The YDNA test results of a patrilineal descendant of William Donaldson Walker (1847-1929) match the YDNA test results of Group 33 of the Walker DNA testing project. Group 33 is believed to correspond to descendants of John Walker I=Jane McKnight of Wigton Scotland. Other matches include a descendant of Samuel Walker (? - c1798) "The Orphan" who settled on Moon Creek in Caswell County NC, who is thought to be the brother of John Walker III (1705-c1776) of the Wigton Walker line. Another match is to a patrilineal descendant of William Walker (?-?), grandson of John III.
William Donaldson Walkers parents are as yet unknown. Assuming that his father is in fact a descendant of John Walker I of Wigton, there are four candidate ancestral lines through which he might descend:
- Alexander I, son of John I, whose sons came to America c1726, with their uncle John:
- "Sawney" Alexander Walker
- "Gunstocker" John Walker
- John Walker II who came to America c1726
None of thse candidate lines can be completely ruled out. However, John Walker III is an unlikely ancestor: He had only a single surviving son who left descendants, John Walker IV. John IV is believed to have moved to Blount County TN. It is coneivable that one of his sons or grandsons moved to Kentucky, where William Donaldson Walker was born, but this seems to be out of the usual immigration path that would be expected in this particular line.
The line of Samuel Walker, brother of John III, is also unlikely, largely for the same reasons as for John III.
|DOB:||Jan. 19, 1847||Death Certificate|
|POB:||Greenup County, Ky.||Death Certificate|
|DOD:||June 4, 1929||Death Certificate|
|POD:||in Hunt County, TX||Death Certificate|
|Spouse:||Jo Anna Carroll (1863-1936)|
|Samuel William Vestus Walker||1886||TX|
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