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James Walker

Male Abt 1802 - 1863


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  • Name  James Walker  [1, 2, 3
    Born  Abt 1802  Knox County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Gender  Male 
    Alt. Birth  Between 1809 and 1810  Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    • According to the 1860 census, he was 60 years old; in the 1850 census he was listed as 40 years old. He was either born in about 1800 or in about 1810.
    Census  1820  Wayne County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    • James Walker was apparently not listed with his father in the 1820 census. He was already married.
    Census  1840  Hendricks County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    • James Walker: 1 free white male(s) age 30-40 (James), 1 free white female(s) age 20-30 (Ann)
    Census  1850  Washington Township, Hendricks County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    • (Living with his wife, children, assorted Perkins family members (either siblings or nieces and nephews of Ann), brother Charles and his daughter, Ann:) Line #24, Dwelling #530, Family #537: James Walker, age 40, male, occupation farmer, value of property $2080, born in Tennessee

      Ann Walker, age 30, female, born in Kentucky

      Sarah Jane Walker, age 8, female, born in Indiana, attended school during the previous year

      Julia Ann Walker, age 6, female, born in Indiana, attended school during the previous year

      Mary E. Walker, age 3, female, born in Indiana

      James A. Walker, age 1, male, born in Indiana

      Martha Perkins, age 17, female, born in Kentucky, attended school during the previous year

      Jane Perkins, age 14, female, born in Indiana, attended school during the previous year

      Joshua Perkins, age 25, male, occupation farmer, born in Kentucky

      Richard Perkins, age 20, male, occupation farmer, born in Kentucky

      Charles Walker, age 45, male, occupation farmer, born in Tennessee

      Ann Walker, age 6, female, born in Indiana

      Also on Line #12, Dwelling #528, Family #535 is Reuben Perkins, age 55, male, occupation farmer, born in Maryland
    Moved  Abt 1855  Warren County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Indiana 
    Letters and Cards  12 Aug 1856  Warren County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    • August 12, 1856

      Dear brother and sister and family all

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

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

      from James and Ann Walker to F. S. and Catherine Walker
    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.)
    Census  1860  Otter Township, Warren County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    • (James Walker was living with five children: Sarah J, Julia A., Mary E., James A., and John B. Walker, and with his brother, Charles Walker:) Line #21, Dwelling #1446, Family #1401: James Walker, age 60, male, white, occupation farmer, value of real estate $1,600, value of personal property $600, born in Tennessee
    Letters and Cards  1 Feb 1861  [10
    • February 1, 1861

      My dear niece after haveing received letter from you i take my pen to write a few lines to you, your mother and brothers. We were glad to hear that you were well and enjoying good health at present & also hope that this may finds you all injoying the same blessing -- we have piece and plenty but donte noe how long it wil last-- How be it we wil do the best we can under every circumstance-- Sarah Jane and Julian are going to schoole this winter -- We have a very hard winter-snow eighteen inches deepe-- We can do nothing but git wood feed and goe to mill-- and i want to goe to Arkansas if i could sel my property here-- we live inn a butyfull part of the country but it is two could and dreary for me-- We have not heard from any of our friends lately- the last i had frome youre unkle Thomas they were all well-his children were all married-- He lives inn Johnson county Indian-- Franklin is his place of address-- If you want to heare from him write and he wil anser you-- Now my dear sister Jane i would be glad to see you but i dont noe when if ever-- All the care of a famely now depending on me and we live where famely expences are considerable-- but if i can come in there this sumer i wil-- My boys are not large enough yet to trust with the care of the farme and stock-- I have not had a letter from Sam for a long time and i donte noe whare he lives exactly-- He used to write often but stoped and i hearde no more from him-- the last i heard from brother George they were all well--his son George staying with us this winter and we heard from there lately. We have not heard from Thomas Allens for a long time nor from the William Hardins-- I hardly fale to answer a letter when i git one though not all ways amediately-- If you see William and Prudy tell them i would like very much to see theme and talk over oald times -- I think William mit come to see us and bring Prudy a long allso George or James mit bring you to see us.

      George and James my goode fellows i would be very glad to see you boath and noe how you are giting along-- Times are dull here and money scarce-- the price of stock hogs keep up pretty wel but few buyers-- Wheete 40 to 50 cts pr bushle-- corn under 15 -- very little tradeing done and we fere there wil be less and harder times than we ever saw- but we hope for the better until the worst comes-- We live in countery moastly made up of abolishonests negroes simpathisers hoo think more of the negro than they doo of a white man and as far as i can diserne it-- is they and there leaders that are bringing our countery to disolation and if the worst does come-- George i have the consolation to noe that i have had no hand in bringing it about-- I am a union man and goe for the nonintervention in the teritorys and the inforsement of the fugitive slave law-- I was satisfied if honest Abe was elected it would bring about just such a state of feelings as we are now in and all over the length and breadth of the land-- Would you go and whip youre southern brothern back in to the union or rather would you not sacrifice a policy that would never do you or any other white man any goode-- and have piece restored as it was twenty or thirty years a go? Now boys let us heare from you soon-how you are gitting along and all the rest of the friends-- You have not writen to me since you came back frome California-- I would like to see you very much-- I wil ad no more.

