File Name = SIW69.HTM
March 4, 1969
Dear Bartlesville Folks,
Charlene it looks like you've been hitting some jackpots with your Spivey
research. The information you sent sounds like pretty authentic stuff and
I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.
I was also glad to see Grandma Walker's death certificate and dad's birth
certificate. I believe that I had been told about Dad fixing up a birth
certificate but it had completely slipped my mind. I probably never would
have thought of it again if my memory hadn't been jogged. Dad may have told
me --I just don't remember. Anyway I'm sending both the certificates back
right away before I get them lost in my maze of material and have
trouble finding them.
I've been wondering, since getting your letter, if the copy of "James
Jackson Spivey that I gave Jack Childress might have wound up in some of
the Edwin Childress children's hands. He was a good host and didn't try to
read it or scan it while I was there and it was a little hard to gauge his
enthusiasm about family history but he didn't really seem overwhelmed. He
probably passed it on after reading it.
I haven't found any helpful information on our Walker line but I have been
getting the James Hemphill Walker (the Land Commissioner) family sort of in
mind. Maybe at some time or other some of it will tie together. I still
haven't dug up any family tree that J. H. Walker compiled but maybe it'll
turn up sometime.
I may have already told you this but I'll risk repeating it. The Texas
State Library sent me several pages from a history on Johnson and Hill
Counties that gave biographical information on the Philip Walker (J. H.'s
father) family. Also the University of Texas Library sent several pages of
information on the same family from the L. W. Kemp Collection. This last is
more detailed and lists people down to Philip Walker's great grandchildren
(this would be our generation). I'm sure I could contact some of them and
think I'll try. This information, from the latest dates mentioned, must
have been written about 1937. It evidently came from J. H. Walker.
I guess the genealogical world is pretty small. I keep getting the same
researchers names from different sources. Do you remember, when you were
planning to go to Spain, that you sent me a query on McCowns from a Mrs.
Kintz in Cklahoma City. Well, I answered her letter and gave her what
little information we had on McCown but I never heard from her after that.
The other day I got a letter from Mrs. Ben Ludeman, Cotulla, Texas and she
sent along a letter she'd gotten from this same Mrs. Kintz. Mrs. Kintz must
have been researching quite awhile for she'd had communications from J. H.
Walker and he died in 1947. I'm sure she repeated McCown-Walker connections
that had been in the query she wrote you but it didn't ring any bells
then. It seems that she's a little kin to the J. H. Walker line
through the Telford family.
To recap a little further, Philip Walker (supposed to have been a
Captain in the Revolutionary war) is listed on the 1790 Chester, S. C.,
census as having six sons. J. H. Walker only names two, Samuel and James.
James Walker married Martha Telford, apparently one of four sisters.
James and Martha (Telford) Walker had three sons, Philip, Joseph and James
and one daughter Rebecca. this Philip was the fathor of J. H. Walker and at
one time Philip, Joseph and James were all in Shelby County, Texas. Also,
James and Martha (Telford) Walker were supposed to have died in Shelby
sometime in the 1840's.
On the information I've picked up from what I attribute to be the J. H.
Walker source he sticks strictly to the Philip Walker line and I'd about
decided that he didn't know much else, but the Kintz information indicates
that maybe he did have a wider family knowledge.
Mrs. Kintz says, "Mr. James H. Walker, at one time State Land Commissioner
of Texas, and after his 'retirement' became Land Officer of the University
of Texas, himself 85 years of age in 1945, advised that his father Philip
Walker was a first cousin to Alexander, James, Sampson and Jerome McCown
thru his mother. He said one Telford girl married a Walker, one McCown,
one a Lott, and one a Giles who became a prominent Tennessean."
Partly from information from J. H. Walker and partly from other sources,
Mrs. Kintz believes that Sampson McCown married Margaret Telford and they
were the parents of the above mentioned "first cousins" of Philip Walker.
Mrs. Kintz is a great grandaughter of Sampson McCown, Jr.
The widow of Sampson McCown, Sr. and her sons apparently came to Texas and
settled around Conroe bebween 1840 and 1843.
These McCowns migrated across the South much as many of our people did
although our McCowns claimed to be in Mississippi much earlier -
about the Revolutionary War period. (*)
One other item of academic interest to me and then I'll go to bed.
Philip Walker (J. H.'s father), in 1835 walked through the wilderness,
Natchitoches, La., to San Augustine, Texas. I'm guessing that he must
have crossed the Sabine River at either Pendleton or Sabinetown. In
either case he would have had to cross Sabine County to get to San
Augustine. During this same year, 1835, a Joseph Walker established
title to a large tract of land that included the-present townsite of
Hemphill. This Joseph Walker was 45 years old on the first Texas census,
1829-36. This makes him too old for J. H.'s Uncle Joseph but I'm wondering
if he could have been another son of Captain Philip Walker. I don't know
what happened to this Joseph Walker. I was unable to locate him on the
Another interesting point --I think Hemphill, Texas, was named for a
Senator Hemphill, one of Texas' early senators. Since J.H. Walker's
name was Hemphill I'm wondering if there was a family connection there.
I'd better chop this off and go to bed.
* Note: Sam's sister Charlene Walker Brazell gave me this
letter and she added a handwritten note that reads as follows:
"Sam later changed his mind. He re-read a census and realized a
person born in Miss. was 19 rather than 79.