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Descendants of Elijah Walker - 5 Generations


27. REBECCA4 WALKER (WEST3, WEST2, ELIJAH1) was born Jun 10, 1855, and died Dec 18, 1930. She married WILLIAM BENJAMIN FRANKLIN TOWNSEND Dec 27, 1874 in Lumpkin County, GA. He was born Jul 12, 1855, and died Jun 13, 1933.

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EBECCA WALKER:
Federal Census 1860, Cenus lists name as Rebecca K.
Federal Census 1860, Age 5. Estimated year of birth 1855.

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EBECCA WALKER:
Burial: Unknown, Mt. Hope Cemetery, Lumpkin Co., Dahlonega, GA
Tombstone: Mt. Hope Cemetery, Lumpkin Co., Dahlonega, GA

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ILLIAM BENJAMIN FRANKLIN TOWNSEND:
Andrew W Cain, History of Lumpkin County for the First Hundred Years 1832-1932, (Copyright 1932, Reprinted 1978), P.329,
In 1897 the plant (where the Dahlonega Nugget was published) was leased for one year by W. B. Townsend. At the expiration of the lease he bought the outfit and has been sole owner and editor ever since.

1880 Census, Lumpkin Co., GA, Dahlonega District, Household #153, p. 354a
W. B. Townsend, head, age 24 (1856), Carpenter, Born GA, Father born SC, Mother born SC
Rebecca, wife, age 25 (1855), Keeping House,
Emma, daughter, age 4 (1876)
Lizzie, daughter, age 4 (1876)
Joseph, son, age 1 (1879)
Delia, female, cousin, age 17 (1863)
Except for W. B. Townsend, all other members of household were born in GA, fathers born in GA, mothers born in GA

1900 Census, Lumpkin Co., GA Dahlonega District, Household #89, p. 217-217a
Wm. Townsend, head, born 7/1855, age 44, married 27 years. Occupation: Editor (The Dahlonega Nugget)
Rebecca, wife, born 6/1855, age 44, married 27 years, 6 children - 5 living. Occupation: Washwoman
Lizzie, daughter, born 8/1876, age 23
Emma, daughter, born 8/1876, age 23
Clyde Lovelace, son-in-law, born 3/1876, age 24. Occupation: Miner
Mary Lovelace, daughter, born 12/1882, age 17
Fannie Walker, mother-in-law, born 7/1819, age 80, Widowed. I child - 1 living (Name is Fatima)
All born in GA., All fathers born in GA, All mothers born in GA
NOTES: Rebecca is the daughter of West Walker, Jr. and Fatima Bryan. He was born in NC.
Also I do not understand the info about Fannie/Fatima. She and West had 13 children.
Phillip Walker

1910 Census, Lumpkin County, GA, Dahlonega District, Household #106/115, Pea Ridge, Roll 199, Book 2 p. 232a
Will B. Townsend, head, age 54, married 36 years, Publish Newspaper
Rachael R., wife, age 54, married 36 years, 6 children - 5 living, Washer Woman
Emma, daughter, age 34, single, Washer Woman
Homer, grand-son, age 6 (1904)
Glover, grand-son, age 6 (1904)
ALL born in GA, ALL parents born in GA

Source: http://thedahloneganugget.com/about_us/
The Nugget gained national and international acclaim after William Benjamin Franklin Townsend became publisher in 1897. With $2.50 in borrowed money, he leased the printing equipment and started an enterprise that has stood the test of time. Townsend's columns were picked up and reprinted by metropolitan newspapers and magazines throughout the United States and Canada. A few days after his 76th birthday, Townsend set the type for his last column. “Ye editor is sick,” it read, and before the next issue, Townsend died.

The Nugget was passed down to Townsend's son, Jody, who recruited his uncle, J. Goley Townsend, to help him. After owning the newspaper 11 years, Jody sold it to William M. and Mary Lou B. Smith in 1944.

File contributed for use in USGenWeb Archives by:
Jacqueline King http://www.rootsweb.com/~archreg/vols/00016.html#0003809
April 16, 2007, 10:06 pm

New York Times, 15 June 1933
Editor of Nugget Dead.
W. B. Townsend of Dahlonega, Ga., "Wrote" Copy in Type.

Dahlonega, Ga., June 14-
W. B. Townsend, who never wrote a line of copy with pencil, pen or typewriter, but edited and published a newspaper single-handed for more than forty years, died yesterday in the printshop of his Dahlonega Nugget.
The 78-year-old survivor of a past era of personal journalism sat down to rest on a chair beside his ancient printer's stone, where he has set millions of lines of type, composing as he picked out the letters, and a little hand press where he turned out the papers. He didn't get up.
"The editor is sick," was the last news story he ever "wrote". The single line was the last item in a column of local news in this week's Nugget.
A printer's devil here in the days when Dahlonega was a booming gold-mine town with a government mint, Mr. Townsend wanted to be a publisher. He had little education and money, but he set himself up and for nearly half a century the Nugget appeared weekly. The pungent comments by "W. B. Townsend, editor and prop.," cam to be widely quoted in other publications.


