Notebook:Walker Family in Cumberland County, PA

Article Covers
Notebook:Walker Family
Cumberland County, PA


Walker Tapestry
YDNA. Walker

……………………..The Tapestry
Families Old Chester OldAugusta Germanna
New River SWVP Cumberland Carolina Cradle
The Smokies Old Kentucky


Lancaster Co

1. From:

Southeastern Pennsylvania Births - Moses Walker baptised on Jan. 4, 1759 in Lancaster County, the son of John and ? Walker

Additional notes : Moses Walker of Lancaster County and Octoraro Creek Pennsylvania. Jan. 4, 1759 baptism parents: John Walker & Rebecca Ross

2. From:Dauphin County (once part of Lancaster)

1751 Tax List - East End of Derry Township

The taxables for 1751, of the East End of Derry included:

James Walker,
John Walker,
Henry Walker,
Archibald Walker,

3. From: Early settlers on Maske Manor, in the portion of Old Lancaster south of Cumberland County. (ie, in modern Adams County)

James Walker May 1740

4. from:

See Also: History of Cumberland and Adams Counties, p241 which provides a similar list based on a "squaters list" of 1765, plus "old folks recollections"] including James and Alexander Walker, and John Linn. [with some reordering]

The following is a list of names of such persons that settled and made improvements in the Manor of Maske between the years 1736 and 1741. Many came to this region direct from the north of Ireland...The area known as the Manor of Maske was settled by the Scotch-Irish starting in 1736. In the 1760’s many of those removed to the Carolina area...


Oct 1736: Duncan Evans, Robert Gibson, Samuel Gibson, William Gibson, Benjamin McCormick.
March 1738: The heirs of Robert Black, decd, David Frasier, Alexander McKeen, Hugh McKeen, Alexander McKeen, Hugh McKeen and Samuel Edie Esq. guardians in trust for the minor children of John McKeen, deceased and Joseph Wilson.

Aug 1738: James Reed. April 1739: The heirs of John Craige, decd, or Col. Hance Hamilton in trust for said children, Hugh Davis. The heirs of Henry McDonogh, decd, Moses McCarley, James Ort and Alexander Poe,

June 1739: Robert Creighton, John Fletcher and Henry Rowan. Sept. 1739: Robert Brumfield, Walter Buchanan, James Erwin, William Erwin, John Leard, and Robert Long.
Mar 1740; John Boyd, William Boyd, James McDowell a Charles McMulling, guardians in trust for the minor children of Jan Darby, decd, Thomas Hossack, John Hossack, John McNeit, Joseph Moore, B. Smith,
Apr 1740: John Armstrong, Andrew Herron, John Linn, Robert Linn, William McCreary, Duncan McDonnnel, James McGaughy, Robert McNeil, Alexander Walker.
May 1740: James Biddle, Robert Black, John Buchanan, Margaret Buchanan, widow, Matthew Dean, Thomas Douglass, Samuel Gettys, near Rock Creek and also Middle Creek, James Innis, Moses Jenkins, Thomas Latta, Andrew Levenston, Thomas McCleary, Jaoob McClellan, William McClellan, Robert McKinney, James McNaught, Charles McMuller, Archibald Morrison, William Ramsey, James Russell, John Scott, John Simple, Thomas Tedford, James Walker,
Sep 1740: Heirs of John Beard, decd., Thomas McQacken, Daniel McKennan, Mary Reed, Hugh Scott, Thomas Shanon, John Steel,
Oct 1740: George Kerr.
Nov 1740: John Reed.
Mar 1741: Samuel Edie Esq, Edward Hall, Thomas Nealsor, John Paxton, Samuel Paxton Jr., Samuel Paxton Sr., Thomas Paxton, Heirs of Thomas Boyd, decd, John Parke, David Parks, John Stuart on Marsh Creek, Myles Sweeney, Hugh Woods, David Moore,
Apr 1741: John McDowell, Alexander Stuart, Robert Smith, Robert Johnston, Alexander McNair, John Miller, Henry Pearson, Quintin McAdams, Joseph Clugston, John McGaughy, Henry Cotton, George Sypes, William Scott, John Stuart, John Kerr, John Cishinger, Hugh Dunwoody, David Dunwoody, James Hall, William Quiet Sr., William Quiet Jr., Quintin Armstrong, John Murphy, William McKinley, Margaret Young, Hannah Leslie, Gabriel McAllister, John McNee, Elizabeth Thompson, Col. Hance Hamilton, John Carson.
May 1741: Samuel Pedian, Samuel Agnew, James Thompson, William Stevenson, Rev. Robert Anan, Jean Gibson, John McFerren, Robert Fletcher, William McFerren, Samuel McColock, Thomas Martin, James Agnew, Mary McMullen, John Little, John Brown, Samuel Brown, James Craige, James Wilson, John Russell, Samuel Stevenson, Adam Linn, Andrew Thompson,
Sep 1741: James Ferguson, Hugh Ferguson


