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William Pearsey Walker

William Pearsey Walker

Male 1841 - 1924

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  • Name  William Pearsey Walker  [1, 2
    Alt. Birth  6 May 1841  [3
    • A family note dated April 6, 1911, from daughter Alice Gregory to her sister, Bernice Walker, stated William would be 70 years old that year on May 6. Family sheets written by Flossie (Walker) Russell, daughter of Charles Pearsey Walker, in the Francis S. Walker family Bible, listed the date as June 6, 1841. The 1900 federal census listed the date as June 1841.
    Born  6 Jun 1841  Milton, Wayne County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender  Male 
    Census  1850  Milton, Wayne County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • William Walker, age 9, male, born in Indiana, attended school within 1850
    Census  1860  Pleasant Grove Township, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    • William Walker, age 19, male, occupation farmer, born in Indiana, attended school during census year
    Military  1863/1865  [1
    • Marge Kimble has records indicating William Pearsey Walker was in Company D of the 1st Iowa Infantry during the Civil War and joined August 14, 1863, mustered out October 15, 1865. However, the 1st Infantry was only organized for three months of service and was mustered out in 1861. A search of Civil War records of regiments from sortheast Iowa has so far proven futile, although possibly he was mis-recorded as a "William I." (with an alternative name) "William J." Walker. This man had the correct age, joined from "Crawfordsville, Iowa" (unless William moved to Crawfordsville in Henry County from Pleasant Grove Township in Des Moines County between 1860-1862, this is not the same man). In addition to being the right age, he was born in Indiana (also correct), and the 25th Regiment that he belonged to, organized in Mt. Pleasant, fought at the Battle of Tennessee. However, other Iowa regiments fought there as well.

      William was injured at Missionary Ridge near Chattanooga, Hamilton County, Tennessee, losing two lost two fingers in the battle (November 1863). When he left the hospital, it's not clear if he returned to battle or home. He apparently was home by August 1865 when he married Mary Anderson in Henry County, Iowa.
    Census  1870  New London Township, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    • (Living with his wife, Mary and children Louisa and Francis "Frankie":) Line #12, Dwelling #74, Family #71: William P. Walker, age 29, male, white, occupation farmer, value of real estate $3000, value of personal property $100, born in Indiana, male citizen over 21 years of age
    Land  1870  Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    • The name W.P. Walker appears on a plat map of New London Township in Henry County, Iowa, in 1870. He owned land in section 16, north and west of the town of New London. His immediate neighbors were: Smith Drewer, William Conklin, Simon N.? Greer, Nathaniel Fox (William's brother Charles's father-in-law), "Nugen," James Fitzgerald, and David Nugen.
    Census  1880  Yellow Spring Township, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    • (Married, living with his wife, Mary, and children, Alice, Edward, "May," and "Rosa." See notes under his marriage about the family's move to Des Moines County at this time period:) Line Number 8, Dwelling Number 199, Family Number 199: William Walker, white, male, age 39, head of household, married, occupation farmer, born in Indiana, father born in Tennessee, mother born in Ohio
    Iowa State Census  1885  Morning Sun Township, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    • (Married, living with his wife, Mary, and children Alice, Edward, Anna, Rosa, and Charles:) Line number: 12, Dwelling number: 100, Family number: 106: William P. Walker, 73 Township, Range 3, Section 16; Address SE 4 SW; age 43, male, married, occupation farmer, born in Indiana, father's nativity: native, mother's nativity: native, subject to military duty, entitled to vote
    Iowa State Census  1895  Morning Sun Township, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    • (Married, living with his wife, Mary, and children: Alice, Edward, May, Rosa, Charles, Bernice, and Susie:) William P. Walker, 53, male, married, born in Indiana, religious belief: none
    Census  1900  Morning Sun Township, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    • (Married, living with his wife Mary and children Edward, Charles, Bernice, and Susan:) Line #90, Dwelling #280, Family #282? (the family numbers are all messed up on this page): William Walker, head of household, white, male, born June 1841, age 58, married, married for 34 years, born in Indiana, father born in Tennessee, mother born in Virginia, occupation farmer, could read, could write, could speak English, own account, a farm not a house, farm #32 in schedule
    Land  1899/1900  Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    • The name W.P. Walker appears on a plat map of Louisa County, Iowa, for 1899/1900, "Township 73 N. Range III W."

