William Green Walker (b. March 14, 1844, d. February 11, 1921)
William Green Walker (son of Abram Marshall Walker) was born March 14, 1844 in Mouth Indian Creek,Pleasant Grove Twp,Coles Co.IL, and died February 11, 1921 in Charleston, IL-buried Roselawn Cemetery, Charleston, IL.
Notes for William Green Walker: Taught for 20 years in Coles and Cumberland Counties before becoming a farmer. Nicknamed "Billy". Introduced the crop of alfalfa to Coles County and practiced all methods called scientific farming. Walker's Ford named for Billy and Caroline who forded the Embarras River to visit friends on the west side of the Embarras River. Delegate to Congressional Convention in Danville,IL. Kept a daily journal of activities. In his journal, he referred to Aunt Nancy Vanwinkle from MN visiting (Apr 1891)-was this his mother's sister or sis in law? also, brother Harrison"Harry" from Arkansas visited on June 1892 (pg 133); January 18, 1892, pg, Uncle Rube Bates came by. Also, Aunt Lucy Bates was there on pg 304. Died at age 76. Funeral held at his home at 16 West Jackson Street, Charleston, IL. Buried at Rose Lawn Cemetery, Charleston, IL Brothers: Henry (Harrison) Walker, b. IL 10 yr old in 1850 census Sisters: Emily J. Fritts (Hampton) Levonia -listed as 10 years old in 1850 census Another sibling died in infancy MORE CHILDREN;WALTER G. WALKER - Auctioneer for many years in Charleston and Coles County, IL.EMILY (Emma) WALKER - Married William Phipps and resided in R. R. Lerna, IL. Began married life in Cumberland County, moved to Hutton Twp in 1876, then moved to E side of Embarras River 6 mile SE of Charleston. When they visited their friends and neighbors on the west side of the Embarras River, they forded the river. The crossing was always called WALKER'S FORD because Marshall Walker's farm was adjacent to the ford. Moved to Charleston in 1917 at 16 W. Jackson Street where he died. WILLIAM GREEN'S LAND: Original land grant to Samuel Swisher, ""East half of the Northwest quarter of Section eleven north of Range nine East in the District of Land subject to the sale at Palestine, IL" Eighty acres, dated August 10, 1838. Platbook shows original land grant on map-Samuel Swisher 2-7-1837. David Faris sold 3 acres SW1/4 quarter to Samuel Swisher January 15, 1853. 1869 Plat book shows Lockard Swisher is owner. Lockard Swisher purchase was made by Robert Leach, guardian (January 15, 1853). 1893 Hutton Twp plat book shows W.G. Walker as owner. Property description found in W.G. Walker's papers. 1991 map shows property belongs to the State (Fox Ridge State Park) dated September 17, 1840. NOTES IN W.G.JOURNAL: pg. 227-- 6-9-1901--Fay Walker there pg 234----went to town to meet niece, Mrs. Chandler pg. 240 - went to Hutton Fair and showed chicken, geese, mares, colts. pg. 241 - Pres. McKinley shot. pg. 248 - Went to Uncle Billy Dodds to see Wes on 8-19-1894 pg 142- - -Uncle Rueben Bates died 10-31-1899 pg. 143- --Uncle Billy Dodds pg. 164--- Clarel visited granddad at 4 mo old for the 1st time. pg. 152 -- Rose Spitler
pg. 253 - Otis Anderson? (any relation to James Morgan Anderson???) pg. 260 (Jan 18, 1902) Sister Emily J. Hampton subpoened W.G. to trial so she could sell land. At year end states he has 230 acres. pg. 304 - Aunt Lucy Bates there pg. 335 - Bought male Poland China $15 pg. 358 Put farm up for sale $70 acre with 3 agents to be sold by February 1, 1904. pg. 372. Ann Allen, my cousin from MN visited--was this Carolyn's brother's kid? pg. 377 Clarel was afraid to cross the river. Killed 3 hogs to butcher day after James Anderson's death. Uncle Jo Armstrong is 81 on August 11, 1904. (Was his mother's name Armstrong?