1. From: Rootsweb

James Walker of Cumberland Co PA moved to Lenox Castle, Rockingham Co NC; Correspondance survives from the period 1797-1811 between wife, Ann MCCLINTOCK, and various kin in Cumberland Co, pertaining to estate settlements of Hugh Torrance, and brother Daniel McClintock who died about 1810. Reference is made in one of these letters to land belonging to an Andrew WALKER
James Walker's will dated 21 May 1803, Rockingham Co NC names wife and children:

William WALKER,
Jane WALKER wife of John HERRON,
Nancy WALKER wife of James HODGE,
Elizabeth / Betsy WALKER,
Mary / Polly WALKER,
Abraham WALKER and
Alexander WALKER.

Another James WALKER, a Revolutionary War soldier and pensioner, deposed 26 October 1832 in Adams Co OH that

  • he had been born on 2 March 1755 in Cumberland Co PA;
  • that when he entered the service on 1 February 1776 he was living with his father in the part of Orange Co NC that became Caswell Co NC in 1777;
  • that shortly after the war ended he lived in Pennsylvania again for a short time;
  • that he then moved to Rockbridge Co VA and lived there for 13 years;
  • that he then moved to Adams Co OH, where he had resided "to the present day" (26 October 1832).

2. from: Ancestry

The will of Robert Walker of Peters Township, Franklin, Pennsylvania was filed 31 Jan 1792. Mentions his sons

John and

and daughters

Margaret Kerr,
Sarah Kerr,
Elizabeth Savage,
Mary Walker and
heirs of Jean Thorn deceased.

3. From BIOGRAPHICAL ENCYCLOPEDIA of Dauphin County:1016

Walker, James Rutherford, was born in Dauphin county. Pa., January 9, 1849 ; son of James and Susan (Kuhn) Walker. ThomasWalker, his parental grandfather, was born in Scotland. He was a cabinet maker, but later in life was engaged in farming. He married Mary, widow of Thomas Rutherford, by whom he had four children; the only surviving one is Susan, wife of Moses Foley. Their deceased children are: .Jacob S.; James; Eliza, died in November, 1894; she was the wife of William Follinger; Rutherford died in infancy. Jacob Kuhn, maternal grand- father of James R. Walker, was born in Lan- caster county, and was a cabinet maker. For a number of years he kept hotel ; in 1825 he was steward of the Dauphin county alms- house. ]\Ir. Kuhn's wife was Susan Kunkel. Mr. and Mrs. Kuhn had ten children, but one of whom is living, Sarah, wife of Joseph Hoover, of Galcsburg, 111. The deceased chil- dren are : William, Jacob, Samuel, George, Mary, Catherine, Henrietta, Susan, and Ann. Mr. Kulm had retired from active business, relinquishing farming, in which he had for some time been engaged, some years before his death, which occurred when he was seventy-six years old. They were members of the Lutheran church.

