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Francis Samuel "Sam" Walker

Francis Samuel "Sam" Walker

Male 1809 - 1888

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  • Name  Francis Samuel "Sam" Walker  [1, 2, 3
    Nickname  Sam 
    Born  6 May 1809  Knox County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5
    Gender  Male 
    Residence  Abt 1809/1817  Knox County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census  1820  Wayne County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    • See the full enumeration under his father, George Walker; 2 (white) male(s) aged 0-10: Francis (age 10/11), John (age 9/10)
    Census  1830  Washington Township, Wayne County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    • Record for: George Walker:

      1 free white male(s) age 50-60: George Walker (age abt 60) (Not living with Julia Ann (Julian Jean), or anybody. Son Charles was nearby on the census image. This may be in error, as wife Julian, and children Francis, John, and Rebecca don't seem to be anyplace else in the census.)

      Total: 1
    Census  1840  Wayne County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    • Record for: Samuel Walker:

      1 free white male(s) under 5: Leander Walker (age 3/4)
      1 free white male(s) age 5-10: probably Zimri Plumber (age 4/5) or possibly Jehiel Brewer (age 8/9)
      1 free white male(s) age 15-20: Unknown, possibly another of the Plummer children
      1 free white male(s) age 30-40: Francis Samuel Walker (age 30/31)

      2 free white female(s) under 5: Rebecca Walker (age 1/2), Lovinia Church Walker (age 0/1)
      2 free white female(s) age 5-10: Vashti Walker (age 6/7), and Unknown
      1 free white female(s) age 30-40: Catharine (Pearsey) Walker (age 35/36)
      1 free white female(s) age 70-80: probably his mother, Julian Jean (Welsh) Walker, age 69/70

      Total: 10; 2 involved in agriculture
    Census  1850  Milton, Wayne County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    • (F. S. Walker was living with his wife "Catharine," and children: Vashti, Leander, Luvinia, William Charles, Clarinda, and Margaretta Walker. Also in the household was nephew Zimrie Plummer, and Jehiel Brewer:) Line Number: 7, Dwelling Number: 143, Family Number: 150: F. S. Walker, age 41, male, occupation blacksmith, value of real estate $3200, born in Tennessee
    Occupation  Between 1856 and 1888  Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • Between 1856/1888 in Pleasant Grove Township, Des Moines County, Iowa, and also Baltimore Township, Henry County, Iowa, Francis spent his last years working as a farmer.
    Occupation  Abt 1829/1856  Milton, Wayne County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 10, 11
    blacksmith 
    • From the book, History of Wayne County, Indiana (pub. 1884), was a listing of early artisans and merchants of Milton: Wm. Harris, Samuel Walker, and Jacob Y___, were early blacksmiths in Milton. Enoch Maudlin, George Wirick, Wm. B. Unthank, and Richard J. Hubbard, early carpenters. Joel and Mordecai Hiatt and Char4les H. Moore were early saddlers and harness makers. Early tailors--John Conrad, Harbey P. Irvin, Wm. Williams.
    Francis Samuel 'Sam' Walker (1809-1888) - Early Blacksmith in Milton, Indiana
    Francis Samuel "Sam" Walker (1809-1888) - Early Blacksmith in Milton, Indiana
    Sam was listed as one of the early blacksmiths in the History of Wayne County, Indiana.

    Andrew W. Young, History of Wayne County, Indiana: together with sketches of its cities, villages and towns, educational, religious, civil, military, and political history, portraits of prominent persons, and biographies of representative citizens: history of Indiana and the Northwest Territory, embracing accounts of the pre-historic races, aborigines, Winnebago and Black Hawk wars, and a brief review of its civil, political and military history (originally published by Inter-State Publishing Company, 1884; Chicago, Cook County, Illinois), page 322.
    Residence  Abt 1817/1856  Milton, Wayne County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Letters and Cards  2 Mar 1856  [2
    • This letter was from an unknown person to "Dear Friends" - it belonged to Francis S. Walker and later Charles Pearsey Walker. It is in the family archives of Marge Kimble:

      Winona March the 2nd 1856

      Dear friends - I once more take my pen to write to you we are all well at present and still hope this letter may finde you all in good health the Baby has had the jaunders this winter but she is getting well we have had two letters from Teresa and one from Laus but none from any of yours has not Wm. to horses yet I still hope to get some word from someone of you soon as I have wrote three times this winter the mails from the south and east arrive here twice a week and I think that if there is any letters for me it is time I had them but here is the fourth one and if I [dont] get an answer to any of my first ones I will let you know but this has not come in yet what I had intended to write a bout it was the winter and some other important things

      well it was a very pleasant fall season until the very first day it snowed which was the 9th of december if I mistake not, it comenced to rain then turned to snow it stuck fast to the trees and remained there until february at which time it thawed the beginning of winter was pleasant until christmas january was a very cold some days was verry cold verying from zero thirty five below to 30 above two or three days about new years was the coldest it was coldest mornings and evenings the middle of the day was some times warm enough to have some heet not much it has not rained this winter or since winter set in the first snow was not over two inches or any snow at once over seven inches it fell in the knight

      make any good sleding all the time the snow is not over 20 inches at no time and as to blowing the wind has not blown the snow off of the highest hills which is from three 100 feet high we had one stormy knight and the wind blowed pretty hard but I have not seen any snow drift over four feet deep in the open prairie against the fence it is true that the wind blows harder in the open prairie than it does in timber countrys but as to blowing the snow all off of the ground and blowing houses over and blowing wheat out of the ground is all a mistake I think for a wheat country it can't be beat by no means for as the snow stays on the ground all winter I don't see how it can help being a good wheat country

      Those men who have lived here for the last five years says this is the hardest winter that they ever saw and I know that it has been very cold some days but I was out until noon the coldest day we had here two miles from town out in the open prairie and did not freez to to death and walked five miles the same day and had no overcoat on or any drawers the morning before I put on a flanel overshirt which was the first flanel I ever wore but with without any mistake it is cold here sharp freez frosty mornings bright sunshine days cold knights dry weather and ?? ?? as to my hart feel very well satisfyed to stay here until I am convinced there is better come and try it you that doubte it there is ten comeing to whare thare is one going back so this is enough land and yet good timber and water don't depend on my history of the country but judge for your self and from that you can hear from others ask R. J. Helmor (?) or anyone that has bin here thare is a railroad come ing to winona and going to st. peters on the minnesota river a chart is given and will doubt go on in a hurry as others things is there the paper is too sh..?
    Letters and Cards  12 Aug 1856  Warren County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    • August 12, 1856

      Dear brother and sister and family all

      I set me down to inform you we are all well at present and hope that this may find you all enjoying the same blessing. Yours of the twenty fourth of July came to hand yesterday for which I had been looking for sometime. We were glad to hear that you were all well. I have not heard from brother George for sometime. They were all well the last I heard from them. We have a fine prospect for corn crops the best I ever saw. Wheat crops is first rate, Corn will be worth twenty to twent five cts per bushel bacon 8 cts per pound coffee five lbs and a half to the dollar. molasses one dollar and a dime for gallon sugar a bit a pound. We have lots of irish potatoes planted in this section but we do not know how ---- -- [lost] -- -- -- -

