Sylvester S. Walker

Sylvester S. Walker

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Death 28 Dec 1868 (aged 72–73)
Cambridge Junction, Lenawee County, Michigan, USA
Burial Lenawee County, Michigan, USA
Memorial ID 57350107 · View Source
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The first white settler to realize the full economic potential of the crossroads was Sylvester S. Walker. Walker and his wife Lucy came to Michigan from Cooperstown, New York, in the late 1830s. Walker had been an innkeeper in Cooperstown and desired a location to reestablish his business in Michigan. He was a man looking for an opportunity. A frame structure had been built at the crossroads in 1836 and was being operated as a wayside inn by Calvin Snell. In 1843, Walker purchased the site from Snell. In 1853, Walker built a three-story brick building across the road from the original frame structure and moved his tavern operation to this new location.

Walker made a good living as the innkeeper of the taverns at the crossroads. The inns became a gathering point for area residents. Not only were the inn-keeping and stagecoach businesses brisk, but Walker's popularity allowed him to become the local postmaster, to win a seat in the Michigan State Legislature, to become a bank president and to become involved with several plank road companies. His name continues to be associated with the crossroads today.

Between 1865 and 1922, the site was owned by the family of Francis Dewey. Dewey was a former stagecoach driver who purchased several hundred acres of land in Cambridge Township, including the crossroads site. Francis Dewey purchased the site from Lucy Walker after Sylvester Walker's death.

(From State of Michigan) http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,1607,7-153-54463_18595_18613-86272--,00.html


Sylvester Walker, representative from Lenawee County in 1847, was a hatter in Norwich, N. Y., in 18r3. He settled in Cambridge in 1838, opened a hotel at the junction of the Chicago and La Plaisance Bay turnpikes, erected fine buildings, where many a weary traveler found a genial place of rest. In politics he was a Democrat. He died Dec; 28, 1868.

http://www.lenaweehistory.com/lenawee-ch8.html


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  • Created by: Jeannieology
  • Added: 19 Aug 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 57350107
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Sylvester S. Walker (1795–28 Dec 1868), Find a Grave Memorial no. 57350107, citing Cambridge Junction Cemetery, Lenawee County, Michigan, USA ; Maintained by Jeannieology (contributor 47015818) .