Jacob Walker was born 3 November 1833 in Runville, Boggs Township, Centre County.1 He died 24 July 1915 of “parenchymatous nephritis” in Centre Hall, aged 81 years, 8 months and 21 days. He was buried 27 Jul 1915 in the Reformed and Lutheran cemetery in Centre Hall. According to his obituary, he was the son of George and Ellen Walker.2 However, I believe Jacob was the son of George and his first wife, Catharine.3
Jacob was a farmer and made his home in Pine Glen, Burnside Township, Centre County, Pennsylvania. In 1854,4 he married Mary Eckley, daughter of John D. and Catharine (Walker) Eckley.5 Mary was born 8 July 1836, quite likely in Boggs Township, and died 18 July 1911 in Centre Hall of breast cancer. She was buried with her husband in the Reformed and Lutheran cemetery in Centre Hall.
Jacob and Mary had 10 children:
- Susanna Walker (1856-1910) married Nicholas Vallimont
- Victoria Walker (1858-1938) married Samuel T. Hoover
- Henrietta Walker (1860-1862)
- Benner Walker (1861-?) married Viola “Ollie” White
- Jackson S. Walker (1863-1947) married Mary (___)
- Simon C. Walker (1864-aft 1920) married Emma Bell (___)
- Nancy Jane Walker (1867-1906) married Henry Lee Borger
- Lucy Walker (1868-?) married John Eisele
- William Walker (1872-aft 1930) married Hattie Malone
- Ada Bell Walker (1874-1892)
Jacob and Mary (Eckley) Walker are my 3x great grandparents.
This post is part of an ongoing, blogging challenge entitled 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks, created by Amy Crow of No Story Too Small. Participants must write about one ancestor every week. This is my seventeenth 52 Ancestors post and part of week twenty-seven.
- Pennsylvania Department of Health, death certificate #13 (1915), Jacob Walker; photocopy, Bureau of Vital Statistics, New Castle. ↩
- Cordes W. Chambers, The Mountaintop Thru Newspaper Accounts 1911-1920 (Pennsylvania: Cordes W. Chambers III, 1993), volume 2, page 28-29 (1915); citing Centre Democrat, 29 Jul 1915. ↩
- Unfortunately, his death certificate does not include information on his mother, just “Not Known.” His son, William Walker, was the informant and would have known Jacob’s stepmother, who died when William was about 22 years-old. George’s first wife died when Jacob was about 13-14 years-old. That’s old enough to remember her, but if she wasn’t talked about, William would have had no reason to have known her name. ↩
- Chambers, The Mountaintop, volume 2, page 28. ↩
- Pennsylvania Department of Health, death certificate #63068 (1911), Mary Walker; photocopy, Bureau of Vital Statistics, New Castle. ↩