      I tryed for a house for you today in Hammondsburg but failed in getting it and will be hard to get a house at this time. You thinking of starting you ought to be here by the first of October It will be a better chance to lay in your winter provisions. There will be lots of work to do and big wages hauling logs and gathering corn. Warren County, Iowa, featuring the area where James Walker lived. as to call for blacksmithing I can not say but I know it is high. It would be a first rate idea to lay in your coffe sugar molasses and salt if you knew you would winter here. You will want to buy your pork and salt it away yourself and salt is one dollar and six bits per bushel. I expect to have some pork to sell but I do not know what it will be worth. Milk cows is worth from twenty to thirty dollars. work cattle from fifty to one hundred dollars, horses from one hundred twentyfive to onehundred and sixtyfive, raw prairie from three to five dollars per acre. farms improved ten to fifteen dollars per acre. now if I was certain you would winter here and be here at a certain time I would know how to proceed but should I rent a house and you fail I would have the rent to pay. There is a rush of imigrants every fall that takes up all the vacant houses and for you the sooner the better. it will be hard to sucede in getting a house late in the fall. I would like very much you would bring me a bushel of dried apples of best quality and I will pay you. Dried apples is worth a bit per pound. peaches worth fifteen cents per bushel. the peach trees were all killed here last winter and everywhere that I can hear from. There has been the least sickness in this country since we have been here of any place ever I lived and this summer we have no house flies. Don't think I have seen a half dozen house flies this summer. I would just say wind up as quick as possible and start. If you were here in time you could cut your own hay and it would be nothing but your own labor. If you cross the river at Burlington take the road to Council Bluffs crossing the Des [Moines] River at Red Rock thence to to Pleasantville some eight or ten miles distance thence to Sandyville some ten or twelve miles thence to Hammondsburg seven miles. We live one mile southeast from the burg. This is all that is necessary now that I belief that I can think of. If you wish to know anything more write and I will do the best I can

      from James and Ann Walker to F. S. and Catherine Walker
    Census  1860  Pleasant Grove Township, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [13
    • (Francis Walker was living with his wife Catherine, and children Leander, "Lavena," William, Charles, Ann, and Margretta Walker. Additionally in the same dwelling with the next family number was daughter Vashti Brewer, and granddaughter "Catharnia" Brewer. The families were enumerated on two census images:) Line Number: 36, Dwelling Number: 1133, Family Number: 1072: Francis Walker, age 51, male, occupation farmer, value of personal estate $500, born in Tennessee
    Census  1860  Pleasant Grove Township, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [14
    • (The second image of Francis Walker's family in the 1860 census liste his son, Charles, and daughters, Ann and Margretta Walker.)
    Letters and Cards  8 Oct 1861  [15
    • October the 8th (18)61

      Dear Father,

      I embrace the present oportunity of writing you another letter as I have concluded to stay here this winter and learn the blacksmith trade. I have been all over Milton. I believe it looks some better than it used to. The shade trees have been growing some. I will tell you now about some of the folks. I. N. Dicus was the first man that I saw that I knew. He is fat and healthy. He has a shop over the canal and lives there too. I found all well about Urbana. John Wellman had gone to war. Josiah Long was going. Old granny Long is dead. All the rest that lives out there was well I believe. Lucinda Brewer died the day before I got to his house or rather she was buried. She had the typhoid fever. She was sick between 9 and 10 weeks. The boys are both gone to war. They are in the 8th regiment infantry. I was at Noah Brewers. They are all well. The Allens folks are all well at present as far as I know. I have not seen the boys yet nor Harriet. Jacob Walker has gone to war. I did not get to see him. Rachel Griffy's boys are all gone to war and she stays in Richmond. Jim Walker's folks are all well and so are Calloways. I want you to write me a letter as soon as you can. Tell the (?) to not forget to cover my corn pen (?) a little more if they have not. If you can get a fair price for my corn any time sell it and keep use the money if you need it awfuly. I don't want it sold for less than 10 cents. Wheat was worth 80 cts and 85 cts in Wabash. Corn ?0 cts per bu. I believe I have no more to write about now but answer my letter. This is the third one I have sent you.

      Leander Walker

      P.S. Aunt Susan Walker wants you to be sure and write to her. Zimris have a little girl a month old. No more at present. As ever, Leander Walker
    Letters and Cards  6 Sep 1862  Davenport, Scott County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [16
    • (This letter was written in 1862 by Charles Pearsey Walker to his father; he later deserted - probably while still in Davenport, and reenlisted in November under the name Charles Pearsey.)

      Davenport [Iowa], September 6, 1862

      I take my pen in hand to write you a few lines I am well at present hoping that this may find you the same I have written one letter to day but thinking that it would not go I concluded to writ you a letter for I don't do any thing else but w(a)it I have just come from Rock Island I went over in a skiff to see the cars(?) it began to rain when I was over there and I had a jolly time comeing back in the rain It has been raining ever since night before last stoping a little once in awhile one Captain has just to Burlington. I don't think we will leave here for several months yet if you have any money to spare and can send us some dollars we will come home and stay a few days but if you cannot spare it well dont send it I want you to writ and tell me how you are getting along generally no more at present

      but remain your most effectionat son
      Charles P Walker
    Census  1870  Baltimore Township, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [17
    • (Francis S. was living with his wife, "Catharine," daughter Margaretta, and grandson Charles F. Walker:) Line Number: 31, Dwelling Number: 211, Family Number: 209: Francis S. Walker, age 62, male, white, occupation farmer, value of real estate $2600, value of personal estate $100, born in Tennessee, male over 21 years of age
    Biography  1879  [18
    A History Of Henry County, Iowa 
    • Walker, F. S., farmer, section 17; Post Office Lowell
    Census  1880  Baltimore Township, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [19
    • (Married to Catherine, living with her, daughter "Luvinia," grandchildren Mary Walker (Brewer, listed as Walker, though she probably was actually Mary Wallace at the time) and Charles (F.) Walker, J. P. "Walas," the apparent grandson of Mary "Brewer" listed as a grandson, and daughter Vashti Brewer:) Line Number 7, Dwelling Number 176, Family Number 177: F. S. Walker, white, male, age 71, head of household, married, occupation blacksmith/farmer, born in Tennessee, father born in Pennsylvania, mother born in Pennsylvania
    Autograph Book Entry  Abt 1883  [20
    • (Entries to Samuel Nathaniel Walker's autograph book:)

      "Dear grand son N. S. (sic) Walker
      may you try [to] imitate the good proph-
      et in your life while you have
      the name Samuel. another good
      man says folow peas (peace) with
      all men without which no
      man shall see the Lord
      take heed to sutch??? lead??? .....
      is my advise. Francis S. Walker"
    Entries to the Autograph Book of Samuel Nathaniel Walker
    Entries to the Autograph Book of Samuel Nathaniel Walker
    Sam Walker's autograph book was signed by relatives and friends in the late 1800s. The book is in the possession of Marge Kimble, who courteously provided these several pages. Entries in the attached document were written by Sam's sister-in-law, Cora Ellen Moyers (March 6, 1898), his aunt, Vashti Annie (Walker/Brewer) Edger (September 18, 1893), and his father, Francis Samuel "Sam" Walker (undated). (Note: This document is in pdf format.)
    Bible 
    • (Text of two pages from the F. S. Walker family Bible:)

      Samuel Francis Walker was born in Knox County, Tennessee, May 4, 1809. )(His headstone says May 6 and "Francis Samuel" although he went by the name Sam)

      Catharine Pearsy Walker was born near the natural bridge Virginia February 3, 1805. (A History of the Pearsey Family lists this as November 3, 1804.)

