Children of Rebecca Brooks (1786-1860/1870) and Husband Jacob Walters (1785-1846)

Sarah Walters Humphrey

Photo of Sarah Walters Humphrey/Umphres uploaded by Diana Steele Spencer to Find a Grave memorial page of Sarah Walters Umphres, Pollard cemetery, Davis County, Iowa, created by Dan Stevenson
Photo of James Humphrey/Umphres, uploaded by Diana Steele Spencer to James’s Find a Grave memorial page, Pollard cemetery, Davis County, Iowa, created by Sharon McElroy

a. Sarah Walters was born 29 March 1807, according to her tombstone in Pollard cemetery, Davis County, Iowa.[1] Note that the birthdate predates her parents’ marriage on 11 April 1807; since Jacob Walters and Rebecca Brooks married in Hardin County, Kentucky, it seems likely Sarah was born there. As the previous posting (which I’ve just linked) indicates, Sarah married James Humphrey on 30 March 1826 in Barren County, Kentucky, and James is, in my view, a brother of the Robert Humphrey who married Sarah’s cousin Delphia Brooks, daughter of Jesse and Mary Brooks, in Barren County on 30 March 1831.[2]

Barren County, Kentucky, Marriage File 4, available digitally at FamilySearch
Barren County, Kentucky, Marriage File 4available digitally at FamilySearch
Barren County, Kentucky, Marriage Register Bk. 1, p. 86, available digitally at FamilySearch

The birthplaces of James and Sarah’s children per federal censuses and other documents suggest that the couple moved within a few years after their marriage to Indiana, and by 1849 to Iowa, where James died 5 September 1855 in Davis County, and Sarah died 1 January 1882, both being buried in Pollard cemetery in Davis County.[3] Sarah’s tombstone spells her surname as Umphres.

Margaret Walters Pace

b. Margaret Walters, who was named for her grandmother Margaret Beaumont/Beamon Brooks, was born 21 March 1810 in Barren County, Kentucky. According to Brice T. Leech and Kenneth Beard in their volume of Barren County cemetery records, this date of birth is recorded on Margaret’s tombstone in the old Pace cemetery at Goodnight in Barren County.[4] Margaret’s Find a Grave memorial page gives the same date of birth, but does not have a photo of the tombstone or state explicitly that the date of birth is transcribed from her tombstone.[5]

Barren County, Kentucky, Marriage Register Bk. 1, p. 92, available digitally at FamilySearch

On 4 December 1828 in Barren County, Margaret married Barrett Pace, son of Joseph Pace and Martha Foster. Barrett Pace gave bond for the marriage on 2 December with James Humphrey, husband of Margaret’s sister Sarah, and Rev. Jacob Locke of Mount Tabor Baptist church married Barrett and Margaret on 4 December.[6] He has previously married Margaret’s sister Sarah and husband James Humphrey; on Rev. Jacob Locke, whose surname also appears in various records as Lock, see this previous posting.

Barren County, Kentucky, Administrator Bonds 1859-1867, p. 159

Margaret and husband Barrett Pace continued living in Barren County following their marriage, and Margaret died there on 30 March 1882, according to her tombstone, with Barrett dying in Barren County before 18 August 1862, when his son William H. Pace gave bond in Barren County with Samuel W. Redford and John C. Beard for administration of Barrett Pace’s estate.[7]

Hardin Brooks Walters

c. Hardin Brooks Walters was born in 1813-4, according to federal census records from 1850 to 1880. The 1850 census (McCracken County, Kentucky) gives his age as 36; in 1860 (Mississippi County, Missouri), he’s 47; in 1870 (McCracken County, Kentucky), his age is 57; and the 1880 census (also Mississippi County, Missouri) shows him as aged 67.[8] Lynn North’s “King/Walters Family Tree” at Ancestry, which has a photo of Hardin and wife Mary Rana Lock Walters (see the head of this posting), assigns Hardin a birthdate of 1 May 1813, stating that he was born in Hodgenville in LaRue County, Kentucky. The tree does not cite a source for the date and place of birth. Note that LaRue County was not formed until 1843, and that Hodgenville was in Hardin County in 1813.

