Sarah Caroline Walker

Brief Life History of Sarah Caroline

When Sarah Caroline Walker was born on 1 January 1828, in Van Buren, Hardeman, Tennessee, United States, her father, Micajah Walker, was 45 and her mother, Nancy Jane Anderson, was 45. She married James K Polk Howard on 6 November 1852, in Van Buren, Tennessee, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 6 daughters. She lived in Humphreys, Tennessee, United States in 1850 and Tennessee, United States in 1870. She died on 22 May 1888, in Van Buren, Tennessee, United States, at the age of 60.

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James K Polk Howard
Sarah Caroline Walker
Marriage: 6 November 1852
Nancy Howard
Sarah J. Howard
Mary Howard
Emmaline Howard
Isaac J. Howard
Lodema E. Howard
Caroline Howard
Morgan Howard
Cager D Howard

Sources (14)

  • Sarah Howard in household of James Howard, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Sarah Walker, "Tennessee, County Marriages, 1790-1950"
  • Sarah Walker in entry for Caroline Dotson, "Tennessee Deaths, 1914-1966"

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Name Meaning

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.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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