Posted By:Richard Clark
Subject:Re: Looking for info regarding the family of Rev. John Walker
Post Date:May 25, 2009 at 07:31:23
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Forum:Harrison County, OH Genealogy Forum
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I'm sorry, but I still haven't found much on Rev. John Walker. I have that he was the son of a James Walker, native of Ireland. I also have that Rev. John Walker was born 1786 in Washington county, Pennsylvania. It is said that my 5th great-grandfather, Rev. Matthew Henderson, was the first Presbyterian minister to cross the Allegheny mountains. He established the church in Washington county in 1781, and continued his mission there until killed by a falling tree in 1795. I would very much like to find whether the Walker family were members of Henderson's congregation. While my ggg-grandfather William Nash married Rev. John Walker's widow, his son, Hugh Nash (my gg-grandfather) married Elizabeth Henderson, the great-granddaughter of Rev. Matthew Henderson. It truly seems that the lives of my maternal grandfather's family were very closely tied to the church.

I do show that Rev. John Walker had a brother named James F. Walker, born about 1811 in Pennsylvania, and married someone name Eleanor. I can't find a source for that information though at the moment, so I have no idea if this is accurate.

I also have found that Rev. John Walker's first wife was Rachel Scroggs. Besides daughter Eleanor Murdock Walker, who died in Monmouth, Illinois and never married, they had a daughter Margaret who married a George C. Vincent. I have nothing else on the couple, though.

Elizabeth Morrow, widow of Rev. John Walker, married my ggg-grandfather William Nash on 5 September 1855 in Xenia, Greene county, Ohio. William's second wife, Agness Nancy McKinney, had died earlier that year. A short time later, his church appointed him to attend the church Synod, apparently in Ohio. Xenia was were 5 of William Nash's children were born, with his first wife Nancy Galbreath, and where the family migrated from in 1832 to settle in Illinois. It was not surprising to find he married there for the 3rd time once certain facts came to light. Elizabeth, however, was listed as a resident of New Athens, Ohio on her transfer to William's church. She was a considerable distance from her home, leading me to believe she may have also been in Xenia on church business.

As you can see, I have made a small bit of progress. I think perhaps one of the more promising sources of information concerning the family would be church records, if they can be found and are readable. I was fortunate enough to find that our local genealogy society had obtained copies of the local church's session minutes and membership ledger covering a good part of the local church's early history. They weren't transcribed or indexed, so it took me several afternoons to read through them and find a handful of interesting facts.