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Capt. William Nelson "Nelson" Walker

Capt. William Nelson "Nelson" Walker

Male 1842 - 1909

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  • Name  Capt. William Nelson "Nelson" Walker  [1
    Prefix  Capt. 
    Nickname  Nelson 
    Residence  Between 1842 and 1855  Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Born  9 Oct 1842  Boone County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender  Male 
    Census  1850  Jackson Township, Clinton County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • William N. Walker, age 8, male, white, born in Indiana
    Moved  1855  Darlington, Gentry County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Indiana 
    Census  1860  Gentry County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • William Walker, age 17, male, occupation farmer, born in Indiana
    Military  Between 1861 and 1865  [2
    • William Nelson Walker was in Company G of the Missouri Volunteers during the Civil War.
    Census  1870  Miller Township, Gentry County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    • (Living with his wife, Nancy J., and children: Sarah L. and Norah J. Walker:) Line Number: 5, Dwelling Number: 272, Family Number: 295: William N. Walker, age 27, male, white, occupation farmer, value of real estate $3200, value of personal estate $1615, born in Indiana, male over 21 years of age
    Census  1880  Miller Township, Gentry County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    • (Married to Nancy J., living with her and children: Sarah L., Norah I., Mary L., George W., Elizabeth, and James Q. Walker:) Line Number 9, Dwelling Number 144, Family Number 146: William N. Walker, white, male, age 37, married, occupation farmer, born in Indiana, father born in Tennessee, mother born in Kentucky
    Census  1900  Custer County, Oklahoma Territory Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    • (Widowed, living with his children: Mary L., George W., Lillie, Quinn B., and William A. Walker:) Line number 92: dwelling number: 164, family number: 172: William N. Walker, head of household, white, male, born in October 1842, age 57, widowed, born in Indiana, father born in at sea (sic: Tennessee), mother born in Kentucky, occupation carpenter, not employed 3 months during the previous year, could read, could write, could speak English, owned home, free of mortgage, a farm (not a house), number of farm in schedule: 161
    Died  20 Nov 1909  Thomas, Custer County, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Cause: heart failure 
    Obituary  21 Nov 1909  [2
    an unknown Oklahoma newspaper 
    • (Courtesy of a gedcom provided of the family of George and Sarah (Lane) Walker by Nona Jones:)

      CAPT. WALKER DEAD
      SUCCUMBED TO HEART FAILURE AFTER A SEVERE ILLNESS


      Captain William Nelson Walker died at his home, east of Thomas, last Saturday morning. Some weeks ago he underwent a surgical operation and he was on the fair way to recovery. He died very suddenly from heart failure.

      Captain Walker was born in Boone county, Indiana, October 9, 1842, and moved to Missouri with his parents in his thirteenth year. On December 9, 1866, he was married to Miss Nancy Campbell. He served four and one-half years in the Union army, being a member of Company G, 25th Missouri Engineers.

      Mrs. Walker died some years ago and the children left to mourn his demise are: Mrs. Lana Hensley of Clifford, Oklahoma: Mrs Nora Roberts of Lawrence, Kansas: Mrs. Lillie Cooke, Thomas, Oklahoma: George and Quinn Walker of Clifford, Oklahoma: Mary and Addison Walker of Thomas.

      Funeral services were held in the First M. E. Church today (Thursday) at 11 o'clock a.m. by Reverend C. S. Markin. The burial occurred at Thomas cemetery. The pall bearers were members of the GAR, as follows: G. W. Powell, F. V. Shaw, Isaac Wentz, B. G. Alford, A. M. Fansler and M. Brannon.

      Captain Walker was a man of excellent habits, fine moral character, and sturdy constitution, and he continued to be active in his accustomed pursuits till long past the age at which men ordinarily drop out of the ranks of workers. To this end there is no doubt that his sunshiny disposition contributed. He met most of the conditions and situation of life with a joke. He was a practical, matter-of-fact man, but had his own peculiar way of extracting merriment from life as it went along, and he was not disposed to worry about matters that could be bettered in other ways. This cheerful spirit remained with him to the last, and he retained his clearness of intellect up to his closing days. He was invariably a good neighbor, and there was no happier family circle in the land than his. When he died, full of years, and ready to be gathered to his fathers, the grief that was felt over the close of his long career was widespread and sincere. His best monument will be the good report that he has left behind him in this community.
    Buried  23 Nov 1909  Mound Valley Cemetery, Thomas, Custer County, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 8
    • He was buried in the "Thomas Cemetery," which probably was the Mound Valley Cemetery in Custer County.
    Person ID  I797  All Families
    Last Modified  12 Mar 2014 

    Father  George W. Walker,   b. 15 Jan 1800, Unionville, Knox County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Jan 1885, Darlington, Gentry County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Sarah Lane,   b. 3 Jan 1811, Hendricks County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Oct 1865, Gentryville, Gentry County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  29 Jun 1827  Hendricks County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Research 
    • Based upon the children listed in the 1840 census, there may have been a daughter and son not known in addition to the eleven known children of Sarah and George. One boy and one girl are both unaccounted for from that census. There is a boy aged 10-15 in the 1830 census, too, who probably is not theirs, as they had only been married 3 years at that time.
    Family ID  F397  Group Sheet