      He owned land in section 16. William's immediate neighbors included J.G. (James Gabriel) Umphrey, T.J. (Thomas) Umphrey, McClurkin, Harvey Harris, Dennis Gregory, Harry Harris, K.A. Small, S.F. (Safford Fay) Small, and A. P. Hensley. On the same map, William's brother, C.P. (Charles Pearsey) Walker, owned land in section 21 and his nephew, C.F. (Charles Francis) Walker, owned land in section 27.
    A Plat Map of Part of Louisa County, Iowa, 1899/1900
    A Plat Map of Part of Louisa County, Iowa, 1899/1900
    Many noted Louisa County farmers owned land and are listed on this plat map from 1899/1900. The Walker landowners on the map are Charles Pearsey, William Pearsey, and Charles Francis Walker.

    Other surnames noted on the plat map which have interconnections to this database include: Harris, Meyerholz, Poggemiller (Pogemiller), Small, Umphrey, Deihl, Hamilton McCullough, Dotson, Jamison, Baird, Swan, Delzell, Hewitt, and Springsteen.
    Newspaper Article  10 Jul 1902  Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    The Morning Sun News-Herald 
    • Local Items

      W. P. Walker was a passenger Saturday for Waukee, Iowa, to visit his daughter, Mrs. Alice Walker Gregory.
    Occupation  Abt 1865/1907  Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • He was a farmer between about 1865 to 1900/05, when he moved to Novelty, Missouri.
    Residence  1908  Novelty, Knox County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  [13
    • There is apparently no listing for William or his family in Louisa County, Iowa, by the time of the 1905 Iowa state census, so they likely left between 1900 and 1905.
    Census  1910  Novelty, Knox County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  [14
    • (Married but not living with his wife, Mary, who was in Gowrie, Iowa, with Anna Mae and Wallace DeLong; William was living with son Edward and daughters Rosamond and Bernice:) Line #6, Dwelling #3, Family #3: William P. Walker, head of household, male, white, age 68, married (once), married for 48 years, born in Indiana, father born in Tennessee, mother born in Virginia, could speak English, had own income, could read, could write, owned his home, free of mortgage, a house not a farm
    Residence  1911  Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Politics  Abt Apr 1911  Novelty, Knox County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  [15
    • In a letter from Novelty, Missouri, that Alice Gregory wrote to her sister "Bun" (Bernice) in Des Moines, Iowa, she noted that their father, William Pearsey Walker, had been reelected mayor of Novelty (date of the letter was April 1911.)
    Letters and Cards  May 1912  Novelty, Knox County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  [15
    • In a letter from William Pearsey Walker to "Bun" in Glenwood, he stated there was a prospect of the railroad coming to Novelty from Shelbyville (probably Illinois). He'd been to a state G.A.R. encampment and was elected to go to the national convention in Los Angeles on September 9, 1912, so he might spend the winter in California. He hadn't heard from Jake since March, but Ed was still in Red Cloud, Nebraska, coming back to Novelty in August.
    Letters and Cards  1 May 1912  Novelty, Knox County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  [15
    • In a letter from William Pearsey Walker in Novelty, Missouri, to "Bun" (Bernice) working at the Iowa Institution for Feeble-Minded Children at Glenwood, Iowa, he discussed his son, Ed, and said he didn't know where Red Cloud, Nebraska, was located (where Ed was living), but thought it to be in the northwest part of the state (it's in the South Central part). He reported he hadn't heard from Ed yet, but thinks Ed would soon be in Colorado. Ed was on a year's leave of absence, and had to make it up. A letter from Laurine (Walker) had arrived and she was sick, but recovering. Jake (Charles Jacob Walker) was in Lohrville, Iowa. William also reported on his reelection as mayor over Mr. McCarty, and that the strawberry crop was good, and Rose's kid (Louise Marion Tyhurst) had been sick for several weeks. She was a lively child.
    Letters and Cards  Nov 1912  Novelty, Knox County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • In a letter from to "Bun" at Glenwood, he mentioned that his son, Ed, was teaching school in Akron, Colorado. He also stated that he didn't go to Los Angeles (for the G.A.R. convention) as he had been too busy constructing a concrete bridge. The town of Novelty was growing, and the concrete business was going well. And several townspeople had died.
    Letters and Cards  Jan 1913  Novelty, Knox County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  [15
    • A letter from William to "Bun" at Glenwood reported the following family news: Susie (Laurine) had sent him a letter from Washington, Iowa. Jake had come to Novelty for New Year's, there had been a fire in several of the town's businesses, and Ed hadn't written his father in a long time.
    Letters and Cards  Mar 1913  Novelty, Knox County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  [15
    • In a letter William Pearsey Walker wrote to daughter "Bun," working in Glenwood, Iowa, he said that son Ed had written, saying winter in Colorado was "a joke." He (Ed) could have run his auto any day all winter long if he'd wanted to. There were five weeks of school yet (Ed was teaching). He had to remain in Colorado to prove up on his claim.

