Palestine Walker (June 30, 1833 - March 23, 1893)

S/O Brice Walker & Nancy Bingham:


Pal, as he was known, served the Union Army Co. I, 7th KY Infantry, two years during the Civil War. Family tradition has always said that Pal was the man that started the strain of hounds known as the Walker Hounds. Research into this matter by Mrs. Rebecca Mills McCartney in her book, "Mills Mania" seems to prove that Pal indeed was the father of the Walker Hounds. Mrs. McCartney shows the history of the hounds with documentation from the earliest history of the Walker Hounds says that a pack of hounds of mixed stock, mostly of English origin, were chasing a deer. The lead hound was quite a bit ahead of the rest of the pack. He was a little black and tan hound. Wash Maupin, a livestock trader on a trading trip to Tennessee, and another man heard the hounds running. They proceeded to capture the lead dog. He was called Tennessee Lead for the circumstances involved. The man riding with Wash Maupin that day was Pal Walker who already had a strain of hounds of his own in Knox County, KY. Tennessee Lead was bred into his hounds and the rest is history. Wash Maupin is given most of the credit for the establishment of the breed as he was the owner of the Tennessee Lead hound. The histories of the Walker Hound say that he was bred into imported stock and the breed began. When Pal Walker died he had a Walker Hound laying beside his bed and was know to have had the finest hounds in the area.

There are many other traditional type stories concerning the origin of the Walker Hounds and which branch of the Walker family is responsible for the origin of the breed. Maupin and Walker families still live in Knox County today. Pal also was know to have had some of the finest horse flesh in Knox County. Martin Carnes too was an owner of a fine big yellow horse which he always believed could out run Pal's big black horse. Pal, on the other hand, thought his horse could our run Mart's. After sometime of taunting one another the two finally decided to race the horses. The prize for the winner, the subject which had the most to do with the delay of the race, was to be a piece of land.

When the dust cleared Mart's big yellow horsewon. Pal handed Mart the deed to a piece of land on Roaring Fork. Pal wrote his will on May 25, 1891, it was witnessed by J.W. Park, M.D. and Daniel Bingham, son of Lafayette Bingham, Pal's uncle.


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