HISTORY OF THE WALKER NAME:
The name WALKER is from the ancient
Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain.
The name was given to a person who was a fuller, whose job it was to scour and
thicken raw cloth by beating it and trampling it in water. The surname WALKER is derived from
the Old English word wealcere, which means fuller. The name WALKER is an occupational surname derived
from a word connected to the profession of the bearer. There are many
variations of the name including Walkere, Wallkere, Wollker and Wollkere.
The earliest records of the Walker family
were found in the county
of Warwickshire, where
Richard le Walkere was enumerated as a resident about 1248. Members of the Walker family settled in Yorkshire
in that century, and Robert le Walker was recorded as a resident of that area
in 1260. Sir Edward Walker was Garter King of Arms in 1676 and Francis Walker
held the post of High Sheriff of Gloucester in 1725. The family was also
established in the English counties of Nottinghamshire, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire,
Somerset, Middlesex, and Worcestershire, and in
the Scottish counties of Berwick and Inverness.
A number of people bearing the name Walker
immigrated to North America during the 1600s
and 1700s. These included John Walker who landed in Virginia
in 1623, Augustine Walker who landed in Massachusetts
in 1630, James Walker who settled in St Christopher in 1635, Captain Walker who
landed in Boston, Massachusetts
ion 1763, and Thomas Walker, a mason, who settled in Newfoundland in 1773.
Our Walker family
Williams & Lange
Small numbers by a name refer to personal number in listing eg ELLEN 2 WALKER
~ see 2
Nottinghamshire (old map)
GENERATION ONE :
~ ~ WILLIAM THOMAS WALKER was
born on 29 May 1832 the second son of WILLIAM WALKER and MARY CHAMBERS. He was
baptised on 29 July 1832 in Greasley,
Nottinghamshire. William married MARY SYBIL BRAITHWAITE on 15 April 1856 at Parliament Street Chapel in Nottingham, England.
Mary was born in Hathern, Leicestershire,
second daughter of WILLIAM BRAITHWAITE and SYBIL JACKSON.
William arrived in New Zealand
in 1865 with his older brother JAMES WALKER to help with preparations for the
planned new settlement of Albertland, north of Auckland. Mary with their first two children
arrived with members of her family and on 8 September 1862 on the Matilda Wattenbach.
The family settled in Albertland during the 1870s. Prior to this they had
lived in Te Arai. William made an application to the Lands & Deeds Office
Thames on 25 November 1878 with Thomas Williams (his future son-in-law) to
purchase land in the Thames area.
> Refer to the BRAITHWAITE family for more information
about the family of Mary.
Children of WILLIAM WALKER and MARY
ELLEN 2 WALKER, born 7 February 1857 in Greasley, Nottinghamshire, England.
GEORGE BRAITHWAITE 3
born 23 February 1859 in Greasley, Nottinghamshire,
MARY SYBIL WALKER, born 24 October
1865 in Mahurangi, New Zealand; died 15 March 1866 in
born 10 December 1871 in Shortland, Thames,
William died on 28 May 1882 in the Kauaeranga
Mary died on 11 November 1918 also in the Kauaeranga Valley.
They were both buried at Shortland Cemetery in Thames
(Public Plot 1194)
2. ~ ~ ~ ELLEN WALKER (WILLIAM) was
born on 7 February 1857 in Greasley, Nottinghamshire,
England and was
the eldest daughter of WILLIAM WALKER and MARY BRAITHWAITE. She arrived in New Zealand
on the Matilda Wattenbach on 8
September 1862 with her mother and younger brother. Ellen married THOMAS
WILLIAMS on 23 November 1878 at Rev Bunn's residence, Hape Creek Road, Thames. Thomas was the son of PAUL WILLIAMS and LAVINIA
MAY and was born on 26 October 1852 in St Ives, Cornwall, England.
> Refer to the
WILLIAMS family for
more information about the family of Thomas including children of Thomas and
3. ~ ~ ~ GEORGE BRAITHWAITE WALKER (WILLIAM) was born on 23 February 1859 in
Greasley, Nottinghamshire, England and was the son of WILLIAM
WALKER and MARY BRAITHWAITE. He arrived in New Zealand on the Matilda Wattenbach on 8 September 1862
with his mother and older sister Ellen.
George made an
application to the Lands & Deeds Office Thames with Cyrus J Brown on 9
January 1874 to purchase land in the Thames
area. George married JULIA ONEILL in 1882. Julia was born about 1858 in County Kerry, Ireland.
Children of GEORGE WALKER and JULIA ONEILL were:
GEORGE JOSEPH WALKER,
born 1883. George married AMY CATHERINE NAYSMITH in 1915. He died on 30
November 1955 in Auckland and was buried at Waikaraka Cemetery in Onehunga. Amy died in 1960.
JOHN WALKER, born 1884.
FLORENCE MAY (FLORIE) WALKER, born 1886. Florence married WILLIAM
RAYMOND KEOGH. She died on 17 April 1977 and William died on 27 November 1972.
They are both buried at Waikaraka
Cemetery in Onehunga.
WILLIAM JAMES WALKER,
born 1886 in Mercury
He died on 12 February 1968.
THOMAS WALKER, born
1888; died 28 May 1969. Thomas was buried at Waikaraka Cemetery
RICHARD WALKER, born
1891; died 5 August 1923 in Auckland.
Richard was buried at Waikaraka
Cemetery in Onehunga.
ROBERT WALKER, born
1898; died 13 April 1976.
HELEN (NELLIE) SYBIL
WALKER, born 1900. Nellie married CHARLES HENRY MITCHELL. He was born in 1897
and died in 1975. Nellie died in 1994 in Auckland.
4. ~ ~ ~ MARY WALKER (WILLIAM) was born on 10
December 1871 at Shortland, Thames,
New Zealand and
was the second daughter of WILLIAM WALKER and MARY BRAITHWAITE. Mary married JOHN HENRY LANGE in 1898. John was born about 1872
and was a Tailor in Thames. John died on 8
April 1932 in Thames and was buried at Shortland
Cemetery in Thames.
Mary died on 16 March 1959 in Otahuhu.
to the LANGE family more
information about the family of John and children of Mary and John.
Please note that
in keeping to genealogy publishing protocol I have not included information
about later generations including living persons.
If you have a family connection please contact me for further information.
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