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Catharine B. Pearsey

Catharine B. Pearsey

Female 1805 - 1882

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  • Name  Catharine B. Pearsey  [1, 2
    Alt. Birth  3 Nov 1802  [3
    • According to her gravestone, her birth date would be November 3, 1802, not February 3, 1805
    Born  3 Feb 1805  near the Natural Bridge, Rockbridge County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5
    Gender  Female 
    Alt. Spelling/AKA 
    • Her given name was spelled "Catharine" on her gravestone, though it is frequently seen spelled "Catherine."
    Census  1840  Wayne County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    • See the full enumeration under her husband (Francis) Samuel Walker; 1 free white female(s) age 30-40: Catharine (Pearsey) Walker (age 35/36)
    Census  1850  Milton, Wayne County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    • Catharine Walker, age 44, female, born in Virginia
    Residence  1856  Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Census  1860  Pleasant Grove Township, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    • Catherine Walker, age 55, female, born in Virginia
    Census  1870  Baltimore Township, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    • Catharine Walker, age 65, female, white, occupation keeping house, born in Virginia
    Census  1880  Baltimore Township, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    • Catherine Walker, white, female, age 75, wife, married, occupation keeping house, born in Virginia, father born in Virginia, mother born in Virginia
    Died  7 Sep 1882  Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 8
    Biography  2002  [12
    A History of the Pearsey Family 
    • CATHERINE PEARSEY WALKER

      Catherine B. Pearsey was born November 3, 1804, near Natural Bridge, in Rockbridge County, Virginia, to Charles and Elizabeth (Lower) Pearsey. She married on September 15, 1831, in Wayne County, Indiana, to Francis Samuel Walker, born May 6, 1809, in Tennessee. Catherine and Francis lived in the town of Milton, in Washington township of Wayne County, which was founded in 1824.

      Probably from the time of their marriage until his death on May 19, 1850, Charles Pearsey lived with daughter Catherine Walker at Milton, where she and her husband owned several town lots. Francis also had purchased in 1845 97.5 acres that comprised the majority of what later became the western half of Milton, which was worth $3,200. He worked as a blacksmith. Neither could read or write.

      In 1856, the family moved to New London township of Henry County, Iowa. They lived in Baltimore township of Henry County between 1870-80, owning $2,600 worth of land. Both could read and write in 1870. Francis farmed at that time. Catherine died on September 7, 1882, and Francis on March 27, 1888. Both are buried in the Ferrel Cemetery.
    Headstone Photograph 
    • Catharine B. (Pearsey) Walker's grave is located at the Ferrel Cemetery in New London Township, Henry County, Iowa. Plot: row 6. The epitaph on the stone is: "Catharine, Wife of F. S. Walker, Died September 7, 1882, Aged 79 years, 10 months, 4 days"
    The Headstone of Catharine B. (Pearsey) Walker
    The Headstone of Catharine B. (Pearsey) Walker
    Buried  Ferrel Cemetery, New London Township, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 8
    Person ID  I225  All Families
    Last Modified  6 Feb 2015 

    Father  Charles Pearsey, Jr.,   b. 28 Sep 1771, Orange County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 May 1850, Milton, Wayne County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Elizabeth Lower,   b. 1776, probably in Bern Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1812, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  2 Jan 1798  Orange County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Family ID  F164  Group Sheet

    Family  Francis Samuel "Sam" Walker,   b. 6 May 1809, Knox County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Mar 1888, 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  [13
    Married  15 Sep 1831  Wayne County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 14
    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  [16
    • 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  [2
    • 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  [17
    • 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  [18
    • (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  [19
    • (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
    Photos
    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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    Catherine B. (Pearsey) Walker
    Catherine B. (Pearsey) Walker
    Catherine B. Pearsey was born November 3, 1804, in Virginia near the Natural Bridge in Rockbridge County. She died in Henry County, Iowa, September 7, 1882. Her parents were Charles Pearsey and Elizabeth Lower. Catherine's mother died when she was young, about at age 7. On September 15, 1831, Catherine married Francis Samuel "Sam" Walker, a blacksmith in the town of Milton in Wayne County, Indiana. In 1856 the Walkers moved from Indiana to Iowa. They first settled in Pleasant Grove Township, Des Moines County, Iowa, slightly east of the town of New London, and later moved to Baltimore Township in Henry County, south of the town of New London. Catherine and Francis S. Walker had 8 children, all born in Indiana. Both she and her husband are buried at the Ferrel Cemetery near New London.
    Possibly Catherine B. (Pearsey) Walker
    Possibly Catherine B. (Pearsey) Walker
    This photograph possibly could be a somewhat younger version of Catherine B. (Pearsey) Walker, the wife of Francis Samuel "Sam" Walker, judging by its similarity to another photograph which has be identified as she. It appears the clasp or jewelry near the top of her blouse features the photograph of a person on it as I blow it up, but it becomes to blurry at a large size to see who it might have been.
    Catherine B. (Pearsey) Walker
    Catherine B. (Pearsey) Walker
    Catherine Walker and her husband, Francis Samuel "Sam" Walker, were the parents of the following children: Vashti Annie (Walker/Brewer) Edger (1833-1929), Leander Walker (1836-1900), Rebecca Walker (1838-1848), Lovinia Church Walker (1839-1916) (her given name was also often spelled "Lovina"), William Pearsey Walker (1841-1924), Charles Pearsey Walker (1843-1922), Ann Clarinda (Walker) Edgar (1846-1924), and Margaretta Catharine "Maggie" Walker (1848-1933).

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

    2. [S30] Louisa County, Iowa - Louisa County History 1911, Arthur Springer, (The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1911, Chicago, Illinois), pages 549-550 (Reliability: 4).

    3. [S8199] Walker, Catharine B. (Pearsey) - Headstone Photograph, (her grave 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); Memorial #: 47151758) (Reliability: 3).

    4. [S8089] New London Township, Henry County, Iowa - Burials (Brooks, Farlow, and Ferrel Cemeteries), (published by the Iowa Genealogical Society, 1987, publication #0336; Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

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

    6. [S4989] 1840 US Census (Reliability: 4).
      Washington Township, Milton, Wayne County, Indiana; page(s) 716-717

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

    8. [S27] Kimble, Marjorie Naomi "Marge" (Walker).

    9. [S451] 1860 US Census (Reliability: 3).
      Page Number: 159, Sheet Number: 953, Pleasant Grove Township, Des Moines County, Iowa; Post Office: New London; enumerated on July 17, 1860

    10. [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

    11. [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

    12. [S360] Pearsey Family, A History of the, Patrick Robert Pearsey, (personally published, 2002; Indiana) (Reliability: 3).

    13. [S360] Pearsey Family, A History of the, Patrick Robert Pearsey, (personally published, 2002; Indiana) (Reliability: 4).

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

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

    16. [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).

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

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

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

    20. [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).