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Elisha "The Longhunter" Wallen
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Birth: 1732
Death: Jan., 1814

Probably born in Prince George County, MD.
Died Jan 1814 in Washington County, Missouri.
Son of Elisha Wallen and Mary Blevins.
Two known brothers; Joseph Allen b. 1734 and James W. b. 1746.
Married Catherine Elizabeth Blevins, daughter of John Blevins; son of Daniel or Elisha's neighbor William Blevins. Catherine's birth date is unknown, but she died in c. 1814. in Washington County, Mo.

In the year 1761 Elisha went on his first long hunt, along with Jack Blevins, William Pittman, Henry Scaggs, Charles Cox, William Newman, and William Harrison. In other texts
the names left out were Jack Blevins, William Pittman, and William Harrison. But it also said 15 stout pioneers were added to the hunting party.
They hunted in Carter's Valley and along the Clinch River. The company established Wallen's station Camp, on Wallen's Creek and Cumberland Gap.

In a long hunt, each hunter set out about October 1st with two horses, full set of traps, supply of powder, lead, a small hand vise, bellows, files and screw plates for fixing guns, and then return home about March 1st. The hunters paired off into groups of two's to allay suspicion of the Indians lest they be considered an invading army of white men.

In 1761, as soon as the state of affairs with the Cherokees and the Catawbas would permit, Elisha Walden and a party of 18 men made up a "company" for the purpose of taking a "Long Hunt." by 1774, he had been a long hunter for many years and had hunted on a large range of mountains to the east of Powell's Valley. From Walden the mountains took their name.

Walden and his long hunters ranged over southwestern Virginia, eastern Tennessee, and Kentucky, naming the mountains and streams as they came to them. As they crossed the mountains into the Kentucky country, all agreed that Walden should name the gap, which he did, calling it "Cumberland Gap" from the place of his boyhood. (Cohansey had been made a part of a new county of New Jersey in 1748--Cumberland County).

Walden himself moved out to the new country and made his home for a while on the Holston River, 18 miles above Knoxville, Tennessee. He later travelled west and settled in Washington County, Missouri where he died.

On December 1, 1784, Captain James Roberts purchased the Walden home in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.
Another interpretation of the long hunt was found in 'LIFE AS IT IS'
~~~~A man by the name of Wallen was in a company of about 18 men from Virginia and explored Carter's Valley; went through 'Moccasin Gap' and established a camp on Wallen's Creek. they named Powell's Mountain, Powell's Valley and Powell's River. In crossing the Clinch River, (then not named), an Irishman fell off the raft and being unable to swim, bawled to his comrades CLINCH ME! CLINCH ME! which the company did and so named the river. The group named Newman's Ridge, Skagg's Ridge, traveled through the Cumberland Gap "and called the mountain Cumberland, he (Wallen) having come from the county of Cumberland (Cumberland Parrish) in Virginia." The group continued on to Laurel Mountain, but turned back after meeting Indians.

In the same year of 1761, Daniel Boone and his company traveled with the Wallen Company "from the Yadkin, North Carolina, down to Wolf's Cave, Abington, Virginia," and there the two companies parted.
There was a second hunt in 1762 in the upper region of Tennessee. They made a station camp between todays, Jonesville, Virginia and Rogersville, Tennessee.
A third trip in 1763 took the hunters up on the Cumberland River to Stinking Creek.

On 3-23-1785, in an old account book "...the old pioneer and hunter, Captain Elisha Walden of Holestein (sic) River Tennessee made a call at Calland's Store (was Chatham's) to his old home. The purchase made that day by Capt. Walden were 'a fine apron, a fine hankerchief, and some black silk' were probably gifts for his women folk in the wilderness.

He died on the frontiers of Missouri at a very advanced age and performed no military duty during the war. In his will Elisha called his home in Missouri, the "plantation" The administrators of his estate were his widow and Moses Austin who gave bond for $10,000.00. The estate was settled on 4-20-1814.

 
 
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 Parents:
  Elisha Wallen (1708 - 1783)
  Mary Blevins Wallen (1710 - 1757)
 
 Spouse:
  Catherine Elizabeth Blevins Wallen (1738 - 1814)*
 
 Children:
  Elizabeth Walling Anderson (1774 - 1852)*
  Elisha Wallen (1795 - 1872)*
 
 Siblings:
  Elisha Wallen (1732 - 1814)
  Joseph Allen Wallen (1734 - 1792)*
  James W. Walling (1746 - 1786)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Wallen Cemetery
Washington County
Missouri, USA
 
Created by: Nancy Franklin-Walling B...
Record added: Jan 13, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 64163735
 


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