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Ephraim I Walters, Sr.

Birthdate: (91)
Birthplace: Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Died in Nicholson, Fayette, Pennsylvania, USA
Place of Burial: Fayette, PA, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of John Casper Walters and Hanna Barbara Walters
Husband of Mary Walters
Father of George Washington Walters; Andrew J Walters, Sr.; Jacob Walters; Mary Polly Hyde; Charity McDougal and 7 others

Occupation: Farmer and Indian Scout
Managed by: Walter William Dalitsch, III
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About Ephraim I Walters, Sr.

The following is from “Debolts and Walters: Where They Lived and When,” an addendum to “DeBolts in America: The DeBolts of Fayette and Greene Counties, Pennsylvania,” written by C. Gerald DeBolt in collaboration with Esther DeBolt Ryczek, digitized in 2001 by Ron and James White, retrieved August 17, 2007 from http://www.brittanywhite.com/Debolts%20in%20America.txt.

"Ephraim Walters, Sr. and his wife Mary Debolt lived all their married life in a log cabin in a steep valley not far from Jacob’s Creek. The cabin sat atop a spring. The cabin was built with “port hole” windows for defense against Indians who were about gone from the area when Ephraim settled there in 1770. They lived here until Ephraim, Sr. died in 1835. Mary soon went to live with her daughter Mary Hyde who lived in Greene Co. She died there in 1842."

The following is from "DeBolts in America: The DeBolts of Fayette and Greene Counties, Pennsylvania," written by C. Gerald DeBolt in collaboration with Esther DeBolt Ryczek, digitized in 2001 by Ron and James White, retrieved August 17, 2007 from http://www.brittanywhite.com/Debolts%20in%20America.txt.

"Mary Debolt (1748 - 1842) was the sister of George Debolt and the half-sister of Michael Debolt, III . She was the daughter of Michael Debolt, Jr. (Hans Michael, Jr.) who with his brothers, George and Henry came from the East to settle in Fayette Co. in the 1750s. Mary was probably born in Lancaster Co., Pa. Her marker in the Jacobs Lutheran Church cemetery near Masontown, Pa. lists her dates as 1748 -1842. This is not an original marker so her birth date may not be exact; however, it would be about right. Mary was said to be a doctor who practiced medicine to both Indians and whites. Other sources said she was a midwife who would come out day or night to help deliver frontier babies. She married the eldest Ephraim Walters (1737/44 - 1835) whose frontier life was most remarkable. Fortunately, that remarkable story has been preserved. A grandson of Ephraim’s, Dr. Jefferson A. Walters wrote down the story in 1879. Ephraim’s great, great, grandson, Robert C. McClelland edited and annotated the story in 1961. This story is recounted pp. 32. The records dispute the 1737 birth date for Ephraim. There are two markers at the Jacobs Lutheran cemetery. One is original, one is not. Both are hard to read. They don’t seem to agree. Ephraim may have been born as late as 1744. Also various researchers indicate his father was Casper not John. Perhaps he was Casper John just as Michael was Hans Michael when he emigrated. Mary was mentioned in her mother, Elizabeth’s will. Elizabeth was the wife of Michael Debolt, Jr. (c.1720 - 1784 or early 1785). Mary and her brother, George are the only two mentioned in the will registered 0ct.16,1788. This is one of the earliest wills on file at the Fayette Co. courthouse in Uniontown, Pa. There are actually two copies of the will registered. One is in Vol. I, one is in Vol. I, Part 1. of Parts 1. and 2. The actual will itself is on file in a metal box in the same room. I was not given permission to see it or other early wills. See P.34 for Elizabeth Debolt’s will. Mary and Ephraim had a large family of seven boys and three girls. All of their children lived to reach old age, some living to ninety, the youngest, fifty~ five. The Walters family lived on a farm just south of that of George Debolt’s farm on Catt’s Run. Although they farmed there near the Debolts from about 1770, unlike Nicholas Debolt, the father of George, they made no official claim to the land until 1785 when a warrant was obtained. The survey was the same year. Ephraim Walters had his patent granted Feb.3, 1787. His farm of just over 216 acres was called “Cold Spring”. See map on p.28 . The following paragraph was written by Jefferson A. Walters, the grandson of Ephraim Walters, Sr. It describes the life of Ephraim Walters after he met and married Mary Debolt.