    Family  Nancy Jane Campbell,   b. 4 Dec 1848, Sinking Spring, Highland County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Mar 1883, Darlington, Gentry County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  9 Dec 1866  [1
    Children 
    >1. Sarah Lane "Lanie" Walker,   b. 2 Jan 1868, Gentry County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Jan 1948, Durham, Roger Mills County, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location
    >2. Norah Ida Walker,   b. 28 Jan 1870, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Dec 1922, Thomas, Custer County, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Mary Laverna Walker,   b. 28 Sep 1872, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Feb 1953
    >4. George Winfield Walker,   b. 22 Dec 1874, Darlington, Gentry County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Jun 1947, Gem, Hemphill County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location
    >5. Elizabeth Jane "Lillie" Walker,   b. 24 Oct 1877, Darlington, Gentry County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Jan 1975, Clinton, Custer County, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location
    >6. James Quin "Quinn" Walker,   b. 5 Jan 1880, Darlington, Gentry County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1950
     7. William Addison "Addison" Walker,   b. 20 Aug 1882, Gentry County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Feb 1971, Thomas, Custer County, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location
    Photos
    Captain William 'Nelson' Walker and His Children
    Captain William "Nelson" Walker and His Children
    Nelson Walker was married to Nancy Jane Campbell, who died in 1883. This photograph was likely taken in about 1890, of William Nelson and his children, who were: James Quin "Quinn" Walker, Norah Ida Walker, William "Addison" Walker, Elizabeth Jane "Lillie" Walker, George Winfield Walker, Sarah Lane "Lanie" Walker, and Mary Laverna Walker. The family lived near Darlington, Gentry County, Missouri.

    Sarah, the oldest child, acted as a mother to the others after their biological mother died. Many members of this family moved to Oklahoma early in the 20th century, and settled there.
    Some of the Children of William 'Nelson' Walker
    Some of the Children of William "Nelson" Walker
    This photograph of some of the children of Captain William "Nelson" and Nancy Jane (Campbell) Walker are of their oldest child, Sarah Lane "Lanie" Walker, and her three youngest siblings, Elizabeth Jane "Lillie," James Quin "Quinn," and William "Addison" Walker. It was probably taken in about 1895.
    Last Modified  21 Jan 2014 
    Family ID  F217  Group Sheet

  • Photos
    Captain William 'Nelson' Walker
    Captain William "Nelson" Walker
    Nelson Walker was born in Boone County, Indiana, the seventh of ten children born to George W. Walker and Sarah Lane. His grandparents were George Walker and Julian Jean "Julie Ann" (Welsh) Walker. Nelson married Nancy Jane Campbell and fathered seven children. Many of his children and their families moved to Oklahoma during the early years of the 20th century. Some moved further south, into Texas. Captain Nelson Walker died November 23, 1909, in Thomas Oklahoma. His wife preceded him by 25 years.
    Captain William 'Nelson' Walker
    Captain William "Nelson" Walker
    Nelson Walker was a nephew of Francis Samuel "Sam" Walker, Nelson's father was George Walker and his mother was Sarah (Lane) Walker. He was born October 9, 1842, in Boone County, Indiana. As of 1855, his family had moved to Gentry County, Missouri, in the northwestern part of the state. When William Nelson was still in his teens, he joined the Union army and fought in the Civil War. He was frequently mentioned by his worried mother in a letter she sent to Francis and Catherine Walker in Iowa. His older brother George had been killed and buried in an unmarked grave in Corinth, Mississippi. Sarah had several other sons in the war and was full of "trouble." William Nelson Walker married Nancy Jane Campbell, a native of Sinking Spring, Ohio, on December 9, 1866, after the war ended. They had seven children before she died March 21, 1883, in Darlington, Missouri

    This photograph is provided courtesy of Nona Jones (Winonia Darlene "Nona" (Hensley) Jones), who is a descendant of Nelson's family.

  • Sources 
    1. [S423] Jones, Winonia Darlene "Nona" (Hensley).

    2. [S8318] Walker, William "Nelson" (Capt.) - Obituary, (originally published in an unknown Oklahoma newspaper, November 21, 1909).

    3. [S366] 1850 US Census.
      Jackson Township, Clinton County, Indiana; Enumerated November 6, 1850; Page #889; Sheet #445

    4. [S451] 1860 US Census.
      Page Number: 60, Sheet Number: 705, Township No. 62, Gentry County, Missouri; Post Office: Gentryville; enumerated on June 20, 1860

    5. [S267] 1870 US Census.
      Page Number: 39, Miller Township, Gentry County, Missouri; Sheet 649, Post Office: Albany, Missouri; enumerated on June 30, 1870

    6. [S628] 1880 US Census.
      Gentry County, Missouri; Page 15, Supervisor's District 7, Enumeration District 279, Sheet C555, Enumerated on June 15/16, 1880

    7. [S54] 1900 US Census.
      Custer County, Oklahoma Territory; enumeration district: 38, supervisor's district: 214, sheet number: 8; enumeration date: June 16, 1900

    8. [S426] Find A Grave (web site).

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