Posted By:Bonnie Henson
Subject:Did Eugene WALKER, born 20 March 1847, Rome, die in NY?
Post Date:April 09, 2012 at 15:55:11
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My "possible" g-g-grandfather from the 1860 Rome, Oneida Co., NY, census is Eugene WALKER (below).

1860 federal census, Rome, Ward 3, Oneida Co., NY (M653, Roll 824, p. 529).
James WALKER, 38 (born ca. 1822)
Julia WALKER, 38 (born ca. 1822)
Eugene WALKER, 13 (born 3/20/1847 later research shows)
William P. WALKER, 11 (born ca. 1849)
Mary Ella WALKER, 5 (born ca. 1855)

(I have yet to prove this connection, since "my" Eugene S. WALKER's later census reports say he was born in March 1848, in NY. If the Eugene WALKER below died in NY, then he's not my guy, durn-it, since my g-grandfather went west to become a railroad man in Indiana, Dakota Territory and Chicago and died after 1900.)

James of the 1860 census MAY BE the same person list in the book called "The History of Oneida County, NY," that shows a James WALKER on the Board of Trustees of Ward 3, Rome, in 1854 and 1864-1866. A James WALKER dies in Rome on 28 Nov. 1877 (according to a DAR index), but, again, I don't know if this is the same man as the one in the 1860 census above.

Another WALKER in Rome during that period is William WALKER. The will of a William WALKER in the town of Rome written on 8 August 1810 lists his mother, Durkis WALKER, "if she be living" as his sole heir, but if she be dead, then his "beloved Brothers & Sisters" will equally divide his estate. (A DAR death indicates his death on the same date as the will.) William WALKER was also a member of the Board of Trustees, Rome, Ward 3, 1861. Again, I have no idea if this man is related to the James WALKER of the 1860 census.

The only other man piquing my interest is Thomas WALKER, President of the Bank of Utica, Rome, between 1845-1863 and Utica Savings Bank, 1849-1863.

But long before that, Thomas WALKER and his partner Ebenezer ETON, Rome, began publishing a weekly "Columbian Patriotic Gazette" newspaper on 17 August 1799 in that city until they removed the newspaper operation to Utica on 21 March 1803 and merged it with the "Sentinel" of Utica on 6 May 1823 at which time, I think, WALKER's involvement in the newspaper ended, and he turned to financial business in Rome.

If anyone can shed further light on these WALKERs of Rome, NY, and whether they are or are not related, please jump right in. Your clarification would be very much appreciated, especially if you have access to information in the WALKER Cemetary north of Rome that may or may not pertain to these people. Happy Hunting.

Bonnie in northern San Diego Co., CA