James L Walker was born on 12 September 1811, in Pennsylvania, United States. He had at least 2 sons and 7 daughters with Margaret J Stewart. He lived in Mound Township, McDonough, Illinois, United States in 1860 and Little Britain, Little Britain Township, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States in 1890. In 1850, at the age of 39, his occupation is listed as lawyer in Pennsylvania, United States. He died on 11 May 1866, in Illinois, United States, at the age of 54, and was buried in Bardolph, McDonough, Illinois, United States.
English (mainly North and Midlands) and Scottish: occupational name for a fuller, from Middle English walker, Old English wealcere (an agent derivative of wealcan ‘to walk, tread’), ‘one who trampled cloth in a bath of lye or kneaded it, in order to strengthen it’. This was the regular term for the occupation during the Middle Ages in western and northern England. Compare Fuller and Tucker . As a Scottish surname it has also been used as a translation of Gaelic Mac an Fhucadair ‘son of the fuller’. This surname is also very common among African Americans.
History: The name was brought to North America from northern England and Scotland independently by many different bearers in the 17th and 18th centuries. Samuel Walker came to Lynn, MA, c. 1630; Philip Walker was in Rehoboth, MA, in or before 1643. The surname was also established in VA before 1650; a Thomas Walker, born in 1715 in King and Queen County, VA, was a physician, soldier, and explorer.
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