Saturday, March 08, 2014

Surname Saturday: WALKER

The surname WALKER is from the English (especially Yorkshire) and Scottish and is an occupational name for a fuller. The work of the fuller was to scour and thicken the raw cloth by beating and trampling it (walking on it) in water. Another version of WALKER and FULLER is TUCKER, which is rather interesting, considering the latter is also a step-surname on my children's paternal grandfather's side.

Stories and History:

Ahnentafel #172 - John WALKER (? - ?) - from Northampton County, Pennsylvania, he settled in Brush Valley, Miles Township, Centre County, Pennsylvania about 1798. He married Mary M. GRAMLEY.

Ahnentafel #86 - Daniel WALKER (1807 - 1887) - born in Brush Valley, he married Hannah ERHARD (1807 - 1884). They had six known children. "Daniel Walker was by occupation an agriculturist, and passed his active life upon the first farm he ever owned. Although of small stature he was an industrious man, and was successful for his day. At the time of his death he owned over 500 acres of land in Brush Valley, 200 acres in Nittany Valley, and other tracts elsewhere. In politics he was a steadfast Democrat, but no office seeker. He took much interest in religious work as an active member of the Lutheran Church; his wife was identified with the Reformed Church. She died May 26, 1884, and his death occurred May 27, 1887, the remains of both being buried in the cemetery of Rebersburg." --Commemorative Biographical Record of Central Pennsylvania: Including the Counties of Centre, Clearfield, Jefferson and Clarion: Containing Biographical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens, Etc. Chicago: J. H. Beers, 1898.

Ahnentafel #43 - Mary Ann WALKER (1830 - 1870), born in Pennsylvania, she married Reuben Wohlford SNOOK (1833 - 1912) before 1859. They had seven children before Mary Ann died, possibly due to childbirth of her youngest.

Ahnentafel #21 - Rebecca Catherine SNOOK (1865 - 1960) - her life has been sketched out here.

Ahnentafel #10 - George Rice WESTABY, III (1890 - 1972)

Ahnentafel #5 - Helen Mary WESTABY (1915 - 1997)

Ahnentafel #2 - my children's paternal grandfather (living)

Ahnentafel #1 - my children's father (living)

More About the WALKER Family:

1. Online database (I update this at least once a month): WALKER ancestors and relatives (no info on living persons available)

2. Posts about WALKER ancestors and relatives on this blog

3. Some scanned WALKER photos

4. My WALKER Virtual Cemetery on Find A Grave

7. Transcription of Jeremiah WALKER's biography in Commemorative Biographical Record of Central Pennsylvania..., mentioning his parents and grandparents

My Children's WALKER Immigration Trail:

Northampton Co., PA > Centre Co., PA > Custer (now Rosebud) Co., MT > Dawson Co., MT > Yakima Co., WA > Thurston Co., WA > Clark Co., WA > Spokane Co., WA

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