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Vashti Annie Walker

Vashti Annie Walker

Female 1835 - 1929

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  • Name  Vashti Annie Walker  [1, 2
    Alt. Birth  21 Jan 1833  [1
    • Researcher Marge Kimble reported her birth date as January 21, 1833, but all census information and the family Bible indicate it was in 1835. The Bible writing is slightly difficult to read, and the "5" on 1835 could easily have been misinterpreted as a "3." 1835 also matches up with an age of 94 at the time of her death, as stated in her obituary.
    Born  21 Jan 1835  Milton, Wayne County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3
    Gender  Female 
    Census  1840  Wayne County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • See the full enumeration under her father (Francis) Samuel Walker; 2 free white female(s) age 5-10: Vashti Walker (age 6/7), and unknown, could be Louisa A. Plummer (age 8/9)
    Census  1850  Milton, Wayne County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    • Vashti Walker, age 15, female, born in Indiana, attended school within 1850
    Census  1860  Pleasant Grove Township, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    • (Vashti was living with her daughter "Catharnia" Brewer in the same dwelling as that of her parents, Francis and Catherine Walker:) Line Number: 4, Dwelling Number: 1133, Family Number: 1073: Vashti Brewer, age 25, female, born in Indiana
    Letters and Cards  22 May 1863  Pilot Knob, Iron County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    • Pilot Knob Missouri, May 22 1863

      Dear sisters

      I received your very kind letter yesterday which gave me general satisfaction I was truely glad to hear that all the folks was wel I am wel at present and sincerely hope that this may find you all well. I sent a letter to Mother a few days ago you did not say whether you got that letter with my money in it or not I got two letters from the roses(?) of Iowa but don't say any thing about it for I don't make a business of telling it. I have not heard from Wm. lately but the last I heard from home he was well. I had quite a quarrell with our orderly seargeant I told him that I thought we would both be citizens some day and if he was not any better man than me he would get whiped or I would one of the two. I told him that I was going to heed my rights and so that the other boys had theirs too I just naturally told him that the next time he detailed me I would not go. I also informed him that he had been partial to some of the boys but he denied it but when I got through with him the Lieutenant said I had done just right wel. Lou I wish you had told me when the weding was coming off a week sooner but as it is I will not get to be there I think I could get a furlough this summer but I don't like the idea of going home and then coming back again so I guess I will stay till my time is out and then I can go home and stay a good while if I choose to do so. Lou I don't want to enjoy myself any better than I do at the present time well Lou I think it must be a natural failing in that neighborhood to shower folks before they are married my self I am truly glad that we didn't get on the good side of the day at anynot? Well Lu I dreamed of evil (a horse?) last night I want you to writ and tell me how he is getting along along take good care of him and feed him all he can eat tell Kate I want her hurry and learn to writ so she can writ me a letter. Wil(?) told me she could read pictures and tell her that she shall have that pony when I get home sure real Sory excuse me for not writing any better for i have a great deal of writing to do these times and have to writ in a hury and have got this very dirty ... .. and I ... and I'd answer well give my love to all no more at present but remain your effectionate brother Charles P Walker to his sisters farewell

      ("Kate," mentioned in the letter, is Mary Catharine Brewer, the daughter of Vashti Brewer. Sister Ann Clarinda Walker was married in October 1863, not the summer. The wedding mentioned that was to take place in the next summer is a mystery.)
    Census  1870  Baltimore Township, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    • (Vashti was living with her daughter, Mary Catharine Brewer, apparently in the same dwelling as her parents' house, that of Francis and Catherine Walker, but as a different family number on the census:) Line Number: 35, Dwelling Number: 212, Family Number: 209: Vashti Brewer, age 34, female, white, occupation house keeper, born in Indiana
    Census  1880  New London Township, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    • (Living in the household of John Edger along with his granddaughter Rovida Edger and two farm laborers, John P. Johnson and Frank Abrahamson:) Vashti Brewer, white, female, age 45, widowed/divorced, occupation housekeeper, born in Indiana, father born in Tennessee, mother born in Virginia
    Census  1880  Baltimore Township, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    • (A second enumeration in 1880 listed Vashti as living with her parents, Francis S. and Catherine Walker, her daughter Mary, and the extended Walker family:) Vashti Brewer, white, female, age 45, daughter, married, widowed/divorced, born in Indiana, father born in Tennessee, mother born in Virginia
    Autograph Book Entry  18 Sep 1883  [11
    • "Sammy dear nephew, Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise. Touch not taste not. Your aunt Vashti A. Edger 9-18-1883."