“ 'In 1770 he located by “tomahawk title” about 700 acres of land in that country, which to-day is among the finest and most valuable land of any in western Pennsylvania. In the same year he married a Miss DeBolt, of French descent, and from this union there were reared seven sons and three daughters, three lived to the age of ninety; six to over seventy-five, and one to fifty-five. During the Revolution, Mr. Walters raised a company for the defense of the settlement. Many a night when he was out on a scout, his wife fearing the Indians, would leave the cabin and with her children sleep “in the bush”. In the war of 1812, his youngest son being drafted, Mr. Walters, though over seventy-five years of age, offered himself as a substitute, and was accepted. His thorough knowledge of the Indian character, rendered him very efficient. For a number of years he filled the office of Justice of the peace. Mrs. Walters was a remarkable woman, always full of life and energy. She served as midwife for the frontier settlement for some forty years; kept a fine horse, and no kind of weather day or night appeared to make any difference to her. She died in 1842, aged ninety-four.' Ephraim Walters died in 1835. His will was probated Jan.5, 1836. See p.34 for his will. His wife, Mary (Debolt) Walters, died in 1842. As mentioned at the beginning of the story on Ephraim and Mary, they are both buried at Jacobs Lutheran Cemetery.

"Children of Ephraim and Mary (Debolt) Walters

1. George

2. John

3. Henry

4. Ephraim, Jr. (1776 - 1865); wife Elizabeth Ache (1778 - 1848)

5. Aaron (1789 - 1866); wife Sarah - (1796 - 1865)

6. Jacob (1779 1848); wife Prudence Hyatt (1789 - 1855)

7. Andrew (1777 - c.1831); wife Sarah Weedman (c.1776 - c.1811)

8. Mary (1787 - 1859); married James Hyde

9. Elizabeth

l0. Charity (1785 -1851); married Alexander McDougal

"Ephraim left his farm to his wife Mary; Ephraim, Jr. was the one who farmed it. Mary probably willed it to Ephraim, Jr. According to Ruth Walters Ratcliff who bas written a book about Aaron Walters (See above.), Mary died at her daughter Mary’s home in Greene Co. Her daughter was married to James Hyde."

The following is from “Excerpts from the Memoires of William and Rebecca Johnson,” written by Lucetta Johnson, digitized in 2001 by Ron and James White, retrieved August 17, 2007 from http://www.brittanywhite.com/Debolts%20in%20America.txt.

"While Ephraim and Mary Walters were acquiring land, like some other Pennsylvania families, they were buying slaves, who, Mother says, occasionally caused trouble for their master and mistress. One incident she recalls hearing her mother tell. A young negro one night took a horse belonging to Aaron, one of the Walters boys, to a “frolic”. The other negroes became jealous when they saw one of their number “showing off” on his horse and watched their chance “to get even” by cutting off the horse’s mane and tail. Although Ephraim Walters was a kind master, his sons were not always so considerate, and when Aaron saw his favorite horse’s plight, he gave the offender a whipping. The slaves were not qualified to do some of the work that had to be done on the place, and there was not always the best of feelings between the white and the colored help. The white girls employed to do the spinning frequently objected to eating the food prepared by the negro cooks."

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Ephraim I Walters, Sr.'s Timeline

Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA
Age 26
December 14, 1772
Age 28
Fayette, PA, USA
Age 32
Fayette, Pennsylvania, United States
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December 1783
Age 39
German, Fayette, Pennsylvania, USA
Age 41