I've done some searching on the Internet, and thus far, have found nothing concerning the wives or children of the famous abolitionist, Rev. John Walker.I've found several sources which repeat the same general information concerning his career, which seems very impressive.It was a surprise to me to read about all of this, but equally disappointing that there was no mention of his immediate family.
It was just as much of a surprise to find that my ggg-grandfather, William Nash, had married the widow of Rev. Walker, and had taken in his daughters to raise.William Nash was born in Huntingdon County, PA, and married for the first time in Greene County, OH.He moved to Warren County, IL in 1832.He married his second wife there in 1837.There is no record of William having married again in Warren County (or Illinois, for that matter), and at least one article reads that his 3rd wife and her daughters came to Illinois AFTER their mother had remarried, in the year 1856.
I also know that Rev. John Walker had been married at least twice.The first wife remains a mystery to me, but their daughter, Eleanor "Ellen" Murdock Walker was born in New Athens during 1824.Ellen never married, and taught school in Warren County, dying there on 15 May 1905.Her obituary did not mention many relatives, only a surviving half-sister, the son of another half-sister, and a nephew in Arkansas whose connection is not yet clear.
Rev. Walker's second(?) wife was Elizabeth Morrow, and they probably married about 1837.Their first daughter Emma Walker was born in 1839, and she married Isaac McGill Kirkpatrick in Warren County.The second daughter was Sarah R. Walker, born 11 December 1840, and married James Lorimer Findley in Warren County.Their third daughter, Jemima P. Walker, born 26 September 1842, married John Alexander Gordon in Warren County during 1866, only to die during childbirth of her son, James Walker Gordon in February 1867.
This all leaves me with an interesting mystery to solve.How did the widow of a minister in Ohio meet and marry a farmer from Illinois?There were some common threads - both were born in Pennsylvania, both had family in Ohio, but probably the most important was their religious ties.William Nash was among the founding members of the first church in Warren County.Also, the Presbyterian church had established a college in Warren County during 1853.I would not be surprised to find that Rev. Walker influenced those in Warren County to a large extent.
Anyway, I'd appreciate any information regarding the family of Rev. Walker.I do not have his date of birth yet, but believe one source gave his date of death as 8 March 1845.I would appreciate any information on his marriages, or if by chance his widow, Elizabeth Morrow, had married William Nash in Harrison County.Thank you!