Bethanie Walden: Birth: 17 JAN 1840. Death: 18 JUN 1923
John Walden: Birth: 18 FEB 1844.
Anderson Walden: Birth: 3 OCT 1846. Death: 26 MAR 1901
General Branson Walden: Birth: 31 AUG 1848. Death: 26 JUL 1927
James Walden: Birth: 6 JUL 1850.
Tima S. Walden: Birth: 8 NOV 1852. Death: 4 MAY 1908
Rebecca Walden: Birth: 30 OCT 1854. Death: 14 MAY 1911
Rhoda Walden: Birth: 16 JUN 1857.
Julia Ann Walden: Birth: 12 JAN 1860. Death: 8 SEP 1927
Margaret Walden: Birth: 18 OCT 1862. Death: 13 DEC 1957
Henry Ruffin Walden: Birth: 9 SEP 1866.
Title: GEDCOM file submitted by Mr. Lacy A. Garner Jr. email@example.com. Created on 1 DEC 2007. Imported on 3 Dec 2007.
Title: County Heritage, Inc. PO Box 34 Waynesville, NC 28786 Copyright 2005 The Moore County Heritage Book Committee County Heritage, Inc.
Page: Elizabeth Walden Ritter 1842-1929
Title: GEDCOM file submitted by Mr. Lacy A. Garner Jr. firstname.lastname@example.org. Created on 1 DEC 2007. Imported on 3 Dec 2007. Stephanie McCrimmon Dumas Maness Family History
Note: THE ANDERSON WALDEN FAMILY Original Manuscript written by: Mr. Henry Ruffin Walden born 09 Sep 1866 Son of Anderson Walden Sr. and Julia Ritter Transcribed by: Mrs. Mary Brower Sawyer Robbins NC. Julia Walden was born a slave in Chatham Co. NC about 1822 and died 15 Jan 1907 at the age of about 85. Her father was not one of the despised race though this did not take any of the burdens as a slave from her. She changed hands as a slave in her early days to a man named Ritter where she worked somewhat as a house-girl. Her treatment was not bad here. She married a man by the name of Anderson Walden who was a slave to a Mr. Harrington. His treatment about home was not severe. Only when he was sold did it grow worse. Sixteen times was he bought by different men, but failed to stay long with any of them when the treatment was rough. Sometimes would he hardly get to a new home before leaving his master. Several times, he was chased by bloodhounds. Several times, he had to swim the river in mid-winter to keep out of their way. Many times he climbed trees to keep the hounds from tearing him to pieces; then his owner would ride up to the tree for him to get on the horse with him, and off he would go, perhaps to sell him again. Once he went to a man's stable, took out his horse, rode him several miles to keep out of the way of the bloodhounds. Once he went to a neighbor's window and called for spirits of turpentine and onions to rub on his feet to keep the hounds from tracking him. He went a short distance from the house and sat down under some large vines to hide himself. When the hounds came to the window they could track him no further, yet he was looking at them all the while. Once he was sold to a man who lived a great distance away, though he traveled through the country in a buggy. He was handcuffed and had been traveling for three days. While passing some big swamps on the road, he engaged the attention of his master to something on the opposite side of the road, and when this was done, he leaped into the swamp from the buggy. His master shot at him several times, but did not hit him. He went back home and had his oldest son to file the handcuffs off. He left them at a neighbor's and told them if the man ever came back to give him his cuffs. One night he was in the log cabin with his wife and it was found out by the speculators that he was there. They went the next morning, just before day, to get him. They called to open the door and let them in. Mrs. Walden wanted to know of them what they wanted. "We want that Nigger Anderson", was the reply. She told them he was not in there, but they insisted on coming in and told her if she did not open the door, they would break it open. At last, she told them if they would be quiet she would get up and open the door for them. She was slow about it, allowing her husband to pull up some planks under the bed and slip out under the house. When they came in he ran through the field and got away from them, even with the bloodhounds soon after him. He found a cave under the bank of the creek, where he would resort many times to rest, when he dared not stay about the house. Food was carried to him by his son; sent by his wife. She was always on the lookout for him. Even in the fields, she would linger behind the rest at the end of the rows for the purpose of listening and looking for him, and if she heard even the least noise in the woods she would slip aside in the direction of the noise, many times to find him there, waiting to give her some news and to receive some news from her. Reprinted by permission of Mrs. Mary Brower Sawyer Lacy A. Garner, Jr. January 18, 2005
Note: Anderson Walden was a Slave of a Mr. Harrington. Julia was as a young girl a Slave of a Mr. Ritter.
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