      Vashti Anne Walker was born January 27, 1833, in Milton, Wayne Co, Indiana.

      Leander Walker was born October 4, 1836, in Milton, Indiana.

      Rebecca Walker was born May 4 1838 in Milton, Indiana.

      Louvinia Church Walker was born December 1, 1839, in Milton, Indiana.

      William Pearsy Walker was born June 6, 1841, in Milton, Indiana.

      Charles Pearsy Walker was born in Milton, Indiana, April 13, 1843.

      Ann Clarinda was born May 15 1846 in Milton, Indiana.

      Margaretta Catharine Walker was born September 26, ----- [1848] in Milton, Indiana.

      (Second Page) - Samuel Walker & Catharine Pearsy were married in Wayne County Indiana September 22, 18 3(1).
    Letters and Cards  1 Dec 1883  Baltimore Township, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [22
    • This letter was written from Francis S. Walker to his son, Charles Pearsey Walker, during the time period that Charles and family were traveling to Texas to live (1883-1884). Sammy ["Samy"], mentioned in the letter, was Francis's grandson, Samuel Nathaniel; the Charles mentioned who hasn't written was Charles F. Walker, Francis Walker's nephew who lived with him:

      As Charles has not sent his letter yet I will drop a line or so. All well this morning. A nice morning. Now 8 o'clock. All over thin white clouds sun shining through them. We are going to work on corn and fod[d]er today. We have feed but very little roughness to our cattle yet think we have plenty to do us through. Samy says there are a good many Walkers in that country. Perhaps some might be kin to us. Might be some of my father's bro[ther] Charles children. He moved in an early day from Knox county Tennessee to west Tennessee and I have never heard anything from him or his family what became of them. Fathers folks lived a short way above Knoxville on either side of the Holsten river. Grandfather came from Ireland. Three children born in Ireland and rest near Carlyle in Sherman Valley, Pennsylvania. Born in Ireland Prudence James and Jane born in America Francis George and Charles. I don't know anything what has become of Uncle Frank's children. I never saw him or any of them. When he was very old he moved from Ohio to Cosiosko [sic: Kosciusko] County, Indiana, and died there. Brother George saw some of his sons or son passing by him homeward bound for or near Madison, Indiana, I give you this genealogy so you can tell our kindred by running the line further. Sister Prudence married a Walker no kin. Her offspring were Walkers indeed. She lived and died near Knoxville Tennessee. Any Walker that can't be traced back to one of the above names are not our kindred. Write often and crowd in all you can.
    A Letter From Francis Samuel 'Sam' Walker to the Family of Charles Pearsey and Ruth Ellen (Fox) Walker
    A Letter From Francis Samuel "Sam" Walker to the Family of Charles Pearsey and Ruth Ellen (Fox) Walker
    This letter, written by F. S. Walker to the family of Charles Pearsey Walker, either as they were moving to Texas from Iowa or probably after they had arrived there from Iowa discusses the farm. He mentioned Charles Francis Walker, his grandson, who had remained in Iowa and probably was a big help on the farm. Sam then addresses his grandson, Samuel Nathaniel Walker in the letter, and gives an account of the Walker family and their history, coming from Ireland to Pennsylvania and then to Knoxville, Tennessee. This is particularly useful as he discusses his grandparents' family, and the information matches and extends the information which family historian, Marge Kimble, received in a letter from The Perry Historians (Perry County, Pennsylvania) in 1987. (The scan of this letter was provided courtesy of Marge Kimble. Note: this document is in .pdf format.)
    Will  4 Dec 1883  Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [23
    • I Francis S. Walker of He[n]ry County State of Iowa do make and publish this my last will and Testament revoking and making void all other wills by me made heretofore first that My Body be decently Intered I further direct that all my just debts and funeral expenses be paid out of moneys proseding from the sale of personal property or any money belonging to my Estate at the time of my becease(?) first I give and bequeath to my grand son Charles F. Walker one horse Creature worth one hundred dollars the value to be agreed upon by himself and by my daughter Luvinia Walker if they cannot agree on the value then each one choose a man and the two men chosen choos or that man and the men deside the value of the horse if not worth one hundred dollars then my daughter L. C. Walker shall pay to Chas P. Walker in money or otherwise the amount nesary to may be horse worth one hundred dollars further I also give and bequeath to my daughter Luvinia C. Walker all my personel perperty and real Estate and further direct that my said daughter L. C. Walker shall have full authority to sell property and collect money and pay all just debts against my Estate

      December the 4th, 1883. Francis S. Walker
      Witnesses - Ira A. Detrick
      John S. Krakal
      Phillip Krakel
    The Will of Francis Samuel 'Sam' Walker
    The Will of Francis Samuel "Sam" Walker
    Sam's will was filed December 4, 1883, in Henry County, Iowa. He died March 27, 1888. Witnesses were Ira A. Detrick, John S. Krakal, and Phillip Krakel.
    Iowa State Census  1885  Baltimore Township, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [24
    • (Francis was widowed, living with his daughter "Luvena" C. Walker, granddaughter Mary C. Brewer, and grandson, Charles F. Walker:) Line number: 17, Dwelling number: 130: Francis S. Walker, 70 Township, Range 5, Section 17; age 75, male, white, widowed, occupation farmer/blacksmith, born in Tennessee, father's nativity: native, mother's nativity: native, entitled to vote
    Residence  1887  Baltimore Township, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [25
    • (From: A History of Henry County, Iowa:) Walker, F. S., farmer, Section 17, P.O. Lowell.
    Died  27 Mar 1888  Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5
    Will Filed  28 Aug 1888  Mount Pleasant, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [26
    • (Francis S. Walker's will was filed August 28, 1888, in Mount Pleasant, Iowa, with the following official notice:)

      State of Iowa, Henry County, -ss. I, C. B. Rukgaber, Clerk of the Circuit Court of said County, do hereby certify that the foregoing instrument purporting to be the last Will and Testament of Francis S. Walker deceased, was duly proven before the Circuit Court of Henry County, aforesaid, at its regular August Term, A.D. 1888, and by said Court this day allowed and admitted to record, and established and declared to be the last Will and Testament of Francis S. Walker deceased, and ordered to be certified and recorded as such last Will and Testament.

      Witness my hand and Seal of said Court, affixed at Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, this 28 day of August, 1888. C. B. Rukgaber.
      ______

      (The estate of Francis Samuel Walker)

      ******

      Inventory

      Estate of Francis Samuel Walker, Deceased.

