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Re: Walkers, Freemans, and Pettuses
Posted by: William Pettus (ID *****9435) Date: April 01, 2007 at 11:40:54
In Reply to: Walkers, Freemans, and Pettuses by bryan godfrey of 935

I was very interested to read your report on the DNA test and its implications, as these relationships have been difficult to establish solely through documentary evidence. How does the James and Henry Walker family connect back to Alexander Walker?

I have long assumed that Jane was Alexander's wife, as that would explain the presence of their names on the deed from Walker, Walker, Freeman, and Pettus to Bray in 1700; however, proof of the relationship has remained elusive. I am convinced that Jane was a Freeman but probably not the daughter of Bridges Freeman, unless you mean Bridges, Jr., which is more likely. The basis for my thinking is that Elizabeth Freeman, one of the grantors, probably was Jane's younger, unmarried sister. If that was the case, Jane probably was too young to have been Bridges's daughter.

In the late 1660s, Elizabeth, widow of Col. Thomas Pettus, placed her orphan son's inherited land in the hands of trustees, one of whom was a certain Mr. Freeman. The identity of that Mr. Freeman is not on any extant record, but I think it is highly likely that Jane and Elizabeth were his daughters. That might explain how they happened to have an interest in the Pettus plantations when they were sold to Bray. I would certainly welcome your opinion on that point, as this problem is discussed extensively in my forthcoming book on the Pettus family.

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