Barren County, Kentucky, Marriage Register Bk. 1, p. 123, available digitally at FamilySearch

On 21 January 1835 in Barren County, Kentucky, Hardin B. Walters and Polly R. Lock were married by Rev. Jacob Locke of Mount Tabor Baptist church.[9] Mary Rana Lock was the daughter of David Lock and Susannah Oglethorpe and was a niece of Rev. Jacob Locke. According to Lynn North’s previously cited King-Walters family tree at Ancestry, Hardin Brooks Walters died 14 October 1884 and his wife Mary died 29 October 1876, with both dying at Paducah in McCracken County, Kentucky. The tree does not cite a source for this information.

Grace Ann Walters Pace

d. Grace Ann Walters, who was named for her grandmother Grace Wildman Walters, was born in 1815 in Barren County, Kentucky. According to her Find a Grave memorial page (she may be buried in Rocky Hill cemetery at Rocky Hill in Edmonson County, Kentucky), she was born 11 March 1815.[10] The memorial page has no tombstone photo, and states, “Regarding the location of David Foster Pace and Gracy Ann Walters grave: Unknown.” No source is cited for the date of birth given for Grace here. Federal censuses from 1850 to 1870 indicate that Grace was born 1815-7.[11]

Photo of David Foster Pace uploaded to David’s Find a Grave memorial page, Rocky Hill cemetery, Rocky Hill, Edmonson County, Kentucky, created by Janie Pace
Barren County Marriage Register Bk. 2, p. 126, available digitally at FamilySearch
Jacob Lock’s return of the marriage is in Barren County, Kentucky, Marriage File 6-7, available digitally at FamilySearch

On 14 January 1836, Grace married David Foster Pace, son of Joseph Pace and Martha Foster in Barren County, Kentucky, with Rev. Jacob Locke of Mount Tabor Baptist church officiating at the marriage.[12] Rev. Locke’s return of the marriage to Barren County court and the record of the marriage in Barren County’s marriage register give Grace the middle name Ann.

As noted above, a Find a Grave memorial page for Grace, which appears to indicate that she may be buried in Rocky Hill cemetery at Rocky Hill in Edmonson County, Kentucky (or this source may be indicating that her burial site is not known) gives Grace’s dates of birth and death, stating that she died 11 March 1876 in Warren County, Kentucky.[13] This date of death for Grace also appears in a biography of her son  John E. Pace in William Henry Perrin’s Kentucky: A History of the State. This biography is reproduced at the USGenweb site for Allen County, Kentucky.[14]

John E. Pace’s biography notes that he was a teacher (the biography identifies him as Prof. John E. Pace) at the Gainesville, Kentucky, academy in the 1880s, and was born 5 February 1858 in Hardin County, Kentucky. The biography states that his father was David F. Pace, son of Joseph Pace, who was born 13 November 1812 near Lexington, Kentucky, as his parents moved to Barren County, and was farming in Warren County when the biography was published. This source indicates that John’s mother Grace was the daughter of Jacob Walters, and was born in Barren County in 1815, and died 11 March 1876.[15]

Jacob Warren Walters

“J.W. Walters Dead: The Passing of One of Coffeyville’s Pioneers,” Coffeyville [Kansas] Daily Journal (23 January 1904), p. 1, col. 6

e. Jacob Warren Walters was born 11 January 1819 in Barren County, Kentucky. This date of birth is stated in his obituary in the Coffeyville [Kansas] Daily Journal on 23 January 1904.[16] The obituary states that Jacob had died the preceding day at home in Coffeyville, and had been born 11 January 1819 six miles from Glasgow in Barren County, Kentucky. 

Hardin County, Kentucky, Original Marriage Bonds, Consent Notes, Licenses, and Ministers Returns 1846, available digitally at FamilySearch
Hardin County, Kentucky, Original Marriage Bonds, Consent Notes, Licenses, and Ministers Returns 1846, available digitally at FamilySearch
Hardin County, Kentucky, Marriage Register Bk. B, #1397; available digitally at FamilySearch

On 7 January 1846 in Hardin County, Kentucky, Jacob married Lydia Funk, daughter of Alexander Funk and Sarah Walters.[17] Sarah Walters was a sister of Jacob Warren Walters’s father Jacob Walters; Jacob W. Walters and wife Lydia Funk were first cousins. The minister officiating at Jacob and Lydia’s marriage was James Daugherty, according to the marriage return. Jacob gave bond with Lydia’s father and received license for the marriage on 6 January with Alex Funk giving permission, since Lydia was underage.[18]