      COMES NOW, Lovinia C. Walker, Executor of said Estate, and files the following Inventory of the Personal Estate of said decedent:

      General Assets/Value in Dollars and Cents:

      1 Bay mare, 90 Dollars
      1 Brown horse, 85 Dollars
      1 Bay Mare and Colt - 100 Dollars
      1 Sorrel Yearling Colt - 45 Dollars
      2 Cows - 40 Dollars
      Blacksmith tools - 10 Dollars
      household goods and furniture - 100 Dollars

      [total $470]
    The Inventory of Francis Samuel 'Sam' Walker's Will
    The Inventory of Francis Samuel "Sam" Walker's Will
    Lovinia C. Walker was executrix of the will and signed the inventory sheet. (Document furnished courtesy of Marge Kimble.)
    The Certification of the Will of Francis Samuel 'Sam' Walker
    The Certification of the Will of Francis Samuel "Sam" Walker
    Francis S. Walker's will was certified as valid on August 28, 1888, at Mt. Pleasant, Henry County, Iowa. The Clerk of the Circuit Court who signed the document was C. B. Rukgaber.
    Headstone Photograph 
    • Francis Samuel Walker is buried in the Ferrel Cemetery, near New London, Iowa. The epitaph on the stone is: "Died March 27, 1888, Aged 78 Years, 10 Months, 21 Days. All the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come."
    The Headstone of Francis Samuel 'Sam' Walker
    The Headstone of Francis Samuel "Sam" Walker
    Buried  Ferrel Cemetery, New London Township, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Person ID  I224  All Families
    Last Modified  6 Feb 2015 

    Father  George Walker,   b. Abt 1770, near Carlisle, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 1830 and 1840, Wayne County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Julian Jean "Julia Ann" Welsh,   b. Between 1771 and 1772, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 1850 and 1860, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  24 Mar 1791  Centre (First) Presbyterian Church, Tuscarora Valley, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  [27
    Walker Marriages in 19th Century Knox County, Tennessee
    Walker Marriages in 19th Century Knox County, Tennessee
    A list of Walkers who were married in Knox County, Tennesse between 1790-1899 includes some known family members, some who are not connected or related, and some who may be but the connections have not been found. This list was made from records found on the Internet, probably in about 2005.
    Marriages by Reverend John Linn of Centre Presbyterian Church, Shermans Valley, Perry County (Then Cumberland County), Pennsylvania
    Marriages by Reverend John Linn of Centre Presbyterian Church, Shermans Valley, Perry County (Then Cumberland County), Pennsylvania
    Marriages of the united congregations consisting of Centre & Upper (Blain). (Copy of original record at The Perry Historians, Perry County, Pennsylvania.) Contributed by Vi P. Limric. Unless otherwise stated names given are usually part of the Centre Presbyterian Church Congregation. This document is in .pdf format.
    Issue 
    • A number of researchers and online web sites have Sarah (Walker) Campbell as a daughter of George and Julia Ann (Welsh) Walker. This Sarah Walker married Joseph Campbell April 7, 1821, in Wayne County, Indiana. However, Sarah is not George and Julia's daughter. She is the daughter of Samuel Walker, and Agnes "Rebecca" Dryden. They lived in Richmond (Wayne County) Indiana. Sarah was not born in Tennessee, but rather in Ohio or Kentucky. A biography of her son, from Fountain County, Indiana (as republished on Rootsweb), had the following information about him. Other researchers online have her lineage correct, as well.

      Samuel Campbell, farmer and stock raiser, Stone Bluff, son of Joseph and Sarah (Walker) Campbell; the former a native of Kentucky, the latter of Ohio. Joseph Campbell first emigrated to Preble county, Ohio, then to Wayne county, Indiana, then to Vermilion county, Illinois, in 1837; then to Fountain county, Indiana, in 1840; then to Livingston county, Illinois, in 1851, where he died. Joseph is the son of John and Mary Campbell. Samuel Campbell, son of Joseph, is one of a family of four children. He was married in 1851, to Sarah A. Spinning, a native of Fountain county, and daughter of Isaac M. Spinning, an early pioneer. [...]
    Photos
    The Region of Tennessee Where the Walker Family Settled in the Late 1700s
    The Region of Tennessee Where the Walker Family Settled in the Late 1700s
    The Lyon Creek area of Knox County, Tennessee, near the Holston River, is about 10 miles east and somewhat north of (present day) Knoxville, Tennessee. Many members of the family of Charles and Elenor Walker, who immigrated to Pennsylvania from Ireland in about 1767, settled in this area in the 1790s, when it was still part of North Carolina. Their daughter, Prudence, remained there for her entire life, and descendants of hers still inhabit the region. Their sons James and George left Knox County and moved to Wayne County, Indiana, sometime between 1806-1812.

    A letter, posted on this site, from Francis Samuel "Sam" Walker to his grandson, Samuel Nathaniel "Sam" Walker in 1883 documents some of this history.

    It appears the images used by Google Earth for this map were taken in two completely different seasons.
    Family ID  F163  Group Sheet

    Family  Catharine B. Pearsey,   b. 3 Feb 1805, near the Natural Bridge, Rockbridge County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Sep 1882, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence  Between 1831 and 1856  Milton, Wayne County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Married  15 Sep 1831  Wayne County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  [28, 29
    Officiant 
    • The marriage ceremony of Francis S. Walker and Catherine Pearsey was performed by Benjamin Beeson, the Justice of the Peace.
    Bible 
    • Samuel Walker and Catharine Pearsy were married in Wayne County, Indiana, September 22, 183? (the last number is at a tear in the page)
    Bible 
    • Samuel Francis Walker was born in Knox Co. Tennessee May 4, 1809. [His headstone says May 6 and "Francis Samuel" although he went by the name Sam]

      Catharine Pearsy (sic) Walker was born near the natural bridge Virginia February 3, 1805. [A History of the Pearsey Family lists this as November 3, 1804.]

      Vashti Anne Walker was born Jan 27, 1835, in Milton, Wayne Co, Indiana

      Leander Walker was born Oct 4, 1836, in Milton, Indiana

      Rebecca Walker was born May 4 1838 in Milton, Indiana

      Louvinia Church Walker was born December 1, 1839, in Milton, Indiana

      William Pearsy (sic) Walker was born June 6, 1841, in Milton, Indiana

      Charles Pearsy (sic) Walker was born in Milton, Indiana, April 13, 1843

      Ann Clarinda was born May 15 1846 in Milton, Indiana

      Margaretta Catharine Walker was born Sep 26, ----- [1848] in Milton Indiana

      (A digital scan of this image was provided courtesy of Marge (Kimble) Walker.)
    Religion  1844  [32
    • A history of the Milton Christian Church was published in the book, a History of Wayne County, Indiana, in 1884: Milton Christian Church -- This church was organized chiefly through the labors of elder Samuel K. Hoshour, who preached in Milton for some time prior the organization. The church was formed in May, 1844; [Francis] Samuel Walker was chosen Elder, and John Walker and Thomas Virgin, Deacons. The original members were: James and Catharine Walker, Rachel Griffy, Julian J. Walker, Mary Wallace, Mary A. Doran, Julia A. Griffy, Minerva and Sarah Asher, Jane Mills, Nancy Boggs, Agnes Knipe, Sarah Ritter, Catharine Walker, Mrs. Sarah Asher, Matilda Jones, Richard and Sarah Hubbard, Peter Warren, Henry B. Shull, Elizabeth Warren, Ruth Brown, Caroline Allison, Sarah Virgin, Sarah Shull, Margaret and Nancy Warren, Jane Virgin, Ann Cooper, Susan Walker and Lydia Shank. At first services were held in the school-house and later in the Union church. In the latter worship was held until 1883, when a church edifice was erected at a cost of about $2,500. There are over 100 members. The early pastors were: Elders Hoshour, Benj. Franklin, J. L. Parsons, Daniel Van Buskirk, Henry R. Pritchard, J. B. Irvin and others. The present pastor is Reverend J. M. Land. Present church officers: Elders, Dr. Joel Pennington, Dr. B. M. Witmer; Deacons, Thos. Hunt, J. B. Manlove, Charles Harrison.
    Records of the Walker Family in the First Christian Church in Milton, Indiana
    Records of the Walker Family in the First Christian Church in Milton, Indiana
    The Christian Church was formed in Milton, Indiana, in 1846. Francis Samuel "Sam" Walker was chosen as an elder. Other Walker family members who were listed on the first roster are James Walker (who was born about 1764 and died about 1832), James Walker (born in 1794), John B. Walker, and Julian Jean "Julia Ann" (Welsh) Walker.

