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Capt Augustus Walker
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Birth: 1800
New York, USA
Death: Feb. 6, 1865
Buffalo
Erie County
New York, USA

Boston Traveler, February 11, 1865;

"Capt. Augustus Walker, Naval Constructor of Buffalo, New York, died suddenly a few days ago. Captain Walker was well known as the pioneer of steamboat interests on the lakes, and for his inventions, and for his inventions and improvements in shipbuilding."

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Buffalo City Directory;
1836-1842 1844-1865. He resided at 55 Division

1830 Census; Erie Co NY Buffalo
1840 Census- Ohio, Erie Co Huron
1850 Census - New York, Erie Co Buffalo
1852 Retired, became Supervising Inspector appointed by President Fillmore.
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Captain Augustus Walker was one of the best known navigators and expander of steamboat interests on the Great Lakes. He built the Washington, the Great Western, and the Sheldon Thompson at Huron. She had 242 tons burden and carried three masts, the first of that rig on the lakes. On August 1, 1830, the Sheldon Thompson made her first trip to Mackinac and Green Bay.

The Buffalo News of July 7, 1830, printed a notice about the Sheldon Thompson. "The steamer Sheldon Thompson, A. Walker, master, proposes to leave her dock, August 30th for Mackinac, Green Bay, and intermediate ports. This stanch and elegant steamship is lauded as being a specimen of Ohio architecture. She will remain at Green Bay two or three days and one or two days at Mackinac to give her passengers a chance to view the delightful scenery of the upper Lakes. General Friend Palmer of Detroit saw the Sheldon Thompson leave Detroit on July 6, 1832 from her dock in Dorr & Jones at the foot of Shelby Street. He said that she had on board a "goodly number of passengers, besides a number of United States troops, with their officers and regimental band, destined for the seat of the Black Hawk War."


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Owner & Captain of many vessels including the steamers COLUMBUS, NIAGRA, SHELDON THOMPSON, GREAT WESTERN.

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from the Meigs County Telegraph Feb 28, 1854;
"The Washington Union announces officially that the 'President, by, and with the advice and consent of the Senate, has appointed Augustus Walker of Buffalo, Supervising Inspector of Steamboats for the 9th District"

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from the Detroit Free Press;
"The first steamer that ever ploughed Lake Michigan was the Sheldon Thompson owner and commanded by Capt Augustus Walker, a three masted boat with a low pressure engine. She took her departure from Buffalo in 1832 with troops on board for the Black Hawk War and arrived in Chicago July 11th."
(Many of his men died from the Asiatic Cholera outbreak.)
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History of St. Clair County, Michigan, containing an account of its ... By Western Historical Co

Capt. Augustus Walker was probably one of the most prominent navigators in aiding and furthering steamboat interests that ever sailed the lakes. He built the steamers Sheldon Thompson, Washington 1st, Columbus and Great Western, and first commanded the steamer United States, and subsequently the others herein named. The Western was the first steamer on the lower lakes provided with upper cabins. Capt. W. died at Buffalo, in 1865, aged sixty-five years.

Spouse: Elizabeth Walker
Children:
Eliza Walker
Alvin Walker (1823- )
Charles Walker
George Walker
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He was originally buried at North Street Cemetery in Buffalo, re-interred at Lakeside Cemetery, Hamburg, NY June 21, 1901.
(special thanks to John Eden, Buffalo for his help) 
 
Family links: 
 Spouse:
  Elizabeth D. Walker (1805 - ____)
 
 Children:
  Charles Walker (____ - 1862)*
  Alvin Walker (1824 - 1894)*
  George H Walker (1833 - 1864)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Lakeside Memorial Park Cemetery
Hamburg
Erie County
New York, USA
Plot: B-1, Lot 28, SL4 (Sublot 4), Grave 1
 
Created by: Msmith
Record added: Feb 18, 2014
Find A Grave Memorial# 125304044
Capt Augustus Walker
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 Added: Aug. 19, 2014
 
 
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