- Born: 25 Oct 1795, Lyme, New London, Connecticut 27,584,585,67,1145
- Marriage: Sarah Ross in 1826 in Pennsylvania 27,543a,584
- Died: 30 Dec 1883, Waterford, Erie, Pennsylvania at age 88 27,584,585
- Buried: 1883, Waterford Cemetery, Erie, Pennsylvania585
Noted events in his life and other information:
• War of 1812: Soldier for the U.S., 1812. 27
• Dates & Events. 543
James, son of Joseph and Cecila Walker, was born in Connecticut in 1795, and came with his parents to Erie County Pennsylvania, in 1816, from Oneida county, New York. On first coming to the county, being then just of legal age, he took up 320 acres of land in Waterford township and there spent his life becoming a prosperous farmer. He served in the War of 1812 from New York State, being then in his seventeenth year. He was a man of good education, a member of the Christian Church, Oak Hill congregation, one of the earliest formed in the locality. In politics a Whig, he affiliated with the Republican party upon its formation. He was a man of energy and fairly won his find farm from the forest. He built in 1850, with assistance of his sons, on mile of Waterford and Erie Plank Road, and later constructed over three miles of the road bed of the new Philadelphi and Erie Railroad. He was a strong upright character and he served wll his day and generation.
James married 1826, Sarah Ross, born in Meadville, Pennsylvania, in 1803, died 30 Mar 1866, daughter of Francis Ross, a farmer near Meadville, later moved to West Virginia where he died. Children of James Walker and Sarah, Rachel, Francis R., Cecelia A., Joseph, Judson, Nancy M. Amos A, and Sarah.
~Genealogical and Personal History of Western Pennsylvania, Vol. III, pg. 1493
• Background Information. 584
This is from the "Biographical Sketches" taken from the 1884 version of The History of Erie County, Pennsylvania published by Warner, Beers & Co., Chicago
James Walker, Waterford, was born in New London, Connecticut on 25 Oct 1795. He came to Erie County in 1816 and settled in Waterford Township the year following. In 1826, he married Sarah Ross of Meadville, Pennsylvania. This couple were the parents of eight children, six of whom were alive in 1884 at the time the book was written.
In 1850, a plank road was built from Waterford to Erie, and James constructed over a mile of the work. During the construction of the Pennsylvania Erie Railroad, he and he sons built about three miles of this the work.
James was a soldier in the war of 1812, for which he received a pension. His father, Joseph, had been a soldier as well, but in the War for Independence from Britain.
He was the oldest man in Waterford Township at the time of his death, which occurred 30 Dec 1883, in his eighty-ninth year. He was a member of the Christian Church for over sixty-five years. His wife was also connected with the same until her death which occurred 30 Mar 1866. They were among the pioneers of the county, and suffered all the hardships and privations incident to settle of a new and densely wooded country. Politically, the family were all Republicans.
• He appeared on the census 27th July 1850 in Waterford, Erie, Pennsylvania. 66
James Walker, 54
Sarah Walker, 48
Rachel Walker, 21
Francis Walker, 20
Cecilia Walker, 18
Joseph Walker, 16
Judson Walker, 14
Nancy Walker, 12
Amos Walker, 9
Sarah Walker, 8
The Walkers must have lived next door to the Coles, since the Coles follow immediately after the Walkers in the 1850, Waterfront, Erie, Pennsylvania Census.
James Walker was born in Connecticut, and the rest of his family, including his wife were born in Pennsylvania.
• He appeared on the census on 2 Aug 1860 in Waterford, Erie, Pennsylvania. 67
James Walker, 65
Sarah Walker, 58
Francis Walker, 30
Cecila Walker, 29
Joseph Walker, 26
Judson Walker, 24
Nancy Walker, 22
Amos Walker, 20
Sarah Walker, 18
James was born in Connecticut, while all the rest were born in Pennsylvania.
• Census: 1870 in Ashland, Saunders, Nebraska65
Cecilia Cole, 38, Farming - born in Pennsylvania
Stella Cole, 11, At School - born in Pennsylvania
James Walker, 74, Farming - born in Connecticut
• Census: 1870 United States Federal Census, 10 Aug 1870, Waterford, Erie, Pennsylvania. 583
He appeared a month later on the Waterford, Erie County Census.
James Walker, 74
Joseph Walker, 35
Judson Walker, 33
Amos Walker, 29
Francis R. Walker, 37
Nancy Walker, 31
• Census 1880 on 29 Jun 1880 in Waterford, Erie, Pennsylvania. 68
Joseph Walker, 46
Judson Walker, 44
Nancy Walker, 42
Amos Walker, 40
James Walker, 84
James Walker is listed as being born in Connecticut as well as both his parents.
The other Walkers are listed as born in Pennsylvania, as was their mother. All but Nancy Walker are listed as farmers.
• Cemetery Records. 585 Thanks to Herb Kinney for providing me the following Walker family cemetery records at the Waterford Cemetary.
Amos A. Walker, 25 Sep 1840 - 4 Jun 1882
Esther M. Sherwood, his wife, 12 July 1842 - 7 Oct 1866
Curtis B. Walker, 1886 to 1911. Father
Francis R. Walker, 21 May 1830 -18 Feb 1906
Nancy W. Walker, 7 Mar 1837 - 8 Feb 1907
James Walker, 25 Oct 1795 - 30 Dec 1883
Sarah Ross, his wife, 9 July 1803 - 30 Mar 1866
Joseph Walker, 18 Feb 1834 - 4 Apr 1894
Cecelia A.Cole, 7 June 1832 - 8 August 1901
Judson Walker, 1835 & Kate Crawford his wife, together on same marker.
Ransom E. Walker, 1878-1930
James married Sarah Ross, daughter of Francis Ross and Rachel, in 1826 in Pennsylvania 27,543a.,584 (Sarah Ross was born 9 July 9, 1803 in Meadville, Crawford. Pennsylvania,27,66,585,543a died on 30 Mar 1866 in Waterford, Erie, Pennsylvania 27,585,543a,584 and was buried in 1866 in Waterford Cemetery, Erie, Pennsylvania.,585)