Name: John Waller 1
Title: Rev. & Dr.
Birth: 23 DEC 1741 in Spotsylvania Co., VA 1
Death: 4 JUL 1802 in Abbeville, Marion Co., SC 2 3
This John Waller owned the ancestor of Alex Haley who portrayed him in the best-selling book Roots as Kunta Kinte, published in 1976. John Waller bought Kunta Kinte from his brother William. In the well-known TV series, the Wallers are called the Reynolds. Kunta Kinte appears in written records in 1768. Haley also writes of Kunta's daughter Kizzy, who is sold to a Tom Lea, probably the Thomas Lea descended from the Wallers and in these notes (see Thomas Lea, born about 1768)
Waller became a somewhat well-know Baptist Preacher, but refused to obtain a state license, and was repeatedly jailed for his lawlessness... acts regarded now and then as anti-Crown and precursory to the separation of state and church from England.
The below notes are from the Web at Michael Marshall's site "1658....Charles County Md Families..." 2007:
John Waller's will is found at pages 298 through 300: South Carolina Archives Microcopy Number 9, Recorded in Will Book No. 1 Page 267; Box 98, Pkg. 2398; Proven 11th Day of December 1801; A. Hamilton, O.A.D.
*The following, combined information has been extracted from "Virginia Baptist Ministers" by James B. Taylor (Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott & Co., 1859; pages 78 - 85) and from pages 404 - 406 of "Greenwood County Sketches: Old Roads and Early Families" by Margaret and Louise Watson, late daughters of a previous owner of the Greenwood Index-Journal newspaper; publisher and publication date of book unknown at this point.
"John Waller (1741-1802), was a Baptist preacher who, in 1793, moved from Spotsylvania County, Virginia, to today's Greenwood area of SC (then Abbeville District), accompanied by a large contingent of relatives and connections." He was married to Elizabeth Curtis (d. 1803), daughter of Rice Curtis of VA, the father of nine children (each named below), and founder of Bethabara Baptist Church in 1794 in Laurens County, just across the Saluda River, and Siloam Baptist Church in 1799, a few miles above Cambridge (i.e., Old Ninety Six). He and his wife are buried in the Waller-Hackett family cemetery which is on the Vines home place on the road from Scotch Cross to Cambridge. A monument to the Rev. John Waller was erected there in 1878. A descendant believed the Waller home was near the family burying ground."
The nine children of John and Elizabeth Curtis Waller, as listed in "Greenwood County Sketches," were: Ann (Nancy) m. Rev. Abraham Marshall, removed from Edgefield to AL; Benjamin m. Joanna Thompson; Thomas Baxter m. Sarah White, dau of William White; Dorothy (or Doratha) was the first wife of Carr McGehee; Frances Jane m. Joseph Wardlaw; Phoebe m1. Abednego Turner, m2.Edward Collier, removed to AL; Mary Magdalene (b. 1774) m. James Watson; Elizabeth m. Washington Chiles.]
Father: Edmund Waller b: 1718 in Spotsylvania County, Virginia
Father: Edmund Waller b: 1718 in Spotsylvania Co., VA
Mother: Mary Pendleton b: 1720 in Spotsylvania Co., VA
Elizabeth Curtis b: ABT 1743
in Spotsylvania Co., VA 3
- Ann Waller b: ABT 1762
- Benjamin Waller b: ABT 1764
- Phoebe Waller b: ABT 1766
- John Nicodemus Waller b: ABT 1768
- Title: Stan Cason at Rootsweb, , 2005
- Title: "Key and Allied Families," Book V, pp-333-334, no date or place, Waller and Key Lineage, Web, 2005
- Title: Rootsweb WorldConnect site, 1658... Charles County Md Families... by Michael Marshall, 2007