James E. Walker was born in Georgia about 1830. His middle name may have been Elisha, as he had a grandson who bore that name: additionally, the death certificate of one of James' daughters provides that her father was "Eliza Walker."
The results of The Walker Surname DNA Testing Project, coupled with other evidence, has convinced me that James E. Walker was the son of John Walker (died 1843 in Henry County, Georgia) and wife Mary "Polly" Chappell Walker and, further, that James E. Walker was the grandson of William Walker and wife Elizabeth Wynne Walker of Greene County, Georgia. Click here for the website of Jack K. Walker, also a John Walker descendant, who has posted information on these Walker families.
James E. Walker married Nancy Adams, daughter of James and Elizabeth Adams. In 1850 James E. Walker, wife Nancy, and Nancy's parents were living in Baker County, Georgia. By 1860, all (Walker and Adams) were in Polk County, Texas.
With the onset of the Civil War, James E. Walker enlisted as a private in Company F, 22nd Texas Infantry, C.S.A. He was reportedly killed in the Battle of Jenkins Ferry (Arkansas). Click on the "Company F" icon for more information about this Confederate unit.
After James' death, Nancy Adams Walker lost her Polk County, Texas land to foreclosure. Although Nancy's parents had moved to Bryan, Brazos County, Texas by 1870, Nancy's fate is not known. With perhaps the exception of Jefferson Walker (about whom virtually nothing is known), all of James E. Walker's children moved to Milam County, Texas.
Click here for a list of all James E. Walker descendants known to me. A large part of this information was provided by Rebecca Walker Pierce.
Click here for information about Polk County, Texas genealogy (Polk County Connections--by Beverly Evins).
Click here to see The Walker Family Website (a collection of links and other information of interest to Walker researchers).