      Son Jake was in Lohrville.

      Son-in-law "Pergie" (Walter Tyhurst), who had had his harness shop in the building where "Hayden" had formerly had a restaurant, was out having dinner (i.e. lunch) and it caught on fire, burned down, and he lost everything. He never tried to start it up again, but instead went to Greenfield to work in a harness shop for $50 a month.

      Henry (Gregory) was going to build a new house, and William was going to do the foundation and cellar (referring to his cement business).

      Rose and the kids (Marion and Dudley Tyhurst), lively as crickets, were well. These children were never still unless they were asleep.
    Letters and Cards  Jul 1913  Novelty, Knox County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  [15
    • In a letter from William Pearsey Walker to "Bun" in Glenwood, he mentioned that he had heard from Rose in Greenfield, Iowa. Also he was pouring foundation for (the new home of) Henry Gregory. Other people had picked his strawberries because he had been too busy. He'd been elected (again) as a delegate to the (G.A.R.) Encampment, which this year would be at Chattanooga, Tennessee, and he planned to go, if able. He reminisced that "fifty years ago next fall" he had had to live on bacon and sugar for 10 days when he was in (the Civil War fighting at) Chattanooga.
    Letters and Cards  Sep 1913  Novelty, Knox County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  [15
    • In a letter from William to "Bun" at Glenwood, Iowa, he told her about his trip to Chattanooga for the G.A.R. encampment. He had gone to visit the sites of the battle of Chickamonga, Lookout Mountain, and Missionary Ridge. None of the places had he seen since 50 years previous during the Civil War. Now Chattanooga had over 100,000 people, and there were trolley lines on Missionary Ridge and Lookout Mountain. He went to the place where up the ridge to see where he had been wounded. He said, "You can see 7 states from Lookout Mountain."

      William also reported that he was still thinking of selling his furniture and going to Florida for the winter. The railroad had been built (in Novelty) and was running. The depot was west of Mrs. Hanks's. They were also building a large lumber yard in the town.
    Letters and Cards  Oct 1913  Novelty, Knox County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  [15
    • In a letter to daughter "Bun" at Glenwood, William reported he was going to Florida for the winter, was going to lock up the house rather than selling his furniture as he previously had planned to do. There was a new bank in town. And the South family had sold the hotel and were going back to Oklahoma cause they had asthma. William had quit taking dinner and supper at their Hotel "when they raised the price of it from $4 to $5 a week."
    Travel  1913/1914  Florida Find all individuals with events at this location  [15
    • He went to Florida for the winter of 1913/14.
    Letters and Cards  Jun 1914  Novelty, Knox County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • In a letter to "Bun" in Des Moines at May and Wallace DeLong's (3005 East 14th Street), William said he hadn't known Bernice had left Glenwood and was in Des Moines. He reported that son Edward Walker was in the army, had received an order to report for duty at the mines (of Colorado). He had been involved in a seven hour fight with miners, none in his company were killed, but there were 7 dead miners (see notes regarding the Ludlow Massacre under Edward A. Walker's entry). Ed was newly married.

