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Christopher Wilson Walker
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Birth: Jul. 3, 1827
Death: Sep. 17, 1907

Christopher is the son of David Walker & Pheriby Walker.

CENSUS:
1850 United States Federal Census Name: Christopher W Walker Age: 23 Estimated Birth Year: abt 1827 Birth Place: North Carolina Gender: Male Home in 1850(City,County,State): Northeast, Adams, Illinois Household Members: Name Age Christopher W Walker 23 Mary Walker 17 Ovlando Wood 47 Source Citation: Year: 1850; Census Place: Northeast, Adams, Illinois; Roll: M432_97; Page: 177; Image: 358.

1860 United States Federal Census Name: Christopher W Walker Age in 1860: 52 Birth Year: abt 1808 Birthplace: North Carolina Home in 1860: Northeast, Adams, Illinois Gender: Male Post Office: Pitman Household Members: Name Age Christopher W Walker 52 Mary Walker 27 Minerva Walker 9 Polly Walker 4 Sarah Walker 1 John Alexander 29 Source Citation: Year: 1860; Census Place: Northeast, Adams, Illinois; Roll: M653_155; Page: 912; Image: 570.

1870 United States Federal Census Name: Christopher W Walker Estimated Birth Year: abt 1828 Age in 1870: 42 Birthplace: North Carolina Home in 1870: Northeast, Adams, Illinois Race: White Gender: Male Post Office: Keokrek Junction Household Members: Name Age Isaac N Davis 25 Minerva Davis 19 Christopher W Walker 42 Mary Walker 37 Almira Walker 14 Faraby Walker 11 Rachel Walker 9 William D Walker 6 Robert M Walker 3 Emmaetta Walker 5/12 John Bodenhamer 22 Source Citation: Year: 1870; Census Place: Northeast, Adams, Illinois; Roll: M593_186; Page: 340; Image: 688.

1880 United States Federal Census Name: Christopher Walker Home in 1880: Northeast, Adams, Illinois Age: 52 Estimated Birth Year: abt 1828 Birthplace: North Carolina Relation to Head of Household: Self (Head) Father's birthplace: North Carolina Mother's birthplace: North Carolina Occupation: Farmer Marital Status: Widower Race: White Gender: Male Household Members: Name Age Christopher Walker 52 Rachel J. Walker 19 William D. Walker 16 Robert M. Walker 13 Jesse W. Walker 5 Source Citation: Year: 1880; Census Place: Northeast, Adams, Illinois; Roll: T9_174; Family History Film: 1254174; Page: 293.3000; Enumeration District: 18; Image: 0588.

1900 United States Federal Census Name: Christopher Walker Home in 1900: Northeast, Adams, Illinois Age: 72 Birth Date: Jul 1827 Birthplace: North Carolina Race: White Ethnicity: American Relationship to head-of-house: Head Father's Birthplace: North Carolina Mother's Birthplace: North Carolina Spouse's Name: Melissa A Marriage Year: 1882 Marital Status: Married Years Married: 18 Residence : Golden & La Prairie Villages, Adams, Illinois Household Members: Name Age Christopher Walker 72 Melissa A Walker 52 Charles C Walker 15 John Gaters 22 Source Citation: Year: 1900; Census Place: Northeast, Adams, Illinois; Roll: T623 235; Page: 12A;

COUNTY HISTORY:
THE HISTORY OF ADAMS COUNTY, ILLINOIS 1879--Northeast Township page 875

Walker, C. W., farmer; Sec. 35; P.O. Keokuk Junction; was born in Randolph county, N.C., July 3, 1827, and came to this county in 1836. Has 432 acres of land, valued at $12,200.

He married Mary Alexander. She was born in Russell county, VA, June, 1833, and died Oct 28, 1877. Their children are; Minerva A., Polly A. Sarah A, F. E., Rachel J., William D., Robert M., and Jesse W. Two died in infancy,

Mr and Mrs. Walker belonged to the Methodist church.

He emigrated when he was twelve years old, with his parents, to this county, where he has resided since; came with a four-horse team; was on the road six weeks; crossed through Cumberland Gap. The first winter he lived in a school house; used a box for a table; split out puncheons for stools; rented a farm the first year, a short distance from where he now lives; after word rented of Fleming Burke for three years.

He knows what a circle-hunt is; has participated in a great many, and has helped to kill as high as six deer in a day; came here a poor boy, but by hard work and good judgement has made a good home.

