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Joseph H. Walker

Male 1780 - 1851


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  • Name  Joseph H. Walker  [1, 2, 3
    Alt. Birth  29 Mar 1775  Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Alt. Birth  30 Mar 1775  [4
    • Calculated from Des Moines County, Iowa, cemetery information; but the headstone photo available looks like his death was in 1851, not 1856, meaning this date would be March 30, 1780.
    Born  30 Mar 1780  Randolph County, (West) Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6
    Gender  Male 
    Residence  1836  Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • (But this date and locale seem unlikely, as he was apparently listed in the 1840 federal census in Randolph County, West Virginia.)
    Census  1840  Randolph County, (West) Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    • Line #17: Joseph Walker, 1 male 10-15 (Silas Walker), 1 male 60-70 (Joseph H. Walker Sr.). 2 females 20-30 (2 of these 3: Susan, Mary, Sarah?), 1 female 50-60 (Barbara Walker). Totals 5; 2 employed in agriculture. (Son Joseph Walker listed next on the same census)
    Census  1850  Burlington Township, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    • (Living with son Silas as head of household, and his wife, apparently, "Rebecca," daughter, Susanah, and Peter Huffman:) Joseph Walker, age 76, male, white, born in Virginia
    Alt. Death  1850  [3
    • (Per E. S. Walker's biography, he died "at age 75 years.")
    Died  25 Jun 1851  Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 6, 9
    Legal  14 May 1855  Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    • ESTATE OF JOSEPH WALKER - DIED

      Martin Walker, son of said Estate, represents, that on the 3rd day of June, A.D. 1853, the amount of money in his hands belonging to said estate was five dollars, and that expenses which he has incurred in trying to sell a Land Warrant in order to realize something for said estate has entirely consumed the Five Dollars, that said Land Warrant has been of no avail. It having been issued to said deceased subsequent to his death and there being no other property, to administer upon this affiant asks to be discharged.

      Martin Walker

      Sworn to and subscribed before on this 14th day of May A.D. 1855
      File box 13c - Des Moines County Court House, Burlington, Iowa
    Military 
    • Joseph was a veteran of the War of 1812.
    Research 
    • Joseph lived on the Dry Fork River in Randolph County, (West) Virginia, close to the Pendleton County line. He appeared in the Randolph County census between 1810 and 1840.

      The Virginia deed book number 18, page 494, stated that land was sold by the county court for delinquent taxes of $0.67 for the years 1850 and 1851, owned by Joseph Walker, widower of Des Moines County, Iowa.
    Alt. Death  25 Jun 1856  Benton Township, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Cemetery Info/Epitaph  Des Moines County, Iowa, Cemetery Information  [4
    • Joseph H. Walker; Born: (none); Died: June 25, 1856 (the headstone photo looks more like "1851"); Age: 76 years, 2 months, 26 days; Line Number: 157; North Walker Cemetery; Benton Township
    Biography  1975  New London, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    The History of New London, Iowa 
    • The Walker Family

      Joseph Walker (1775-1850) [sic: 1856], a native of Virginia and a soldier in the War of 1812, married Barbara Flater [sic Teter] (died 1851 [sic: 1850]) in 1795. They came to Des Moines County in 1836, settling in Benton Township where there was a "Walker Settlement," with many families of Walkers. Many or all of the children of Joseph and Barbara Walker came to Iowa with them or later. The first burial in the Walker Settlement cemetery was that of Asa, son of Eber and Sara Walker, who fell into a well and drowned in 1846.

      Joseph and Barbara Walker's children were Silas, Joseph, Levi, Mary (Mrs. Hezekiah) Trimble, Martin, Jesse, John, George, Sarah (Mrs. Peter) Huffman, and Ely.

      Joseph and Barbara's son John (1802-1865) married Elizabeth Dean (died 1885) in Virginia, and they came to Iowa in 1839. Their children were Solomon, E. S. (Edman), Jesse, George, Margaret Mitchell, Elijah, Jane Garrison, Rebecca Hughes, Mary Ann (Mrs. Isaac) Salladay and Theresa Reepe (Riepe?).

      Three of the children of John and Elizabeth Dean Walker came to Henry County in the 1860's George, Jesse and Elijah. George and Jesse, identical twins, arrived, according to Jesse Walker's obituary, in 1862 which was the year he was married. Both the families lived for two years in the same house on the present Fitzpatrick farm. Later George lived on the present Zen Earnest farm and Jesse northeast of town.

