|Birth: ||Jun. 17, 1794|
|Death: ||Aug. 11, 1867|
WALLING, JESSE (1794-1867). Jesse Walling, soldier and legislator, was born in White County, (Hawkins County, according to one source) Tennessee, on June 17, 1794, the son of John and Anna (Chisum) Walling, and the cousin of Elisha Walling. In 1816 he served under Gen. William Henry Harrison during his campaign against the Indians of the White River region of Indiana. JESSE WALLING ľ Married (1) SARAH PARKER about 1818 in Mississippi. She was born between 1781 and 1807 and died before October 9, 1835. Marrie in 1818 Walling married Sarah Parker in White County, Tennessee, and later that year moved with his family to Covington County, Mississippi. There in 1820 he was elected Colonel of the Mississippi Militiaand carried the title of Colonelall the rest of his life by courtesy. In 1822 he was elected county sheriff. He also served as assessor and tax collector until 1825 when the family moved to west Tennessee, settling in Fayette or Haywood County, where he served for seven year as Justice of the Peace. Walling immigrated to Texas in December 1834, residing for one year in San Augustine County before joining his brothers Thomas Jefferson Walling and John Walling in Nacogdoches in 1835. On March 6, 1836, Walling enlisted as a private in Capt. Hayden S. Arnold's First Company in Col. Sidney Sherman's Second Regiment, Texas Volunteers, and took part in the battle of San Jacinto. His son Jonathan C. Walling was also a member of Sam Houston's army but was ill during the battle of San Jacinto and so remained with the baggage wagons at Harrisburg.
Walling mustered out of the army on June 22 and returned to Nacogdoches, where on March 26, 1838, he married Mrs. Ann Wheelock, a cousin it states. ANN CHISUM WHEELOCK (daughter of Isham Chisum and Amelia (Permelia) Roberts) April 4, 1838 in Nacogdoches County, Texas. She was born November 15, 1815 in St. Tammy┬'s Parrish, Louisiana and died May 13, 1897 in Hood County, Texas.
On December 22, 1838, Walling was elected justice of the peace of Nacogdoches County, and in 1839 he erected a profitable cotton gin. He and his sons Jonathan C. and Preston served under Gen. Thomas J. Rusk in the Cherokee War of 1839. In 1840 he was living near the Strickland Settlement in Shelby County, where he owned 13,464 acres, two slaves, nine cattle, and five horses. Walling represented Nacogdoches County in the House of Representatives of the Seventh Congress, 1842-43.
He founded the town of Millville, on his own headright and laid out the streets, etc. He was considered law in that area. He donated the land for an early Millville church which is now a Baptist church dating back to the 1850's. The Old Millville Cemetery adjoins it and many early Walling's are buried there, their graves dating back to the 1850's. The Walling family owned the franchise on Walling's Ferry in Rusk County. There came to be a town there known as Walling's Ferry, later to become known as Camden, and still later and presently known as Easton and is a community of descendants of former slaves.
Thereafter, Walling lived for a number of years in the Rusk County community of Millville and in 1857 was elected to the House of Representatives from Rusk County.
He and Mrs. Walling were devout members of the Christian Church.
He founded the community of Walling Bend in Bosque county near the present Lake Whitney on his wife's 1835 Spanish Land Grant known as Ann Wheelock Survey.
**It is interesting to note, that in later years when Gen. Sidney Sherman was under attack from Gen. Sam Houston, Sherman asked Jesse Walling to defend him, which Jesse Walling effectively and publicly did, declaring that Sherman was maligned and was a fine and greatly honored soldier. Sherman's defence and his quoting Jesse Walling is found in the 1857 Texas Almanac now printed in book form. It quotes Jesse Walling as saying, "Everyone knows that Sam Houston is so full of prejudice and self conceit that he has no use for anyone who doesn't sneeze when he takes snuff". Sherman remarks that this quaint statement came from a man who was a fine soldier and an honest man who had been on several occasions a member of Congress and the Legisture.**
He died in Millville and his body was placed in charcoal for the long journey to Walling Bend, in Bosque County, as he knew the family was settling there and he wanted to be buried there rather than in Rusk County. They carried his body overland, and it was kept well in the charcoal. Walling descendants had his grave opened when it was moved from the old Walling Bend on the lake to Whitney, six miles away. The body had petrified in the charcoal and was in perfect condition. This land was taken over by the Corps of Engineers and became part of Lake Whitney and is now Walling Bend Park of Lake Whitney on the Brazos.
Jesse and Sarah Parker Walling's children;
Jonathan Chisholm, Preston M, Martha Ann, Nancy , & Synthia Walling.
Jesse and Ann Chisum Wheelock Walling's children;
Isham Chisum, Lewis Cass, Andrew Jackson, Amelia Ann, Jesse T. & Sam C. Walling.
Six children of both wifes together died in infancy.
Jesse had a total of 17 children.
BIBLIOGRAPHY: Compiled Index to Elected and Appointed Officials of the Republic of Texas, 1835-1846 (Austin: State Archives, Texas State Library, 1981 Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Muster Rolls of the Texas Revolution (Austin, 1986 Sam Houston Dixon and Louis Wiltz Kemp, The Heroes of San Jacinto (Houston: Anson Jones, 1932 Carolyn Reeves Ericson, Nacogdoches, Gateway to Texas: A Biographical Directory (2 vols., Fort Worth: Arrow-Curtis Printing, 1974, 1987 Archie P. McDonald, ed., Hurrah for Texas: The Diary of Adolphus Sterne (Waco: Texian Press, 1969; rpt., Austin: Eakin Press, 1986 Texas House of Representatives, Biographical Directory of the Texan Conventions and Congresses, 1832-1845 (Austin: Book Exchange, 1941 Jesse Walling Papers, Barker Texas History Center, University of Texas at Austin. Amelia W. Williams and Eugene C. Barker, eds., The Writings of Sam Houston, 1813-1863 (8 vols., Austin: University of Texas Press, 1938-43; rpt., Austin and New York: Pemberton Press, 1970).
Thomas W. Cutrer
Elisha Walling mentioned is my G-G-Grandfather.
Daughter by Sarah Parker Walling; Martha Ann Walling Todd
John C. Walling (1775 - 1841)
Ann Chisum Walling (1815 - 1897)*
Sarah Parker Walling (1798 - 1835)*
Jonathon Chisum Walling (1819 - 1865)*
Preston M Walling (1822 - 1891)*
Martha Ann Walling Todd (1822 - 1897)*
Isham Chisholm Walling (1842 - 1916)*
Lewis Cass Walling (1848 - 1886)*
Whitney Memorial Park
Plot: Walling Bend Section - Lot 115 C
Maintained by: Paul Gunnels
Originally Created by: Cathy Creger Shelley
Record added: Feb 26, 2003
Find A Grave Memorial# 7208701