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January 4, 2018 / Joanne Yeck

Buckingham Notables: Dr. James Walker


In 2017, a post at Slate River Ramblings featured an advertisement by a Dr. Walker who was offering inoculations against smallpox in Buckingham County. Click here to read the advertisement: Buckingham County: Cow-Pox.

At that time, Slate River Ramblings reader, John Jones wrote: “Walker’s medical practice was apparently centered near Walker’s Church, which is now in Appomattox Co. I believe he did advertise smallpox vaccinations.”

Steve Craig, another blog follower, also recognized the doctor and wrote:

Dr. Walker was indeed Dr. James Walker, son of Maj. Henry Walker and Martha Jones. Her second husband was Capt. Dick Holland. Dr. Walker never married and appears to have died about 1814 (last year he paid tax on his 400 acre tract in Buckingham—four miles west of Buckingham County courthouse).

Steve went on to note that the land was willed to Dr. Walker’s half-brother, Richard “Dick” Holland, Jr., who died in 1819. John Morris, who married Richard’s sister, Nancy Holland, then purchased the tract. In 1846, the farm was described as Mt. Rush. The house, now owned by the Ellis family, is believed to have been built in 1804 and, apparently, was originally Dr. Walker’s home.

John and Nancy (Holland) Morris are Steven Craig’s 4x great grandparents and are the subject of his book, Along the Willis River: Descendants of Nathaniel & Nancy (Jeffries) Morris.

It is for sale by Historic Buckingham.

Coming next: Buckingham Houses: Mt. Rush, Part One


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  1. Joanne Yeck / Jan 4 2018 1:21 pm

    Good luck. Here’s hoping a Slate River Ramblings reader can comment about Martha Jones, etc. Joanne

  2. L RGarrett / Jan 4 2018 12:53 pm

    Thank you for continuing Buck Co information. Esp on Dr. James Walker
    If anyone needs documentation for Martha Jones and the two marriages & issue.
    happy to help.
    L R Garrett


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