The Walker bloodline — one of Perryville’s first residents

Published 6:30 am Saturday, October 27, 2018

Editor’s note: Information for this article was researched by Carolyn Crabtree, a local genealogist and researcher.

Robert Walker was among Perryville’s earliest residents. The Virginia native came to the wilderness of Kentucky while it was a part of Virginia. He was born Oct.13, 1771 in what is now Mercer County.

He and Rachel Givens of Lincoln County were married Jan. 20, 1801, in Lincoln County. She was born in 1781 in Kentucky and died in 1849.

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Walker died April 13, 1852 in Boyle County. He and Rachel are buried in the Harbison graveyard on the Mathida Myers farm.

They had 13 children: Nancy, William James, George G., Rachel, John L., Robert C., Matilda, Jean, Samuel, Harvey, James B., Gabriel J. and Alexander B.

Nancy Walker was born Sept. 17, 1801 and died Sept. 22, 1879. She and Francis Clark III, son of Sarah Hicks and Francis Clark Jr., were married in 1824 in Mercer County. He was born about 1830 in Boyle County and died in 1848.

Nancy and Francis had five children; Matilda Jane, Emeline Franklin, Archilles S., Robert W, and Francis A.

Matilda Jane, born 1835, in Boyle County, married James Pleasant Harbison on Jan. 7, 1850, in Boyle County. Both are listed in the 1850 and 1860 Boyle County Census as living in near Perryville.

The Harbisons had five children, all born in Boyle County: Francis, born June 11, 1854;

Sarah, born about 1855; James Pleasant, born Oct. 28, 1857, and died Dec. 17, 1911, in Danville. He is buried in Bellevue Cemetery. He was a clothing merchant in Danville in 1911. His wife is not known.

They had one child: Betty Logan (1871-1944), who married Jacob Edwin Caldwell on Oct. 17, 1888 in Boyle County. They lived in Perryville where he was a physician.

Nancy J., born about 1859 in Boyle County; and Clark, no information available.

Emeline Franklin was born in 1838, and died in 1920, in Cass County, Missouri. She married James Armstrong Adams, son of William and Priscilla Armstrong, in 1862, in Mercer County. James was born in 1835, in Mercer County and died in 1882 in Jackson County, Missouri.

They had 10 children: William A. (1863-1903); Frank Clark (1864-1932); Robert W. (1866-1934); James F., born in 1868; Adam Riker (1870-1940); O.J., (1872-1940); Bettie L. born in 1875; Tillie C. (1877-1972); Joseph G. (1879-1942); and Louis S. (1882-1966).

Archilles S., Robert W. and Francis A. Clark, were all born before April 1848.

William James, born April 22, 1822, died Aug. 27,1891 in Kentucky. He married Catherine B. (?), born Nov. 1830 and died Oct. 9, 1881. They lived in Parksville and are buried in Parksville Cemetery.

Their 11 children are George Givens, Rachel, John L. Matilda, Jean, Jane, Samuel, Harvey, James Birch, Gabriel J., and Alexander B.

Alexander B. married Mary T. Sandifer and they had one child. Rachel Walker was born in 1842. She married Thomas F. Humble in 1865. He was a merchant in Stanford in 1929 and a farmer in 1860 in Perryville. Thomas, born in 1843, was a son of David Morrison Humble and Martha Clark in Boyle County.

Rachel and Thomas had four children: Mary (born about 1867); Alexander, born about 1870. He was married to Josie (?). They had three children: Elizabeth, born in 1893; William L. born in 1895; and Lilian H. born in 1898.

David M., born after 1870. He married May E . Bower of Mercer County. After May died, he married Ella May Bower. They had a son, David M. Jr., born in 1902 and died in 1978. He married Sara Agnes Bottom, who was born in 1909 and died in 1979. She is buried in Parksville Cemetery.