      Henry Gregory was living in his new house in Novelty, and had built a windmill. The town of Novelty had built a depot, there was talk of a boom, but William didn't think it would happen. He said he planned to sell out in the fall and go back to Florida, and that he had 2500 cement blocks to get rid of.
    Letters and Cards  Jul 1914  Novelty, Knox County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  [15
    • A letter from William Pearsey Walker to "Bun" in Des Moines mentioned that his letters to her in Lincoln had been returned. He went from St. Cloud to Kissimmee, Florida (both are in Osceola County, Florida) and might have missed her letters because of that. He reported that all he knew about Ed's wife was he married her in St. Joe (Joseph), Missouri, and Henry Gregory had said she was a very nice appearing woman. He also asked Bun if she were planning on returning to Lincoln, Nebraska. And he offered to buy her a two-way train ticket to Novelty if she'd come to visit him.
    Letters and Cards  Aug 1914  [15
    • In three letters from August 1914, William gave "Bun" instructions on a train trip from their place to Novelty, Missouri. In the first he sent her $6 for the fare, and mentioned Novelty had a new newspaper as well as "tomorrow is the last day of Chautauqua." (These letters were sent to Greenfield, Iowa. Bernice was staying with or living with her sister and-brother in-law, Rose and Walter Tyhurst, in Greenfield. Likely she was helping out as Rose had their third child, Kenneth, in August 1914).

      In the second letter he told her to take the 3 p.m. train at Ottumwa that would arrive in La Plata, Missouri, at 6:20. Frank Seeling was to meet her and pick her up with his buggy.

      The third letter was dated August 23, 1914. Apparently the schedule was changed, and he told her she needed to Ottumwa to catch the train at 8:30 a.m. It would get her to La Plata about 11:30. Her visit was to be on September 3.

      (Ottumwa is well over 100 miles from Greenfield, so it is unclear how she would get to Ottumwa so early in the morning from Rose's house.)
    Letters and Cards  14 Oct 1914  Novelty, Knox County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  [15
    • William wrote "Bun," who was in Des Moines at Wallace and May's house, saying he'd sent her a box of books via the Wabash Railroad from Edina (Missouri), and that she should receive the box next week.
    Letters and Cards  15 Oct 1914  Novelty, Knox County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  [15
    • One day after his previous letter, William wrote Bernice in Des Moines again, saying he was planning on visiting "Piler" (Laurine Buckner), then Rose (Tyhurst), and then Bun at May's. He was painting "his house" while it was empty as the Longbuilds moved out.

      (Either he owned rental property or no longer lived in his house. This also makes one wonder if Mary (Anderson) Walker was still living with the DeLongs (she was according to the state census in January 1915. If not, she would seem to have to be with someone, possibly Charles, the only child in the circuit William wasn't planning to visit in the trip he mentioned).
    Residence  Mar 1916  Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [16
    Letters and Cards  Jun 1917  Hurdland, Knox County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  [15
    • In a letter from William to daughter "Bun" at 2308 Avenue B, Council Bluffs, he reported he arrived (in Hurdland, apparently) on May 29 (he said June), and they had celebrated Decoration Day on the 31st as it rained on the actual day.

      He'd been to Lohrville two weeks earlier and stayed with Jake. Jake was still working at tiling. William also reported he'd received a letter from Ed's wife dated May 15 saying Ed had gone fishing.

      William had gone to Des Moines from Rose's, Rose and "Pergie" were living on a farm near or in Dunlap, Iowa.

      He mentioned he would get his pension on July 4, then go to Susie's ("Piler") and from there to visit Bernice in Council Bluffs. "The kid (unknown which kid) is growing like a weed."
    Letters and Cards  Jun 1918  Hurdland, Knox County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  [15
    • William sent a letter to "Bun," living in Council Bluffs at 2000 Avenue C, and mentioned he'd been to Novelty for Decoration Day. There were 16 remaining members of the G.A.R., 10 of those in that post were there. There was a fire at the G.A.R. Hall and they'd lost everything except the books that had been taken home (checked out?). The fire blistered the paint on W.P's house as well, and it spread into the Richardson's building.

      Ed was at Camp Kearney, Linda Vista, California: E. A. Walker Ruck (Truck?) Company, $4 Supply Train (this was a company name perhaps?).

      Jake was working on finishing his last tiling job and was going to try to get a job in a shipyard. He had been rejected by the Navy because of his eyes.

      Clem (Clement DeLong) enlisted in the Navy and was sent right away to Puget Sound.

      There were lots of (German) sympathizers around. William damned all Germans and the Kaiser over and over again.
    Letters and Cards  Dec 1918  Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [15
    • In a letter William sent to "Bun" in Council Bluffs from Des Moines, where he was either living or else visiting Wallace and Anna DeLong, he said he was not going to Florida (for the winter) "on account of the (Spanish) flu." Opal Gregory had died of the flu.

