The Walker Family

There are certain things that we never believed we’d see…  And photographs of Mary Wolfenden Scott and her husband Arthur Walker were high on the list of those things.  But recently our American cousin Arthur Walker III from the line of Caroline ‘Carrie’ Mettinger Setzler and William Benjamin Walker gave us an impossibly beautiful gift.  Cousin Art has preserved lovely high quality scans of the images he knew to be Mary and Arthur and granted us permission to share them.  To say we’re over the moon is probably understating it.

I’d like to introduce to you all the faces of our fourth great grandparents, Mary Wolfenden Scott and her husband, Arthur Walker.

Arthur Walker Mary Wolfenden Scott Walker













The Walker family arrived in Philadelphia, in the United States of America aboard the ship ‘Clara Wheeler’ on 15 Jul 1850.  Arthur (28) and Mary (24) brought their young sons Arthur (5), Robert (3), and Joseph (1) along with their servant, Eliza Bowman (24).  Arthur was noted as a Clerk at the time, the family brought along 6 packages of luggage.  The origins of the Walker family has long been discussed without solid conclusive proof.  Although we’ve all long been told the family was Scottish, they arrived by way of Ireland and then England possibly over the span of generations.  It is unclear where the Scott family originated, and we’ve searched for Mary’s brother, Robert Scott, a School Teacher who was noted as married but living with the Walkers for many years with no results.  There’s also been no accounting for the use of Mary’s middle name, ‘Wolfenden’, although we think it’s likely a parental surname used as a middle name for her.

The couple would go on to have sons Thomas Scott, William Benjamin, James Black, daughter Mary Ann (Nickle), son Charles and George and daughter Jane. After years of research and collaboration with cousin Marilyn, we still know only a fraction of the Walker descendants.  After talking to cousin Art, we need to seek out the possible survival of Ernest Setzler Walker’s genealogy research.  Apparently he had quite the accomplished genealogy!  We can only hope that somewhere his efforts were preserved.

With the lovely contribution from cousin Art, it’s hard not to want to know more about these brave pioneers who are now buried in Mount Royal Cemetery in Quebec and have a thriving legacy of descendants in both Canada and the United States.  Definitely room for more research to be done!  One thing we’ve all agreed on, Alexander Scott Walker Senior definitely has his Grandmother’s nose.

Always one for making things pretty, Jenn is our resident artist. Métis, British Home Child Descendant, family historian and genealogist, she is always looking into some new branch of research and encourages historical preservation and education.

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