      George Walker (1838-1917) married Eliza Mahan (1841-1905) and they had ten children. Among them were John William, Mary Ita, Frank, Edmond, Charles, James, Jesse, Etta (Mrs. Alva) Holland, and Belle.

      John William (1862-1940) married Luella Copeland (1866-1940), and their children were Roy (1889-1960) and Mabel. John William (J. W.) operated a hardware [store] in New London from 1906 to 1916, selling it to Wright and Holland. Roy Walker married Gladys Davey, daughter of John and Clara Stuck Davey, and a great-granddaughter of early settlers Jacob and Catherine Shopbell. They had one son, Wendell (1918-1927). Mabel Walker was principal and a teacher in Mt. Pleasant High School.

      Mary Ita Walker married Jerry Burge, grandson of Jacob and Rachel Burge, and moved to Nebraska.

      Frank Walker (1868-1932) married Margaret Drewer, daughter of Henry Drewer. Their children were Helen (Mrs. William) Wellington whose son is Billy G. Wellington; Carl; Glenn who married Stella Summers; Ellis; and Laura (Mrs. Leland) Bozarth (1893-1952). Laura and Leland Bozarth's children were Bernice Peterson, Willis, Bernadine Larson, Gene, Keith, Garnet Coberley, Marvin, Bonita, Waunita, and Joyce. Willis and Pauline Bozarth are the parents of William and Paula (Mrs. Richard) Turner. Willis is the New London town marshal.

      Edmond Walker (1870-1937) married Luella Parks (1875-1926), who was born in Pennsylvania and came to Iowa as a baby. Her mother died and she was reared by the Elias Pricketts. Edmond and Luella Walker had one daughter, Vera (Mrs. Elmer) Leedham.

      Charles Walker (1879-1967) married Ida Fraker (1880-1959), daughter of Reverend Joseph and Martha Fraker. Charles was with [the] Iowa State Bank for 37 years, from Assistant Cashier in 1917 to director in 1954. They had no children.

      George Walker's twin brother, Jesse (1838-1923), married Maria Chrissinger and they had six children. Their daughter Hattie (1871-1934) married John Flam (1873-1957), the son of George and Mary Coppes Flam, early settlers in Des Moines County and later Henry County. Their children were Mildred (Mrs. Lisle) Shrader, Jessie (Mrs. Earl) Carter, Marie (Mrs. Lawrence) Swan, and Wilbur. Wilbur married Margaret Schryer and they had one son Glen Bentley (Ben).

      Another child of Jesse and Maria Walker was Harlan, who was bookkeeper at the J. E. Peterson store and became a banker. He helped organize the bank at Rome, Iowa, in 1905 and was its first cashier.

      George and Jesse Walker's brother Elijah (1845-1932) followed them to Henry County in 1867, and bought land northwest of town near the Winfield road. Elijah married Alice Conklin (died 1907), and they had seven children. One of them was Ralph Walker (1887-194) who was married to Roberta May Bishop. Ralph was employed by the telephone company from 1909 to 1941, and was manager at the time of his sudden death. Other children of Elijah and Alice Conklin Walker were Zula Drewer, Homer, Hugh, and Ruby Myers.

      Another son of John and Elizabeth Dean Walker was E. S. (Edman) Walker (born 1829). He went by wagon train to California in 1850 and returned to Des Moines County via Panama and New York a year later. He married Matilda Courts, and later Margaret Tee. Children were Harvey, Herman, John and Mary Scott from the first marriage, and William and Etta from the second marriage.

      Joseph and Barbara Walker's son Ely and his wife Annie were the parents of Betty, Isaac, John, Emily, Mary Ann, Melinda and Enos.

      Among Isaac Walker's children were George, Charles B. and James R. George married Matilda Wischmeier, and their children were Ethel McDonald, Viola Jackson, Della Brun, Boyd, Roy, and Forrest.

      Charles B. Walker married Cynthia Kaster and their children were Cora (Mrs. J. L.) Jordan, Chester, Bates, Walter and Lawrence. Chester (1886-1964) married Selma Walker (1884-1948), who was the daughter of Silas and Louise Distelhorst Walker, of another branch of the family. They had no children. Bates Walker married Katherine Wagner, and their children were Gilbert, Corwyn, Albert, Katherine Miller, LaVerne, Wayne, and Grace Westfall.

