Katharine Anne Walker


Personal and Family Information

Katharine was born on 8 Mar 1839 in Williamson County, Tennessee, the daughter of Joel Walker and Mary Motheral.

She died on 18 Oct 1916 in Amarillo, Potter County, Texas.

Her husband was William Joseph Bynum, who she married on 21 SEP 1859 in Desoto County, Mississippi. Their six known children were Marie Motheral (1864-1934), Wade Walker (1866-1925), Benjamin Chapman Dupree (1869-1954), Katherine (c1875-c1875), Sarah Lagrand (1876-1973) and Thomas (1880-1892).

Pedigree Chart (3 generations)


Katharine Anne Walker


Joel Walker


Allen Walker


Esther McCrory


Thomas Ira McCrory


Hannah Crawford


Mary Motheral


John Motheral


Jane Currie



Birth8 MAR 1839
Place: Williamson County, Tennessee
Death18 OCT 1916
Place: Amarillo, Potter County, Texas
Age: 77
DeathCert - Bynum Katherine Walker

Census29 OCT 1850
Place: DeSoto County, Mississippi
Address: dwelling 657, family 657 Mary Walker age 52 f born Tenn J “ 19 m Tenn, M “ age 18 f Tenn, J age 16 m Tenn Jos Walker age 14 m Tenn, CA age 11 f Tenn, J age 9 m Tenn
Census9 JUN 1880
Place: DeSoto County, Mississippi
Age: 42
Address: Horn Lake Box, line 41 Bynum, WJ, wm age 53, married, farmer, born Va, f&m Va __ KA wf age 42 wife married, keeping house born Tenn, f NC, m Tenn __ MM wf age 16 daughter single, born Miss, f Va m Tenn __W J jr wm age 18, son single farming born MIss “” “” __ WW wm age 13 son, singlle farming born MIss ‘’ ‘’ __ B C D, wm age 10 , son single farming born MIss “ “ __ Sallie wf age 4 ,daughter , born MIss “ “
Census18 JUN 1900
Place: DeSoto County, Mississippi
Address: dwelling 228 family 231 Bynum, William J , head wm , born Aug 1826, age 73, married 41 yrs born Virginia, f&mVirginia, farmer Bynum, Kathierine, wife, wf born Mar 1839, age 61 married 41 yrs, mother of 7, 4 living, born Tenn, f North Caroline, m Tenn __ Sallie L, daughter wf born May 1876 age 24 single, born Mississippi, f Virginia, m Tennessee
Census28 APR 1910
Place: Potter County, Texas
Age: 71
Address: Amarillo City 1010 Taylor street, dwelling 308 family 362 Smith, James Lowry, head mw age 50, married 24 yrs born Texas, f Miss, m N Carolina, President of Bank __ Marie B, wife fw age 45, married 24 yrs, mother 0, born Miss, f Virginia, f Tenn __ Bynum, Katharine, mother in law, fw age 71, widow, mother of 7, 4 living, born Tenn, f North Carolina, M Tenn Cobb, Earl, brother in law, mw age 34 married 0, born Ark, f Virginia, m Kentucky __ Sarah A, sister in law, fw age 30 , m 0, mother 0, born MIss, f Virginia, m Tenn
BurialOCT 1916
Place: DeSoto County, Mississippi
Address: New Bethlehem Church Cemetery, Horn Lake findagrave 28827030 links to husband, children, mother and 2 siblings bio includes parents, and grandparents Inscription: daughter of Dr. Joel and Mary Motheral Walker. Wife of William Joseph Bynum


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Note 1

Confederate veteran - Private, Co. A, 7th Tennessee Cavalry.

Private Co E 4th Tennessee Infantry



William Joseph Bynum, youngest son of Britton Sugust and Virginia (Dupree) Bynum, was born August 3, 1826, in Greenville County, Va.

His father was a planter and slaveholder, and built the first cotton gin in that part of Virginia. His mother died September 8, 1828, and his father October 1834, at which time he became a member of the family of his eldest brother and guardian, Maj. Benjamin C.D. Bynum. He was educated in a private academy near his home, and moved with his brother's family and a company of relatives and neighbors from Virginia to DeSoto County, Miss., in 1844.

