Lydia Walters Walton Talkington was born in North Carolina . At the age of 6 years she was taken to Illinois as a young girl and sold to Hiram Walters. She was bought to be an assistant house slave to his wife Mrs. Mary Walters of Dripping Springs, Crawford County Arkansas. When she was in her early teens she had two children by Patrick Drennen, who was the son of John Drennen .The Children were Samuel and Harriet. Samuel would lived to adulthood, wereas the child Harriet, would die as a very young child. She had hoped to marry Patrick, but he became very sick and later died before this could be. They had a personal commitment to each other, but were never allowed to marry.
Lydia lived in the very rural settlement of Dripping Springs. Having arrived in the area shortly after statehood, her life changed as the community changed, and the institution of slavery changed. In her early years, her courtship with Patrick Drennen was that of a slave marriage, one, in which existed only between the two, acknowledge by no one else. However, the rural communtiy of Crawford county evolved, as society evolved. Lydia would meet two other men in her lifetime, she was allowed to take a husband, approved by her mistress, Mary Walters.
Lydia then met and married John Talkington on the 14 March 1852. John Talkington join the Union forces during the civil and fought with the 83rd Infantry Company K of the United States Colored Troops (USCT). He was killied in battle in 1864 at the skirmish at the Saline River and Pine Bluff. Lydia filed for and collected his civil War pension until her death in 1898. His name is listed on the (USCT) United states Colored Troops Civil War Memorial in Washington D.C.
A memory Stone was placed in the Walton family plot at Fairview Cemetery in Van Buren, Arkansas. At the time of her death she was receiving her husbands Civil War Pension of $12.00 a month.