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Skee (#47704885)
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Kicha
RE: Aida Overton Walker
Skee, thank you so much. Its a shame about the errors especially when it comes to someone's final resting place.

According to some of the digital newspapers I've read she was known as Ada Overton while she was a member of Black Patti's Troubadours. By the time she married her husband in 1899, she added an 'i' to her first name Ada/Aida.

Some accounts I've read has her birth name as Ada Reed-Overton.

According to the info I received from the cemetery it appears Aida is buried beside her mom, Pauline (the cemetery has her mom's last name spelled Reid) who died in 1910. An interesting point, someone named Emma Adams who died in 1906, is buried in the same grave as her mom, Pauline Reid. I can only assume she's a member of the family.

The name you mentioned from the census, Margaret Davis .. I know the Walker's had a female servant/companion who lived with them. Perhaps that's her.

Also, something I found as her surviving family members were: Jessie Overton, an adopted sister, Mr. & Mrs. John Overton, an aunt and uncle. And four cousins who weren't named. At the time all were living in NY.

From one book nerd to another thanks for the recommendation .. I believe its been sitting on my 'buy later' list on Amazon.
Added by Kicha on Aug 25, 2013 4:38 PM
Kicha
RE: Aida Overton Walker
First of all thank you so much .. it pains me when false info is given in regards to Mrs. Walker.

Your project sounds very interesting! The best sources for info I can give you would be roaming through digitally archived newspapers online. However, the majority of the info I've gathered about Mrs. Walker comes from bios on Williams & Walker (I'm a book nerd). When you see anything on them you're certain to discover additional info on Aida.

Its also through digital newspapers that I was also able to finally find information about her burial.

I contacted the cemetery (Cypress Hill Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY) and found out the location of her grave and also for some reason she's listed in their system as Ada Q. Walker. Whether or not that's the name on her grave is uncertain to me.

I'm in contact with someone who's venturing to NY soon who will photograph her grave for me. I'll post that along with additional info on this site.

Good luck with your upcoming project and I hope I was of help to you.
Added by Kicha on Aug 22, 2013 10:21 PM
 

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