About Walter Maxey, Jr.
A Patriot of the American Revolution for VIRGINIA (Soldier). DAR Patriot # A133103
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Name: Walter MAXEY, JR.
Birth: 9 JUL 1745 in Goochland Co.,Virginia
Death: 7 OCT 1828 in Jasper Co.,Georgia
Walter Maxey, Jr., a son of Walter and Mary (--?--) Maxey, was born on 9 July 1745, in Goochland County, Virginia. Walter married Ann Swanson, a daughter of William and Mary (McGuire) Swanson, as confirmed by the will of William Swanson in Oglethorpe County, Georgia, dated 5 March 1802 and proved 6 January 1809.2 But we do not have their marriage date. The first record of Walter Maxey, Jr., in Virginia was his grant of 228 acres in the county of Henry (formerly Pittsylvania) on the Smith River on 1 February 1781. His name appeared on the personal property tax lists of Henry County from 1782 through 1785, and on 12 January 1787 he sold the228 acres to John Pace for ?60.
It is probable that Walter moved to Georgia with his father-in-law who purchased 300 acres on the north fork of Little River in Wilkes County on 2 August 1787. This land was located in the new county of Oglethorpe when it was created on 14 December 1793, and Walter was found on the first tax digest of that county in 1794 with 100 acres. Also listed was his son Garland. Walter's name is shown in these digests with his land through1810, at which time he moved to Jasper County, Georgia. The land referred to was located on the north fork of Little River and may have been an unrecorded deed of gift from William Swanson. This property was sold by Walter on 15 August 1817 to John Stewart for $300. One of the witnesses to the transaction was Walter's son-in-law, Bailey Freeman. On 26 July 1816 Walter, of Jasper County, had conveyed to George Tuggle, of Greene County, for $150, all his interest and claim in the real estate of William Swanson consisting of 545 acres on the north fork of LittleRiver. No wife signed, therefore Ann was deceased. His son John was one of the witnesses.
In the 1807 land lottery of Georgia, Walter had won two prizes in Baldwin County, and recorded in the Jones County, Georgia, deed book that year is the following: "I Walter Maxey have appointed my son Pouncey Maxey my lawful attorney for the particular purpose of selling and disposing of a lot of land in the south district of Baldwin --- the 129th number drawn in my name. I do authorize him the said Pouncey Maxey, my son, to execute a deed to any person." The witnesses were John and Sally Stewart.
As mentioned previously, Walter and his family moved to Jasper about the time he purchased land from John Evans, which was on 3 August 1810. On 6 December 1814 Walter had sold to Wiley McClendon 202 acres in Jasper County (formerly Baldwin County), for $2,500. This deed was witnessed by his son Pouncey. Then on 6 December 1819 McClendon sold to Walter a 202 acre tract on the waters of Wises Creek, also in Jasper County, and this deed was also witnessed by Pouncey. (Walter was living in Pouncey's household when the 1820 census of Jasper County was taken.) On 29 May 1824 Walter sold lot #7, containing 202 acres (the land purchased fromMcClendon) to Pouncey for $1,600.
Walter had served in the American Revolution and his name appeared on a list of those eligible to draw land in the 1827 Georgia land lottery. He had two draws plus one extra as a Revolutionary soldier. This is the last public record found concerning Walter before his death the following year. He died 7 October 1828 in Jasper County, his obituary appearing in the 25 October issue of the Statesman and Patriot, a Milledgeville, Georgia, newspaper, as follows:
Died in Jasper County on the morning of the 7th instant Garland [sic] Maxey. He died with a paroxism of fever; he was a soldier in the revolution. He had been a member of the Methodist Church for the last twenty years; he has left a large family to mourn his loss --- his last remains were borne to the silent grave in the evening, and a funeral address was delivered by the Rev. Mr. Swanson........
It's unfortunate that a mistake occurred in the communication of this obituary. Undoubtedly it was son Garland who sent the news of his father's death to the paper and his name was somehow substituted for Walter's. With the exception of Pouncey, proving the other children of Walter has been most difficult in the absence of any probate records. He obviously would have had older daughters and the 1800 census of Oglethorpe County shows a female ten to 16 (Polly) and another under ten living in his household.
The Maxey's of Virginia, by Edythe Maxey Clark, A Genealogical History ofthe Descendants of Edward and Susannah Maxey.
Change Date: 24 AUG 2007 at 07:00:12
Father: Walter MAXEY, SR. b: Abt 1719 in Goochland Co.,Virginia
Mother: Mary UNKNOWN b: Abt 1719
Marriage 1 Ann SWANSON b: Abt 1747
Married: Abt 1768 in Oglethorpe Co.,Georgia
Garland MAXEY b: 1771 in Virginia
Yelvington MAXEY b: Abt 1774 in Virginia
Pouncey MAXEY b: 18 OCT 1775 in Va
John MAXEY b: 1782 in Henry Co.,Va
William MAXEY b: 23 OCT 1783 in Henry Co.,Va
Mary "Polly" MAXEY b: 28 MAY 1787 in Ga
Martha MAXEY b: 1795 in Oglethorpe Co.,Ga
Walter Maxey, Jr.'s Timeline
July 9, 1745
Goochland, Virginia, United States
October 18, 1775
Bedford, VA, USA
May 28, 1787
October 7, 1828
Jasper, GA, USA