Location: North Carolina, United States [uncertain]
Surname/tag: Walker, Leatherwood, Hyde, Cherokee
Genealogy Sources related to Betsey Walker
This page is to gather in one place sources related to Elizabeth "Betsy" M. Walker (abt.1732-abt.1756), of North Carolina or Tennessee, who was said to be a full-blooded Cherokee, and her many descendants.
She is easily confused with her daughter, Elizabeth (Walker) Leatherwood (1753-1835).
She is referenced in many places as an ancestor to many people, but primary sources are hard to find. Hopefully this page will help people find sources relevant to Walker-Leatherwood-Hyde genealogy.
Betsey Walker is also known as: Elizabeth Walker, and Betsie or Betsy Walker. She was apparently the ancestor of many people.
The 1906 Guion Miller Applications
When the US government approved compensation payments to Cherokees and their descendants, many people applied for these benefits. The applications are great genealogy source material because they often list ancestors and other family relationships. There appear to have been some 45,000 Eastern Cherokee Applications filed between 1906 and 1909.
So many applicants cited Betsey Walker as their Cherokee ancestor, that the commission wrote a special report analyzing those applications specifically and why they were denied. Denial does not necessarily mean that she was not a Cherokee Indian, but only that she was not on the approved rolls of Cherokee.
The applications are on-line at Family Search. They are only partially indexed. You can look up a person, and find their application number, but then you still have to look through hundreds of pages to find it. If you find it on this page, though, all you have to do is click the application number to be taken straight to the first page of the application.
The overview of the Eastern Cherokee Applications is here. If you scroll down on that page, you will see the links to the on-line images.
The following table should help you find some of the many "Betsy Walker" Applications. For genealogical purposes, the whole should be greater than the sum of the parts. These are the best "primary sources" available for many of these people. Be aware that it is not complete -- there may be many more related claimants not shown here.
You may sort this table by clicking the headers.
The Betsey Walker Cherokee Applications 1906-1909
|Ashe||Rebecca Evelyn (Gibbs) Ashe (1883-1953)||3597||25 Sept 1883||Elizabeth Hyde, Elizabeth Leatherwood||7 generations, son, William Herman Ashe b. June 1904|
|Ashe||Ellen E. (Bumgarren) Ashe||5448|
|Bettis||Maud H. Bettis||34819||15 Jun 1885||Cherokee Co. NC||Sherrill, Edward Leatherwood.|
|Bradley||Mary L. Bradley||34586||15 May 1873||Jackson Co., NC||John Buford Raby, Leatherwood & Betsie Walker|
|Cline||Amanda Cline||4558||19 Mar 1886||Haywood County, NC||Hyatt|
|Cowan||Roxie Belle Cowan||34793||30 Mar 1880||Jackson County, NC||Sherrill, Edward Leatherwood.|
|Craig||Mary J. Craig||34798||24 Nov 1866||Jackson County, NC||Edward Leatherwood|
|Euloe||Willis L Euloe (Eulow)||37040||1839||Haywood County, NC||Samuel Leatherwood (father)|
|Harrell||Nancy V. Harrell||35440|
|Hyde||William P Hyde||500||4 May 1840||Haywood County, NC||Elizabeth/Edward Leatherwood|
|Jackson||Julia E (Thompson) Jackson||30094||1868||North Carolina||Thompson, Battle||Husband: Geo. G. Jackson|
|Leatherwood||William H. Leatherwood||34731|
|Leatherwood||Jasper Newton Leatherwood (1844-1913)||35436|
|Leatherwood||Lucious Baxter Leatherwood||35433|
|Leatherwood||Robert M Leatherwood||35434|
|Leatherwood||Charlie L. Leatherwood||35435|
|Leatherwood||James R. Leatherwood||35437|
|Leatherwood||Louis B. Leatherwood||35438|
|Leatherwood||Edward Leatherwood||35441||6 Aug 1838||Haywood NC||Edward Leatherwood, Eliz. Walker|
|McDaniel||Nancy T. McDaniel||34979||2 Sept 1848||Jackson County, NC||Hyatt, Eliz. Leatherwood|
