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  • Name Mariah LEVERETT  [1
    Relationshipwith John Louis CARR
    Born 12 MAY 1795  Wilkes County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Female 
    Residence 1814  Lincoln County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 1835  Monroe, Walton, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census 1850  Walton County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census 1860  Dirt Town Valley, Chattooga, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 1861  Fairfield, Freestone, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census 1880  Springfield, Limestone, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 5 OCT 1888  Waco, McLennan, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Obituary 06 OCT 1888 
    Buried 06 OCT 1888  Oakwood Cemetery, Waco, McLennan, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Obituary 6 DEC 1888 
    Age 93 years 
    Notes 
    • http://home.comcast.net/~jamesleeweaver/weaverjl/pafg23.htm#305
      Mariah Leverett [Parents] was born on 12 May 1795 in Columbia, Ga. She died on 4 Oct 1888 in Waco, TX. She was buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Waco, TX. She married John Harrison Walker on 14 Mar 1814 in Lincoln, GA.

      Mariah Leverett was born in Columbia County, Georgia, according to her obituary written by Dr. Rufus Burleson (President of Baylor University) and published in Texas Baptist Herald, the last issue, Nov. 1888.
      Married March 14, 1814 to John Harrison Walker (1763-1836) in Lincoln County, Ga. Resided in Little River Dist of Lincoln county until 1835 at which time Col. Walker sold his interests and moved his family to Walton County, Ga. Lived in Monroe which was founded in 1822 by his son, Daniel Walker (1794-1838)
      Burleson states that the Walkers established a first class female academy in Monroe, but that their plans were partially interrupted by the sudden and unexpected death of Rev. Walker in July 1836 after a brief illness.
      Our records show ads for teachers for a female academy at Monroe, Ga from 1835-1838. Burleson states that Mariah converted her spacious home into a boarding house for students and teachers and that her home became the headquarters for all visiting ministers who came to Monroe in connection with the academy. Mariah sold the Walker home in 1850 to Waters Brisco Descendants of Brisco still live in this home today (Judge Marshall Pollack). It is a fine example of an old southern antebellum home.
      Mariah appears to have had a dispute with Sanders Walker (first pres of Mercer) and a man named Stroud (md Martha Holliday Walker, widow of Daniel Walker 2nd child of John H. Walker. [RJCarr (18 APR 2016): the preceding sentence was edited to reflect the original text from which Lames Lee Weaver appears to have extracted this full bio. Further, the author incorrectly indicated that Sanders Walker was Mercer's first president; the first president was Billington Sanders.] This dispute led to a lawsuit. From the records, it appears likely that Sanders and Stroud may have taken advantage, business-wise, of the widow Mariah as he claims. At any rate, she won the suit. She appears in Monroe 1850 Census but shortly thereafter appears to have removed to Chattooga County in Georgia where she resided in a place called Dirt Town Valley.
      Tradition says Mariah's home was used as a hospital during the Civil War (called War Between the States by her Southern descendants). Unfortunately, when I visited Georgia in 1960, we still had not determined where the family lived in Chattooga County. Since then, I have learned the home is still standing and at Christmas 1961, a message informed us it is still referred to as the Walker home. This seems a bit incredible since we can prove Mariah moved from there early in 1861 and moved to Texas.
      Burleson says Mariah moved first to Chattahoochee County from Monroe; this is in the vicinity of Columbus, Georgia. Records here have never been checked; however, we do know that Mariah's son, Simeon Walker, taught in a girls' school in Glennville, Alabama which is very near Columbus, Ga.
      Mariah moved to Fairfield, Texas in 1861 to live with her son James Sanders Walker. In 1870, she was residing as head of household in Fairfield with Ellen Walker, age 9. Son James removed to Waco, Texas in 1869. Ellen was the child of James; her mother, Miss Bonner, was deceased by 1870. In 1880 Mariah was living in Limestone County next door to her daughter, Mary Ann Mercer. She died in James Walker's home in Waco, and the newspaper obituary stated that she had made her home with James for some time.
      In 1855. Mariah applied for a widow's pension for her husband's military service. Apparently this was granted, but during the war, was discontinued; Mariah refused to deny her loyalty to the Confederacy. In 1882 by special act of Congress Mariah Walker's pension and back pension were allowed.
      It is difficult not to draw a few personal conclusions as one studies these old records. Judge James Walker was a successful attorney. In view of his financial state, it seems very questionable that his mother Mariah was the 'penniless widow' he described in the 1881 deposition. Perhaps he felt his father's service merited this pension for Mariah. Whatever his reasons, it was good luck for latter day researchers, for the struggle to get Mariah's pension gave us much information. It is possible that Mariah gave the pension settlement to Baylor for Dr. Burleson recounts her gift to the Baptist School which resulted in a room on the early campus being named for her.
      Since we can prove John H. Walker in Greenwood Baptist Church, Lincoln County, and his great effort in the Baptist denomination in Georgia, it is assumed that Mariah, too, was of this faith. John H. Walker is proved to be one of the organizers of the Georgia Baptist Assn., and family tradition says he was one of the founders of Mercer Institute. No doubt he was, for we can prove close association with Jesse Mercer whose nephew was Wm A. Mercer and Mary Ann Walker, eldest child of Mariah and John H. Walker, also between Walker and B.M. Sanders, first president of Mercer. Walker left an endowment to Mercer Institute when he died, and we can prove two of this children (by Mariah) attended that school.
      Records list him as Rev. John H. Walker, but this was a courtesy title, for he had no formal training as a minister. Apparently he was a very active lay Baptist who devoted his time to supply preaching after his retirement. John H. Walker was a cotton planter; he served as clerk of Lincoln County and two terms in the Ga. Legislature. By marriage and intermarriage he was related to seven governors of Georgia. Clifford Walker, who was governor in the mid 1920's, was a direct descendant.
      The Georgia Material and the Burleson obituary, "In Memoriam to Mariah L. Walker," gave proof that Mariah was a woman of strong religious conviction and extreme loyalty to her church. Although she was left in very comfortable circumstances and appears to have always lived in great comfort, we continue to admire her for she was left a widow at the age of 41 with three small children, including a 3 month old baby, so it appears she raised three children alone.

