Weldy Wilberforce Walker

Weldy Wilberforce Walker

Steubenville, Jefferson County, Ohio, USA
Death 23 Nov 1937 (aged 77)
Steubenville, Jefferson County, Ohio, USA
Burial Steubenville, Jefferson County, Ohio, USA
Memorial ID 51711442 · View Source
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Professional baseball player in 1884. Outfielder for the Toledo Blue Stockings.

Brother of:
Mose Fleetwood Walker 1856-1924.


Walker was born in 1860 in Steubenville, Ohio, an industrial city in the eastern part of the state with a reputation for racial tolerance. Weldy's name was a combination of the biblical word for wealthy ("weldy") and the surname of English abolitionist William Wilberforce.

His parents, Moses W. Walker and Caroline (O'Hara) Walker, moved to Steubenville from Mount Pleasant, Ohio. His father was a minister in the Methodist Episcopal Church, a physician, and a leader in Steubenville's African-American community. In June 1870, at the time of the 1870 United States Census, the Walker family was living in Steubenville's First Ward. Walker's father was identified as a minister who had been born in Virginia. The couple had four children listed in the Census: William (age 25), Mary (age 21), Sarah (age 19), Moses F. (age 11) and Weldy W. (age 9).[7] In June 1880, at the time of the 1880 United States Census, the family was still living in Steubenville and consisted of Moses (age 59, clergyman), Caroline (age 57), William (age 35, teamster), Sarah (age 22), Moses (age 21, at school), Weldan (age 19, at school), and Mary Alexander (age 13, adopted).

Weldy attended Steubenville's integrated public high school in the 1870s.

In April 1930, at the time of the 1930 United States Census, Walker was a "roomer" in an all-black boarding house at 117 South 6th Street in Steubenville operated by Eugene Williams. His occupation was listed as a clerk.

Walker never married. In November 1937, he died from pneumonia at his home at 100 Market Street in Steubenville. His occupation was listed as a retired hotel manager at the time of his death.

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  • Created by: Carol Tessein
  • Added: 27 Apr 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 51711442
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Weldy Wilberforce Walker (27 Jul 1860–23 Nov 1937), Find a Grave Memorial no. 51711442, citing Union Cemetery, Steubenville, Jefferson County, Ohio, USA ; Maintained by Carol Tessein (contributor 46853728) .