“Mrs. Lydia Walters Dead,” Coffeyville [Kansas] Daily Journal (14 July 1906), p. 1, col. 2

According to Jacob’s obituary and an obituary published when his wife Lydia died on 13 July 1907 at Coffeyville, Jacob and Lydia moved from Kentucky to Missouri in 1859 and in 1881, they moved to Labette County, Kansas, settling in Coffeyville in Montgomery County the following year.[19] (It’s actually Jacob’s obituary which states that the couple moved in 1881 to Labette County and the following year to Coffeyville; Lydia’s places the move to Coffeyville in 1881.) Lydia’s obituary states that she was born 30 June 1827 in Elizabethtown in Hardin County, Kentucky. Jacob and Lydia are buried in Elmwood cemetery in Coffeyville, with tombstone markers giving their years of birth and death.[20]

Lynn North’s “King/Walters” family tree at Ancestry cited above has a photo of Jacob and wife Lydia and their children taken in Jacob and Lydia’s elderly years. 

Mary Jane Walters Shaw

f. Mary Jane Walters was born 25 September 1826 in Barren County, Kentucky. This date of birth is stated on a Find a Grave memorial page for Mary Jane, who is buried in the Shaw cemetery in Barren County, Kentucky; I am assuming the date is recorded on her tombstone, but the memorial page does not offer a photo of the tombstone (if a tombstone is extant), and does not state that this date is a transcription of tombstone information.[21] The 1850 federal census corroborates that Mary Jane was born about 1827.[22]

Barren County, Kentucky, Marriage File 10; available digitally at FamilySearch

On 23 November 1846 in Barren County, William Shaw gave bond with Mary Jane’s brother Jacob Warren Walters for William’s marriage to Mary Jane Walters, and on the same day, Mary Jane’s mother Rebecca Brooks Walters wrote a note of permission for the marriage, with her sons Hardin Brooks and Jacob Warren Walters witnessing the note.[23] William Rice Shaw was the son of Baker Ewing Shaw and Elizabeth Jameson, and was born 31 October 1825 in Barren County, dying there at Cave City on 1 March 1902.[24]

Mary Jane’s Find a Grave memorial page states that she died 3 September 1856 in Barren County.[25] Both Mary Jane and her husband William Shaw, who had two wives subsequent to Mary Jane. are buried in Shaw cemetery in Barren County. 


[1] See Find a Grave memorial page of Sarah Walters Umphres, Pollard cemetery, Davis County, Iowa, created by Dan Stevenson, with tombstone photos by Our Family Genealogy and Diana Steele Spencer. 

[2] James Humphrey gave bond with Thomas Feland on 30 March 1826 to marry Sarah Walters, and Rev. Jacob Locke of Mount Tabor Baptist church married the couple the same day — see Barren County, Kentucky, Marriage File 4, available digitally at FamilySearch, with Jacob Locke’s return in the same marriage file, available digitally at FamilySearch; and Barren County, Kentucky, Marriage Register Bk. 1, p. 86, available digitally at FamilySearch.

[3] James’s date of death is stated on his Find a Grave memorial page, Pollard cemetery, Davis County, Iowa, created by Sharon McElroy.

[4] Brice T. Leech and Kenneth Beard, Barren County, Kentucky, Cemetery Records (Glasgow, Kentucky: South Central Kentucky Historical and Genealogical Society, 1992), p. 390. 

[5] See Find a Grave memorial page of Margaret Walters Pace, Pace cemetery #1, Goodnight, Barren County, Kentucky, created by Laura J. Stewart.

[6] See Barren County, Kentucky, Marriage File 4 for the bond, which is available digitally at FamilySearch; for the record of the marriage by Rev. Lock, see Barren County, Kentucky, Marriage Register Bk. 1, p. 92, available digitally at FamilySearch.

[7] See supra, n. 4 and 5; and Barren County, Kentucky, Administrator Bonds 1859-1867, p. 159.