      This entry was made about the time Sam, his parents, and siblings moved from Iowa to Texas for several years. It was likely meant to be a way to remember his Aunt Vashti Edger.
    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.)
    Iowa State Census  1885  New London Township, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    • Vesthe (sic) Edger, 71 Township, Range 5, Section 8; Address EŻ SW; age 50, female, married, born in Indiana, father's nativity: native, mother's nativity: native
    Iowa State Census  1895  New London, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [13
    • Vashti Edgar, 60, female, married, born in Indiana, keeping house, no religion
    Census  1900  New London Township, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [14
    • Vashti Edger, wife, white, female, born in January 1835, age 65, married, married for 19 years, mother of 2 children, 1 of these children living, born in Indiana, father born in Tennessee, mother born in Virginia, could read, could write, could speak English
    Iowa State Census  1905  New London Township, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [15
    • Vashti Edger, Card Number: 493; Post Office Address: New London: New London Township, Henry County, Iowa; Roll: IA_90
    Census  1910  New London Township, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [16
    • (Vashti was living with her granddaughter and her granddaughter's recent husband, "Lorena" A. and Albert Hartman:) Line number 73: dwelling number: 85, family number: 84: Vashti A. Walker, head of household, female, white, age 78, widowed, birthplace Indiana, father's birthplace Tennessee, mother's birthplace Virginia, could speak English, occupation own income, could read, could write, owned home, free of mortgage, a farm (not a house), number of house in the schedule: 87
    Photographic Record  Between 1910 and 1920  near Newport, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [17
    • A photograph exists of Vashti, dressed all in black, standing by the side of a farm house. It appears to be the "second" house of her brother, Charles Pearsey Walker, where he lived after about 1903 or so with his second wife, Sarah "Sallie" (Houseman/Edgar) Walker. It is not summer, as the tree in the photograph doesn't have leaves. Also there is no snow, so possibly it is spring or autumn. As she is dressed in black, it is conceivable it was after a family funeral, perhaps that of her sister, Lovinia Church Walker, who died in March 1916. (A scan of the photograph was provided courtesy of Marge (Walker) Kimble.)
    Residence  1911  Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Residence  Mar 1916  Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [18
    Census  1920  New London, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [19
    • (Living with her granddaughter and her husband, Lurena and Albert Hartman, she was listed incorrectly as his grandmother:) Mrs. Vashti Edgar, grandmother, female, white, age 84, widowed, could read, could write, born in Indiana, father's birthplace Tennessee, mother's birthplace Virginia, could speak English, occupation none
    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

      Lovinia 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.)
    Photographic Record  1915/1920  near Newport, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [17
    • A photograph exists of aged members of the family consisting of Charles Pearsey Walker with his second wife, Sarah (Houseman/Edgar) Walker, and two sisters, Ann Clarinda (Walker) Edgar, and Vashti Annie (Walker/Brewer) Edger. It was probably taken sometime between 1915/1920. In the background is the "Walker Homestead," the house owned by Charles. By this time his son's family, that of Samuel Nathaniel Walker, was living in the family home, and Charles and Sarah resided in another house on the farm. Vashti was living with her granddaughter's family, that of Mrs. Albert Hartman, and Ann Clarinda Edgar lived on her family farm near New London, Iowa.

      (The scanned copy of this photograph was provided courtesy of Marge (Walker) Kimble)
    Residence  Mar 1922  near New London, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [20
    Iowa State Census  1925  Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [21
    • (Living with the family of her granddaughter and her husband, Albert and Rena Hartman:) Vashti Edger, grandmother-in-law, female, white, age 90, widowed, number of years in the U.S.: 90, number of years in Iowa: 69, attended high school, state highest grade (9-12): 12, could read, could write, place of birth: Indiana, name of father: Francis S. Walker, father's birthplace: Tennessee, name of mother: Caroline (sic) Pearsey, mother's birthplace: Virginia, place of marriage of parents: Indiana, church affiliation: Seventh Day Adventist
    Died  28 Jan 1929  near New London, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [22
    Obituary  30 Jan 1929  Muscatine, Muscatine County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [22
    The Muscatine Journal and News-Tribune 
    • Aged Woman Dies On Day Following Birth Anniversary

      Oakville (IA), January 30 -- Mrs. Vashti Edger, 94 years of age, died at the home of Mrs. Allie Hartman, near New London, Monday, after a lingering illness. Sunday relatives gathered in honor of her ninety-fourth birthday, and despite her serious condition, she recognized and visited with those present. Her death came the next day, unexpected.

      Surviving are a sister, Maggie Vaughn of Lancastle, Wyoming, and an uncle (sic: nephew), Charles (Francis) Walker of the Toolesboro community.

