James Walling

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ChartsAncestors of William Jerome Pierce
James Walling, son of Elisha Walling and Mary Blevins, was born at Lunenburg Co., Virginia, 27 July 1746.1 He died at Montgomery Co., Virginia, 28 March 1786,2 and was buried at the Pugh Cemetery, Grant, Grayson Co., Virginia.1

James married Mary Pugh, whose ancestry is unknown (or not traced here), about 1765.3

During Lord Dunmore's War ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lord_Dunmore's_War ), James Walling was among those diverted to Capt. Looney's company on the Clinch and did not fight at Point Pleasant. Instead he was with Capt Looney, Lieut. Daniel Boone and Lieut. John Cox guarding the Clinch frontier. He was credited with 29 days service.

Long thought to have been aboard the Rattletrap on a misbegotten adventure to New Orleans, this expedition was actually led by James Willing, and James Walling is nowhere to be found on the list of those who took part.

He did have revolutionary service, being listed on Osborn's Militia Rosters for 1781, 2 Apr 1783, and 1785.4,5,6,7

James left a will dated 3 October 1785, and proved 28 Mar 1786 whereby he named sons James & John and daughters Manning (or Morning) Anderson & Betsy.
He mentions his wife and other children, but does not name them: "all the remainder part of my Estate is to be Equally Divided amongst the rest of my Children By [________] by two Persons chosen by my beloved wife and my Executors."
Shadrach Greer and Josph Walling were named Executors. The will was witnessed by Dosal R. Rogers, William Rogers, and James Anderson.2


Mary Pugh
  • Mourning Walling2 b. abt. 1766
  • Elizabeth Walling2 b. 28 Feb 1768, d. 15 Jul 1841
  • Joseph Walling8 b. abt. 1772
  • James Walling+2 b. 17 May 1773, d. 15 Oct 1849
  • John Walling2 b. abt. 1775, d. 10 Mar 1841
  • Thomas Walling1 b. 10 Jun 1778, d. 6 Oct 1855
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  1. [S1382] Maudie S. Walling and Karen Thompson, The Maudie Walling History: A Walling Genealogy: 1623-1988(Dallas, Texas: The Walling Heirs Association, 1988), 10-11, further cited as Walling and Thompson, Walling Genealogy.
  2. [S400] Montgomery Co., Virginia, General Index to Deeds, 1773-1933; Deeds, 1773-1868; Wills, 1773-1797, B:79,82-83, FHL microfilm 32608 item 3, further cited as Montgomery Co., VA Deeds & Wills.
  3. [S1382] Walling and Thompson, Walling Genealogy, 10. no source citation.
  4. [S1238] John Caughey, "Willing's Expedition Down the Mississippi," The Louisiana Historical Quarterly 15 (Jan 1932), further cited as "Willing's Expedition."
  5. [S1239] New River Notes, online http://www.newrivernotes.com, "Revolutionary War Soldiers in the Upper New River Valley" http://www.newrivernotes.com/nrv/revros.htm , accessed Nov 2008, further cited as New River Notes.
  6. [S1239] New River Notes, online http://www.newrivernotes.com, "Biographies of the Men in William Herbert's Company in Lord Dunmore's War (1774)", http://www.newrivernotes.com/va/swift/herbertbioq.htm , viewed Nov 2008.
  7. [S1239] New River Notes, online http://www.newrivernotes.com, "Roster for Capt. Looney's Company, Lord Dunmore's War, 1774", http://www.newrivernotes.com/va/swift/looney.htm , viewed Nov 2008.
  8. [S1239] New River Notes, online http://www.newrivernotes.com, "The 1812 Grayson County, Virginia Court Order Book" ,http://www.newrivernotes.com/va/gc1812cord.htm , viewed Nov 2008.