      Corwyn Walker married Margaret Duke and their children were Jean O'Neill, Patricia Allen, and Cathy (Mrs. Mark) Krogmeier. Mark and Cathy Krogmeier had triplets, Jonathan, Jennifer and Chad, in December, 1973. Walter Walker married Isabelle Foster, and their children were Helen (Mrs. Clifford) Tisor, and Thomas who married Betty McDowell. Lawrence Walker lives in Mt. Pleasant and has a son, Larry, who is a Burlington policeman.

      Isaac Walker's son James married Nora Van Osdol, and their son Ralph married Versa Dockendorff. Linnea Walker, Ralph and Versa's daughter, married Billy Wellington.
    Headstone Photograph 
    • Joseph Walker's grave is located at the North Walker Cemetery in Des Moines County, Iowa. The epitaph on the stone is: "Joseph Walker died June 25, 1851, aged 76 years, 2 months, 26 days."
    The Headstone of Joseph H. Walker
    The Headstone of Joseph H. Walker
    Buried  North Walker Cemetery, Benton Township, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Person ID  I7424  All Families
    Last Modified  31 Mar 2015 

    Father  George Walker,   b. possibly in Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1810, Pendleton County, (West) Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Sarah (Unknown),   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Family ID  F2043  Group Sheet

    Family  Barbara Teter,   b. 22 Nov 1781, Pendleton County, (West) Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Oct 1850, Benton Township, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  Between 18 Jul 1799 and 1800  Randolph County, (West) Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 6, 12
    Alt. Marriage  18 Jul 1799-1800  Pendleton County, (West) Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Legal  7 Sep 1832  Randolph County, (West) Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    • Deed of Joseph and Barbara Walker; selling their farm in Virginia in 1832

      This indenture, made this eighth day of September, in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and thirty-two, between Joseph Walker and Barbara, his wife, of the County of Randolph and State of Virginia, of the one part and George Teter and Jacob Conrad of the County of Pendleton and Sate aforesaid of the other part.

      WITNESSETH: That the Joseph Walker and Barbara, his wife, for and in consideration of the sum of Two hundred and Eighty-nine Dollars, to them in hand paid, the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged, had granted, bargained, sold, aliened, enfeoffed, released and by these presents, do grant, bargain, sell, alien, enfeoff, release and confirm to the said George Teter and Jacob Conrad, their heirs and assigns forever all that certain tract or parcel of land, situation, lying and being in the County of Randolph and State of Virginia, on the waters of the Laurel Fork Cheat River; being a tract or parcel of land surveyed for Jacob Shock the bearing date the 29th day of August, 1792, and bounded as followeth, to-wit, Beginning at a sugar tree on the side of the mountain running thence North 66 W 100 poles to a small spruce and hemlock sapling; thence South 24 W 264 poles to a sugar on a flat; S51 E 80 poles to a sugar on the side of the mountain; N 25½ E 531 poles to the beginning, CONTAINING TWO HUNDRED AND EIGHTY-NINE ACRES.

      TO HAVE AND TO HOLD the above described tract or parcel of land with the appurtenances to the said George Teter and Jacob Conrad their heirs and assigns forever; and the said Joseph Walker and Barbara, his wife, for their heirs aforesaid, for themselves, their heirs & do hereby covenant to and with the said George Teter and Jacob Conrad their heirs and assigns that they the said Joseph Walker and Barbara, his wife, the above described tract or parcel of land with the appurtenances to the said George Teter and Jacob Conrad, their heirs and assigns, shall and will warrant and forever defend against all persons and claims whatsoever.

      IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF the aforesaid Joseph Walker and Barbara, his wife, have hereunto affixed their hands and seals, the day and year first above written. Signed, sealed and delivered in presence of
      Joseph Walker (SEAL)
      Barbara Walker (her x mark)

      Pendleton County, to-wit:
      We, Michael Hinckle and Jesse Hinckle Justices of Peace, in the County of Pendleton in the State of Virginia, do hereby certify that Joseph Walker, a party to a certain deed bearing date on the 7th day of September, 1832, and hereunto annexed, personally appeared before us in our said county aforesaid, and acknowledged the name to be his act and deed and desired us to certify to the Clerk of the County of Randolph in order that the said deed may be recorded. Given under our hands and seals, the 8th day of September, 1832
      Mich’l Hinckle (SEAL)
      Jesse Hinckel (SEAL)

      Pendleton County, to-wit:
      We, Michael Hinckle and Jesse Hinckle, Justices of the Peace, for the County of Pendleton in the State of Virginia, do hereby certify that Barbary Walker, the wife of Joseph Wsalker, this day bargained, sold and by these presents, doth bargain, sel, alien and confirm unto the said George Teter, his heirs or assigns, a certain tract or parcel of land containing ninety-three acres lying and being in the county of Randolph, on the waters of the Dry Fork, and bounded as followeth, to-wit:

      Beginning at two spruce pine trees within half a mile of said fork and running thence south sixty degrees West one hundred and fourteen poles to a white walnut, beech and haw tree; South twenty degrees East forty poles to a beech and ironwood; South eighty-three degrees East one hundred and fifty-four poles to the beginning, with its appurtenances.

