JOHN WALKER, M. D.,

One of the pioneer settlers of this county, was born in Wilmington, New Hanover County, North Carolina, on March 26, 1825. He left New York City on December 1, 1849, taking passage on the steamer “Panama,” Capt. Bailey, coming via Panama, and arrived in San Francisco in January, 1850. After taking a trip to Stockton, and through Calaveras county, he returned to San Francisco, thence going to Sonora, where he arrived some time dur­ing the Fall of 1850.  During the Doctor’s residence here he has been engaged in the practice of his profession, and has also interested himself in mines and mining, to­gether with inventing machinery whereby gold may be the better extracted from the quartz.  This plain state­ment of a few facts is all the writer is allowed to give of a busy and extremely useful and valuable life.

“A History of Tuolumne County, California” Published by B.F. Alley, 1882. Pg. 351.

Submitted by: Nancy Pratt Melton