An American Family History


The Wallen Family

  also spelled Walling, Walden, Walten  

Pittsylvania County, Virginia was formed in 1767 from Halifax County. In 1777 the western part became Henry County.

Bound children were indentured servants whose master provided training in a craft, board, lodging, and clothes for seven years or until the child came of age.

Elisha Wallen, Sr. was born on July 16, 1708 in Cohansey, Salem County, New Jersey.

His father's will authorized his

wife to binde out my son, Elisha Walling, to a trade as she shall see meet till he hath attained the age of twenty-one after my death and that my said wife shall not be controlled for doeing by any person or persons whatsoever.

He married Mary Blevins.

Elizabeth Wallen (1727, married William Roberts),
Sarah Wallen (1728, married Moses Johnson),
Joseph Wallen (1729),
Thomas Wallen (1731, married Mary Cox)
Elisha Wallen, Jr. (1732, married Catherine Blevins),
Joseph Allen Wallen (1734, married Milly Jones),
Mary Wallen (1740, married John R. Weddle),
Margery Wallen (1738, married Isaac Rice),
James W. Wallen (1746) and
John Wallen (1750, married Elizabeth Roberts).

In 1733, Elisha was on a list of tithables in the Monocosie Hundred in Prince George's County, Maryland.

Before 1740, Elisha went on long hunting expeditions to Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee and Kentucky with Mary's father and brothers.

The Wallens built a blockhouse on Smith River, in what would become Henry County, Virginia with the Blevins family.

In 1745, Elisha patented 400 acres on Cherrystone Creek. Cherystone Creek is now in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

In 1746, Elisha patented land on the Irwin and Smith Rivers that he called Roundabout.

In 1747, he entered 400 acres on the north fork of Buttram Town creek.

In 1748, he was appointed constable of Western Lunenburg County from Smith River to the Wart Mountains (in current Henry and Patrick Counties) and entered 400 acres on the Sandy River.

In June, 1748, Elisha was appointed surveyor of part of a new road from the Staunton River to the Mayo Settlement that went from from Bannister to the Smith River.

In 1767, Elisha was taxed in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

In 1767 Elisha Walden was elected Captain of a Company of Militia for Pittsylvania County. Major John Redd in his "Reminiscences" (see Va. Mag. of Hist. Vol. 7, 249) that Walden lived in Pittsylvania County on Smith's River, and that he had been a long hunter for many years. "Walden always returned home with his horses heavily ladened with skins and furs." (from The History of Pittsylvania County, Virginia by Maud Carter Clement)

In 1774 James and Joseph were in Captain Looney's Company.

In 1786, William son of James, Elisha, John, William son of Thomas and Thomas signed a petition in Sullivan County, Tennessee.

In 1787 Joseph and Elisha Wallen received land grants in Sullivan County, Tennessee.

In 1787, according to the Bent Creek Baptist Church record Elisha Wallen was baptized.


Halifax County, Virginia was established in May, 1752 from Lunenburg County. The counties of Henry, Patrick and Pittsylvania and part of Franklin were formed out of Halifax.

A tithable was a person for whom a head tax was to be paid. The definition varies over time and place, but generally included members of the potentially productive labor force.
A poll tax is a tax levied on every poll. The definition of a poll also varied, but was generally a man of legal age.











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