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#26 Ephraim Walters Sr {52 Ancesters}

My husband’s 5 times great grandfather was named Ephraim Walters Sr. and he was born in 1744 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania to John Casper Walters (1715 – 1756) and Hannah Barbara Baer (1714 – 1756).  Ephraim’s story is a particularly interesting one!

On July 8, 1756, when he was about 12 years old, his family’s home was raided by a group of Native Americans.  The story states that Ephraim’s father, Casper, was killed right away and that his mother was tortured, but survived.  Three of his younger siblings are said to have been killed at the same time.  The four oldest children, including Ephraim, his brother John, Mary and Rebecca the children were taken in by Native American families and traveled through Ohio and Western Pennsylvania areas.   Ephraim was eventually adopted by a Shawnee chief named Yougashaw.  Over time Ephraim and his siblings were rescued from the Native American families they were with.  John, however after serving in the Sandusky Expedition in 1782 was displeased “with the ways of the whites” and family legend has it that he returned to the Native Americans and married a Native American woman.

During his time with the Shawnees, Ephraim became a skilled hunter and warrior.  He also fought with the Native Americans who sided with the French.

Ephraim was ‘liberated’ by Col. Henry Bouquet in November 1764, as reported by the Pennsylvania Gazette of January 17, 1765.

In 1770, Ephraim married Mary DeBolt, who interestingly enough was the granddaughter of a full blooded Shawnee woman.

Ephraim claimed 7,00 acres of land by “tomahawk title” meaning that he claimed the land he purchased by carving his initials into some of the trees he felled.  This land was in what is now Fayette County, PA.

Ephraim and Mary had the following children:

George Washington Walters (1770 – 1844)
Andrew J Walters (1771 – 1831)
Elizabeth Walters (1772 – 1838)
John E Walters (1774 – 1864)
Ephraim Walters (1776 – 1865)  my husband’s 4 times great grandfather
Jacob Walters (1780 – 1870)
Henry Walters (1782 – ?)
Mary Polly Walters (1783 – 1859)
Henry Walters (1785 – 1836)
Aaron John Walters (1788 – 1866)
Charity Walters (1790 – 1851)

On May 15, 1774, he was elected to help chase Tories and Native Americans away from the Fayette and Greene Co, areas of Pennsylvania.  He served in Captain Bazil Bowell’s 1793 Fayette Co. Militian where he acted as an “Indian Scout.”  Since Ephraim Walters had spent so much of his youth with Native Americans he knew their fighting styles and taught this to the whites he was now working with.  I do find this interesting, as I have read accounts of how his wife Mary was a frontier nurse and assisted both whites and Native Americans.  I wonder how they came to terms with these kinds of differences in their household.

Ephraim applied for pension as a Revolutionary War Vet when he was in his 90’s so he was not approved as all those who had served with him had already passed away.  He is listed in the Revolutionary War Rejected Pensions as follows: “Suspended for a more perfect account of his services.”

Ephraim died on December 8, 1835 at the age of 91 in Fayette Co., PA.

The following is from

DEBOLTS IN AMERICA:
THE DEBOLTS OF FAYETTE
AND GREENE COUNTIES, PENNSYLVANIA
by
C. Gerald DeBolt

“In 1770 [Ephraim Walters] 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.”

A scrapbook page about Ephraim Walters Sr.
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#19 Ephraim Walters Jr. {52 Ancestors}

Ephraim Walters Jr. was my husband’s 4 times great grandfather on his mother’s side.  He was born on May 27, 1776 in Fayette Co, PA and died in the same city on 17 April 1865.  I wonder what he was really like in real life, because judging by his photo he looks like the grumpiest man alive!

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Ephraim was the son of Ephraim Walters Sr. (1744-1835), he had a super interesting life- and his wife Mary Debolt (1747-1842).  Ephraim Jr was the 4th of 10 children.

According to the book Centennial Portrait and Biographical Record of the City of Dayton and of Montgomery County, Ohio Pub: A. W. Bowen & Co. 1897:

“Ephraim Walters, also a native of Fayette county, was born in 1776, was reared a farmer, and, while still a young man, also engaged in trading, and as early as 1800 floated flour to New Orleans, La., on a keel-boat.  In 1803 he married Miss Elizabeth Ache, daughter of a Dunkard preacher, and thenceforward confined himself to agricultural pursuits, and died at the ripe old age of ninety-one years.”

In 1803, (when he was 27) he married Elizabeth Ache (1778-1848) who was 25 at the time.  The two had 7 children:
Hannah (1820-1904)-married David Hibbs (she is my husband’s maternal 3 times great grandmother)
Jefferson (1810-1898)
Ephraim III (1813-1903)
Charity (1805-1875)
as well as Michael, John, and Elizabeth (the last three died as infants)

I wish I knew more about who this man was.  I have found him on the 1850 census in Fayette Co. (working as a farmer) as well as on the 1860 census in the same place (retired and living with his son Ephraim)

Sometime between 1848 when his wife Elizabeth died and the 1850 census he remarried a woman named Harriet Tarr Hesth (who was about 23 years younger than him).

Ephraim died on April 17, 1865 in Fayette Co, PA.

I wish I knew more about who this man was, was her really as grumpy as his photo might indicate?  I found this second photo of him online and he looks just as irritated!
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And Finally here is a scrapbook page about him, I still need to do his write up page, but I have the photo one done at least!

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