    Andrew W. Young, History of Wayne County, Indiana: together with sketches of its cities, villages and towns, educational, religious, civil, military, and political history, portraits of prominent persons, and biographies of representative citizens: history of Indiana and the Northwest Territory, embracing accounts of the pre-historic races, aborigines, Winnebago and Black Hawk wars, and a brief review of its civil, political and military history (originally published by Inter-State Publishing Company, 1884; Chicago, Cook County, Illinois), pages 728 and 729.
    Residence  Between 1856 and 1862  Pleasant Grove Township, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • Francis and Catherine Walker moved to Iowa in 1856 and lived east of New London in Pleasant Grove Township, Des Moines County, Iowa, until about 1862 when they moved to Baltimore Township, near Lowell, in Henry County, Iowa.
    Residence  1862  Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [33
    • Per information from Sarah Walker in Gentryville, Missouri, written in a letter to her in-laws, Francis and Catherine (Pearsey) Walker were living in New London, Iowa, in 1862.
    Letters and Cards  25 Oct 1862  Gentryville, Gentry County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  [34
    • (This is a letter from Sarah (Lane) Walker to Francis S. and Catharine Walker in New London, Henry County, Iowa:)

      october the 25th gentryville mo

      dear brother and sister and neice and family all

      I take my pen to answer youre letter wich wee received a bout a week a go wee were very glad to here from you and to here that you were well wee are all well am hoping this may find you all enjoying good helth wee are sory to here that sister prudance hardin was sick wee doo hope she has got well long before now i hope leander has got home safe or that you have herd some good news from him before now and I hope the others that have gone to the war are a dooing well my william nelson has got home from corrinth they were brought back to mo(.) to recruit they were brought to st louis the 14th of september they were taken to pilot nobs mo in a day or too after they arived, to hold a fort at rington william nelson was sent up here to recruit he got home the tenth of this month I can't tell you how glad wee were to see him I can't tell you how I felt to meet him and think of my dear george that went away with him that never is to return it is so hard to have our deare children taken from us on account of this wicked rebelion to stand before the deadly weapons of war and siken and dye in hospittles my heart is full of trouble I hope you may not have to feel what I now feel if you remember the last time that I was to see you william nelson was my babe a year old nineteen years ago I had george with mee he was twenty four if he had lived till september the eighth william nelson has had a hard time and was sik a long time and never expected to see home but he got well because he left corrinth he now ways one hundred and seventy too he has such a mean captain i am sory for him he would put him on duty when he could scersely walk or hold up his head he is a drunkard and a irish roman catholick nelson says he will never go through a nother battle for he has herd too many declare vengeance against him part of thare company are of his own kind and he is very partiel to them nelson will have to go soon and I dont no how I will dare to let him go o how I wish this war was over wesly is at lexing[ton] in this state he has been very sik but was a getting better but I am very uneasy about him poor little fellow he is so young to be away in the servis sick I nearly no that henry was in that battle that was fought lately in Kentucky if he was alive and well [wee?] have only one letter from him since he got back to his regiment he was then in Tenessee but has come to Kentucky my son James rote that he had got a letter from henry and he was at louisvill he was well but this battle has bin fought since and wee have got no letter from him and i am so uneasy a bout him i don't no what to doo i am so feard he is killed or wounded for I think wee would have got a letter from him by this time if he was a live and well the trouble that I have seen since this war commenced is a nough to break ones hart o how I dread to here the news our darling sons that wee love so well is so many of them torn from us by the storm of war and when will end wee do not no o how wee all wish it was over I want you to tell all you can about youre boys when you rite where they are and if they have bin in any battle I for got to tell you that wesly had bin in too skrimishes and one battle they said he fought bravely and sent one seesesh to his long that they new of he has bin at home since I talkd (?) him I herd he had killed a reble he said he would not be surprised if he did not kill several he got his hat cut through but come clere him self they killed and wounded over too hundred rebels and lost six killed and a bout twenty wounded the rebles are being drove out of this state though quantril[l] is in the south part of this state in the mountains the paper say he says he is a going to winter thare he may and he may not thare has bin too battles fought neare corinth since wm nelson left thare one at iuka and one at corrinth and price got badly whiped nelson says the rebles cant take corrinth but price thought he would he would try it thar are a great nomber with him that went from here and in diferent parts of this state some have come home and all spring and sumer some of the seesesh were a threatening us with price i suppose they did not no very well where he was some of them had to leave that come back and some got to stay but they have to keep pretty still only when they get by them selvs I suppose they talk as they please about the free negro and the abolision theivs and the amancipation which seem to trouble them so much I believe that if thare had bin no slaves the south would never have rebeld i wish they were all in some country to them selves and let our government bee a free one thoug I will be satisfyed with eny way that goverment may doo if they doo what is best to shorten this war for I doo want it over so bad wm nelsons regiment has to go back to corrinth a gain and i feel like I can't bare to let him go a gain and he hated to go so bad a gain south he only has a few more days to stay at home the time is precious to mee I doo wish wee could see each other, and talk our troubles over. come and see us if you can for wee would bee so glad to see you once more wee are a making our molases wee are nearly done wee will have a bout eighty galon wee have made them nearly in to wax they are very good I am just a going to commence weeving I have twenty six yards of blankets to weeve they are all wool and i have colered them red and blue and black I am a going plad them and twill them I have a short web of flanel and a bout forty yards of janes to weave fifteen is for a nother woman I doo not work since this war commenced like I use to doo for I dont feel like I can for I read and study so much a bout the war and have so much trouble a bout my children tell william hardin wee thought he would rite to us when I rote to him last spring wee would be glad to get a letter from him for that is all the way wee can converse to gether wee got a letter from james a bout five weeks a go they were all well then wee answered it but have not herd from them since sister nancy jackson and sister ana have both lost a son in this war they both live in iowa anas son died in louis vill hospittle last spring nancy jacksons dyed on a boat on his way from heleana she had too sons thare one started home he had got a discharge he died a bout a hundred miles before st louis in august and was brought to st louis and buried my poore loved george lays in missippii his grave was not marked nelson could not find it he was not with him when he dyed for he had to work on the brist(?) works and he could not get to stay with him he could lern nothing a bout him only the general ward master had his name that he dyed the second of July he was to see him on sunday and george told him he was better and wanted to be mooved to camp nelson tryed to have it done but his captain would not have it done on Tusday he was mooved to another hospittle a bout ten miles and died on wensday and and nelson said he hunted through every ward three times and no one could tell him eny thing a bout him only his death was recorded george gave him his mony when he first took sick to take care of he has twenty six dollars and his bounty a comeing yet if wee can get it but is hard to no how to get it I doo hope youre sons may get safe through I want you to rite often and tell all the perticulars aspecialy a bout the boys that are in the army give our love to william hardin and sister prudence tell how meny there are at home of you we only have three children at home with us not counting nelson give our love to sister Jane when you see her tell where she lives and tell where you live wee herd you were a living in new london wee had the first frost here on the tenth of this month it was quite cold last friday and satterday and some few drops of snow on friday crops are good here this yeare wee have plenty of hogs and would have pork to spare if it would sell for what it is worth but I expect thare will be no sale for it I dread this winter for our wood is to haul so far and george has no help only too little boys not old enough to help him much and wee have a poore house to winter in but I hardly ever take eny thought for our selvs for wee have so much trouble a bout our children and a bout the war o that the good lord may take the [cares/curse?] in his own hands and preserve the rite and over through this wicked rebelion shortly is my prais I think that christians should pray mightly to go & (?) for his blesing on our great and good government and for our armys that have perild thare lives to save our country from ruin and woe o that the armys would all put thare trust in isrels god and call on his name with one voice he saved them in anchant days that put thare trust in him and he is the same god yet that he was then wee are a trying to live christians tell how you are a getting a long in the good cause I hope wee will meet in the better land when thare is no war nor no rebelion no seesesh nor traitors where god will wipe all tears from our eyes and wee will be forever blesst wm nelson sends his love to you all if leander has got home give my love to him and tell him to rite tell vestaji (vashti spelled odd?) to rite some i bleive I told you all wee dont have meeting very often the christian church here are nearly all seesesh and what few and dont go often to here them the methodist church is divided too some sessesh and some union and they dont mix to gether much thare is a church a bout too miles and a half from here that are all union nelson was thare to meeting to day and to night they have a good preacher and have a good meeting a going on several have joind George wishes his love sent to you all he scarsely ever rites eny so you must excuse him he thinks he can rite it all rite soon and often so no more at presant but remains yours untill death

