When John Perry Talkington was born on 29 November 1842, in Washington, Arkansas, United States, his father, Isaac Walton Talkington, was 20 and his mother, Mary A. T. Eshom Eschom, was 20. He married Katherine Hortensia Pearce on 12 December 1869, in Upshur, Texas, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 5 daughters. He lived in Justice Precinct 2, Collin, Texas, United States in 1880 and Justice Precinct 5, Hopkins, Texas, United States for about 10 years. He died on 7 March 1916, in Hopkins, Texas, United States, at the age of 73, and was buried in Nelta Cemetery, Nelta, Hopkins, Texas, United States.
English (Lancashire): variant of Torkington, a habitational name from Torkington in Greater Manchester (formerly in Cheshire). The placename may derive from an Old English personal name Turec + Old English connective -ing- + tūn ‘farmstead, estate’. This form of the surname is rare in Britain and Ireland.