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The Descendants of Francis C. Walker

Generation Four

16James E.4 WALKER (William3, Francis2, (--?--)1) was born on 4 Mar 1852.49,50 He married Frances G. ( Fannie ) Brown, daughter of John Herrin Brown and Sarah J. Ellis, on 21 Dec 1876.51 He died after 1920.


JAMES E. WALKER  Prominent among the progressive farmers of Addison township and a man who applies the most modern methods to the cultivation of his broad acres, is James E. Walker.  He was born March 4,1852 and his father was William Walker, a native of Addison township. The parents of the latter came to Indiana in 1818, from the East.  The father died of cholera in 1850, while on his way to Kansas.  William grew to manhood on the farm of his father, and during his boyhood procured what might be termed a smattering of education in the one log school that the township contained.  On June 5, 1851, he married Miranda Woodard.  Her parents were natives of Kentucky, and when they came to Shelby county entered land.  The father died in 1863 and the mother in 1873.  They were members of the Methodist Episcopal church, and he was a very public-spirited man.  He was a Whig, and later a Republican.  The grandfather of the subject had two hundred acres of land in Addison township, which he brought to a high state of cultivation.  Their children were as follows:  William, father of James E.; Samuel and Benjamin lived and died in Addison township; Elizabeth, widow of James Montgomery, resides in California; Henry, deceased; Jane, deceased; Oscar, deceased; Isabelle, deceased, was the wife of Oscar Gatewood; Jesse, Justice of the Peace at Shelbyville; Thomas, resident of Shelbyville; Margaret, wife of Oscar Hand, Shelbyville.
    Shortly after their marriage, William Walker and family located in Marion township, near Pleasant Hill church, where he owned eighty acres of land.  Later he moved to Wisconsin and bought one hundred and sixty acres of land there, but after three years returned to Shelby county and located in Addison township.  He erected a number of buildings on his farm, and made a great many other improvements.  He was a thrifty, hard-working man and engaged in farming almost all of his life, although at one time he served in the capacity of a constable. He was a Republican and attended the Methodist Episcopal church.  He and his wife were the parents of three children: James Edward, born March 4, 1852; Elizabeth, born April 26, 1854, wife of James Smith of Shelbyville; and Isabelle, who was born October 11, 1857, and died in infancy.
    James E. Walker spent one term in the school at Morris Hill.  On December 21, 1876, he married Frances G. Brown of Harrison, Ohio.  Her parents were John H. and Sarah J. Brown, who were married November 5, 1831, and came to Shelby county from Harrison, Ohio.  They were the parents of six children: James L., Kate, Fannie, Charles, Lucy, and Mary.
    The father of Mrs Walker, John Brown, came to Shelby county in 1867, and settled in Union township, where he still lives at the age of eighty years.  His wife died in 1904.  He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church and a Prohibitionist.  The children of the subject are: Josephine G., wife of William Talbert Kemper, lumber dealer of Indianapolis; Carl J., engaged in the telephone business; Charles E. and Ernest, twins at home.  John W. and Scott R. are both dead, the former's demise occurring when he was nine years of age in 1894, while the latter passed away at Fort Russell, Wyoming, in 1905, when he was about twenty-five years of age.  He was a member of the regular army.
    Mr Walker divides his time between general farming and stock raising.


Frances G. ( Fannie ) BROWN was born on 7 Aug 1854 in OH.53,54 She died on 10 Apr 1944 in IN at age 89;


Tuesday, April 11, 1944, page 1 column 8


Funeral Services Will Be Held Thursday

Mrs. Fannie B. Walker, 89, widow of James E. Walker, passed away at 4:00 p.m. Monday
after an illness of several years. Born in Harrison, Ohio, August 7, 1854, she was the daughter of
John H. and Sarah Brown. When a child she came to Shelby County for residence. In 1874
she was married to James E. Walker. Mrs. Walker was a member of the First Methodist Church of
Shelbyville. Her husband died a number of years ago. Surviving are one son, Charles Walker, six
grandchildren, Mrs. Anne McClain, Mrs. R.M. Leland, Jr., Mrs. R.A. Schoolcraft, Lionel
Walker, all of Shelbyville, James Walker, of Indianapolis, and Mrs. Katherine Woodruff,
Benton Harbor, Michigan, and seven great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday at the Edwards & Kohlmeyer funeral home with Dr. J. W. McFall officiating. Burial will be in Forest Hill cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home after 6:00 p.m. today.

Submitted by Barb Huff.55,56,57

The six known children of James E.4 Walker and Frances G. ( Fannie ) Brown were as follows:

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