Smith County, Texas
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|The William S. Walker family came from South Carolina. His father Mason D. was from Union District, SC. I have a census form from 1800 showing Mason with three males under age of ten years. This would include William, who was born 29 November, 1797, and died 21 Feb 1880. On January 5, 1823, he married Amey W. Holder. As stated in Biographical Souvenirs of Texas, Amey was born February 6, 1792, in France, and was the daughter of Daniel Holder. Amey died 23 May 1883. They are buried at Oakwood Cemetery in Tyler.
The W. S. Walker family came to Smith County in 1846, and lived there the rest of their lives. William and Amey were charter members of First Baptist Church in Tyler, where he was the first deacon and served for many years.
William S. and Amey had a family of five:
Berryman and Mary had a family of ten children:
The old Walker family homestead is south of the Kelly Springfield Tire plant. When I was young I hunted squirrels on the "Walker Branch." This creek runs into Indian Creek below the railroad track.
SOURCES OF INFORMATION:Berryman L. Walker Family Bible
BERRYMAN L. WALKER, Newspaper Articles, 1907 & 1924, Smith County, TX
Picture of William S. Walker & wife Amey, Archives of the First Baptist Church, Tyler, TX
Cemetery Records Smith County, Texas, Volume III, Southwest Quarter; East Texas Genealogical Society, 1984
Marriage Records of Smith County, Texas, 1846-1899; East Texas Genealogical Society, 1979
Marriage Records of Smith County, Texas, 1900-1926; East Texas Genealogical Society, 1999
Biographical Souvenir of the State of Texas Containing Biographical Sketches of the Representative Public, and Many Early Settled Families, Chicago: F. A. Battey & Company, 1889, Vol I, p 861, 862.
"Some Biographies of Old Settlers." Historical, Personal and Reminiscent. Volume I, By Sid S. Johnson, 1900: Sid S. Johnson, Publisher, Tyler, Texas Chapter XL - Pages 192-193.
Online Census Records of Smith County, TX
Historical Sketch, First Baptist Church, Tyler, Texas, 1848:1938 (Tyler, TX: First Baptist Church, 1938).
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