      They had the following children:

      F i Mary Ann Walker was born about 1818 in , Ga.
      M ii James C. Walker was born in 1822 in Monroe, Walton, Ga.
      F iii Amanda Katherine Walker was born on 17 Jun 1827 in Monroe, Walton, Ga.
      M iv Simeon Armstrong Walker was born on 19 Oct 1833 in Monroe, Walton, Ga.
      M v Gideon Samuel Walker
      [CARR V2.FTW]

      MARIAH WALKER sold land to Gideon Leverett - Land Lot 151 in the fifth district, Troup County. Deed filed in Courthouse, La Grange, on January 8, l839. Deed Book G, page I78,
    Person ID I1519  Carr-Scott | Branch - John Leverett (1710-1779) Descendants
    Last Modified 14 SEP 2016 

    Father Ancestors Rev. Thomas J. LEVERETT
              b. 12 MAY 1755, Wilkes County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 11 JUL 1834, La Grange, Troup, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Mother Ancestors Mary Ann GRIFFIN
              b. 25 MAR 1772, South Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. FEB 1850, Lafayette, Chambers, Alabama, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Married 03 JUL 1789  Wilkes County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 12 children 
    Family ID F775  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Ancestors John Harrison WALKER
              b. 25 DEC 1762, Prince George's County, Maryland, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 19 JUN 1836, Monroe, Walton, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years) 
    Married 14 MAR 1814  Lincoln County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
    +1. Mary Ann WALKER
              b. 7 APR 1818, Lincoln County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 18 FEB 1885, Mexia, Limestone, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years)
    +2. James Constance WALKER
              b. 30 SEP 1822, Lincoln County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 16 JUN 1911, Waco, McLennan, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years)
    +3. Amanda Katherine WALKER
              b. 17 JUN 1827, Lincoln County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 21 MAY 1891  (Age 63 years)
     4. Simeon Armstrong WALKER
              b. 19 OCT 1833, Monroe County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 1882  (Age 48 years)  [Natural]
    +5. Gideon Samuel WALKER
              b. 09 APR 1836, Monroe, Walton, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 14 MAR 1914, Abilene, Jones, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
    Last Modified 14 SEP 2016 
    Family ID F777  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    1. [S111] Family Tree, Leverett-William Sr v123t0283.FTW.
      Date of Import: 22 Nov 2007

    2. [S138] One World Tree (sm).
      Online publication - Ancestry.com. OneWorldTree [database on-line].Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc.