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James Walker, of Avenham Tower

Male 1828 - 1877  (48 years)


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  • Name James Walker 
    Suffix of Avenham Tower 
    Born 12 Sep 1828 
    Gender Male 
    Died 31 Aug 1877 
    Person ID I077659  Ancestorium

    Father John Walker, of Ambross Hall,   b. 15 Jun 1795, Ambrose Hall, Woodplumpton, near Preston Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Feb 1873, aged 77. Winkley Square Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Mother Margaret Parkinson,   b. 8 Mar 1801,   d. 31 Jan 1849, fell down a flight of stairs, fractured her skull Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 47 years) 
    Married 11 May 1825 
    Family ID F43266  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary Hannah Smith,   b. 1830, (possibly about 1827) Preston, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Oct 1905, Preston, Lancashire, England. aged 75 (26th Dec 1905?) Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Married 1851 
    Children 
     1. Mary Georgina Walker,   b. 23 Apr 1854, Preston, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Jun 1902, (or 1898) Georgetown, British Guiana Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 48 years)
     2. Charles Aloysius Walker,   b. 14 Jun 1855, Preston, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Jun 1905, Brownedge House, Bamber Bridge, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 50 years)
     3. Mary Agnes "Polly" Walker, of Avenham Towers,   b. 16 Feb 1857, Preston, Lancashire, England. maybe Manchester Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 May 1898, Pleasington, Lancs. 41yrs Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 41 years)
     4. Alice Walburge Walker,   b. 11 Jan 1859, Preston, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Apr 1942, unknown Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
     5. James L (Leo?) Walker,   b. 1862, Preston, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. UNKNOWN, Perhaps murdered in Africa Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Stanislaus Walker,   b. Abt 1864, Preston, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Mar 1925, 11 Sept 193 Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 61 years)
     7. John H Wilfred Walker,   b. Abt 1868, Preston, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. UNKNOWN, unknown Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID F42518  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • See also
      Generations 4 (maternal branches): Biographies, Obituaries, etc
      February 8, 2020 ~ Justin Kirby
      https://descentfromadam.wordpress.com/2020/02/08/generations-4-maternal-branches-biographies-obituaries-etc/
      Maternal > Maternal > Maternal Branch > Paternal branch: Walker + Smith

      Through Ancestry.com I found the Walker’s of Avenham Tower ancestors that my mother’s family had talked about:

      James Walker (1828-1877) married Mary Hannah Smith (1830-1905) we think in 1851. They had 7 children we’ve identified including our great grandmother Mary Agnes (Polly) Walker. The census information shows James as a builder employing several men and boys as well as having servants.

      There’s more information about my findings here and also a collections of photos kindly sent by Kathryn Neville here.

      I was also kindly sent this photograph by Steve Robinson. We think it includes Polly’s sister Mary Georgina Walker, her mother Mary Hannah Smith and her mother who was also called Mary.

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      Ancestry and the Walkers of Avenham Tower
      January 4, 2011
      http://descentfromadam.wordpress.com/2011/01/04/ancestry-and-the-walkers-of-avenham-tower/#more-2045
      Posted by juzzie

      Avenham Tower, near Preston
      Managed to persuade my brother to subscribe to Ancestry.co.uk, and have already managed to find out the Walkers of Avenham Tower.

      In the 1881 England Census the following Walkers are listed as living at 1 Avenham Tower:

      Mary H. Walker 51 head Windower born abt 1830 Preston
      Charles Walker 25 son Joiner & Builder born abt 1856 Preston
      Mary A. Walker 24 daughter born abt 1857 Preston
      Wilfred Walker 13 son Scholar born abt 1868 Preston

      Haven’t seen Wilfred mentioned before, and there are no servants by this time. I also found a possible death of James Walker in Sep 1877, Preston. Unfortunately, it doesn’t include any more detail but it’s a possible fit.
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      In the 1871 England Census the following Walkers are listed as living at 1 Avenham Tower:

      James Walker Head 42 abt 1829 Male Preston, Lancashire
      Mary H Walker Wife 41 abt 1830 Female Preston
      Mary G Walker Daughter 16 abt 1855 Female Preston
      Charles A Walker Son 15 abt 1856 Male Preston
      Mary A Walker Daughter 14 abt 1857 Female Preston
      Alice W Walker Daughter 12 abt 1859 Female Preston
      James L Walker Son 9 abt 1862 Male Preston
      Stanislaus Walker Son 7 abt 1864 Male Preston
      John H W Walker Son 3 abt 1868 Male Preston
      Ellen Kabrick Servant
      Mary Veeny Servant

      James is shown as builder employing about 13/15 men and 7 boys
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      James Walker
       in the 1871 England Census

      Name:James Walker
      Age:42
      Estimated birth year:1829
      Relation:Head
      Gender:Male
      Where born:Preston Lancashire England
      Civil Parish:Preston
      Ecclesiastical parish:St John
      County/Island:Lancashire
      Country:England
      Registration district:Preston
      Sub-registration district:Preston
      ED, institution, or vessel:17
      Household schedule number:82
      Piece:4204
      Folio:127
      Page Number:17
      Household Members:NameAge
      James Walker42
      Mary H Walker41
      Mary G Walker16
      Charles A Walker15
      Mary A Walker14
      Alice W Walker12
      James L Walker9
      Stanislaus Walker7
      John H W Walker3
      Ellen Kabrick20
      Mary Veeny18

      Source Citation
      The National Archives; Kew, London, England; 1871 England Census; Class: RG10; Piece: 4204; Folio: 127; Page: 17; GSU roll: 846952
      Source Information
      Ancestry.com. 1871 England Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004
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      In the 1861 England Census the following Walkers are listed as living at 1 Avenham Tower:

      James Walker Head 31 abt 1830 Male Preston Lancashire
      Mary Hannah Walker Wife 30 abt 1831 Female Preston
      Mary Georgina Walker Daughter 6 abt 1855 Female Preston
      Charles A Walker Son 5 abt 1856 Male Preston
      Mary A Walker Daughter 4 abt 1857 Female Preston
      Alice W Walker Daughter 2 abt 1859 Female Preston
      Sarah Worrall Servant

      This time James and family are living in what I think is number 28 Chaddock Street, Preston, Lancashire. James is listed as a builder and joiner journeyman, and they had one servant. Interestingly, thegenealogist.co.uk had James listed as Thomas and Mary as Mary Humson rather Mary Hannah. So transcription can be misleading.

      Given that the oldest daughter Mary Georgina is listed as being born about 1855, I would guess that James and Mary married a year or two before this and I’m guessing the marriage would have been in Preston. I can’t find any as yet that match, but then there’s a lot of James and Mary Walkers to wade through. Anyway, I have the following list of children now.
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      Mary Georgina borb abt 1855 Preston
      Charles A Walker Son born abt 1856 Preston
      Mary A Walker Daughter born abt 1857 Preston
      Alice W Walker Daughter born abt 1859 Preston
      James L Walker born abt 1862 Preston
      Stanislaus Walker born abt 1864 Preston
      John H W Walker born abt 1868 Preston
      Wilfred Walker born abt 1868 Preston

      I’m guessing that Mary Georgina would have been married by the 1881 census, but it’s not clear what’s happened to Alice W Walker Daughter, James L, Stanislaus and John H W. Also Wilfred is not mentioned in the 1871 census but he seems like he’s born in the same year as John W H, which is strange.

      There’s also no mention of a Leo that my mother seemed to think was a brother of her grandmother. That said there is a James Leo Walker born in 1961 (close to the 1862 listed for James L) in Preston, so maybe James L Walker in the Census is the same person and he was called Leo because his father was called James. Anyway, the Charles and Stanley/Stanislaus my mother also mentioned do seem to fit.

      Interestingly, I have found someone who has saved documents about Mary Hannah Walker has also saved documents for a Mary Hannah Smith married in 1851. I’m not sure how this works because there’s also a James Walker mentioned on the same page James Walker, but it doesn’t say whether they married each other. It’s also about 4 years before there first child, which seems a fair gap in those days.

