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Walden / Atkins Family

When I began researching the Walden family my husband did not know anything about his grandfather, William Francis Walden. William Francis left Emma when Larry's father was young. Larry's father was very angry because he had to quit school and help support the family. With the information that we found there were answers to a lot of family secrets. John Warden came from England in 1664. In the book entitled `The Early Settlers of Maryland` we found him on page 372. The surname made at least two changes and I have been told that there may have been an earlier change from Wallace to Warden by the family of William Wallace due to possible persecution. This has not been proven and may never be. John Warden settled in Charles County, Maryland around the Port Tobacco area. His grandson James Warden moved into Virginia and after his death his eldest son was suppose to sale the land and give half of the profit to his younger son Elisha. There is no definite proof that Nathaniel kept the profit from the sale of the land, however after selling the land he moved to Kentucky and changed his name to Walden. Elisha came to Kentucky but he lived in a different county and there did not seem to be any contact between the two families. Nathaniel Walden?s grandson Tilson Walden moved to Audrain County, Missouri after the 1850 census. After Tilson?s son Thomas married Elizabeth Barnes they moved to Polk County, Missouri. When Thomas and Elizabeth?s son William Francis finished school he went back to Audrain County to work for his uncle Baker Barnes on his farm, He also worked for W.A. Park. This is where William met Emma Luella Atkins. Because of some family problems that Emma was having with her uncle, William took Emma to Polk County to live with his parents. Emma Atkins was the daughter of William Pinckney Atkins and Laurena Shew. William was born in Grayson County, Virginia. William moved to Clinton Vermillion County, Indiana where he met and married Laurena Shew. They had seven children and after the last child was born Laurena died leaving William with seven young children to raise. He remarried and because the new wife did not want a ready made family; he sent his daughters and the younger children to live with his sister Mattie Park. This is where the Walden and Atkins families unite.


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