|Walter MIDDLETON was born about 1795 in Lee County Virginia, according to tradition, "shortly after his father died of a heart attack on a buffalo hunt." [father's will proved 14 Jul 1795] His parents were Walter MIDDLETON, son of Thomas MIDDLETON, and Mary CHADWELL.
About 1817, Walter married Sarah TURNER, daughter of William E. TURNER and Susanna BAILEY. Sarah was born about 1800 on Cloverfork in what was then Knox County but is now Harlan County. She died sometime between the 1870 and 1880 census takings, probably on Cloverfork.
Walter and Sarah had thirteen known children. It is probable, given the infant mortality rate of the time, that there were others who died at birth or young.
Children of Walter and Sarah TURNER MIDDLETON:
Benjamin (2 cases of robbery, one of larceny), David (2 cases of robbery) and William (3 cases of robbery) were pardoned for "war crimes" (see Following the Footsteps column #49). See also Following the Footsteps columns #33 and #69; Harlan Footprints Volume 1 Issue 1; and Harlan Heritage III (Harlan Daily Enterprise special edition)
- Susan MIDDLETON born ca 1818 married William MINIARD
- Joanna MIDDLETON born ca 1820 married 1843 Wright WYNN
- James MIDDLETON born ca 1825 died ca 1865 married Abigail BLEVINS
- Barthena MIDDLETON born ca 1825/30 married 1845(2) Hugh ELDRIDGE
- Nancy MIDDLETON born 10 Sep 1827 died 11 Dec 1913 married 14 May 1850 B F CLOUD
- William T MIDDLETON born ca 1828 killed 1872 by his cousin Devil Jim TURNER; married Narcissus HOWARD
- Lucy Caroline MIDDLETON born ca 1832 married 15 Apr 1853(1) William SHORT
- David MIDDLETON born ca 1834 and killed ca 1869 by his first cousin, Devil Jim TURNER; married Nancy SERGENT
- Benjamin Franklin MIDDLETON born Jun 1835 died 16 Jul 1911 married 1858(3) Sarah BLEVINS
- Carr MIDDLETON born 25 Dec 1837 died 2 Dec 1902 (buried at Dizney) married 1865 Marinda GRAY
- Judith MIDDLETON born ca 1839 married Stokely BELCHER
- Sarah MIDDLETON born ca 1841 believed to have died by 1900 married 1865(4) Andrew FIELDS
- Frances "Fanny" MIDDLETON born ca 1843/44
Will of Walter Middleton
In the name of God Amen, I Walter Middleton of Lee County & State of Virginia Being weak in body but sound memory and in my perfect senses Blessed be God for so great an enjoyment Do this day the tenth of Febry one thousand and seven Hundred and ninety five Do make & ordain my last will and Testament Revoking all other wills and Testaments and I do Declare this to be my only last will and Testament and that in manner following to wit I do leve and Bequeath unto Mary my Beloved wife two negor Boys and one negro girl named Isaac Will & Cotney together with all the Real and personal Estate that she brought me as also all and all and singular my Household furniture and one Bald horse in lieu of a man that she brought me secondly I do leve & Bequeath unto my Father Thomas Middleton all and singular the Ballance or Remainder of my Estate both real and Personal and do ordain and appoint that my said father shall pay all my just Debts and Demands.
And I do appoint and ordain my true & trusty Friend Alexander Stewart to be my sole Executor of this my last will and Testament.
In Witness whereof I have set my hand and affixed my seal Published and declared as my last will and Testament in the presence of the subscribing witnesses.
Witnesses were Joseph Massey, Thomas Middleton, Thomas Massey
Proved 14 July 1795
Lee County Virginia Deed Abstract
12 Oct 1797 (Walter would have been about 2 years old)
Mary Middleton of Lee County, Virginia, to infant son Walter Middleton $1 paid by said son give a negro boy named Isaac, 4 years old. If son dies before 21 & without heirs then negro will return to me.
Signed by Mary Middleton's mark
Harlan Circuit Court - Box 246
Commonwealth of Kentucky
Harlan County and Circuit
The Grand Jurors for the Commonwealth of Kentucky impanelled and sworn in and for the body of Harlan County [unreadable word] upon their oath that Walter Middleton yeoman late of Harlan County and Simeon Pace yeoman late of harlan County on the first day of May eighteen hundred and thirty four in the county of Harlan did feloniously steal, take, and convey away two gallons of Whiskey from the still house of ephraim sergeant of the value of $2.00 then and there being the property of Ephraim sergeant contrary to the statute and against the peace and dignity of the Commonwealth of Kentucky
Frank Ballinger Ato [Attorney]
for the Commonwealth