      Jake was at Central City, Iowa, picking chickens. He'd been in Wisconsin working where the government was building a sulfuric acid plant (apparently this was near Darlington, Wisconsin, where Charles Jacob registered for the draft in September 1918). He was drafted and ordered to report, but the Armistice stopped it.

      May (DeLong) heard from (her son) Clem, and they (his unit) were about to sail for New York.
    Letters and Cards  Jun 1919  Hurdland, Knox County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  [15
    • In a letter Alice (Walker) Gregory sent to her sister Bernice ("Bun"), living at 833 South 30 Street in Lincoln, Nebraska, she mentioned that Dad (William Pearsey Walker) had been to Hurdland for Decoration Day. Novelty was on the boom. Dr. Noe was going to stay in Dad's house for another year. The barn burned down not long ago. He (the Dr.?) was going to move the house to where the barn had been. (In 1920, Lafayette Noe, born 1867/68, was a widower with a daughter and two sons, and a boarder living in his house in Novelty.)
    Census  1920  Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [17
    • (Living with his son-in-law and daughter, Wallace and Anna May (Walker) DeLong:) William P. Walker, father-in-law, male, white, age 78, widowed, could read, could write, born in Indiana, father born in Tennessee, mother born in Virginia, could speak English, no occupation
    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.)
    Bible 
    • An entry in the family Bible of Francis Samuel Walker has the following birth listed: "William Pearsy Walker was born June 6, 1841, in Milton, Indiana"
    Residence  Mar 1922  Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [19
    • In brother Charles Pearsey Walker's obituary of March 1922, he was mentioned as living at that time in Des Moines, Iowa.
    Residence  Apr 1924  Lincoln, Lancaster County, Nebraska Find all individuals with events at this location  [20
    • At some point between 1922 and 1924 he moved from daughter Anna DeLong's home to daughter Bernice Westberg's residence in Lincoln, Nebraska. He died in there in 1924.
    Died  29 Apr 1924  Lincoln, Lancaster County, Nebraska Find all individuals with events at this location  [21
    Obituary  30 Apr 1924  Lincoln, Lancaster County, Nebraska Find all individuals with events at this location  [22
    the Lincoln Star 
    • William Walker, 82 years old, died at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Albert Westberg, 2015 K street. He was a veteran of the Civil war and a member of the G.A.R. post at Novelty, Missouri. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Hodgman's chapel. Reverend Walter Aitken will officiate, assisted by Farragut Post No. 25, GAR Interment will be made in Wyuka cemetery.
    Cemetery Info/Epitaph  Wyuka Cemetery Transcriptions (Lancaster County, Nebraska)  [23
    • Plot: Sec-15 GAR Sp-231
    Buried  1 May 1924  Wyuka Cemetery, Lincoln, Lancaster County, Nebraska Find all individuals with events at this location  [21, 23
    Person ID  I230  All Families
    Last Modified  3 Mar 2014 

    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
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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
    Family ID  F151  Group Sheet

    Family  Mary Anderson,   b. Apr 1844, Henry County, Iowa Territory Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Apr 1916, Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  1 Aug 1865  Mount Pleasant, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [7, 32, 33
    Type: Separated 
    Research  Abt 1879  [3
    • Apparently there was a house fire around the time daughter Rose was born (1879). This may have been in New London Township, Henry County, and probably was why the family was in Yellow Spring Township in 1880 before settling in Louisa County for a number of years.
    Divorced  1907  [3
    • In 1907 they separated or else divorced. Apparently this separation was not under very pleasant circumstances. Notes in the research of Greta Tuominen included this recollection: "William P. Walker was a mean man. He gave Mary a farm and he sold a couple of farms. Mary's children, especially May's husband, Wallace, helped Mary find a way to survive."
    _STAT  Abt 1907 
    Separated 
    Marriage Fact 
    • They were married in Mt. Pleasant according to daughter Anna May DeLong's 1925 census information. L.D.S. records online indicate it was August 1, 1865. William Pearsey Walker was mustered out of the Union Army from the Civil War in October of 1865, so perhaps he was back "on leave" or else unable to fight after the injury in which he lost several fingers.
    Family Record 
    • Flossie Russell listed the children of William Pearsey Walker on a sheet. The names as she listed them, not always quite correctly, it seems, were:

      John (sic: Jacob) P. (Jake Walker) dead.