      TO HAVE AND TO HOLD the said tract of land with its appurtenances to the said George Teter, his heirs and assigns; Now the said Joseph Walker and Barbary, his wife, doth warrant and defend the said title, to said land against all persons whatsoever.

      In Witness Whereof, we, have set our hands and seals, the day and year above written.

      In presence of us -----

      Joseph Walker (SEAL)
      Barbara Walker (her x mark) (SEAL)
    Children 
    >1. Ely Walker,   b. 22 Mar 1801, Randolph County, (West) Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Feb 1869, Benton Township, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
    >2. John Wilton Walker,   b. 7 Nov 1802, Randolph County, (West) Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Feb 1865, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
    >3. George Walker,   b. Abt 1806, Randolph County, (West) Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1850
    >4. Joseph Walker,   b. Abt 1809, Randolph County, (West) Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1852, Benton Township, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
    >5. Jesse Walker,   b. 1 Jul 1810, Randolph County, (West) Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Oct 1886
    >6. Eber Walker,   b. 4 May 1812, Randolph County, (West) Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Feb 1873
    >7. Martin Walker,   b. 28 Jun 1814, Randolph County, (West) Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 May 1888
    >8. Sarah Walker,   b. 9 Feb 1817, Randolph County, (West) Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Mar 1867
    >9. Levi Walker,   b. 3 Jul 1817,   d. 12 Mar 1873
    >10. Mary Walker,   b. 1 Jan 1820, Randolph County, (West) Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Aug 1890
    >11. Susan Walker,   b. Abt 1824, Randolph County, (West) Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1906
    >12. Silas Walker,   b. 28 Jun 1826, Randolph County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Jun 1917, Tamatown (Historical), Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
     13. Solomon Walker,   b. Randolph County, (West) Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location
    Photos
    A Walker Family Coat of Arms
    A Walker Family Coat of Arms
    A number of years ago I found this Walker family coat of arms online. A Google check in November 2010 shows a more ornate and colorful one, but the high quality version is $9.99. I'll pass on that.
    Last Modified  21 Jan 2014 
    Family ID  F2743  Group Sheet

  • Sources 
    1. [S1434] Walker, Joseph (Jr.) and Descendants, (2002) (Reliability: 3).
      Date of Import: Dec 29, 2001

    2. [S266] New London, Iowa - New London Journal Centennial Edition Newspaper, M. Ruth (DeLong) Peterson, (published by The New London Journal on the occasion of the paper's centennial in 1975, Duane Griggs, editor; New London, Henry County, Iowa: composed and printed by The Hawk Eye; Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa), page 208 (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S35] Des Moines County, Iowa - (1888) Portrait and Biographical Album of Des Moines County, Iowa, (Acme Publishing, Chicago; 1888), pages 280-281 (Reliability: 3).

    4. [S507] Des Moines County, Iowa - Cemetery Records (GenWeb) (Reliability: 3).

    5. [S1287] Rice, Kassie - Email.

    6. [S1430] Walker, Joseph H. - Headstone Photograph, (his grave is at the North Walker Cemetery, Benton Township, Des Moines County, Iowa) (Reliability: 4).

    7. [S4989] 1840 US Census (Reliability: 4).
      1840 US Census; Randolph County, Virginia; Sheet No. 4, 257

    8. [S366] 1850 US Census (Reliability: 4).
      1850 US Census; Burlington Township, Des Moines County, Iowa; Enumerated October 31, 1850; Page #925, Sheet #463

    9. [S767] Imm, Sharon "Sherry" (Walker) - Email (Reliability: 3).
      As noted iin information on the North Walker Cemetery sheets provided by Sherry.

    10. [S767] Imm, Sharon "Sherry" (Walker) - Email (Reliability: 3).

    11. [S1287] Rice, Kassie - Email (Reliability: 3).

    12. [S1431] World Connect - Scott Family Tree: :879164, (last updated: Sat Aug 25 22:52:11 2001, contact Holly Blomberg) (Reliability: 3).