      youre friend and well wishes youre sister and aunt sarah walker

      fare well from george and sarah walker to samuel and catherine and neice my love to you all
    A Letter From Sarah (Lane) Walker to Her Brother-in-Law's Family, that of Francis Samuel 'Sam' and Catherine B. (Pearsey) Walker
    A Letter From Sarah (Lane) Walker to Her Brother-in-Law's Family, that of Francis Samuel "Sam" and Catherine B. (Pearsey) Walker
    Sarah Walker was the wife of George W. Walker, who was a brother of Francis S. Walker. George and Sarah lived in Boone and Clinton counties in Indiana before they migrated to Gentryville, Missouri, in 1854. This letter, written October 25, 1862, was about three months after the death of George and Sarah's son, George Washington Walker, who was killed during the Civil War fighting in a battle July 2, 1862, at Corinth, Mississippi. Sarah is overcome with grief, and very afraid for the safety of her other sons who have also gone to war. (The scan of this letter was provided courtesy of Marge Kimble. Note: this document is in .pdf format.)
    Letters and Cards  1 Mar 1863  [35
    • (A letter from March 1, 1863, sent to Francis Samuel and Catharine (Pearsey) Walker from their nephew, John Wesley Hardin, stationed at Benton Barracks:)

      Dear Uncle and aunt

      I take the present opportunity of pening you a few lines to let you know, that I have not forgoten you yet, I have not got much newes to write to you, but---still I feel it my duty to write some. I am well except a Bad Cold, I have had for a few days. The 4th Regiment of Iowa have came in last night a bout eleven o.clock, I have past a very interesting Day with James Leeas, To day. I received a letter from Leeander a few days a go, which stated he was well. He also says that he is geting to Be a pretty good Black Smith, and is still a learning very fast, I wrote to him I wanted to know how much he was a geting per day. He wrote in his last letter that he did not know how much he was getting yet, he also Stated tath [that] he thought he would Be home the last of June. He wanted me to Be at home also, But I could not say as to that, But I am in hopes that may be the case, things look a little more Honorable(?) than they did some time a go, But still there is a good deal(?) to do yet, there is not many troops in the Barracks as there was some time a go but still there is a few thousand here yet, Well in regard to leaving here I exspect the up there think we will never leave here. But they may get fooled yet for the talk is now that we will leave before long. But I could not say how true it is. But time will tell how it is. But this is a very good place to stay. But the boys want to get out, to see somthing new, well I would like for us to put it through + be don with it there is no use of keeping War on hands so long, it appears to some like the officers wanted make all the money they can out of it. But it may be that I am wrong about this. Well I must quit, write soon I send my best respects to all the family. (?) a big share to you.

      From J. W. Hardin
      To his Uncle Samuel Walker
    A Letter From L 'John' Wesley Hardin to His Uncle and Aunt, Francis Samuel 'Sam' and Catherine B. (Pearsey) Walker
    A Letter From L "John" Wesley Hardin to His Uncle and Aunt, Francis Samuel "Sam" and Catherine B. (Pearsey) Walker
    John Hardin wrote Sam and Catherine Walker from the Benton Barracks in St. Louis, Missouri, on March 1, 1863. The letter mostly contained references to being stationed there and that some of the officers in the army apparently hoped to stretch the war out for as long as possible to earn more money. He also mentioned visiting with a cousin, James W. Leas Apparently this letter was written before his injury or capture by the Confederates. (The scan of this letter was provided courtesy of Marge Kimble. Note: this document is in .pdf format.)
    Headstone Photograph 
    • The Walker Family monument is at the Ferrel Cemetery in New London Township, Henry County, Iowa. Plot: row 6. The epitaph on the stone is: "Father and Mother. Walker"
    The Walker Family Monument at Ferrel Cemetery
    The Walker Family Monument at Ferrel Cemetery
    Children 
    >1. Vashti Annie Walker,   b. 21 Jan 1835, Milton, Wayne County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Jan 1929, near New London, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
    >2. Leander Walker,   b. 15 Oct 1837, Milton, Wayne County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Jan 1900, Greenfield, Hancock County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Rebecca Walker,   b. 2 Jun 1838, Milton, Wayne County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Sep 1848
     4. Lovina Church Walker,   b. 1 Dec 1839, Milton, Wayne County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Mar 1916, near Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
    >5. William Pearsey Walker,   b. 6 Jun 1841, Milton, Wayne County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Apr 1924, Lincoln, Lancaster County, Nebraska Find all individuals with events at this location
    >6. Charles Pearsey Walker,   b. 13 Apr 1843, Milton, Wayne County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Mar 1922, near Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
    >7. Ann Clarinda Walker,   b. 15 May 1846, Milton, Wayne County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Aug 1924, near New London, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
    >8. Margaretta Catharine "Maggie" Walker,   b. 26 Sep 1848, Milton, Wayne County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Jan 1933, Goshen County, Wyoming Find all individuals with events at this location
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    Brothers Charles Pearsey Walker and William Pearsey Walker
    Brothers Charles Pearsey Walker and William Pearsey Walker
    This photograph, taken between 1918-1922, features Charles Pearsey Walker (1843-1922) on the left, and his older brother, William Pearsey Walker (1841-1924) on the right. In his later years, William, who had settled in Hurdland, Missouri, started to spend the winters in the south, but by 1920 he was apparently unable to do so, and he lived with his daughter's family, that of Wallace and Anna May (Walker) DeLong, in Des Moines, Iowa. In his last years, Charles managed the general store in Morning Sun, Iowa, but in 1920 was still listed as a manager of the home farm on the federal census.
    Documents

