Alexander County

Biography - J P Walker

J. P. WALKER, farmer, P. O. Clear Creek Landing. Probably the oldest native resident of this precinct is the gentleman whose name heads this sketch. The grandparents of our subject were natives of Tennessee, and there William Walker, his son, was born, grew to manhood, and married Priscilla Hannah, also a native of Tennessee. The twain immediately after marriage came to Missouri, where they remained for some years. They came to this county some time before the year 1811, and located in the bottom land near Clear Creek. In the earthquake of that year, the land Mr. Walker was living on sunk, and he took his family to the hills near Rifle Creek, in the northern part of the county. From there the family came to part of the farm now owned by subject. There subject was born February 22, 1818, and was the youngest of a large family of children. His father died in 1823, when he was but five years old. But he was permitted to attend the subscription schools of his county some. Being the only boy at home, he early commenced the life of a farmer and helped support his mother and sisters. As soon as he reached his majority, he took entire charge of the place, his mother having died in 1844. On this place he has since lived. The piece inherited from his father, was a farm of sixty acres in Section 9. He has since purchased sixty acres more in same Section, and eighty acres in Section 16. He has about 140 acres under cultivation. Mr. Walker was married in 1840 to Miss Sabra Hall, daughter of Thomas Hall. She was the mother of eight children, three of whom are living — Samuel E., born January 29, 1849, now assisting his father on the home place; Sallie Ann Priscilla, born March 7, 1853, the wife of Riley Price, of Duncan County, Mo.; and Sabra, born April 28, 1856, married to Edward Perry, of Cape Girardeau County. Mrs. Walker died August 16, 1857. He was married the second time to Mrs. Louisa Giles, who was the mother of three children, two of whom are living: Mary A., born January 1, 1859, and George W., born November 18, 1861. This wife died November 1, 1864. The third time he was married. May 15, 1865, to Eliza Pucket, daughter of Asa Pucket; one child of this union now lives, Asa, born February 23, 1870. This wife died in April, 1874. He was married the fourth time, June 3, 1878, to Mrs. Caroline E. Bracken, nee Kennel, who died May 17, 1883, without issue. He is a member, as was also his wife, of the Clear Creek Baptist Church, and in politics Mr. Walker is a Republican.

Extracted 29 Mar 2017 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union, and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, page 245.

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