Early Colonial Settlers of Southern Maryland and Virginia's Northern Neck Counties

Sarah Walker

Female Abt 1706 - 1731  (~ 25 years)


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  • Name Sarah Walker 
    Birth Abt 1706  Bahama Islands Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Death 18 Jan 1731  Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I45436  Tree1
    Last Modified 19 Apr 2024 

    Family William Fairfax,   b. 30 Oct 1691, Newton Kyme, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 3 Sep 1757, Belvoir Manor, Fairfax County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 65 years) 
    Marriage 27 Mar 1723  Providence Island, Bahama Islands Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. George William Fairfax,   b. 1724, Providence Island, Bahama Islands Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 1787, Bath, England Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 63 years)  [Father: natural]
     2. Thomas Fairfax,   b. 1726, Providence Island, Bahama Islands Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 1746, At Sea Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 20 years)  [Father: natural]
     3. Mary Fairfax,   b. Abt 1727, Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 1775, Winchester, Frederick County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location (Age ~ 48 years)  [Father: natural]
     4. Anne Fairfax,   b. 1728, Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 14 Mar 1761, Mt Pleasant, Westmoreland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 33 years)  [Father: natural]
     5. Sarah Fairfax,   b. 28 Jan 1730, Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 22 Jan 1761, Alexandria, Fairfax County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 30 years)  [Father: natural]
    Family ID F16636  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart
    Last Modified 19 Apr 2024 

  • Notes 
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      From: mike marshall
      To: maryleitner@sbcglobal dot net
      Cc: Fonda Carroll
      Sent: Tuesday, March 13, 2007 4:12 PM
      Subject: Re: sarah walker/William Fairfax

      I think there are two Sarah Walkers

      from what I was reading on the fairfax line, William Fairfax went from England to the Bahama Islands, had a couple boys then moved to Mass and had a couple girls. Sarah was already there in the Bahama Islands and the internet has her dob as 1691 though I would think it was closer to 1706. One of the articles inferred WIlliam Fairfax married in England in 1717 and went to the Bahamas by 1720.

      There is a Walker family in the King & Queen Counties and a second Walker family in Westmoreland/Richmond County. I think the Sarah Walker you have mentioned is from the richmond line and born about 1699 and has no link to the Fairfax line.

      there was several walker families in Maryland, the reference to Pierpoint and Chew puts them in the Anne Arundel Co area. Gunpower hundred was on the north side of Baltimore towards the PA border on the Chesapeake.

      From the several sources I have, Hayden, colonial families, Virginia Genealogies, etc none discuss the origins of Sarah Walker. maybe there is more infomation in MASS where she died in 1731

      Taylor, Taylard, Tayloe were very common names in MD and VA. Thomas could have come from a variety of locations around Baltimore, Anne Arundel, Prince Georges, Kent, Queen Anne, where there were large concentations of Quakers. The land Westward from Waterford in Loudoun county, was just west of Lord Fairfax's lands.
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      From: Fonda
      Sent: Wednesday, March 14, 2007 7:55:40 AM
      Subject: Re: sarah walker/William Fairfax

      Thought I'd better clarify Sarah Walker who married Wm. Fairfax. Her parents are not clearly identified and her father is just described as a captain. Sarah Walker who was born in the Bahamas and was William Fairfax's first wife, may have been of mixed race. (there are some who have her as daughter of Thomas Walker and a Peachy but I cannot confirm this) ~ Fonda
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      ----- Original Message ----
      From: mike
      To: Fonda
      Sent: Wednesday, March 14, 2007 8:20:55 AM
      Subject: Re: sarah walker/William Fairfax

      i thought the king and queen county va birth was a stretch.

      the title of lord fairfax went to the eldest son of the surviving brother. the mixed race theory may be just that. I did not see anything to suggest otherwise. Entered all the lords up to the 12th lord fairfax the last couple days and hooked up some collateral familes.

      maybe there is more family history in Mass records for Sarah since she died there in 1731
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      From: Fonda

      I don't think the title of Lord Fairfax went to George William Fairfax but to Henry Fairfax. The English Fairfax's thought Sarah Walker of mixed race. Below is an excerpt of what is written concerning George William Fairfax (son of William Fairfax and Sarah Walker) in a biography I have:

      In 1729 the records of Marblehead, Mass. record the baptism of a five year old boy, "William, negro child of William Fairfax Esq, baptised Feb. 26th 1729." This could have been a record for the baptism of a slave named William and not George William, but it would have been unusual to baptize a slave. George William would have been five and is suggested that he was so clearly interracial that he was automatically recorded as being a 'negro child' on being baptized.

      When George William Fairfax's mother died, his father wrote to his own mother in England seeking help in educating his "eldest son George....a poor West India boy...especially as he has the marks on his face that will always testify his parentage." This is not known whether to mean he resembled a mixed parentage or the Fairfax kin in England. But after George William's mother's death, he was raised by the family in England who ought to have been able to decide. However, on his return to Virginia he ordered a portrait made and requested it make him look as white as possible to reinforce his case with the other unconvinced Fairfax relatives.

      He must not have been successful in his attempts because after Lord Fairfax's death in 1781 the title bypassed George William and went to Henry Fairfax. George William's wife Sally wrote that some of the Fairfax's had the impression his mother was a black woman.

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