William Walker born May 18, 1827 in Alabama, parents names
unknown, and was first found by this researcher in Franklin
County, Illinois, September 26, 1850 when he married Mary
Jane Kirkpatrick, daughter of John and Sarah “Sally” (Tinsley)
Kirkpatrick. William and Mary Jane Walker located early in
their marriage to Elk Prairie Township , Jefferson County ,
Illinois where they raised a close knit family of three sons
and five daughters.
1. John Foster Walker, the eldest son, was born in 1852 and
married Rachel Ann Row January 28, 1873 and they had four children,
Martha “Mattie” J., William, Mary Ellen and William Leroy.
2. The second child, and first daughter, Martha Ellen Walker
was born January 12, 1856, and she married Brise T. Downen
December 15, 1875 and there were no children of this marriage.
3. The third child was William Timothy “Tim” Walker who was
born April 19, 1858, who married Phebe Nebraska Kirk January 8, 1891
and they had no children.
4. The fourth child was Sarah Emmaline “Line” Walker, who was
born July, 1859, and married Henry Columbus Martin December 23 1880.
They raised a family of six children, Harlan “Harl” L., Hiram
Nelson “Nels”, Bertha M., Delpha Jane, Earnest O. and Leva M. and
their descendants are many around the Jefferson County and southern
5. The fifth child of William and Mary Jane, Elnora Jane Walker,
was the great grandmother to the author of this rendition. She was
born August 14, 1860 and she married John Yancy Mason April 1, 1880.
To this union ten children were born; Charles Walter, Oscar, Mary
“Mollie” R., John Albert “Al”, Inez Elnora, William Walker “Jack”,
Florence A., Edith, Ruth Ethel, and Zelda Aretta.
6. The sixth child was Letitia “Lue” or “Tish” Walker who was born
March 5, 1864 and she married Thomas B. Glazebrook March 21, 1886 and
they had children Lottie, Otis, Jessie A., Vanitah “Nita” Mae, Fitzhugh
Lee and Lovah Leota.
7. The seventh child was Clarissa “Clara” Matilda Walker and she
was born August 1865, married James C. Phillips July 26 1885, and
had children, William Walker, Clyde L., Effie Florence, Harry “Henry”,
Myrtle M., Manerva E. (Esther), Bertha Jane, Edith, Thelma M., James C.,
and Lovah Virginia.
8. The eighth child was George W. Walker, born December 23, 1867,
who married Sophia P. Estes June 6, 1889. They had children, C.
Orville, William Arthur, Orlan E., Aaron L., Mabel, Marshall R.,
Timothy and Grant L.
Marriage records of all of the daughters of William and Mary Jane
Walker showed that they were all married in the home of Mr. and Mrs.
William Walker which leads the writer to believe that this was indeed
a close knit family. Although parents have never been identified for
William Walker, the 1880 US Census shows the William Walker family and
lists a Susan Vaughn with them and shows that she is the mother of
William Walker. Her grave is found in Row Cemetery , Elk Prairie Township ,
Jefferson County , along with several Walkers and Rows. Listed in the
1850 US Census with Susan Vaughn was her husband John Vaughn and a son,
Franklin Vaughn, age 4. In the 1860 Census she is shown with her son
Franklin Vaughn, age 14.
Mary Jane Walker died November 4, 1903 in Jefferson County , Illinois
and her husband William followed her in death on February 13, 1905
and they are both buried in the Reid-Kirkpatrick Cemetery located
near Mulkeytown, Franklin County, Illinois. William Walker engaged
in farming throughout his lifetime.
Submitted by Dean Hildreth * email@example.com