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"Walden" Family From CARROL County

Descendants of
Joseph B. WALLEN and Elender (Nellie) BAKER WALLEN
of Carroll Co., Arkansas

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Ken Matney (
1860 Madison County Census, Ceder Twp.
1870 Carrol County Census, Cedar Twp.
"The Walling Family" by Tom Walden (BELOW)
Goodspeed's Carrol County 1889

The Walling Family
by Tom Walden

Transcribed and with intoduction by Ken Matney. (Thanks Ken!) I recently made a trip to Carroll County Arkansas. Found the old home place of my GGreatfather. Stop at the house of Mable Walden who still lives on the old homestead. She is the daughter-in-law of Thomas Walden, one time sheriff and judge of Carroll County. She gave me an article written by Tom Walden. Thought I would share it with all of you. The Walling Family by Tom Walden In the early Colonial days two young men left England and came to America. They were Welch and French descent. They settled in North Carolina and later went to Kentucky two years before Boon, but history does not record this fact. They stayed in Kentucky one year and one decided to go back to North Carolina and bring their families to Kentucky, they only had one butcher knife, they broke the blade so each waold have a knife. They did not stay long in Kentucky after their families came, but went to East Tennessee and settled near Clinch River. Their names were Thomas and Joseph and these are familiar names in the family today. They lived to be very old, one was killed by the indians and the other froze to death. A large estate was left to them in England, but the family could not make the proof required. When I was a boy father and the Rice brothers of Bentonville worked to get proof but failed. The Rice's are distant relatives of the Walling family. In some way our family name has become corrupted, it was changed to Wallen and father said this was done to shorten the name. In 1882 the Eureka Springs Rail Road Company built a road from Seligman, Mo. to Eureka Springs, this road ran through father's farm and the Company built a flag station on father's farm and named it Walden. Since that time everyone has called our family name and spelled it Walden. My grandfather Joseph B. Wallen was born in East Tennessee in 1798. Grandmother was a Province, she too was born in East Tennessee in 1798. To this union were born eight children, Henry P. (my father) James Carr, Mary, John D., Hannah, Tommy, who died when about ten years old, Joseph P. and William. Grandfather and all his family left Tennesse in 1850, did not know where they were going only west and this was before Horace Greely said, "Go west young man and grow up with the country." They were not looking for farm land, they wanted to find a country with plenty of wild game and they found it. They came through Springfield, MO. when there were only three buildings, two dellings and a blacksmith shop. They could have had their choice of the best land for $1.25 per care or could have homesteaded 160 acres each, but no, not enough game there. They settled at Washburn, Mo.,then known as Keetsville. The trip from East Tennessee to Keetsville was made in a wagon drawn by an ox team and a pony that some of the children rode. They were on the road a long time. The men walked, carried their gons and hunted along the way. They would camp and the men would go to every shooting match they could hear about. Father was the best shot, he would stick the point of his knife into the paper and bet a $1.00 a shot that he could cut or drive it out at a distance of sixty yards with his muzzle loading rifle. Those that came were Grandfather, Grandmother, Father and his wife and two children, Hannah, her husband and two children, Mary and her son and John and his wife, the others were single. Grandfather died at Washburn about 1854 and Grandmother lived until after the close of the Civil War. The are both buried in the Pasley cemetery near Washburn. My uncle John D. (who was called Long Goody) settled near Busch, Arkansas. He was the oldest settler on the White River. At this time all this part of the County belonged to Madison County and was referred to as the leg of Madison County. John D. was a unique characer, he stood 6 ft. 2 in., long arms and could swing a crable better than any man, he always cut a swath eleven ft. wide. Others who came from Tennessee were James Miller, George Cope, George Wallin. Father, Uncle John, Miller and Cope were brothers-in-laws all having married daughters of Billy Walin in Tennessee, a name similar to our own but no relation. They settled near father's farm. In 1857 father bought a farm on Butler Creek two miles west of Beaver, Arkansas and this farm has belonged to our family since that day and at the present time is ouned by my son, Smead Walden. It will never be sold for Arkansas is good enough for anyone. Father told me that in the spring of 1857 he make his first crop on this farm, that he only had one pony, no feed, that he would plough the pony all day, turn it out at night to graze. When morning came he would take his gun, go hunt the pony. That spring he killed fifty two deer and so many turkeys that he did not try to keep count. When I was a boy we had dried venison and dried beef in our smoke house all the time. Father built the mill that is known as the upper Roaring River Mill for Billy McClure. He also built the other mill on Roaring River. On the Blue Spring farm ia a double log house, all logs are ceadar father cut and hued every piece of that building for a small two year old heifer, worth about seven or eight dollars. The Civil War came on in 1861 and I must add a little state history to this story, lest we forget. Arkansas held a convention and voted to stay in the Union. Later President Lincoln called on Arkansas to furnish 75,000 troops to fight their southern neighbors. The Governor called another convention and delegated voted 69 to 1 to secede. Murphy of Madison County voted against secession. He later became Governor of the state. He and Powell Clayton are the only Republican Governors the state has ever had. Father was a Union man but too old for service. In the spring of 1862 father moved to Lawrence County, Mo. A few days before he moved the Union troops killed his nephew, a 15 year old boy. Father was forced into the Mo. state Militia and served two months. Uncle Joe had gone back to Tennessee and enlisted under General Bragg, he was a doctor and served as a spy for Bragg. He as a spy went through the Union Army just before the battle of Perryville, Kentucky. He aferwards killed a Confederate Captain in order to save his captain's life. He was advised by his Captain to go north and join the Union army. After the close of the war he came back to Beaver and practiced medicine, he had a wide practice, ofter he would stay two or three days if his patient was bad. He was killed near Elk Ranch, Arkansas in 1882 in making an arrest. Uncle James, John and William enlisted at Pea Ridge under General Price. When General Lee surrendered, all four of the brothers met at New Orleans and walked to Beaver Arkansas. War is all that Sherman said it was. Have heard my mother (who was a Johnstion before her marriage) say that in the spring of 1865 that at times she did not have anything to eat except wild greens, cooked without salt or seasoning of any kind. Well as Diddie said in her book, I must wind this story up. In the Walden Cenetary near Busch, Arkansas overlooking the beautiful White River, lies the remains of these five brothers and one sister, sleeping-sleeping in the land they loved and where the found wild game, yet the never forgot Clinch River and East Tennessee. Such was the end of my father, four uncles, one aunt whom I may truly call the wisest, the justest, (in their way) and best of all men whom I have ever known. The world was better because the lived.

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