David's Reformed Church Congregation

David's Reformed Church Congregation
Congregation of David's Reformed Church, Montgomery Co, Ohio, Circa, 1900

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Black Sheep Sunday - Daniel Walker


If anyone counts as a "Black Sheep" it's my husband's 5th great grandfather, Daniel Walker.

Daniel was born in either Virginia or Kentucky; the actual date of his birth is unknown. At some point, he was married to Elizabeth (Betsy) Cox the daughter of John and Susannah Cox of Floyd County, Kentucky. Daniel and Elizabeth had 3 children, John, the oldest, William, born in 1803 and Elizabeth. When John and Susannah become aged, they asked Daniel and Elizabeth to take care of them and in turn, when they died, Daniel and Elizabeth would be the heirs to their estate.

However, it seems that John and Susannah were living a bit too long and Daniel became impatient. He plotted with John Young, the husband of one of Elizabeth's nieces, to kill John and Susannah and therefore, speed the process of the inheritance along. In early 1823, Daniel lured John and Susannah into a field, telling them that he was going to cut down a tree. They sat down on a log and Susannah leaned forward, possibly to light her pipe and shield it from the wind. At just that moment, shots rang out and John was hit. Because she had leaned forward, Susannah escaped death. John lived for 15 hours before succumbing to his injuries. Daniel, Elizabeth, their son, John, and John Young were all arrested for the murder, however John Young turned states evidence and was acquitted for his role in the event. Elizabeth and John were found innocent, but Daniel was found guilty. On May 28, 1823, he was hanged for murder.

Daniel and Elizabeth's son, William, had married Jane Holt, daughter of Nathan Holt and Martha Denney on 9 January, 1823, the same day his sister, Elizabeth, had married Jane's brother, William Holt. Both couples moved to Adams County, Ohio and eventually settled in Scioto County, Ohio. William died of smallpox in Jefferson County, KY on 8 January, 1862 during his service in the Civil War.
Pictured is the will of John Cox

4 comments:

  1. Wow! Is this what I've been missing? (I rarely read Black Sheep Sunday.) Very interesting story!

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  2. Their estate must of been worth a lot! Very interesting story. Did you find any old newspaper articles on the crime/hanging?

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  3. I have certainly tried to find some articles about this story. I haven't been successful so far, but I won't give up! :)

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  4. The History of Lawrence County KY has this story. Their estate was very small. John and Susannah Cox are my 6th Greatgrandparents.

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