William Holmes Walker

28 August 1820–9 January 1908 (Age 87)
Peacham, Caledonia, Vermont, United States

The Life Summary of William Holmes

When William Holmes Walker was born on 28 August 1820, in Peacham, Caledonia, Vermont, United States, his father, John Walker, was 26 and his mother, Lydia Holmes, was 20. He married Olive Hovey Farr on 1 November 1843, in Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 daughters. He lived in Deseret, Millard, Utah, United States in 1870 and Cottonwood, Salt Lake, Utah, United States for about 20 years. He registered for military service in 1846. In 1847, at the age of 27, his occupation is listed as lumber-mill, grist-mill, corn cracker, in Salt Lake Valley, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. He died on 9 January 1908, in Lewisville, Fremont, Idaho, United States, at the age of 87, and was buried in Lewisville Cemetery, Jefferson, Idaho, United States.

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William Holmes Walker
Harriet Paul
Marriage: 22 April 1865
Lorin Paul Walker
Charles Oakland Walker
Lorenzo Paul Walker
Eliza Walker
Hatta May Walker
Elizabeth Jane Walker
Eunice Walker
Franklin Walker
Emma Walker
Wilford R Walker
Laura Ann Walker

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  • Marriage
    22 April 1865Endowment House, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
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    World Events (8)

    1821 · Financial Relief for Public Land
    Age 1
    A United States law to provide financial relief for the purchasers of Public Lands. It permitted the earlier buyers, that couldn't pay completely for the land, to return the land back to the government. This granted them a credit towards the debt they had on land. Congress, also, extended credit to buyer for eight more years. Still while being in economic panic and the shortage of currency made by citizens, the government hoped that with the time extension, the economy would improve.
    1827 · Slavery Becomes Illegal in New York State
    Age 7
    During the years 1799 to 1827, New York went through a period of gradual emancipation. A Gradual Emancipation Law was passed in 1799 which freed slave children born after July 4, 1799. However, they were indentured until 25 years old for women and 28 years old for men. A law passed 1817 which freed slaves born before 1799, yet delayed their emancipation for ten years. All remaining slaves were freed in New York State on July 4, 1827.
    1845 · Oh My Father
    Age 25
    "In October 1845, the newspaper Times and Seasons published a poem written by Eliza R. Snow entitled ""My Father in Heaven."" It has become the well known hymn, ""Oh My Father."" The song is only one in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints hymnbook that referrs to a Heavenly Mother."

    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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    Life Sketch of William Holmes Walker

    William Holmes Walker by Bruce W. Walker, great-grandson The following is a brief life sketch of my noble great-grandfather, William Holmes Walker, revered pioneer, missionary, builder, farmer, busin …

    Sources (200)

    • William H Walker in entry for William Adelbert Walker, "California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994"
    • William Walker, "United States Census, 1850"
    • Wm H Walker in entry for Don Carlos Walker and Mrs. Mary Rheinhardt Hately Mc Geess, "Utah, County Marriages, 1887-1940"

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