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    A List of Births of the Family of Francis Samuel 'Sam' and Catherine B. (Pearsey) Walker
    A List of Births of the Family of Francis Samuel "Sam" and Catherine B. (Pearsey) Walker
    Recorded entries were made in the family Bible owned by Francis Samuel "Sam" and Catherine B. (Pearsey) Walker. Those listed were "Samuel Francis," "Catharine" Pearsey, Vashti Annie, Leander, Rebecca, "Louvinia" Church, William "Pearsy," Chas. "Pearsy," Ann Clarinda, and Margaretta Catharine Walker.
    A Letter From an Unknown Person to 'Friends'
    A Letter From an Unknown Person to "Friends"
    Marge Kimble provided the scan of this partial letter, written in Winona, Minnesota, March 2, 1856. It apparently was to the family of Francis Samuel "Sam" Walker, but the greeting of the letter is to "Dear Friends." Four pages long, it is not complete. The letter is encouraging further settlement in Minnesota, despite its apparent reputation at the time of being dangerous during the winter months. No family members of the Walker family are known to have settled in Winona or in Minnesota at this time period. (Note: this document is in .pdf format.)
    A Letter From Charles Pearsey Walker to His Family
    A Letter From Charles Pearsey Walker to His Family
    On December 3, 1862, Charles wrote his family from the mouth of the White River in Arkansas. He mentioned that "Uncle Sam" was getting very much in debt and not paying the army, how much he would like some apples to eat, and that he didn't blame the family for not writing more often, as he knew they were busy (likely a hint). He also sent a photograph of Captain Watters, which he asked his nephew, Charles Francis Walker, to keep until he returned from the war. (The scan of this letter was provided courtesy of Marge Kimble. Note: this document is in .pdf format.)
    A Letter From Charles Pearsey Walker to His Sisters and Niece, Mary Catharine Brewer
    A Letter From Charles Pearsey Walker to His Sisters and Niece, Mary Catharine Brewer
    Charles wrote this letter on May 22, 1863, from Pilot Knob, Missouri, to his sisters and niece. All of his sisters at that time were presumably living at the family farm in Baltimore Township, Henry County, Iowa (Vashti Annie (Walker) Brewer, Lovinia ("Lou") Church, Ann Clarinda, and Margaretta Catharine Walker). He mentions an unknown wedding that will take place, which he cannot attend, also that he sent money home, so he had apparently been paid (another letter dated December 1862 mentioned Uncle Sam was in arrears paying the troops). Apparently he was having some troubles with one of his commanding officers. (The scan of this letter was provided courtesy of Marge Kimble. Note: this document is in .pdf format.)
    A Letter From Charles Pearsey Walker to His Friends During the Siege of Vicksburg
    A Letter From Charles Pearsey Walker to His Friends During the Siege of Vicksburg
    Charles wrote a letter to his "friends," (presumably family since the document was in family hands) from the Siege of Vicksburg, which occurred throughout May and June of 1863. He reported the Union troops had "surrounded the rebels" and were starving them out, food was scarce, dead mules were seen constantly floating down the river, and, judging from the tone of the letter, he was definitely concerned about his own safety. This letter was written in June of 1863, and a later paragraph in it was dated Monday June 15 (which was in 1863). Charles had been in Pilot Knob, Missouri, as recently as May 22, when he wrote another letter home. Parts of this letter are missing. The third page was not scanned and what remains of it that can be read is:

    "[...] how you are [...] and when ? [...] and what Lee is doing [...] present but remain as ever tour son and brother Lo(?) Charles P. Walker.

    Monday 15th - we have moved nearer to the enemy. I got a letter from Wm and Leander today they was well then. I am going to write to them as soon as possible no more at present. Charles P Walker"

    On the back of this letter someone wrote: "Written by C. P. Walker at the siege of Vicksburg, Miss. 1864. Company D 31st Ia. Inf." However, the siege was in 1863 and he was in the 34th Regiment. (The scan of this letter was provided courtesy of Marge Kimble. Note: This document is provided in pdf format, except for the third page text above.)
    A Letter From Charles Pearsey Walker to His Sisters
    A Letter From Charles Pearsey Walker to His Sisters
    The final letter from the Civil War that remains in the family archives from Charles Pearsey Walker was written to his sisters September 4, 1863. He was near Carrollton in Orleans Parish, Louisiana. The family had sent him some wedding cake, but it had not fared well sitting at the post office. A family horse, apparently, had contracted tuberculosis. He encouraged his niece, Mary Catharine Brewer, to learn to write, and promised her a pony upon his return. Ulysses S. Grant was going to be there to review the troops, which had apparently become a commonplace occurrence. (The scan of this letter was provided courtesy of Marge Kimble. Note: this document is in .pdf format.)
    A Letter From Francis Samuel 'Sam' Walker to the Family of Charles Pearsey and Ruth Ellen (Fox) Walker
    A Letter From Francis Samuel "Sam" Walker to the Family of Charles Pearsey and Ruth Ellen (Fox) Walker
    This letter, written by F. S. Walker to the family of Charles Pearsey Walker, either as they were moving to Texas from Iowa or probably after they had arrived there from Iowa discusses the farm. He mentioned Charles Francis Walker, his grandson, who had remained in Iowa and probably was a big help on the farm. Sam then addresses his grandson, Samuel Nathaniel Walker in the letter, and gives an account of the Walker family and their history, coming from Ireland to Pennsylvania and then to Knoxville, Tennessee. This is particularly useful as he discusses his grandparents' family, and the information matches and extends the information which family historian, Marge Kimble, received in a letter from The Perry Historians (Perry County, Pennsylvania) in 1987. (The scan of this letter was provided courtesy of Marge Kimble. Note: this document is in .pdf format.)
    A Letter From James Walker (1800-1863) to Francis Samuel 'Sam' Walker and His Family
    A Letter From James Walker (1800-1863) to Francis Samuel "Sam" Walker and His Family
    This letter, dated August 12, 1856, was provided by Marjorie Kimble. It was not in good enough condition for scanning. It was written in Hammondsburg, Iowa, and sent to Francis and his family either in New London, Iowa, or else in Milton, Indiana. They moved to Iowa sometime in about 1856. Apparently they chose to remain in southeast Iowa rather than head to south central Iowa, where James lived. (This document is in .pdf format.)
    Marriage Documentation
    The Marriage Record of Francis Samuel 'Sam' Walker and Catherine B. Pearsey in Their Family Bible
    The Marriage Record of Francis Samuel "Sam" Walker and Catherine B. Pearsey in Their Family Bible
    A record in their family Bible was: "Samuel Walker and Catharine Pearsy were married in Wayne County, Indiana, September 22, 183?" (The last number is at a tear in the page. It was in 1831.)
    Walkers married in Wayne County, Indiana, 1813-1901
    Walkers married in Wayne County, Indiana, 1813-1901
    A list of persons with the Walker surnam married in Wayne County, Indiana, 1813-1901
    Last Modified  6 Feb 2015 
    Family ID  F151  Group Sheet

