James Walter (1752-1838) – Revolutionary War Soldier was buried in Lancaster, Fairfield County, Ohio
By Don Taylor
In my searches for information on my wife’s 4th great-grandfather, James Walker (1752-1838), I kept running into a source that seemed to be the source used in many other people’s trees but was not cited. Eventually, I determined the mystery source. It was, The Official Roster of the Soldiers of the American Revolution Buried in the State of Ohio. It was compiled under the Direction of Frank D. Henderson, The Adjutant General. A copy of the book is available online at one of my favorite sites, Archive.Org.
On page 385 is an entry for Walter, James, (Fairfield Co.). It reads:
WALTER, JAMES, (Fairfield Co.)
Sgt “Forage Master.” Br Maryland, 1759. Mar Margaret Ann Levan, of Maryland, after the Revolutionary war, date not known. Children : Nancy, mar Leevir ; Elkanah, mar Rachel Decker ; Catherine Ann Dent, mar David Levayzee , Eliz, mar Chas Stockard 1, James Gurley 2; James, mar Polly ___ John, mar Belinda Reese. D May 10, 1838, Lancaster, O. Bur Old Methodist Cem and City Burial Plot Lancaster, O. Cem converted into park, bodies moved to new Cem in Lancaster, marking on head stone obliterated and identification impossible. MI: “James Walter, died May 10, 1838, aged 80 years, 2 mo, 23 da.”_ Jan 4, 1804 received transfer of 400 acres in Ky for serv in Rev War. Deeded in Frederick Co, Va. His name appears on a muster roll of a detachment of artillery commanded by Capt Lt Booker, belonging to the 1st Regt, dated Camp near Bacon Bridge, Apr 2, 1782, covering the months of Jan, Feb and Mch, 1782, which shows that he enlisted for the war. Ref: Natl No 12581 James Lincoln (Capt) Mass. Old Northwest Genealogical Quarterly Vol 3, p 74. Letter fr War Dept signed “Lutz Wahl,, Brigadier Gen, Acting the Adj Gen, by E. W. M.” Fur infor War Dept The Adj Gen Office Washington.
I know there are a few errors. Certainly “Margaret Ann Levan” is Margaret Ann Swan and “David Levayzee” is David Swayzee. I’ve seen handwriting where a capital “S” could look like an “Le,” so, I understand the possibility for errors of this type. Also, the birthdate is not consistent with other sources.
Although I know there are minor errors in the entry, I’m tentatively accepting the following as facts:
- Born: 1759 in Maryland [Inconsistent – Alternate]
- AKA: “Forage Master”
- Military Service: Was a Sergeant in the Revolutionary War.
- Military Service: Assigned to an Artillery detachment commanded by Capt Lt Booker, belonging to the 1st Regt, dated Camp near Bacon Bridge, Apr 2, 1782, covering the months of Jan, Feb and Mch, 1782.
- Marriage: Margaret Ann Levan [Swan] after April 19, 1783.
- Nancy, married Leevir [possibly Sevir];
- Elkanah, married Rachel Decker ;
- Catherine Ann Dent, married David Levayzee [Swayzee],
- Eliz, married Chas Stockard 1, James Gurley 2;
- James, married Polly ___
- John, married Belinda Reese.
- Property: 1804 received transfer of 400 acres in Ky for serv in Rev War. Deed in Frederick Co, Va.
- Died: May 10, 1838, Lancaster, O.
- Buried: Old Methodist Cemetery – reinterred: City Burial Plot Lancaster, Ohio. Cemetery
- Headstone obliterated.
- Note: Margaret Ann Levan [Swan] was “of Maryland”
This record embodies my experiences that finding one record leads to a dozen other things to research. In this case, I want to do the following future actions:
- Assess the birth records for James Walter.
- Learn more about Captain Lt. Booker and the 1st
- Learn more about the Camp near Bacon Bridge.
- Research further his marriage date to Margaret Swan.
- Research his land in Kentucky.
- Review DAR Natl No 12581 James Lincoln (Capt) Mass. and determine how that record fits with James Walter.
- Review Old Northwest Genealogical Quarterly Vol 3, p 74. Letter fr War Dept signed “Lutz Wahl, Brigadier Gen, Acting the Adj Gen, by E. W. M.”