When Benjamin Franklin Walker was born on 20 April 1852, in Fairfax, Virginia, United States, his father, John Samuel Walker, was 17 and his mother, Martha Cummings, was 13. He married Ann M Follin on 26 April 1883, in District of Columbia, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 1 daughter. He lived in District 10, Montgomery, Maryland, United States in 1900 and Potomac, Montgomery, Maryland, United States for about 10 years. He died on 14 October 1926, in Montgomery, Maryland, United States, at the age of 74, and was buried in Bethesda, Montgomery, Maryland, 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.