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1839 Will of Isaac W. Walker of Livingston County

Isaac W. Walker, born October 31, 1780, died August 10, 1839.  Deborah O. Walker, born October 24, 1779, died November 2, 1839.  Erected by G. S. Walker.  ‘Our father and mother are gone, they may become the sod.  Death awaits, tho we miss you, we know you rest with God.’  Landrum Cemetery, Livingston County, Kentucky.

Isaac William Walker and Deborah Oliver Walker are Ritchey’s fourth great-grandparents – twice!  He is descended from two daughters, Sarah H. Walker who married Andrew Ross, and Rachel Margaret Walker who married Thomas Jones. 

August the 8th 1839

I, Isaac W. Walker, of sound mind, do hereby make my last will and testament in manner and same following, that is to say,

1st After the payment of my debts and funeral expenses I give my wife, Deborah O. Walker, all of my estate, both real and personal for and during the time of her natural life and after her death give the same to my children hereafter mentioned.  To wit, Sarah H. Ross, Rachel Jones, George S. Walker, Martha A. Walker, Mary E. Walker and Jefferson Walker, equally, to be divided among them and to be enjoyed by them forever, with the exception of Martha A. Walker, who is to have one hundred dollars to be in a horse and other personal property, more than the rest of the children.

2nd I wish for George S. Walker to have the place he lives on at this time, the price of it is five hundred dollars, to be out of his part of the estate.  And lastly, I do hereby constitute and appoint my friend, Henry S. Harman, and my son-in-law, Thomas Jones, my executors of this my last will and testament, hereby revoking all other or former wills or testaments by me heretofore made.  In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal the day and date above written.

Isaac Walker

Signed, sealed, published and declared as the last will and testament of the above named Isaac W. Walker in the presence of us.

Attest – Jesse Jones, W. W. Jones

Kentucky 0 Livingston County

I, James S. Dallam, clerk of the Court for the county and state aforesaid, do hereby certify that the within and foregoing last will and testament of

Isaac W. Walker, deceased, was on this day produced in Open Court and proven by the oath of W. W. Jones, subscribing witness thereto, and ordered to be recorded.  Whereupon I have truly recorded the same and this certificate in my said office.

Given under my hand this 7th day of October 1839.

James S. Dallam

Will Book B, Pages 69-70

Fayette County’s Raven Run Nature Sanctuary and A Genealogy Discovery!

Revolutionary Soldier, Baruch Prather, 1st Sergeant and Patriot of Maryland, October 20, 1742 – December 2, 1810. Placed by Transylvania Chapter DAR.

Yesterday was beautiful in Kentucky – so we decided to make the most of it!  After a quick lunch at DQ – Dairy Queen – Julian’s favorite place for fries – we headed for the 734 acre Raven Run Nature Sanctuary.  It is a terrific hiking place – Ritchey and Linton have been there several times.  But recent information that came to light makes it much more interesting than just a place for a good hike!

Prather Cemetery

Baruch William Prather, a Sergeant in the Maryland Militia during the Revolutionary War, once owned this property.  He and his wife, Sarah Higgins, married in Frederick County, Maryland, November 16, 1775.  About 25 years later they moved to Fayette County, Kentucky, purchasing 166 acres of Henry Bell’s 3,000 acre military warrant, in 1804 – which is now part of Raven Run!  The family homestead is still standing – you can tell it has been lived in not too long ago due to the electric line running to it and the storm door on front!  It must have been well built.

At the back of the house is the family cemetery, surrounded by a low rock wall.  Many stones are still standing, but many are difficult to impossible to read.  According to Find A Grave there are 36 people buried in this cemetery.  Baruch Prather’s stone has a military marker installed on it by the DAR, and an additional, readable stone, at the back.  Sarah’s stone is beside Baruch’s, and is still readable.

Baruch Prather, 1 Sergeant, Maryland Militia, Revolutionary War, 1742-1810.

Baruch Prather was born at Orphans Gift, October 20, 1742, in Prince George’s County, Maryland, the son of Aaron Allen Prather, Sr., and Mary Jane Cousin.  He died on his plantation near Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky, on December 2, 1810, and was buried in the cemetery at the back of his house.

Sarah Prather, consort of Baruch Prather, who died January 10, 1844, aged 83 years.

Sarah Jane Higgins, the daughter of James William Higgins and Luraner Becraft, was born in Frederick County, Maryland, August 29, 1761, and died January 20, 1844, on the Prather farm in Fayette County, Kentucky.

Another view of the cemetery.

Baruch and Sarah had at least nine children:  Thomas W., Deborah Oliver, Martha Sprigg, Ann Nancy, Mary, Rebecca, Benjamin Higgins, Walter D., and Luraner.

Ritchey and Julian beside their great-grandfather’s grave.

But the most important discovery is that this is Ritchey’s fifth great-grandfather!  And Julian’s seventh great-grandfather!  They are now eligible to become members of the Sons of the American Revolution!  I was so excited to get a photo of the two of them with Baruch Prather’s gravestone.  This is part of Ritchey’s Jolly line – that we would never have discovered without his DNA test.

Julian, of course, didn’t really take it all in – he was much more interested in running, birds and butterflies, the trees and grass and the tall house – not walking in the footsteps of his ancestors.  But one day he will realize the importance of this day and be glad we came!