      Edward Walker dead, Colorado Springs, Colorado.

      Susan (? - Suzy was Rosamond, so this is maybe incorrect) Walker (Lorene) Buckner, Humboldt

      Bernice Westberg, Lincoln, Nebraska

      Rosamund Tyhurst, Council Bluffs

      May De Long, Des Moines

      Alice Gregory, Missouri
    Children 
     1. Louisa Walker,   b. 16 Jun 1866, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Jul 1871
     2. Francis "Frankie" Walker,   b. 16 Jul 1868, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Aug 1871
    >3. Alice Walker,   b. 17 Aug 1871, New London, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Nov 1959, near Hurdland, Knox County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Edward A. "Ed" Walker,   b. 1875, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Jul 1935, Colorado Find all individuals with events at this location
    >5. Anna May Walker,   b. 19 Feb 1877, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Apr 1970, Alameda County, California Find all individuals with events at this location
    >6. Rosamond "Rose" Walker,   b. 7 Sep 1879, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Nov 1966, Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. Charles Jacob "Jake" Walker,   b. 11 Aug 1883, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt May 1919, possibly in Lohrville, Calhoun County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
    >8. Bernice E. Walker,   b. 27 Dec 1888, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Apr 1979, Champaign, Champaign County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location
    >9. Laurine "Sue" Walker,   b. 9 Apr 1890, Washington County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Jul 1986, Hemet, Riverside County, California Find all individuals with events at this location
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    The Daughters of William Pearsey Walker: 'Bin and Sue'
    The Daughters of William Pearsey Walker: "Bin and Sue"
    Daughters of William Pearsey walker

    The back of this photograph says "Bin and Sue." As there are several other photographs of "Sue" it has been determined she was apparently Laurine Walker.

    The daughters of William Pearsey Walker all had nicknames, and some of them are easier to decipher than others. Bernice was known as Bin even later in life. "Sue" was Laurine Walker. At the time the girls in this photo were the ages they seem to be, their older sisters were already married. Those single were Rosamond "Rose," Bernice E., and Laurine Walker.
    The Daughters of William Pearsey Walker: 'Jude and Sue'
    The Daughters of William Pearsey Walker: "Jude and Sue"
    The back of this photograph says "Jude and Sue."

    The daughters of William Pearsey Walker all had nicknames, and some of them are easier to decipher than others. "Sue" apparently was Laurine Walker; there are several photographs of her. At the time the girls in this photo were the ages they seem to be, their older sisters were already married. Those single were Rosamond "Rose," Bernice E., and Laurine Walker. "Jude" was apparently a nickname for Rosamond.
    The Daughters of William Pearsey Walker: 'Sue' (Laurine Walker)
    The Daughters of William Pearsey Walker: "Sue" (Laurine Walker)
    Laurine Walker was known as "Sue" when she was young. Possibly this was a middle name. She was the youngest child of William Pearsey Walker and Mary Anderson, born April 9, 1890, in Washington County, Iowa. At the time she was about 17, her parents separated and the family drifted in many directions. Laurine ended up marrying Ozro Martel "Mart" Buckner (1888-1964) in June 1911. He was a mail carrier in Taylor County, Iowa.
    Laurine 'Sue' (Walker) Buckner and Her Sister, Rosamond 'Rose' (Walker) Tyhurst in 1947
    Laurine "Sue" (Walker) Buckner and Her Sister, Rosamond "Rose" (Walker) Tyhurst in 1947
    These women were identified as Sue and Rose Walker by Flossie Russell, and were at a family gathering at the Russells in the fall of 1947. They were both daughters of William Pearsey Walker (1841-1924) and Mary Anderson (1844-about 1915). Family member and descendant of Laurine's, Greta Tuominen, has told Marge Kimble she never heard her grandmother, Laurine, called "Sue" or "Susan," but in so many photos of her as a child and finally in this one, she was thus identified, that I imagine it was her middle name.
    Documents