      If it Mary Hannah Walker was formerly Marry Hannah Smith, then it seems from the 1851 Census that her parents family were as follows:

      Henry Smith Head 64 abt 1787 Goosnargh, Lancashire
      Mary Smith Wife 59 abt 1792 Blackburn, , Lancashire
      Henry Smith Son 23 abt 1828 Preston, Lancashire
      M H Smith Daughter 21 abt 1830 Preston, Lancashire
      Alice Smith Daughter 19 abt 1832 Preston, Lancashire
      Betsy Maudsley Servant 18

      They lived at Springfield House, Marsh Lane, Preston and Henry senior was a waste dealer and his son was a corn dealer. Guess it’s a possibility.

      I also found a Mary H Walker in in the 1891 census. It has being born about 1827 which doesn’t quite match with the earlier census returns. However, she’s living with her son John H W (Banker Clerk) who was born abt 1868 and that does fit. I think they are living at 88 Fishergate Hill, with one servant.

      From a tale of downward social mobility
      Ancestry and the Walkers of Avenham Tower
      January 4, 2011
      http://descentfromadam.wordpress.com/2011/01/04/ancestry-and-the-walkers-of-avenham-tower/#more-2045
      Posted by juzzie
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      Walker Pereira De Freitas British. Guiana Connection
      January 5, 2011
      As mentioned in my recent Guilherme Jaime and Agatha De Freitas post, my mother is trying to find out more about is her Aunt Agatha Psailer (see more here). She’s somehow connected with my mother’s grandmother Mary Agnes (Polly) Walker of Ayneham Towers and married a William de Freitas, Judge, of British Guyana. I’d already found an announcement for the death in 1938 of Guilherme Jaime, dearly beloved husband of Agatha De Freitas, and King’s Counsel, of British Guiana.
      Anyway, Polly had a brother called Stanislaus Walker. I think he is the same person as the Stanislaus Walker, of the British. Guiana Civil Service, who I found listed in the The Guyana / British Guiana Genealogical Society records. Stanislaus married an Eveline Marie Pereira in 1896 at the Catholic Cathedral of Brickdam, Georgetown. She was the only surviving daughter of the late Dr Pereira of the government medical service.

      That’s not the direct connection but it does make a possible link with the Catholic Walkers to British Guiana. I’m also pretty certain that Mary Georgina Walker (sister of Mary Agnes and Stanislaus) married a Luigi Psaila (rather than Psailer) in 1878. I found the name Luigi Psaila cropping up in various British Guiana documents on Google.

      So I’m making an educated guess that the Agatha who married (William) Guilherme Jaime De Freitas (King’s Counsel, of British Guiana) was the daughter of Luigi Psaila and Mary Georgina Walker. This would make Agatha a first cousin of my grandmother Mue. It’s probably about as far as I can get with this family mystery, not least because it’s getting a bit far from the direct ancestors.

      From a tale of downward social mobility
      http://descentfromadam.wordpress.com/2011/01/05/walker-pereira-de-freitas-british-guiana-connection/#more-2058
      Posted by juzzie

      Avenham Walks - Stop 5 - Avenham Tower http://www.avenhamwalks.co.uk/short5.htm

      You can see more info Posted by juzzie (Justin Kirby) on Walker family here:
      https://descentfromadam.wordpress.com//?s=walker&search=Go
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      See also:
      From a tale of downward social mobility
      John Walker 1795-1873
      March 18, 2011
      http://descentfromadam.wordpress.com/2011/03/18/john-walker-1795-1873/
      Posted by juzzie (Justin Kirby)
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      From Walkers to Parkinsons
      March 14, 2011
      http://descentfromadam.wordpress.com/2011/03/14/from-walkers-to-parkinsons/
      Posted by juzzie (Justin Kirby)
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      James Parkinson & Deborah Salthouse
      March 18, 2011
      http://descentfromadam.wordpress.com/2011/03/18/james-parkinson-deborah-salthouse/
      Posted by juzzie (Justin Kirby)
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      Smiths, Walkers and Psailas
      March 17, 2011
      http://descentfromadam.wordpress.com/2011/03/17/smiths-walkers-and-psailas/
      Posted by juzzie (Justin Kirby)
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      Letter of Anne Walker 1886
      March 20, 2011
      At http://descentfromadam.wordpress.com/2011/03/20/letter-of-anne-walker-1886/
      Posted by juzzie (Justin Kirby)