This area of Lunenburg County was carved into Halifax (1752-1767), Pittsylvania (1767-1777), and then Montgomery County after 1777.
In 1777, after the thirteen colonies declared independence from England, John swore an oath of allegiance to the Commonwealth of Virginia in Montgomery County. His brothers Thomas and Joseph are listed on the same document.
John Walling was a patriot soldier who served in the Montgomery County militia during the American Revolution under Captain John Cox (attached to Col. Joseph Martin's regiment) and later under Captain John Bryson (attached to Col. William Campbell's regiment). His units were engaged in a campaign against the Cherokee nation along the Clinch River, and other activities along the frontier. It appears that his first service (in Cox's militia unit) occurred in 1777, and the second (in Campbell's unit) occurred in 1782.
On November 11, 1782, a survey was made for John (appearing as John Walton) for 200 acres on Nob Fork of Elk Creek, branch of New River, Montgomery County, Virginia. His brother, James, had a survey made on Fox Creek Branch, New River, on March 26, 1783, and his brother Joseph had a survey on the east side of New River, May 10, 1784.
His second wife was Elizabeth Roberts. They married on February 18, 1786. His family was again attacked in 1789 by a group of Indians led by a man named Robert or Bob Benge. Joe E. Wallen recounts the following background relating to the blood feud between Benge and the Wallens:
There were never any mass Indian attacks on the Clinch settlers. Instead the Indians would wait in ambush and take a settler on his way to his fields, then kill his wife and children. There was a lot of retaliation back and forth. There came to exist a group known as the Chickamauguas who some wrongly classify as Cherokee; they were not. Chickamagua is the name the whites came to call this group of exiled Cherokees, runaway slaves, and other assorted footpads and criminals who could not live in civilized society. One of their chief leaders was a half breed named Robert or Bob Benge. His father was Scottish and his mother was Cherokee. Benge as he was known to the whites was responsible for much of the depredation visited on the settlers.
Robert Addington provides the following account of the attack by Benge and his band on John Wallen's household in 1789:
Sometime in the year 1789, John Wallen built a small cabin at the mouth of Stock Creek where Clinchport is situated now. He located his cabin on the Kentucky Path and, no doubt, helped to entertain some of the hundreds of settlers who were at that time emigrating to Kentucky over the Wilderness Road. Wallen was not left long in the peaceable enjoyment of his new home in the wilderness. Benge and his forest bloodhounds soon found his cabin. One morning just at daybreak, his wife, on opening the door, was shot by an Indian and slightly wounded. Quickly closing the door, she barred it to prevent its being forced. Wallen, who was yet in bed, then hastily arose and snatching the gun from the rack, shot and killed the Indians nearest the door. The other Indians then rushed upon the house, trying to effect an entrance, nor did they retreat until Wallen had killed three of them. After driving the Indians away, Wallen and his wife went to Carter' Fort, eight miles distant. (Thomas Carter's letter, Draper Manuscripts). 
John moved from Montgomery County to the area along the Clinch River near Flat Lick in the far southwestern corner of Virginia and lived there for many years. He appears in Scott County, Virginia, in 1820. Not long after that, he lived briefly in Casey County, Kentucky, and then arrived in McMinn County, Tennessee in about 1822. He appears in McMinn County, Tennessee, in 1830, and was living in McMinn County, Tennessee when he submitted his Revolutionary War pension application in 1832.
John made his will in McMinn County, Tennessee, on April 15, 1836, and died shortly after that. His will was probated in McMinn County on May 2, 1836. He left his entire estate to his wife Elizabeth.
In affidavits submitted with his pension application in 1832-33, John avers that he was 21 when he first served in the militia during the Revolution; but he also avers that he turned 83 on July 27, 1833, based on information from his father. Both claims can't be true, as his first Revolutionary War militia service was in 1777, and he would have turned 21 in about 1771 if he were born in 1750. His birth date in this profile assumes his claim that he turned 83 in 1833 is true; if so, he was actually about 27 when he served in the militia in 1777.
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