Received a letter dated October 23, 1918 from a cousin named Francis Allen,116 West St., Cheyenne,Wyoming. She had an acquaintance who was going back to Palestine, TX to check on the Childers estate for her. She didn't think that Grandpa had ever been in Palestine, TX but apparently Palestine in IL did not check out. Did William have a grandpa named Childers from Palestine? In another letter, she says that the Childers person was her father's cousin and also a cousin to "your mother". That would be a cousin to Carolyn Woodworth.? Postcard dated 1-2-1911 from Mrs. Francis A. Allen, 116 W. 25 st, Cheyenne, WY "I have found out where to get Grandfather's name from one of Father's old letters. It tells where that land is in Texas. Can write to the Clerk of the Court of that County. I am lucky to find it now. I can soon find out, I guess."
At year end 1902, WG Journal says he had 230 acres. Another letter in file from Mrs. Alice Walker, Tulsa, OK dated 4-8-1922. She wanted William Green to check to see if her husband Greenberry Walker was divorced from his first wife so she could get his government pension as his second wife. Received family group sheets from Roberta Lefler, 2231 Calle Opalo, San clemente, CA 92673-5619. Most of her info on this family was compiled by Betty Maddox, 2413 Bluebird Lane, Ponca City OK 74604 . Another researcher is Betty Beltz Stevens, 908 Spring Acres Rd, Clinton, MD 20735 whose family starts with Lewis Walker. We need to write both of these on info. VW Book says they were married same date in Clark County, IL???? Death index, IL Dept Public Health #3730 shows he died 2/11/1921 in Coles County, Charleston, IL of Chronic Parenchymtous Nephritis and Cerebrah Hemorrhage. Buried Roselawn Cemetery, Charlestohn, IL. Informent Charles Walker, Charleston, IL. Retired from farming. died at age 76 10 months, 27 days. Lived at corner of jackson and Division for 4 years. Says Abram, his dad, was born in Gaceland Co., KY. (must be Grayson Co) Also listed in Harper Swickard death index same death date of 2-11-1921. Ordered by Charles and Walter Walker -- Received uncertified marriage certificate from Coles County Court House signed by Betty Coffrin, County Clerk showing they were married by Coleman B. Dawson, M.G. on 8-11-1867. -- Found in Hutton Twp Schools, Chapter 13, p. 138 - HUTTON TOWNSHIP COLES COUNTY by Lois Genevieve Adams "Center School District No. 36 was built in 1856. First teacher was George Padget. Some others were: W.H. Schoonover, A. Eastin, Cynthia Kellog, Ben Dawson, T.L. Endsley, W.G. Walker. The second house was built in 1882., Burned in 1884; it was rebuilt in 1885..." -- Kate Robertson said that Wm Green and Caroline moved to house across from Hour House. He had a sale and divided horses at an annual sale. ===== 1880 United States Census Hutton,Coles, IL FHL film 1254183 National Archives film T9 1083 page 128B William G. Walker self m m w 36 IL Caroline Walker wife f m w 32 OH Armina Walker dau f s w 12 IL Charlie Walker son m s w 10 IL Lillian Walker dau f s w 4 IL Seth Lee Walker son m s w 2 IL
More About William Green Walker and <Unnamed>: Marriage: August 11, 1867, Coles County, Illinois (IGI) by C.B. Dawson, MG.
Marriage Notes for William Green Walker and <Unnamed>: Early Marriages, Coles County 1851-1870, page 150 shows married 11 Aug 1867 by C.B. Dawson, MG (Title)
Children of William Green Walker are:
+Charles (None) Walker, b. May 28, 1870, Cumberland County, IL, d. November 02, 1936, Coles County , IL Buried in Mt. Tabor Cemetery ,Coles, IL.