While reading microfiche yesterday, I ran across the following in History of Pittsylvania Co. VA, p. 89-90. Some Exerpts:
Elisha Walden b. 1761 Bedford Co. VA, Lived on Smith River at a place called "Round-a-bout" 2 miles west of Martinsville. 1748 appointed constable of W. Lunenburg from Smith River to Wart Mountains. md. Miss Blevin, dau. of Will Blevin a noted hunter. "Longhunter" would bring in 16 or 1700 pounds, money, a tremendous sum for those days, being gone from March or April to October, hunting in groups of about threel
John Redd was a neighbor & knew Walden well, and said of him "In 1774 he had been a longhunter for many years--hunted the Powell's Valley and from Walden the mountains took it's name, of Walden's Ridge. He always returns home with his horses heavily laden with skins and furs."
It is probable that Walden & his friends had served in the recent Indian campaign, etc.....
"Walden himself moved out to this new country & made his home for a while on the Holston River, 18 miles from Knoxville, TN But having grown to love solitude, when the settlements around him grew numerous, he traveled on further into the west & settled in Missouri."...
P. 103, "March 25, 1785 the old pioneer and hunter Capt. Elisha Walden of Holston River (account book) TN, made a call at Colland's store." He purchased "a fine apron", "a fine handkerchief", and some black silk, probably gifts for women folk in the wilderness.
p. 140, "The history of the Walden family is traced from John Walden, son of Lord John Walden of Ravensworth Castle, England, who settled in Leyton, Essex Co., VA in 1715, moved later to his home "Walden Towers" in Caroline, site of which is about 9 miles from Bowling Green. A legal firm of Baltimore was employed by the descendants of Lord Walden in VA to recover their share of the English estate, but property had been taken over by the Crown, and the castle converted into a museum. ("Early Campbell's County")
Richard Walden's home was in the northern part of the county, near Staunton River, and he bequeathed the Manor Plantation to his son Charles, who md. Elizabeth Wall, dau. of Col. Charles F. Wall, by whom he had issue": Martha md. Joel L. Adams; Mary md. Vincent Snow; Polly md. Thomas Goggin, Tabitha md. John Ward of Edge Hill, and Richard H. Walden. In the Halifax wills there is the will of a Samuel Walden, dated 1779, naming sons Richard, Owen, William, Lewis & ELIJAH."