James Walling

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James Walling, son of James Walling and Mary Pugh, was born at Washington Co., Virginia, 17 May 1773.1,2,3 He died at White Co., Tennessee, 15 October 1849,1,2,3 and was originally buried at the Walling Cemetery. In 1998, his remains were reinterred at the Walling-Randals Cemetery, Doyle, White Co., Tennessee.2,1,3

James married (1) Phoebe Jones, daughter of Berryman Jones and Lucretia Bryan, say 1791;2,1 he married (2) Martha (Patsy) Howard, daughter of Robert Charles Howard and Sarah Yarborough, at White Co., 14 November 1843;4 he married (3), as her 2nd husband, Mary Defreese, whose ancestry is unknown (or not traced here), at White Co., 30 December 1845.5

When Scott County was created, James Walling was made justice of the peace.6

James Walling dictated his nuncupative will on 14 October 1849 after being thrown from a horse and severely injured. It was proved 5 November 1849 and states:
We Daniel Walling and Thomas Walling, do state that the nuncupative will of James Walling was made by him on the 14th day of October 1849, in our presence to which we were especially required to bear witness by the testator himself in the presence of each other, that it was made in his last sickness in his own habitation or dwelling house and where he had resided for years past, and the same is as follows: To-wit: it was his will and desire that his effects should be disposed of after his decease in the following manner: That Daniel Walling and Thomas Walling will sell one tract of land containing 330 acres and four head of horse beasts, one yoke of oxen and some other cattle and about 500 bushels of corn and small lot of stock hogs and some other articles about the place, too tedious to mention and when the money is collected, divide it equally between six of my heirs, namely: First the children of William Roberts and his wife, Sarah Roberts, Second--Daniel Walling, Third-- the children of Jesse Walling and his wife Nancy. Fourth--Orzias Denton and his wife Susan and the child of Isaac Denton and his wife Ruth, the fifth and sixthly--the children of James Walling, there having been a fair portion given to my wife and youngest son Shelby by deed of gift heretofore this 5th day of November 1849. -S- Daniel Walling, Thomas Walling.7

Family 1

Phoebe Jones b. 1771, d. 17 Aug 1843
  • Daniel Walling+7 b. 18 Jul 1792, d. 11 Mar 1881
  • James Walling7 b. 17 May 1795, d. 22 Jul 1837
  • Susan Walling7 b. say 1798
  • Nancy Walling7 b. 21 Jul 1804, d. 16 Dec 1847
  • Sarah Walling7 b. say 1807
  • Ruth Walling7 b. 3 Aug 1809, d. 25 Sep 1840

Family 2

Martha (Patsy) Howard b. say 1823, d. 3 Oct 1844
  • Shelby Walling7 b. 3 Oct 1844, d. 2 Apr 1925

Family 3

Mary Defreese
This person was last edited on13 Nov 2023


  1. [S403] Jeannette Tillotson Acklen, Tennessee Records: Tombstone Inscriptions and Manuscripts: Historical and Biographical (1933; reprint, Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing, 1976), 143, further cited as Acklen, Acklen's Inscriptions.
  2. [S404] The White County Genealogical-Historical Society, compiler, The Fred Clark Book of Cemeteries of White County, Tennessee (Sparta, Tennessee: s.p., 2003), 351-352, further cited as White County Cemeteries.
  3. [S2323] Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed Nov 2023), memorial page for James Walling Sr., Find a Grave memorial #27379943, maintained by Reba Bain, further cited as Find A Grave.
  4. [S1236] White County Courthouse, Sparta, Tennessee, Marriage Records, 1838-1967, 16, #514, FHL microfilm 507886, further cited as White Co. Marriages.
  5. [S1236] White Co. Marriages, 21, #674; FHL #507886.
  6. [S847] Lewis Preston Summers, History of Southwest Virginia 1746-1786, Washington County, 1777-1870, two vols. (1903; reprint, Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing, 1966), 465, further cited as Summers, History of Southwest Virginia.
  7. [S398] White Co., Tennessee, Settlements and Wills, 1831-1967, C:376, FHL microfilm 507899, further cited as White Co., TN Settlements and wills.