John David Walter

John David Walter

Birth
Berks County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 9 Sep 1838 (aged 77)
Snyder County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Penns Creek, Snyder County, Pennsylvania, USA
Memorial ID 10393450 · View Source
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David Walter, the son of Jacob Sr. and Maria Kauffman Walter, was born on July 15, 1761 in Berks County. In 1778 he joined the Northumberland Rangers, a militia group, for a two month period during which he guarded farmer's fields and families, and pursued Indians. He often spent nights afield with no shelter or blanket and suffered from lack of food. In 1779 he again joined the militia, although by draft. He served under Captain Mull of Sunbury who reported to Colonel Clark.

In that year his company marched to Fort Freeland, which was reported to be in danger of imminent attack, only to find that the battle had already occured. All the inhabitants were gone and about 15 scalped bodies were lying in the vacinty of the fort. Other accounts reveal that the fort had earlier surrendered to 300 British and Indians, the occupants removed by noon on the 29th of July. A company of militia led by Captains Hawkins Boone and Samuel Dougherty arrived later in the day. Presuming that the fort was still in the hands of Colonials, the company attempted to rush across Warrior Run and enter the fort. A battle ensued and the two Captains and about half the men were killed before they could make an escape. It was the bodies of these men that David Walter's company found when they arrived at the fort. All they could do was bury the dead.

In the fall of 1779 David was again called out to march to Fort Bosley in Montour County. He ramained there for two months with no accounts of action and then discharged.

In 1785, David received 250 acres of land in Penns Township. On November 16, 1787 he married Susannah Eberhart. David and Susannah had fourteen children, one of whom was Mary (the mother of Elizabeth Shambach Loss) who married Christian Shambach in 1816. He remained on this land until his decease on September 9, 1838. He is buried in the Fry (Salem) Cemetery near Penns Creek.


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  • Created by: DLL
  • Added: 29 Jan 2005
  • Find a Grave Memorial 10393450
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John David Walter (15 Jul 1761–9 Sep 1838), Find a Grave Memorial no. 10393450, citing Salem United Methodist Cemetery, Penns Creek, Snyder County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by DLL (contributor 46776972) .