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    Francis Samuel 'Sam' Walker
    Francis Samuel "Sam" Walker
    Sam Walker, my second great grandfather, was born in Knox County, Tennessee, during the time when his family lived there. His father, George, was a native of Ireland. His mother, Juian Jean or "Julia Ann" was born in Pennsylvania. Francis married Catherine B. Pearsey of Virginia September 15, 1831, in Wayne County, Indiana, likely in the town of Milton. They had eight children: Vashti Annie (Walker/Brewer) Edger, Leander, Rebecca, Lovinia Church, William Pearsey and Charles Pearsey Walker, Ann Clarinda (Walker) Edgar, and Margaretta Catharine "Maggie" (Walker) Vaughn.
    Francis Samuel 'Sam' Walker
    Francis Samuel "Sam" Walker
    My second great grandfather, Francis Samuel Walker, was born in Knox County, Tennessee, in 1809. His parents were George and Julian Jean or Julia Ann (Welsh) Walker. George was born in about 1770 in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania. Julian Jean was also a native to Pennsylvania. They were Presbyterians and Scots-Irish. By 1794 the Walkers had moved from Pennsylvania to Tennessee. In about 1818 Francis and much of his immediate family moved to Wayne County, Indiana. There "Sam," when reaching adulthood, worked as a blacksmith, and married Catherine B. Pearsey, the daughter of Charles Jr. and Elizabeth (Lower) Pearsey. Francis Samuel and Catherine were the parents of eight children, and they apparently helped raise several others.

    Documents
    A Letter From Leander Walker to His Father, Francis Samuel 'Sam' Walker
    A Letter From Leander Walker to His Father, Francis Samuel "Sam" Walker
    In about 1856 Sam and Catherine B. (Pearsey) Walker moved the family from Milton, Indiana, to the vicinity of New London, Iowa, where several of Sam's siblings had settled. Leander, their oldest son who was about 20 years old at the time, apparently found his childhood home more to his liking, and he returned to Indiana probably about the time this letter was written October 8, 1861, he speaks of "his" crops he wanted his father to sell for him, which indicates that he had been in Iowa during the summer growing season. Much of this letter is a report on friends and relatives, with mention made of the Civil War, which had begun early in the year in April. (The scan of this letter was provided courtesy of Marge Kimble. Note: this document is in .pdf format.)
    A Letter From Charles Pearsey Walker to His Father, Francis Samuel 'Sam' Walker
    A Letter From Charles Pearsey Walker to His Father, Francis Samuel "Sam" Walker
    Charles wrote to his father September 6, 1862, while stationed in Davenport, Iowa, waiting for his regiment to leave and go to war. In this letter he requests some spare money, if his father has any, so he might return to see his father and family near New London, Iowa. Charles deserted the army soon thereafter, and reenlisted, because this upset his father, in the Iowa 34th using his mother's maiden name as his surname (i.e. his middle name), as "Charles Pearsey." (The scan of this letter was provided courtesy of Marge Kimble. Note: this document is in .pdf format.)

  • Sources 
    1. [S455] Whitaker, Beverly May (De Long) - Email (Reliability: 4).

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      Wayne County, Indiana; Page 159

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      Washington Township, Wayne County, Indiana; page(s) 63 82

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      Washington Township, Milton, Wayne County, Indiana; page(s) 716-717

    9. [S366] 1850 US Census (Reliability: 2).
      Page Number: 595 298, Washinton Township, Wayne County, Indiana; enumerated on July 29, 1850

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      Page Number: 159, Sheet Number: 953, Pleasant Grove Township, Des Moines County, Iowa; Post Office: New London; enumerated on July 17, 1860

    14. [S451] 1860 US Census (Reliability: 3).
      Page Number: 160, Sheet Number: 953, Pleasant Grove Township, Des Moines County, Iowa; Post Office: New London; enumerated on July 18, 1860

    15. [S449] Walker, Leander - Letter 1861/10/08 to His Father in Iowa, (October 8, 1861) (Reliability: 4).

    16. [S8157] Walker, Charles Pearsey - Letter 1862/09/06 to Francis Samuel "Sam" Walker, (September 6, 1862) (Reliability: 4).

    17. [S267] 1870 US Census (Reliability: 3).
      Page Number: 7, Baltimore Township, Henry County, Iowa; Sheet 134, Post Office: Mt. Pleasant; enumerated on June 24, 1870

    18. [S8194] Iowa Cemetery Records (ancestry.com) (Reliability: 3).

    19. [S628] 1880 US Census (Reliability: 3).
      Baltimore Township, Henry County, Iowa; Page 22, Supervisor's District 1, Enumeration District 98, Sheet 379B; Enumerated on June 14, 1880

    20. [S7941] Walker, Samuel Nathaniel "Sam" - Autograph Book Entries Circa 1883, (circa 1883) (Reliability: 4).

    21. [S8198] Walker, Francis Samuel "Sam" - Family Bible (Reliability: 4).

    22. [S8195] Walker, Francis Samuel "Sam" - Letter to Charles Pearsey Walker, 1883 (Reliability: 4).

    23. [S8196] Walker, Francis Samuel "Sam" - Last Will and Testament, (signed and dated December 4, 1883) (Reliability: 4).

    24. [S929] 1885 Iowa State Census (Reliability: 4).
      Baltimore Township, Henry County, Iowa, page 23; IA1885_199

    25. [S1206] Henry County, Iowa - (1879) The History of Henry County, (Western Historical Company, 1879; Chicago, Cook County, Illinois) (Reliability: 4).

    26. [S8197] Walker, Francis Samuel "Sam" - Will Inventory and Filing, (circa 1883) (Reliability: 4).

    27. [S386] Perry Historians - Letter to Marjorie Kimble, 1987, (June 14, 1987).

    28. [S360] Pearsey Family, A History of the, Patrick Robert Pearsey, (personally published, 2002; Indiana).

    29. [S365] Indiana Marriages through 1850 (Indiana State Library) (Reliability: 4).

    30. [S27] Kimble, Marjorie Naomi "Marge" (Walker) (Reliability: 3).

    31. [S359] Walker Family Bible Record (Reliability: 3).

    32. [S361] Wayne County, Indiana - History (1884), Andrew W. Young, (originally published by Inter-State Publishing Company, 1884; Chicago, Cook County, Illinois), pages 728 and 729 (Reliability: 3).

    33. [S362] Walker, Sarah (Lane) - Letter 1862/10/25 to Francis Samuel "Sam" Walker, (October 25, 1862) (Reliability: 4).

    34. [S362] Walker, Sarah (Lane) - Letter 1862/10/25 to Francis Samuel "Sam" Walker, (October 25, 1862) (Reliability: 3).

    35. [S363] Hardin, John Wesley - Letter to Francis Samuel "Sam" Walker, (March 1, 1863) (Reliability: 4).

    36. [S364] Walker Family Monument - Headstone Photograph, (the monument is at the Ferrel Cemetery in New London Township, Henry County, Iowa; photo provided courtesy of "Mo & Dave Gates" at Find A Grave (web site); Related Memorials #: 65285807 & 47151758) (Reliability: 3).