His brother bought land from Martin Colbert, Chief of the Chickasaw Indians, and built his home by that of the Chief; and thus they lived as neighbors for more than a year, the families becoming great friends. He was married to Miss Martha Gibbs December 18, 1855. His wife and their infant child died in less than two years after their marriage. On September 21, 1859, near Horn Lake, Miss., he was married to Miss Katherine Anne Walker. To this union seven children were born.

William J. Bynum entered the service of the Confederate States early in the war as a Private in Company A, 7th Tennessee Cavalry Regiment, W.F. Taylor captain, and was wounded in the right arm on September 1, 1862, near Byhalia, Miss. This wound left the arm almost useless, causing great suffering at times the remainder of his life. On July 23, 1863, he was honorably discharged as unfit for further service; but in 1865, when the Confederacy's needs were so great, though crippled and disabled from long suffering, he went back to his command. When Lee surrendered, he returned home with his comrades.

During the days of reconstruction he stood as a pillar of adamant against the terror and ruin that tried the endurance and character of Southern manhood. He was appointed Sheriff and tax collector soon after the war closed. Fearing to cause trouble and loss to his bondsmen through clashes with the Freedmen's Bureau, he resigned the office and entered the mercantile business at Horn Lake.

In November, 1875, he was elected Sheriff and tax collector, being the first Democrat to be elected to any office in DeSoto County after the war. After serving several terms, he retired to his home, near Horn Lake, where he lived until October, 1903.

Ill health carried him from the country he loved, and with his wife and youngest daughter he moved to Amarillo, Tex., to join his other children.

For nearly sixty years he lived in DeSoto County, and his life was interwoven with the traditions and history of its early settlement. He knew and loved the people, and his interest to rich and poor, black and white.

He became a Christian in September, 1862, while in the hospital suffering from the wound which left him a cripple him for life.

He tried to live by the teaching set forth in the thirteenth chapter of Corinthians.

He died at Amarillo, Tex., December 10, 1907; and Camp W.B. Plemons, Amarillo, of which he was a member, drew feeling resolutions on his death. His body was laid to rest in the old churchyard of the New Bethlehem Church, near Horn Lake, Miss. Confederate Veteran, Vol. XVI, p. 290.

findagrave 28827752

Note 2

Familysearch.org information: Spouse: William Joseph BYNUM Birth: 3 Aug 1826 Greenville, Co. Va.

Death: 10 Dec 1907 Amarillo, Tex. Burial: Horn Lake, Desoto Co. Ms.

Katharine Anne Walker Marriage: Sep 21 1859 Horn Lake, Desoto Co., Miss


Father: Joel Walker

Birth: May 6 1789 Rockingham NC

Death: Aug 29 1844 Williamson TN

Burial: Motheral Family, Franklin/Williason TN

Mother Mary Motherall Walker

Marriage: Apr 30 1830 Davidson TN/Apr 17 1830 Williamson TN


Paternal Grandfather: Allen Walker

Birth: 14 Feb 1758 Rockingham Co., NC

Death: 1817 Centerville, TN

Paternal Grandmother: Esther McCrory

Birth: 1767 county Antrim, Ireland

Death: 1845


Paternal GGrandfather: James Walker

Paternal GGrandmother: Sarah Allen


Maternal Grandfather: Capt Thomas McCrory

Birth: 1735 County Antrim, Ireland

Death: 2 Nov 1777 Bluff City, Sullivan County TN.

Burial: Weaver Cemetery, Bluff City, Sullivan Co

Maternal Grandmother: Hannah Crawford

Birth: 1732 County Antrim Ireland

Marriage: 1756


Maternal GGrandfather: Hugh McCrory

Maternal GGrandmother: Elizabeth UnknownKatherine Bymun 61 Mar 1839 Wife

Sallie L Bymun 24 May 1876 Daughter

Katharine Anne Walker Bynum findagrave 28827030

Note 3

Non paternity event. FamilyTreeDNA Kit 926600 Y-DNA-111 in Jan 2020 in Haplogroup I-M253 and has two matches at Genetic Distance 2, two at Gen Dist 3, three at Gen Dist 4, and another twenty one matches from Genetic Distance 5 to 10, most with Walker name, all in group 2 of the Walker Project.

I1-Z138 S2293+ Z2541+ S19185+ S23519+ S20030+ BY1482+ BY1330+ BY34667+ A7116+ A7115+ Branches

Ancestry DNA shows many matches with Allan Walker and Esther McCory family, strongest in Joel Walker and Mary Motheral descendents.