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Abraham Walker
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Birth: 1823
Lancashire, England
Death: Oct. 5, 1884
Philadelphia County
Pennsylvania, USA

Abraham Walker was born about 1823 in Ashton-Under-Lyne, Lancashire, England. He was the oldest of the six known children of Jeremiah Walker (1799-1850) and Mary Newton (1799-1849) and was baptized on 18 May 1823 in Saint Michaels in Ashton-Under-Lyne. No actual birth date was provided in the baptismal record or yet been located.

Based on census and church records, the Walker family all appeared to have worked as wool and cotton spinners in the local mills. Their records show “Charlestown” as their home, making them distinguishable from the multitude of other Walkers.

On 8 Nov 1841, Abraham married Ann Orme in Oldham, Lancashire, England. The date was found in a pension file, but locating the church record was more difficult. A bishop’s transcript was eventually found, for Abraham Walker (son of Jeremiah) and Ann Hill (daughter) of Ralph. It appears to have been a transcription error on the bishop’s copy. The original church register has not yet been reviewed.

Abraham and Ann had their first known child in January 1844 in Ashton-Under-Lyne. Phoebe Walker was baptized 30 Jan 1844 in Saint Michaels. She died that same year and was buried on 4 Aug 1844 in the churchyard of Saint Michaels.

Between 1845 – 1848, Abraham and Ann left Ashton-Under-Lyne and moved to Philadelphia. He was one of hundreds of wool and cotton mill workers who came to the United States to work in the newly industrialized woolen mills in Philadelphia and Camden. Their next known child, Jeremiah, was baptized on 10 Jul 1848 in the Church of the Redemption (Spring Garden). Abraham and Ann appear together without children on the 1850 Federal Census in Spring Garden Ward 7; baby Jeremiah was found on the 1850 Mortality Census as having died in April. The child found on the mortality census is listed as 3/12, but this is probably a transcription error by the original recorder as he would have 2-3/12.

On 5 Aug 1861, Abraham enlisted in Battery H, 1st Reg, PA Light Artillery. However, it does not appear that he remained in service. While his service is listed in his obituary, and was known to his descendants, when Ann applied for a Widow’s Pension, she was denied on the grounds that Abraham had been classified as a deserter. The family story passed down was that Abraham had become ill and was discharged; however, there is nothing in the military records to support that story.

Abraham continued to work in the wool mills and Ann remained at home raising their children. Abraham’s two brothers, John and Jeremiah, also immigrated to Philadelphia and worked in the mills, either living with him or nearby at various times. Numerous documents and directories place Abraham and Ann in the Spring Garden area of Philadelphia throughout their years in Philadelphia. Abraham was residing at 2204 Hamilton Street, prior to and at the time of his death.

Abraham died on 5 Oct 1884 from cancer of the stomach and was buried on 8 Oct 1884 in Mount Moriah Cemetery. His obituary stated he was a member of the International Order of Odd Fellows and the Order of Chosen Friends.

While the record from the Oliver Bair Funeral Home states there was at least a headstone for Abraham “Reopen Abraham Walker… removing stone by family”, a stone has not yet been located in the plot for either Abraham, Ann, or the other family members known to be buried there. Oddly enough, Abraham is found on several lists (probably copied repeatedly from others) as a veteran in the cemetery with the following information:
Walker, Abraham,
d. 10/05/1884,
This would be how the information on a military tombstone would appear. There is also a record of interment from Mount Moriah to the Quartermaster General stating a headstone was ordered in 1888. It is possible that this is the record, which has generated the information for those lists. It does not mean a military headstone was ever supplied.

Abraham and Ann had eight known children together:
Phoebe Walker (Jan 1844-Aug 1844) Ashton-Under-Lyne, St Michael’s Cemetery
Jeremiah Walker (11 Jan 1848-Apr 1849) Philadelphia, burial location unknown
Ralph Orme Walker (26 Oct 1850-13 Dec 1897) Philadelphia, Mount Moriah Cemetery
Mary Elizabeth (Walker) Booth (19 Jan 1853-27 Feb 1938) Philadelphia, Mount Moriah Cemetery
Abraham Walker (13 Jan 1854-9 Jul 1920) died in Pittsburgh, South Side Cemetery
John Walker (21 Jun 1858-aft 1880) unknown death/burial
William Zed Walker (2 Aug 1860-10 Apr 1941) Philadelphia, Greenmount Cemetery
Phoebe Ann Lincoln Walker (28 Jul 1865-aft 1880) I have been unable to locate a marriage or death record for Annie.

Abraham and Ann also raised his brother John’s son, Charles Alfred Walker, after the death of John and his wife Mary. Charles (22 Jan 1863-24 Jun 1880) was baptized as Abraham and Ann’s own in the Church of the Redemption in 1865 and they listed him as their son on the 1880 census, leading many to believe he was actually their child. However, Charles’s death certificate clearly lists John and Mary Walker as his parents. Charles is also interred with Abraham and Ann at Mount Moriah.

From the PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER Wednesday 10/8/1884:
"WALKER—On the 5th inst.. ABRAHAM WALKER, in the sixty-fifth year of his age, formerly of Ashton-Under-Line, Lancashire, Eng.
The relatives and friends of the family, also Hand-in-Hand Lodge, No. 63, I. O. O. F.. Chose Friends Lodge, No. 10O. are respectfully invited to attend the funeral, this afternoon, at 1 o'clock from his late residence. No. 2204 Hamilton street. To proceed to Mount Moriah Cemetery."

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Family links: 
  Jeremiah Walker (1799 - 1850)
  Mary Newton Walker (1799 - 1849)
  Ann Orme Walker (1820 - 1909)*
  Phoebe Walker (1844 - 1844)*
  Jeremiah Walker (1848 - 1849)*
  Ralph Orme Walker (1850 - 1897)*
  Mary Elizabeth Walker Booth (1853 - 1938)*
  Abraham Walker (1854 - 1920)*
  William Zed Walker (1859 - 1941)*
  Abraham Walker (1823 - 1884)
  Martha Walker (1826 - 1828)*
  John Walker (1826 - 1865)*
  Jonathan Walker (1828 - 1830)*
  Elizabeth Walker (1831 - 1832)*
  Jeremiah Walker (1833 - 1885)*
*Calculated relationship
Mount Moriah Cemetery
Philadelphia County
Pennsylvania, USA
Plot: Section 211, Lot 115
Maintained by: Sharon Scott
Originally Created by: Bev
Record added: Mar 08, 2006
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Abraham Walker
Added by: Sharon Scott
Abraham Walker
Added by: Sharon Scott
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Abraham Walker was my great great grandfather. I have been looking for him for 30 years and finally found him.
- Renee King
 Added: Dec. 28, 2010
My thoughts and prayers go out to your family and friends. Rest in Peace,
- Beulah
 Added: Aug. 26, 2006

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