      Funeral services were held at the Christian church at New London this afternoon at 1 o'clock.
    Buried  30 Jan 1929  [22
    Alt. Death  31 Jan 1929  Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [22, 23
    • Researcher Ada (Blanchard) Hand reported a death date of January 31, 1929. This date is likely incorrect, as her obituary was published on January 30.
    Aged Woman Dies on Day Following Birth Anniversary
    Aged Woman Dies on Day Following Birth Anniversary
    The obituary of Vashti (Walker/Brewer) Edger. Vashti died at age 94. She was said in her obituary to have had an extended illness. Her family celebrated her birthday on January 27 (it had been January 21), and she died the next day. It is not clear where she was buried, as neither the obituary nor the known records list a cemetery.
    Person ID  I226  All Families
    Last Modified  19 Feb 2015 

    Father  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 
    Mother  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  [24
    Married  15 Sep 1831  Wayne County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  [25, 26
    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  [27
    • 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  [28
    • 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  [29
    • (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  [30
    • (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
    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
    Family ID  F151  Group Sheet

    Family 1  Jehiel Brewer,   b. 1831, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1860, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  11 Nov 1855  Wabash County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  [32
    Indiana Marriage Records 
    • Wabash County, Indiana; Marriage Records 1854 - 1861; Compiled by Wabash County Historical Museum

      County Wabash; Name Jehiel Brewer; Spouse Vashti Walker; Marriage Date 11 November 1855; Book A; Original Source Page 411
    Children 
     1. (Child - 07265) Brewer,   d. Yes, date unknown
    >2. Mary Catharine Brewer,   b. 20 Mar 1857, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 May 1913, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified  21 Jan 2014 
    Family ID  F165  Group Sheet

    Family 2  John Edger,   b. 22 Apr 1811, Carlisle, Cumberland, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Oct 1905, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  17 Jan 1881  Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [33
    Alt. Marriage  Mar 1881  [34
    Iowa Marriage Records 
    • Groom's Name: John Edger; Groom's Birthplace: England; Bride's Name: Vashti Anna Walker Or Brewer; Bride's Birth Date: 1836; Bride's Birthplace: Wayne County, Indiana; Bride's Age: 45; Marriage Date: 17 January 1881; Marriage Place: Henry, Iowa; Groom's Father's Name: William Edger; Groom's Mother's Name: Mary Wilson; Bride's Father's Name: Francis S. Walker; Bride's Mother's Name: Catharine Pearsey; Groom's Race: White; Bride's Race: White; Indexing Project (Batch) Number: M02531-4; System Origin: Iowa-EASy; Source Film Number: 965932; Collection: Iowa Marriages, 1809-1992
    Religion  1845/1925  [21, 34
    • John Edger and his family with his first wife, Ann Arnison, immigrated from England to Nauvoo, Illinois, and were Mormons. They apparently left the Mormon church upon settling in Henry County, Iowa, or soon thereafter.

      John's son William Edgar, and his wife Ann Clarinda Walker, who was a sister of Vashti (Walker/Brewer) Edger, and their children were members of the Seventh Day Adventists Church.

      John Edger's biography written in 1888 listed he and Vashti as members of the Christian Church, to which some of the other Walker family members also belonged.

      By the time of the 1925 Iowa State Census, Vashti's religion on the census form stated she was a Seventh Day Adventist.
    Last Modified  21 Jan 2014 
    Family ID  F166  Group Sheet

  • Photos

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    Vashti Annie (Walker/Brewer) Edger
    Vashti Annie (Walker/Brewer) Edger
    Vashti, a daughter of Francis Samuel "Sam" and Catherine B. (Pearsey) Walker, was born in Milton, Indiana, in 1833. She moved with her parents and other extended family to southeast Iowa in the 1850s, and lived near New London, Iowa, for the rest of her life. Vashti was first married to Jehiel Brewer, and they had two children, Mary Catharine (Brewer) Hand, and a child who died young or in infancy. Later Vashti married the widower and English immigrant, John Edger after the death of his wife, Ann (Arnison) Edger.
    Vashti Annie (Walker/Brewer) Edger In the Yard
    Vashti Annie (Walker/Brewer) Edger In the Yard
    Vashti Annie Walker, born in January 21, 1833, in Indiana, was Charles Pearsey Walker's sister. On November 11, 1855, in Wabash County, Indiana, she married Jehiel Brewer (1831-before 1860), an orphan who had stayed for some time with Vashti's family and been raised by her parents, Francis Samuel "Sam" and Catherine B. (Pearsey) Walker. Vashti and Jehiel had a daughter, Mary Catharine Brewer, who was born March 20, 1857, in Iowa. Apparently not long after her birth her father died, as Vashti and Mary lived with Francis and Catherine. Vashti remarried in 1881 to John Edgar in Henry County, Iowa. She died January 31, 1929, in Iowa.