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    A List of Children of the Family of William Pearsey Walker and Mary Anderson
    A List of Children of the Family of William Pearsey Walker and Mary Anderson
    Flossie Russell listed the children of William Pearsey Walker on a sheet of paper. The names she included were: Alice (Walker) Gregory, Edward A. "Ed" Walker, Anna May (Walker) DeLong, Rosamond "Rose" (Walker) Tyhurst, Charles Jacob "Jake" Walker, Bernice E. (Walker) Westberg, and Laurine (Walker) Buckner. Flossie's recollection was not completely correct on this list. She listed Charles Jacob as "John P." She also listed Laurine as "Susan," but family researcher Greta Tuominen does not believe her grandmother was ever called by that name; additionally Rosamond was known as "Suzy" when she was a child.
    Letter Snippets From the Family of William Pearsey and Mary (Anderson) Walker
    Letter Snippets From the Family of William Pearsey and Mary (Anderson) Walker
    These letter "snippets" were provided by Marjorie Kimble and to her by one of William Pearsey Walker's descnedants. They are part of a series of letters written between 1908 and 1919. They were originally in the possession of Marion Louise Tyhurst Shrock, who was William Pearsey Walker's granddaughter, the daughter of his daughter Rosamond.

    The children of William Pearsey Walker and his wife, Mary Anderson, who lived past childhood, had assorted nicknames that often make identifying them difficult: daughter Alice Walker was apparently known only as "Alice"; son Edward A. Walker was also known as "Sap" or, of course, "Ed"; daughter Anna Mae Walker was "May"; daughter Rosamond Walker was known as "Rose" or "Rosa": Charles Jacob Walker was known as "Japie," "J. P." "Jake") daughter Bernice Walker was also "Bun" or "Bunnie"; and daughter Laurine Walker was also called "Piler," "Suzy," "Susie," or possibly also "Toody."
    A List of Names and Nicknames of the Children of William Pearsey Walker and Mary Anderson
    A List of Names and Nicknames of the Children of William Pearsey Walker and Mary Anderson
    The children of William Pearsey Walker and his wife, Mary Anderson, who lived past childhood, had assorted nicknames that often make identifying them difficult. This list was apparently written by his nephew, Samuel Nathaniel "Sam" Walker, and provided courtesy of Marge Kimble, Sam's daughter.
    Last Modified  21 Jan 2014 
    Family ID  F169  Group Sheet

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    William Pearsey Walker
    William Pearsey Walker
    My great granduncle, William Pearsey Walker, was born June 6, 1841, in Milton, Indiana. His parents were Francis Samuel "Sam" and Catherine B. (Pearsey) Walker. William was the fifth of eight children born in the family. He moved to Iowa with his parents and siblings in about 1855, and laid down roots there until the twentieth century. He owned property as an adult first in Henry County, Iowa, and later in Louisa County, Iowa. He married Henry County native Mary Anderson (1844-circa 1915), the daughter of Irish immigrants William and Mary Ann Anderson. William and Mary Walker had nine children, seven daughters and two sons. Daughters Louisa and Francis "Frankie" were born in 1866 and 1868, and both died of diphtheria in 1871. The other daughters were Alice Gregory, Ann May DeLong, Rosamond "Rose" Tyhurst, Bernice E. Westberg, and Laurine Buckner. The two sons of the family were Edward A. "Ed" and Charles Jacob "Jake." William and Mary Walker separated about 1907. He moved to Novelty, Missouri, and she lived in southwest Iowa for awhile, moving to Des Moines to live with Anna May DeLong and her husband. Son Jake apparently committed suicide in about 1919. Edward married Dorothy Owings, and they lived in Colorado. Rosamond married Walter "Pergie" Tyhurst, had three children, and then he abandoned his family, leaving her to raise the two sons and a daughter. Bernice and her husband, Albert William Westberg, had a son who died young, and a daughter. They lived in Lincoln, Nebraska. Laurine and Ozro Martel "Mart" Buckner had two sons, one of whom, Richard, had a daughter Greta Janelle (Buckner) Tuominen, who has provided a lot of the seed material for the knowledge we have of this family. In later years, William often went to Florida for the winter, but ended up with children as that apparently became physically difficult or impossible for him to do. He died in Lincoln, Nebraska, in 1924 and is buried at the Wyuka Cemetery there. Mary Anderson may be buried in central Iowa, or possibly southeast Iowa, it is not clear.

    Obituaries, Deaths, Funerals
    The Obituary of William Pearsey Walker
    The Obituary of William Pearsey Walker
    William Pearsey Walker died at the home of his daughter, Bernice Westberg, in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Courtesy of Greta Janelle (Buckner) Tuominen.)

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