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Re: Walkers from West Whiteland, Chester, Pennsylvania
Posted by: Dan Lindley (ID *****8583) Date: November 24, 2012 at 10:31:02
In Reply to: Walkers from West Whiteland, Chester, Pennsylvania by David Wyble of 2614

Feel free to correct typos. fingers sometime fly faster than the brain.

Daily Local News
February 3, 1885

Thomas Walker

Thomas Walker, of the city of Galena, Illinous, died on the 5th of October last, aged 85 years. Many of our older readers will remember the subject of our older readers will remember the subject of this memoir, especially those of the township of West Whiteland. After having lived as tenant and porperty owner alternately in different parts of the township he purchases a lot of ground at what is now Whiteland Station (Formerly Walkertown) and built theron a substantial and commodious dwwlling house, several years prior to the locaton of the Pennsylvania Railroad. So near was the road run to said dwelling that in after years it became pery to firre, communicated by sparks from a locomotive engine.

Mr. Walker was well know as a carpenter and builder, he being the principal undertaker in that line in his vicinity. His integrity in the business concerns of life and his loalty (sic) to his party in politics wrought their recognition among his neighbors and they electedhim fro a term to the office of Coronoer, an offering well deserved and the more appreciated because it came to him unsolicited.

Surounded by a arge and increasing family he decided to seek a home in the West, where new scenes and associations might tend to advance his personal interestes and develop opportunities advantageous to his growing family.

I think it was in theyare 1851 that he left the familiar secnes of his past life (never to return to them) and settled in the Vicinity of Galena, Ill., where he purchased real estate and resumed his vocationas a builder with fair success, until advanced age and consequent infirmities caused him to retire from the duties of active life.

Four of his older children, who were sel-supporting, did not accompany the emigrant family. Jones, the eldest of the family, continues to live in the immediat evicinity of the old homestead, plodding along in the same routine of business left by his father, James, the second son, served an apprenticdhip at the milling business with his neighbor, John Trimble. Haviing long felt a prediliection for a sea-faring life he resolved on reaching his majority to gratify his yearnings in that direction and took postion "before the mast" for three or four voyages, which satisfied his cravings for a maritime life. Leaving the sea with its charms less appreciated by reason of their familarity he went to the northern border of New Jersey and resumed his earlier occupation of milling. In cours of time he there became married. ON the breaking out of the rebellion he raised a military company, and as its captain hurried tothe field of carnage, where he met his death by a bullet in his forehead. In the conflict the rebel lines closed aroung him, but his company, in a hand-to-hand struggle, recovered their captain's body, which they sent home to his sorrowing wife and infant son for civil burial.

James Walker was a noble speciman of his country's defenders. Private advices pronounced him brave, almost to rashness. Tow of his brothers in the West, Jospeh and Henry, joined an Illinois regiment and marched to the conflict. Joseph was killed, and like legions of others, filled a nameless grave. Henry returned at the close of the war uscathed, to the home of his parents and entered upon agricultural pursuits. As a family of children some have been eminently successful, while all have been well-to-do.

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