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Windham County Connecticut
WINDHAM COUNTY RECORDS
HON. MILO P.J. WALKER
AS RECORDED IN:
COMMEMORATIVE BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD OF TOLLAND AND WINDHAM COUNTIES CONNECTICUT.
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF PROMINENT AND REPRESENTATIVE CITIZENS AND OF MANY OF THE EARLY SETTLED FAMILIES.
PUBLISHER: J.H.BEERS & CO., CHICAGO; 1903 P. 935
HON. MILO P.J. WALKER, formerly of the town of Union, but now of the town of Stafford, Tolland county, is a member of the old Walker family of Union, where several generations of the family have resided, and have been among its most substantial and reliable citizens.
Nathaniel Walker, the ancestor of the Union family, was born in 1675. He had two wives, Rebecca and Jemima, and was living in Ashford, Conn., but in 1729 purchased land of Samuel Allen, one of the original proprietors of Union, and with a family of seven children moved into the new settlement. Tradition has it that he was the richest man of the early settlers in Union. His death occurred July 1, 1759, when he was over eighty-four years of age. His children were as follows: Nathaniel, Benjamin, Obadiah, Rebecca, Israel, Abigail, Hezekiah and Edward two of whom were the children of his first marriage. Hon. M. P.J. Walker is a descendant of the sixth generation from this Nathaniel Walker, the line of descent being through Obadiah, Ezra, Perley and Joseph Walker.
Obadiah Walker, son of Nathaniel Walker, born Feb. 3, 1715, was married March 20, 1739, to Mary Chaffee.
Ezra Walker, born March 29, 1741, married for his first wife, Abigail, by whom he had two children; to Anne Pitge, his second wife, were born five children. The children were: Perley, Olive, Henry, Wyllys, Olive (2), Betsey and Leighton.
Perley Walker, born July 22, 1767, married Rebecca Broughton, and their children were: Warsham B., Ezra, Perley, Huldah A., Palmer, John N., Joseph and Rebecca.
Joseph Walker, the father of Milo P.J. Walker, was born March 11, 1805, and was married June 25, 1829, to Rebecca Jones. She was born March 17, 1805, and was a daughter of Benjamin Jones, who was born in 1771, a son of Benjamin and Cynthia (Russell) Jones, who were married February, 1794. Cynthia Russell came from Ashford, Conn.
The Jones family came from England
in 1665, and settled on Providence Island, in Narragansett Bay, R.I.
A more remote generation settled in Ashford, Windham county; from
thence came Benjamin Jones, who was born in 1771. He settled in Union
about 1795, bought land of William Williams, and died in 1848. His
children were (1) Diana, born in 1794, died when a child of two years;
(2) Benjamin Reynolds, born in 1796, died a young man in 1819; (3)
Hannah D., born in 1801, married in 1827 Ephraim S. Carpenter, and
died in Ashford, Conn.; (4) Rhoda, born in 1803, married in 1823,
David Fuller, and live and died in Willington; (5) Rebecca, noted
above as Mrs. Walker, was born March 17, 1805, and died in Union
July 1, 1844; (6) Betsey (deceased), born March 30, 1807, had scarlet
fever when a child, and was
To Joseph and Rebecca Walker were born: Frank E., born Dec. 27, 1830, died in 1836; Frank (2) born Sept. 23, 1837, enlisted in Co. G, 22d C.V.I., and died in the service, April 5, 1863; Emeline J., born May 6, 1833; Augusta, Born Sept. 22, 1839, wife of William H. Champlin; Milo P.J. Walker.
Milo P.J. Walker was born June
6, 1843, in the town of Union, Conn., where he was reared on the
farm, and given a common school education. In the early stages
of the Civil war he enlisted in Co. G, C.V.I., Aug. 30, 1862, and
with that organization performed honorable military service for
a period of nine months. This regiment was commanded by Co. George
S. Burnham, and after being mustered into the United States service,
Sept. 20, 1862, was sent to Washington, where it went into winter
quarters near Falls Church, Va., at Minors Hill. It was attached
to the Army of the Potomac, and was assigned to the defense of
Washington under Major Gen. Heintzelman. Its division and brigade
commanders were, respectively, Gen. Abercrombie, Gen. Cowden and
Col Burr Porter. In the spring of 1863, the regiment assisted in
When Mr. Walker was a young man he
taught school about ten years. He was a student in a select school
at Union, which was taught by Mr. Barrows and Mr. Weaver, for about
three terms. On returning home after leaving the service, Mr. Walker
resumed work on the farm, where he remained until the close of the
year 1890, and became a resident of Stafford Springs, Feb. 11, 1890.
To many positions of trust and honor his fellow citizens have called
him, and whenever he has been found he has displayed ability and
efficiency. He served his town as a representative in the State Legislature
in 1871. He was a selectman in 1873 and 1874, and for seven years
in Union, and one year in Stafford he was a member of the board of
county commissioners. In Union Mr. Walker was on the school board,
and in Stafford has been assessor for
Mr. Walker was married Feb. 13, 1866, to Jennie Sarah, a daughter of Amasa and Sarah Ann (Thomas) Morse, and to them have come children as follows: (1) Frank H., born Oct. 19, 1868; (2) Herbert M., born Aug. 15, 1871, died March 29, 1880; (3) Alice J., born Nov. 30, 1874, graduated at Mt. Holyoke in 1897, and attended the Normal at Willimantic, and then became a successful and accomplished teacher at Upper Montclair, where she remained two years; she also taught in a private school in New York City, where she is still engaged at a good salary; (4) Albert M., born Oct. 21, 1877, is in the office of the Palmers Mill Co., at Three Rivers, Mass., where he is learning the business; he was married March 28, 1900, to Esther M. Cowles, of Springfield, Mass.; (5) Ruth N., born Nov. 10, 1880, is now a student at Mt. Holyoke.
Mrs. Walker was born July 12, 1842, and her father, who is a farmer, was ordained a preacher of the Advent Church.
Mr. Walker belongs to D.P. Corbin Post, No. 74, G.A.R., of which he was senior vice commander. He is connected with the A.O.U.W. at Stafford Springs, and was a charter member of Union Grange, and was also a member of Mashapaug Lake Grange. He and his wife are members of the Congregational Church.
Linda D. Pingel great-great granddaughter of Cyrus White of Rockville, Ct.
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