|Moody||Charles Rector Moody||34980||11-Feb-1878||Haywood County, NC||…and the father of said John Leatherwood was Edward Leatherwood. The wife of Edward Leatherwood was Elizabeth Walker, daughter of Betsy, who was a full blooded Indian & informed that she was on roll of 1835.|
|Moody||Harvey L. Moody||misc. Testimony 1657||17 March 1868||Jackson County, NC||Hyatt, Leatherwood||"…Betsey Walker who was the sister of Richard or Dick Walker who was full blood Cherokees."|
|Moody||Cordelia Moody||32492||c. 1866||Jackson County, NC||Farley, Hall, Hyde, Leatherwood||"Betsy Walker was raised at Dillsboro Jackson County N. C. But at that time it was Buncombe County, N.C. & I suppose she moved to Georgia. Her Daughter Betsey married Edward Leatherwood."|
|Moody||Harvey L. Moody||32491|
|Nations||Laura Nations||2026||3 May 1886||Whithies(?), Swain County, NC||Massey, Gibbs, Battles||"great-grandmother Betsey Walker, Cherokee." "Betsy Walker and Dick Walker and Susan Walker" (lived with tribe).|
|Nations||C. C. Nations||29330||1 Sept 1884||Swain County, NC||Sherrill, Battle, Hyde, Leatherwood|
|Nichols||Samantha Nichols||2515||Sherrill, Battle, Hyde, Leatherwood, Thompson, Black||Attempts to give indian name of Betsy Walker|
|Raby||John Bedford Raby||37041|
|Rochester||Nora Ellen Rochester||13867|
|Seay||Eliza (Burns) Seay||4555||1843||Macon County, NC||Burns, Walker||her children: Emmer Faris, Dollie Jones, John N Seay, Bettie Wright, Maggie Morris, Amanda Hicks, Ben J Seay, Noah (?) Sey, Mattie Abbot, Uriah Hays Seay.|
|Sherill||George C. Sherrill||13860||1859||Qualla Township, Jackson County, NC||Richard Walker & Betsie Walker, Elisha Hyatt.|
|Sherrell||Elisha C. Sherrell||13335||1851||Jackson, Qualla Township||Richard Walker & Betsie Walker, Elisha Hyatt.||Joseph B Sherrill (Guardian)|
|Sherrill||Henry Sherrill (guardian)||10388||Swain County, NC||Walker, Leatherwood, Elbert N. Hyde||Betsy Walker (Gus-dar-sie)|
|Sherrill||William B Sherrill||11379|
|Sherrill||Joseph Burton Sherrill||13882|
|Sherrill||Lycurgus L. Sherrill||34791|
|Smith||William Thomas Smith||35442|
|Smith||Reuben P. Smith||34553|
|Suttlemyre||Lou Ella Suttlemyre||34588||22-Apr-76||Jackson Co., NC||Raby, Sherrill, Leatherwood, Walker.|
|Thompson||James A. Thompson||9572||4-Oct-1828||Swain County, NC||Thompson, Hester Black||He is not descended from Betsy Walker, but he mentions his wife's case who is a descendant. See Transcription.|
|Thompson||Nancy Ann (Battle) Thompson||9570||25-Dec-1826||Swain County, NC||Battle, Benjamin Hyde, Betsy Leatherwood||States that Betsy Walker was "a half Cherokee and Negroes".|
|Thompson||Nancy Ann (Battle) Thompson||22813||25-Dec-1826||Swain County, NC||Battle, Benjamin Hyde, Betsy Leatherwood||Dup of #9570|
|Thompson||James A. Thompson||22812||4-Oct-1828||Swain County, NC||Thompson, Hester, Black||Dup. of #9572|
|Wiggins||Lillie Wiggins||4557||Farley, Ben Hyde. Walkers|
The table above was created with this tool.
So far, we have found 46 applicants which relate to Betsy Walker.
You will see the notation "With #500" on many applications. Application #500 was the examiner's original "Betsy Walker" application, and they refer many others to it. The notation "Betsy Walker case" is also common. Their logic was if an ancestor was deemed to be on the rolls, then everyone descended from that ancestor should be admitted. On the other hand, if an ancestor was not on the rolls, then everyone claiming from that ancestor should be denied.
Many times related applications appear with sequential numbers. Families submitted their applications as a group, or used the same lawyer, who submitted them together, therefore they were assigned sequential application numbers. If you find an application you are interested in, be sure to look forward and backward a few applications to possibly find related applications.