When William Massie Walker Sr was born on 4 July 1873, in Hopkinsville, Christian, Kentucky, United States, his father, Edmund Winston Walker, was 31 and his mother, Jane Rebecca Massey, was 22. He married Mary Etta Bowles on 29 November 1898, in Hopkinsville, Christian, Kentucky, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 3 daughters. He lived in Mount Vernon Magisterial District, Christian, Kentucky, United States in 1880 and Magisterial District 3 East Hopkinsville, Christian, Kentucky, United States for about 30 years. He died on 28 August 1959, in Hopkinsville, Christian, Kentucky, United States, at the age of 86, and was buried in Riverside Cemetery, Ford, Clark, Kentucky, 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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