James Walker, Sr., was born in Dauphin county. Pa., October 9, 1814. He learned the trade of a millwright, and afterwards en- gaged in milling; in 1885 he abandoned the mill for the farm ; after tilling the ground for three years he gave up all active busi- ness. At one time, in partnership with W. S. Rutherford, he had dealt in ice. The first wife of Mr. Walker was Miss. Annie Riegel ; they had two daughters: Mary, deceased,

wife of Silas B. Rutherford ; and Ann, sec- ond wife of Silas B. Rutherford. Mr. Walker was married, the second time, to Miss Kuhn, liorn in Dauphin county, May 31, 1825 ; daughter of Jacob and Susan (Kunkel) Kuhn. Their children are : Jacob K., mar- ried Sallie, daughter of Peter and Barbara Fiske ; Alice L., wife of Thomas R. Walker, and James R. Mr. Walker filled various township offices, having served as school di- rector, and also for many years as assessor. He was a Republican. He was a member of the Presbyterian church, and a trustee of his congregation. Mr. James Walker, Sr., died September 10, 1895, aged eighty-one years; his wife died Sei)tember 28, 1885; the remains of both are interred in the Paxtang cemeter\'.

James Rutherford Walker took the ordi- nary course of instruction in the public schools, and completed his school education in tlie Harrisburg Academy, under Prof Jacob Seller. His academic course ended, he went into the mill with his father, who carefully instructed him in all branches of the milling business, which he has made iiis occupation up to tlie present time. Mr. Walker was married, in Swatara township, April 24, 1884, to Miss Sallie Jenkins, daugliter of John and Elizabeth Peifer, born February 4, 1860. They have one son, James Boyd, born June 13, 1885. Mr. Walker is identi- fied with the Republican party. His frater- nity as,sociation is with tlie Knights of Malta. He and his family are members of the Pax- tang Presbyterian church. Mrs. Walker's father, Mr. John Peifer, was born in Dau- phin county, May 31, 1830. He is a carpen- ter, and is also engaged in farming. He re- sides near Paxtang street, and was married to Miss Elizabeth, daughter of Christian Casslow. Mrs. Peifer died October 2, 1895. Mr. Peifer is prominent and active in town- ship affairs. He was elected to the office of school director, in winch he served many years with credit and usefulness. He has also, for a number of years, been judge of elections.

Rutherford, S. A., was born in Dauphin county. Pa., October 6, 1866; son of the late William S. and J. Eliza Rutherford. Mr. Rutherford belongs to the sixth generation of the American branch and is descended from the well-known family of that name who emigrated'from Scotland and settled in the north of Ireland upon the accession of William of Orange, in 1688, and from thence came to America in 1728. His parents are both natives of Dauphin county. Mr. Will- iam S. Rutherford was raised a farmer, and after reaching manhood was for ten years engaged in agriculture, at the same time carrying on a lumber business in Harris- burg. He was honored by election to va- rious township offices ; was for some years director of the poor ; for ten years he was steward of the Pennsylvania State Hospital for the Insane. His last business enterjirise was the ice bu.sincss at Harrisburg. At the time of his death he was living retired from active work. His wife was the daughter of S. S. and Mary A. Rutherford, of Paxtang. Their family consisted of ten children, of whom six survive : Mary B., S. A., Eliza E., William S., E. F., and Margaretta S. The deceased children are : Jessie, died July 24, 1804, aged six months and three days; Ger- trude, died August 7, 1879, aged seven months and nineteen days; James, died July 28, 1873, aged twenty-eight days, and Martha, died March 31, 1875, aged three months and twenty-two days. William S. Rutherford died January 24, 1895, aged sixty-seven years, and his wife May 20, 1891, aged fifty years. Mr. Rutherford was an active Republican. He was a member of the Pine Street Presbyterian church, of Harrisburg.

S. A. Rutherford received his education in the public schools of Harrisburg, Pa., from which he graduated in 1885, and in the Pennsylvania State College, where he took a course in agriculture in 1896. He served as clerk with his father in the ice business for about six months. In the .spring of 1886 he came to the old Ruther- ford homestead, which has been in possession of the family for one hundred and forty-two years, and where he is living a retired life. He has a large interest in the Rutherford Ice Company, of Harrisburg, Pa. For the past three months Mr. Rutherford has been traveling in the South for the purpose of securing a .suitable location for engaging in farming. He is a staunch Republican in politics.