[8] 1850 federal census, McCracken County, Kentucky, district 2, p. 211 (dwelling 451/family 452; 15 September); 1860 federal census, Mississippi County, Missouri, Wolf Island township, Charleston post office, p. 531 (dwelling/family 195; 16 June); 1870 federal census, McCracken County, Kentucky, Paducah, p. 61 (dwelling/family 32; 24 August); and 1880 federal census, Mississippi County, Missouri, Charleston, p. 265D (dwelling 25/family 29, 2 June) (boarding in the household of H.J. Deal as a widower).

[9] See Barren County, Kentucky, Marriage Register Bk. 1, p. 123, available digitally at FamilySearch

[10] See Find a Grave memorial page of Gracy Ann Walters Pace, Rocky Hill cemetery, Rocky Hill, Edmonson County, Kentucky), created by Janie Pace.

[11] 1850 federal census, Barren County, Kentucky, division 1, p. 306A (dwelling/family 5; 18 July), aged 34; 1860 federal census, Hardin County, Kentucky, district 1, Elizabethtown, p. 165 (dwelling 507/family 492; 25 July), aged 45; 1870 federal census, Warren County, Kentucky, Elk Spring district, Smiths Grove post office, p. 121A (dwelling 34/family 38; 16 September), aged 53.

[12] Jacob Locke’s return of the marriage is in Barren County, Kentucky, Marriage File 6-7, available digitally at FamilySearch; see also Barren County Marriage Register Bk. 2, p. 126, available digitally at FamilySearch.

[13] See supra, n. 10.

[14] See the USGenweb page of Allen County biographies, P-R, extracted from William Henry Perrin with J.H. Battle and G.C. Kniffin, Kentucky: A History of the State, Embracing a Concise Account of the Origin and Development of the Virginia Colony; Its Expansion Westward, and the Settlement of the Frontier Beyond the Alleghanies: The Erection of Kentucky as an Independent State, and Its Subsequent Development, vol. 3 (Louisville: F.A. Battey, 1886). I have been unable to find the biography of John E. Pace that appears in this work in editions of Perrin’s book online at Google Books, Hathi Trust, or Archive.org. The WorldCat page for the bookstates that there are nine volumes, all published in the 1880s, each represented as a different edition; and the material in each edition varies.

[15] This biographical information about John E. Pace is also found in Alvin Harold Casey, Robert Brooks Casey, Shelton, Wininger, and Pace Families (Dallas: Brooks Publ. Co., 1988), p. 338, citing Perrin’s book Kentucky: A History of the State.

[16] “J.W. Walters Dead: The Passing of One of Coffeyville’s Pioneers,” Coffeyville [Kansas] Daily Journal (23 January 1904), p. 1, col. 6.

[17] Hardin County, Kentucky, Marriage Register Bk. B, #1397; available digitally at FamilySearch. Jacob W. Walters’s obituary (ibid.) gives the date of marriage as 6 January, but the original marriage license is signed by Rev. James Daugherty, noting that he married the couple on 7 January.

[18] Hardin County, Kentucky, Original Marriage Bonds, Consent Notes, Licenses, and Ministers Returns 1846; bond and licenseavailable digitally at FamilySearch.

[19] See supra, n. 16; and “Mrs. Lydia Walters Dead,” Coffeyville [Kansas] Daily Journal (14 July 1906), p. 1, col. 2. 

[20] See Find a Grave memorial page for Jacob Warren Walters and Lydia Funk Walters, Elmwood cemetery, Coffeyville, Montgomery County, Kansas, created by Will with tombstone photos by Will and FPW.

[21] See Find a Grave memorial page for Mary Jane Walters Shaw, Shaw cemetery, Barren County, Kentucky, created by Laura J. Stewart.

[22] 1850 federal census, Barren County, Kentucky, division 1, p. 315A (dwelling 124/family 131; 24 July). Mary Jane is aged 25, wife of William Shaw.

[23] Barren County, Kentucky, Marriage File 10; available digitally at FamilySearch.

[24] See Find a Grave memorial page for William Rice Shaw, Shaw cemetery, Barren County, Kentucky, created by Pam Schroeder with a tombstone photo by Pam Schroeder.

[25] See supra, n. 21. As with the date of birth, no source is cited for the date of death.

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