    It is possible that this photograph, probably taken about 1915, was after a family funeral since she is dressed in black. (Her sister Lovina died in 1916, so her funeral is a possibility.)
    Charles Pearsey Walker, His Wife, Sarah Walker, and Sisters Vashti Edger and Ann Edgar
    Charles Pearsey Walker, His Wife, Sarah Walker, and Sisters Vashti Edger and Ann Edgar
    This photograph, taken in possibly 1916, is of Charles Pearsey Walker with two of his sisters and his second wife, Sarah Ann "Sally" (Houseman/Edgar) Walker. Left to right the women are Ann Clarinda (Walker) Edgar, Sarah Walker, and Vashti Annie (Walker/Brewer) Edger.
    Vashti Annie (Walker/Brewer) Edger and Two Walker Girls
    Vashti Annie (Walker/Brewer) Edger and Two Walker Girls
    This photograph seems to have been taken near the home of Charles Pearsey and Sarah Ann "Sally" (Houseman/Edgar) Walker. The two girls standing near the seated Vashti Edger have also apparently appeared in the "Walker Homestead" photograph with Samuel Nathaniel "Sam" Walker and Everna Ida "Vernie" (Walker) Frizzell. I can only guess but think they are possibly Elsie Ella Walker and Maude Mae Walker, or else Maude and sister Zella "Myrtle" Walker.

    Histories
    The Biography of John Edger (1811-1905)
    The Biography of John Edger (1811-1905)
    Portrait and Biographical Album of Henry County, Iowa; Containing Full Page Portraits and Biographical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens of the County, together with Portraits and Biographies of all the Governors of Iowa, and of the Presidents of the United States. (Publishing information: Chicago: Acme Publishing Company, 1888), page 555.

  • Sources 
    1. [S27] Kimble, Marjorie Naomi "Marge" (Walker).

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

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

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

    6. [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

    7. [S8159] Walker, Charles Pearsey - Letter 1863/05/22 to His Sisters and Niece (Reliability: 4).

    8. [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

    9. [S628] 1880 US Census (Reliability: 4).
      New London Township, Henry County, Iowa; Page 18, Supervisor's District 1, Enumeration District 97, Sheet 359B; Enumerated on June 4 and 7, 1880

    10. [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

    11. [S7941] Walker, Samuel Nathaniel "Sam" - Autograph Book Entries Circa 1883, (circa 1883) (Reliability: 3).

    12. [S929] 1885 Iowa State Census (Reliability: 4).
      New London Township, Henry County, Iowa, page 67; Roll: IA1885_200

    13. [S29] 1895 Iowa State Census (Reliability: 4).
      Henry County, New London, p.7; Census Microfilm at Sutro Library, San Francisco, California.

    14. [S54] 1900 US Census (Reliability: 3).
      New London Township, Henry County, Iowa; enumeration district: 35, supervisor's district: 1, sheet number: 2B, page number: 119; enumeration date: June 4, 1900

    15. [S4157] 1905 Iowa State Census (Reliability: 3).
      New London Township, Henry County, Iowa; Roll: IA_90

    16. [S72] 1910 US Census (Reliability: 3).
      New London Township, Henry County, Iowa; enumeration district: 37, supervisor's district: 1, sheet number: 21B, page number: 160; enumeration date: May 3, 1910

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

    18. [S8165] Walker, Lovina Church - Obituary, (originally published in The Morning Sun News-Herald, page 5, March 16, 1916; Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    19. [S19] 1920 US Census (Reliability: 3).
      New London town, New London Township, Henry County, Iowa; enumeration district: 39; supervisor's district: 1, sheet number: 13B, page number: 128; enumeration date: January 8 and 9, 1920

    20. [S370] Walker, Charles Pearsey - Obituary (Wapello Republican), (originally published in The Wapello Republican, March 16, 1922; Wapello, Louisa County, Iowa).

    21. [S38] 1925 Iowa State Census (Reliability: 3).
      Burlington, Des Moines County Iowa; Roll: IA1925_1694

    22. [S8200] Edger, Vashti Annie (Walker/Brewer) - Obituary, (originally published in The Muscatine Journal and News-Tribune, page 2, January 30, 1929; Muscatine, Muscatine County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    23. [S265] Blanchard, Ada Irene (Hand) - Email (Reliability: 3).

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

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

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

    27. [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).

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

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

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

    31. [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).

    32. [S387] Indiana Marriages, 1845-1920 (ancestry.com) (Reliability: 4).

    33. [S13] Iowa Marriage Collection, 1809 -1992 (Family Search) (Reliability: 3).

    34. [S369] Henry County, Iowa - (1888) Portrait and Biographical Album, (Acme Publishing Company, Chicago, 1888), page 555 (Reliability: 4).