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ILLIAM BENJAMIN FRANKLIN TOWNSEND:
Burial: Unknown, Mt. Hope Cemetery, Lumpkin Co., Dahlonega, GA
Occupation: Editor - Dahlonega Nuggett
Tombstone: Mt. Hope Cemetery, Lumpkin Co., Dahlonega, GA

Marriage Notes for R
EBECCA WALKER and WILLIAM TOWNSEND:
Lumpkin County Marriage Index, 1829-1922
Townsend, William Walker, Rachael R. December 27, 1874
History of Lumpkin County adds officiant as C. W. Ash, O.M.G., p. 445


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ILLIAM TOWNSEND and REBECCA WALKER:
Marriage: Dec 27, 1874, Lumpkin County, GA
     
Children of R
EBECCA WALKER and WILLIAM TOWNSEND are:
  i.   EMMA5 TOWNSEND, b. Aug 14, 1875; d. Aug 25, 1961.
  More About EMMA TOWNSEND:
Burial: Unknown, Mt. Hope Cemetery, Lumpkin Co., Dahlonega, GA
Tombstone: Mt. Hope Cemetery, Lumpkin Co., Dahlonega, GA

  ii.   LIZZIE TOWNSEND, b. Aug 1876; d. Unknown.
  iii.   JOSEPH TOWNSEND, b. Abt. 1879; d. Unknown.
  iv.   MARY TOWNSEND, b. Dec 1882; d. Unknown; m. CLYDE LOVELACE; b. Mar 1876; d. Unknown.
  Notes for MARY TOWNSEND:
1900 Census, Lumpkin Co., GA Dahlonega District, Household #89, p. 217-217a
Clyde Lovelace, son-in-law, born 3/1876, age 24. Occupation: Miner
Mary Lovelace, daughter, born 12/1882, age 17
They were living in the houshold with Wm. Townsend and Rebecca Walker
All born in GA., All fathers born in GA, All mothers born in GA




28. JOHN WESTLEY4 WALKER (WEST3, WEST2, ELIJAH1) was born Oct 1856, and died Aft. 1930. He married MARY ANN GRIZZLE Oct 23, 1873 in Lumpkin County, GA. She was born Abt. 1857, and died Aft. 1930.

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OHN WESTLEY WALKER:
1860, Lumpkin County, GA
Age 3. Estimated year of birth 1857.

1880 Census, Lumpkin Co., GA, Yahoola District, Household #85, Roll 156 Book 1, p. 321b
John W. Walker, head, age 22 (1858)
Mary, wife, age 22 (1858)
Priscila, daughter, age 7 (1873)
Alfred K., son, age 2 (1878)
William O., son, age 6/12 (1879)
NOTE: I assume this is John Wesley that is the son of West and Fatima Walker. John lives next door to West and Fatima.

1910 Census, Lumpkin Co., GA Auraria District, Household #74, p. 225b
(Lives next to Wash Walker, son)
John Walker, head, age 53 (1857), married 38 years
Mary, wife, age 53 (1857), married 38 years, 9 children, 7 living
Elsie, daughter, age 18 (1892)

1920 Census, Lumpkin Co., GA, Auraria District, Household #9, p. 232b
John W. Walker, Head, age 63
Mary, wife, age 62
Still lives next to Wash Walker, son. Other son, Mant, lives 2 doors down (#11)
Elsie was not living at home in 1920.

1930 Census, Lumpkin Co., GA, Auraria District, Household #29/29, Roll 374 Book2, p. 21
John W. Walker, head, age 74
Mary, wife, age 72

Randy Walker, grandson of Larkin Walker, lists middle name as William.
He also lists children as:
Mant Walker who married Dot Free 1/15/1910
Washington Walker who married Delia Free 2/11/1901

Marriage Notes for J
OHN WALKER and MARY GRIZZLE:
History of Lumpkin County, p. 444
John W. Walker married Mary Ann Grizzle 10/23/1873 by Geo. M. Whitmore, J.P.

Lumpkin Marriages 1829-1922 Groom Index
John W. Walker married Mary Ann Grizzle 09/21/1873


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OHN WALKER and MARY GRIZZLE:
Marriage: Oct 23, 1873, Lumpkin County, GA
     
Children of J
OHN WALKER and MARY GRIZZLE are:
  i.   PRISCILLA5 WALKER, b. Abt. 1873; d. Unknown.
55. ii.   ALFRED K. WALKER, b. Jun 1878; d. Unknown.
  iii.   WILLIAM O. WALKER, b. Abt. 1879; d. Unknown.
56. iv.   WASHINGTON WALKER, b. Abt. 1882; d. Bef. 1930.
57. v.   MANT WALKER, b. Abt. 1887; d. Unknown.
  vi.   ELSIE WALKER, b. Abt. 1892; d. Unknown.


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