PORTRAIT AND BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD OF ADAMS COUNTY, ILLINOIS-- Chicago: Champam Bros., 1892 pages 226 and 229

Christopher Walker, one of the extensive land-owners of this county, who has a highly improved farm of four hundred and ninety acres on section 35, North East Township, claims North Carolina as the State of his nativity.

He was born in 1827 and is of Irish and English descent. He is one of a family of seven sons and two daughters: Sarah W., born in North Carolina, became the wife of John Moran, and died in Kansas; J. Branson is married, and resides in North East Township; Elizabeth is the wife of Samuel Dorsett, a farmer of Kansas; Jesse wedded Mary Davis.

We now take up the personal history of our subject, who acquired his education in the district schools of North East township, but his privileges were very limited. His father was a cripple, and when quite a young man Christopher was obliged to turn his attention to the farm and the support of the family. He continued to work for his father until twenty-two years of age, when he started out in life for himself. In connection with his brother James, he secured one hundred and sixty acres of land from the Government, and began the development of a farm. Since that time he has crowned his efforts. He afterwards sold his first farm, and has made several other purchases of land since. At length he purchased two hundred and forty acres of land, his present homestead, to which he has added until four hundred and ninety acres of well-tilled fields, and the neat and thrifty appearance of the place indicates the supervision of a careful manager. Mr. Walker has been twice married. In 1849, he was joined in wedlock with Miss Mary Alexander, a native of Virginia. By their union were born nine children, seven of whom are yet living. After the death of his first wife, Mr. Walker married Melissa A. Evans, by whom he had two children. (Charles C. & Carrie). In religious belief, Mr. Walker is a Presbyterian. He has been connected with that church for a number of years, and takes an active interest in its upbuilding and progress. In early life he did not follow in the political footsteps of his father, who was a Democrat, but supported the Wig party, and on the organization of the Republican party, he joined its ranks. Public-spirited and progressive, he takes an active interest in all that pertains to the welfare of the community, and his fellow-townsmen recognize in him a valued citizen. He has lived a quite, unassuming life, but his honorable career has won him many friends.

MARRIAGE:
First marriage---Illinois Marriages to 1850 Adams County---Alexander, Mary & Walker, Christopher W. Marriage Date: 24 Dec 1849.

Second marriage--Schuyler Co, IL Marriages--Certificate #8164 20 June 1881, Christopher W. Walker, age 54 born NC son of David Walker and P. Johnson, farmer of Adams Co, IL. Married to Melissa Agnes McPherson, age 34, born in Morgan Co, IL, dau of George McPherson and Amanda Lloyd.

OBITUARY:
Golden New Era, Friday 20 Sept 1907, Golden, Illinois--A PIONEER OF NORTHEAST--Christopher W. Walker Died at the age of 80 Years

Christopher Wilson Walker died at his late residence Tuesday evening at 6:30 o'clock. He had been critically ill for some months past and has been feeble for several years.

Mr. Walker was born and raised to the age of twelve years at Raleigh, North Carolina. He came to the vicinity of Golden when twelve years old and has lived here ever since. Mr. Walker was one of Adams county's old settlers having lived there some 68 years. He was well known all over the county and was respected by all who knew him.

His widow, Mrs. M. A. Walker, and nine children survived the deceased. The children are Mrs. Angeline Davis, of Haenecy, Oklahoma; Mrs. Fairbuyr McCullom, of Bogard, MO; Mrs. Mary Smith, of Monroe City, MO; Mrs. Rachel Pendleton, of Wellington, KS; William D. Walker, of Clayton, IL; Jesse W. Walker, and Mrs. Carrie Alexander, of Glesburg; and Robert M. and Charles C. Walker of Golden.

Funeral service were held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Elm Grove. The remains were laid to rest in the Walker cemetery east of La Prairie 
 
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 Parents:
  David Walker (1791 - 1861)
 
 Spouses:
  Mary Walker (1833 - 1877)*
  Malissa Agnes McPherson Evans Walker (1848 - 1910)*
 
 Children:
  Orlando W Walker (1853 - 1854)*
  William David Walker (1863 - 1954)*
  Robert Mitchel Walker (1866 - 1943)*
  Emma E Walker (1869 - 1871)*
 
 Siblings:
  Sarah Walker Moran (1815 - 1874)*
  Elizabeth Walker Dorsett (1819 - 1905)*
  Christopher Wilson Walker (1827 - 1907)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Walker Cemetery
La Prairie
Adams County
Illinois, USA
 
Created by: Susan Zmrzel
Record added: Oct 28, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 9721806
Christopher Wilson Walker
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Christopher Wilson Walker
Added by: Susan Zmrzel
 
 
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