See also: Rutherfords of Paxtang

From:Pennsylvania Genealogies

IV. Elizabeth Hoge,3 (John,3 William,1) b. about 1730; d. at an advanced age in East Pennsboro' township, Cumberland county, Penna . She m. William Walker, a few years her senior. He served as a subaltern officer on the frontiers, during the French and Indian war; and was a substantial farmer. They were the ancestors of a prominent family, and it is to be regretted that our genealogical data is so meager. A grandson was Robert James Walker, the distinguished statesman and financier, and Secretary of the Treasury under President Polk. Of Elizabeth Hoge's family we have the record of one child (surname Walker):

6. i. John, b. July 20,1754; m. Isabella McCormick.

From: Peter Walker at Fort Granville, 1756 James Brandon also signed petitions for protection against the Indians in Cumberland County July 15, 1754 and August 21, 1756. The latter petition referenced the attack on Ft. Granville July 30, 1756. Survivor Peter Walker's account includes a description of the tomahawk death of a soldier named Brandon who shouted, "I am a Roman Catholic" to the French and Indians. A list of soldiers enlisting with Walker includes a William Brandon.

From: Peter Walker

On the 30th of July, 1756, Capt. Edward Ward, the commandant of Granville, marched from the fort with a detachment of men from the garrison, destined for Tuscarora Valley, where they were needed as guard to the settlers while they were engaged in harvesting their grain. The party under Capt. Ward embraced the greater part of the defenders of the fort, under command of Lieut. Edward Armstrong. Soon after the departure of Capt. Ward's detachment, the fort was surrounded by the hostile force of French and Indians, who ...succeeded in setting fire to the logs and burning out a large hole, through which they fired on the defenders, killing the commanding officer, Lieut. Armstrong, and one private soldier and wounding three others.

They then demanded the surrender of the fort and garrison, promising to spare their lives if the demand was acceded to. Upon this, a man named John Turner, previously a resident in the Buffalo valley, opened the gates and the besiegers at once entered and took possession, capturing as prisoners twenty-two men, three women and a number of children. The fort was burned by the chief Jacobs, by order of the French officer in command, and the savages then departed, driving before them their prisoners, heavily burdened with the plunder taken from the fort and the settlers houses which they had robbed and burned. ...

In a letter from General Armstrong to Robert Hunter Morris, dated Carlisle, August 20th, 1756, we find the following relating to this fort; it was claimed that Peter Walker was taken a prisoner at this fort by the French and Indians, who, with others, afterwards made his escape: "This McDowell told Walker they designed very soon to attack Fort Shirley with four hundred men. Capt. Jacobs said he would take any fort that would catch fire, and would make peace with the English when they had learned him to make gun powder. McDowell told Walker they had two Indians killed in the engagement; but Captains Armstrong and Ward, whom I ordered on their march to Fort Shirley to examine everything at Granville and send a list of what remained among the ruins, assure me that they found some parts of eight of the enemy burnt, in two different places, the joints of them being scarcely separated; and part of their shirts found through which there were bullet holes. To secrete these from the prisoners was doubtless the reason why the French officer marched our people some distance from the fort before he gave orders to burn the barracks, &c. Walker says that some of the Germans flagged very much on the second day, and that the lieutenant behaved with the greatest bravery to the last, despising all the terrors and threats of the enemy whereby they often urged him to surrender. Though he had been near two days without water, but little ammunition left, the fort on fire, and the enemy situate within twelve or fourteen yards of the fort under the natural bank, he was as far from yielding as when at first attacked. A... (Col. Rec., Vol. ii, pp. 232.)

Adams county. OH

MySource:Vanity Biographies of James and Joseph Walker

Augusta County

from Chalkley's Chronicles


 Stewart vs. Cunningham.--James Stewart and Mary, his wife, late Mary

Walker, administratrix of William Walker, deceased. James and Mary were from Cumberland County, Pennsylvania.