      James Walker, to Mary Jane (Leas) Rogers, Sis Jane - George & James Leece.
    Research 
    • The only organized county not in the 1856 Iowa census was Warren. It was counted in the Iowa state censuses of 1852 and 1853, but James Walker was not yet in Iowa at that time.
    Headstone Photograph 
    • James Walker's grave is located at the Hammondsburg Cemetery in Warren County, Iowa. The epitaph on the stone is: "James Walker. Died April 26, 1863, aged 61 years"
    The Headstone of James Walker
    The Headstone of James Walker
    (1800-1863)
    Died  26 Apr 1863  probably in Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 4
    Buried  Hammondsburg Cemetery, Otter Township, Warren County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Person ID  I742  All Families
    Last Modified  7 Feb 2015 

    Father  George Walker,   b. Abt 1770, near Carlisle, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 1830 and 1840, Wayne County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Julian Jean "Julia Ann" Welsh,   b. Between 1771 and 1772, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 1850 and 1860, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  24 Mar 1791  Centre (First) Presbyterian Church, Tuscarora Valley, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    Walker Marriages in 19th Century Knox County, Tennessee
    Walker Marriages in 19th Century Knox County, Tennessee
    A list of Walkers who were married in Knox County, Tennesse between 1790-1899 includes some known family members, some who are not connected or related, and some who may be but the connections have not been found. This list was made from records found on the Internet, probably in about 2005.
    Marriages by Reverend John Linn of Centre Presbyterian Church, Shermans Valley, Perry County (Then Cumberland County), Pennsylvania
    Marriages by Reverend John Linn of Centre Presbyterian Church, Shermans Valley, Perry County (Then Cumberland County), Pennsylvania
    Marriages of the united congregations consisting of Centre & Upper (Blain). (Copy of original record at The Perry Historians, Perry County, Pennsylvania.) Contributed by Vi P. Limric. Unless otherwise stated names given are usually part of the Centre Presbyterian Church Congregation. This document is in .pdf format.
    Issue 
    • A number of researchers and online web sites have Sarah (Walker) Campbell as a daughter of George and Julia Ann (Welsh) Walker. This Sarah Walker married Joseph Campbell April 7, 1821, in Wayne County, Indiana. However, Sarah is not George and Julia's daughter. She is the daughter of Samuel Walker, and Agnes "Rebecca" Dryden. They lived in Richmond (Wayne County) Indiana. Sarah was not born in Tennessee, but rather in Ohio or Kentucky. A biography of her son, from Fountain County, Indiana (as republished on Rootsweb), had the following information about him. Other researchers online have her lineage correct, as well.

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

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

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

    Family 1  Polly Martin,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married  8 Aug 1816  Gibson County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  [12, 13, 14
    Indiana Marriage Records 
    • Name: Polly Martin; Spouse: James Walker; Date: 8 August 1816; County: Gibson; State: Indiana; Source: Family History Library, Salt Lake City, UT; Microfilm: 1434696
    Issue 
    • No children have ever been listed from this marriage. Little or nothing is known of Polly (Martin) Walker. Other researchers have listed her marriage to James Walker as being the same James Walker that is in our family, but I don't know of any real proof. He would have been about 16 at the time of the marriage.
    Last Modified  21 Jan 2014 
    Family ID  F400  Group Sheet

    Family 2  Nancy Ann "Ann" Perkins,   b. Abt Sep 1812, Marion County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Sep 1857 
    Married  19 Feb 1835  Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 12, 13
    Indiana Marriage Records 
    • Name: Ann Perkins; Spouse: James Walker; Date: 19 February 1835; County: Marion; State: Indiana; Source: Family History Library, Salt Lake City, UT; Microfilm: 0499367 - 0499368
    Children 
     1. Sarah Jane Walker,   b. 1842, Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Julia Ann Walker,   b. 9 Dec 1844, Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Sep 1870, Warren County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Mary E. Walker,   b. Abt 1846, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    >4. James A. Chester Walker,   b. Mar 1849, Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Jan 1928, Warren County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
    >5. John Bennett Walker,   b. 1851, Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1917, Warren County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Charles C. Walker,   b. 1852, Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified  21 Jan 2014 
    Family ID  F401  Group Sheet

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

    2. [S94] LDS Online Record (Reliability: 3).
      URL: http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Search/IGI/family_group_record.asp?familyid=321397992&indi_id=100322371685&lds=1®ion=11&frompage=99 (5/2007)

    3. [S452] Walker, James and Ann (Perkins) - Imported Gedcom File (Reliability: 3).
      Date of Import: Jan 9, 2001

    4. [S8285] Walker, James - Headstone Photograph, (his grave is at the Hammondsburg Cemetery in Otter Township, Warren County, Iowa; photo provided courtesy of "karon.king" at the Iowa Gravestone Photo Project (web site); Memorial #: 672002S3) (Reliability: 3).

    5. [S366] 1850 US Census (Reliability: 4).
      Washington Township, Hendricks County, Indiana; Enumerated August 26, 1850; Page #235, Sheet #118

    6. [S612] 1820 US Census (Reliability: 3).
      Wayne County, Indiana; Page 159

    7. [S4989] 1840 US Census (Reliability: 3).
      Hendricks County, Indiana

    8. [S8193] Walker, James - Letter 1856/08/12 to Francis Samuel "Sam" and Catherine B. (Pearsey) Walker, (August 12, 1856) (Reliability: 3).

    9. [S451] 1860 US Census (Reliability: 3).
      Otter Township, Warren County, Iowa; Enumerated July 27, 1860; Page #206

    10. [S622] Walker, James - Letter to Mary Jane "Versey" (Leas) Rodgers 1861, (February 1, 1861) (Reliability: 3).

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

    12. [S365] Indiana Marriages through 1850 (Indiana State Library).

    13. [S450] Indiana Marriages, 1800-1941 (ancestry.com) (Reliability: 3).

    14. [S451] 1860 US Census (Reliability: 3).
      Page Number: 251, Sheet Number: 915, White Breast Township, Warren County, Iowa; Post Office: Lacona; enumerated on August 6, 1860