5 generations of Baker's and Wallen's have spent their childhoods. Even now many generations rest awaiting Christ's Return in the Wallen Baker Cemetery. This section was part of a land grant of 640 acresgiven toJoseph Wallen by North Carolina for his service on the Revolutionary War. Located on North side of river in today's Hancock County.
- William J. "Big Sandy" Wallen (154 KB)
Son of James Carr Wallen, Big Sandy was a blacksmith and farmer by trade and was a local legend known for his enormous strength. He served in Company L, 8th Regiment, Tennessee Calvary (Union) during the War between the States.
- Robert Burke in later years (5 KB)
Robert Burke was a minister also as was his son Willaim Harrison. Robert was reported to have a booming voice per witnessed by his cousin, Lewis Joyner son of Charley Joyner, brother to Ellias Joyner.
- Robertand Polly Burke Homeplace (53 KB)
This old home stands a shadow of itself in its younger days. Many Burkes ran through this house icluding my grandfather and great grandfathers families. Love ran deep here, the love of God as we need it today.
- Elder William Harrison Burke of Blackwater, Va (35 KB)
Elder Harrison Burke as he was commonly known, was a Primitive Baptist Elder. At one time he pastored 4 churches in the Blackwater, Va area. He was what we call a "circuit preacher". My mother, Nettie Mae Burke, used to go out with her mother, Louisa, and knock ice off stirrups so grandpa could get down off horse. Wonder how many ministers today would endure those hardships to preach the gospel.We owe our message of receiving eternal life to men and women who were dedicated like him.
- Baker Coat of Arms (30 KB)
The Coat of Arms of the Baker Family. Look for link for description of this hearaldry.
- Robert J. Burke's Gravestone (78 KB)
This is my maternal great grandfather, Robert J. Burke gravestone located on old homeplace cemetery.
- Charlie Joyner & Children (76 KB)
Here is Charlie Joyner and daughter Lily Joyner Bledsoe and brother Lewis Joyner. After Charlie's first wife died the children stayed with my grandparents a short while while Charlie worked. Charlie's children and my mother's siblings were double first cousins.
- Burke Coat of Arms (23 KB)
The names Burke and Bourke, a variant spelling, were introduced to Ireland by the Anglo-Normans in the twelfth century.These names derive from de Burgo Septs who settled largely in the province of Connaught. Other variations of the name include Burgh and De Burgh.
- Mary Minerva "Polly" Mcpherson Burke's Gravestone (79 KB)
My maternal great grandmother, wife of Robert J. Burke.
- Elder Joseph B. Wallen (6 KB)
Joseph B. Wallen (1840-1912) was a son of William J. "Big Sandy" Wallen.He was a farmer and Primitive Baptist Elder.Joseph B. Wallen served in both the Confederate and Union Armies during the War Between the States.He married twice; first to Susan Baker and second to Eliza Tignor.He was the father of 15 children.
- Elias Jessee Joyner (12 KB)
Elias Jesse Joyner was the father of my maternal grandmother Lousia Joyner Burke
- Joseph Wallen's Log House Built 1780's (276 KB)
Built by Joseph Wallen son of Elisha Wallen Sr. ,Still standing today although now covered by clapboard siding. But original logs still underneath and can be seen from inside..Picture was taken around 1930 and the men in the picture are:Rufus Isaac Wallen 1885-1953Joseph Loyd Wallen 1887-1995Leander Wallen 1877-1957
- Lewis and Lily Joyner (77 KB)
This photo was taken while Lewis and Lily Joyner were staying with the Burkes after their mother Annis Burke Joyner had passed away. They lived with the Burkes for a short while as their father was away earning some money. Louisa Joyner Burke was sister of their father Charles Joyner. Louisa's and Charlie's Father was Elias Joyner. Annis Burke was the daughter of Robert J Burke.
- Rebecca Crumly Joyner (22 KB)
Rebecca is my Great Grandmother on mother's side.
- Alfred Baker and Lela Wallen Baker Children (254 KB)
From Left to Right: Hal Fain, A.C. West, Oscar Burlie Baker(sitted), Stella Baker West, Lela Wallen Baker, Eva Baker King (sitted), Sophia Baker Livesay, Mary Baker Fain, Alonzo Baker.Missing from photo was (Claude T Baker and father Alfred Baker)
- Robert and Polly Burke (71 KB)
My maternal great grand parents. Their son was William Harrison Burke father of Nettie Mae Baker, my mother
- Roy Hampton Burke Sr. andwife Lettye Mae Berry (108 KB)
Roy was eldest son of William Harrison and LouisaBurke.