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Captain John Alexander Walker, II

Also Known As: "Gunmaker John", "Gunmaker Walker", "John McKnight Walker", "II"
Birthplace: Scotland, United Kingdom
Death: September 17, 1734 (58)
Chester, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, United States
Place of Burial: Nottingham, Chester County, Pennsylvania, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of SR John Alexander Walker, I and Katherine Jane Walker
Husband of Katherine Jane Walker
Father of Thomas Walker; Elizabeth Rutherford Campbell; John Rutherford Walker, III; Captain James Walker; William Walker and 13 others
Brother of William Alexander Walker, I; Martha Houston (Walker); Alexander McNight Walker and James Walker

Occupation: Gunmaker
Managed by: John William Grimm
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About Captain John Alexander Walker, II

From Scotland he moved his family and settles near the town of Newry, Ireland. Departed with family and three of Alexander's children, left Stangford Bay in May 1726. Landed in Maryland on Auguest 2. Settled in Chester Co, Pa. Both died there.


From: Find A Grave Memorial# 8647475

John Walker

  • Birth: 1680, Scotland
  • Death:  Sep., 1734 Chester County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Son of: John & Jane (McKnight) Walker.
  • Born: in Wigtown Scotland.
  • Immigrated: 1726 to N. America. Landed in Maryland. Moved to Chester Co.,PA.
  • Married: Jan. 7, 1701-02 to Katherine (Rutherford).
  • Father of: Thomas, John Jr., Esther, James, Jane (Moore), Alexander, Joseph, Samuel, Mary and William Walker.  Family links: 
  • Parents:
    • John Alexander Walker (1650 - 1734)
    • Jane McKnight Walker (1650 - 1744) 
  •  Spouse:  Katherine Jane Rutherford Walker (1682 - 1738)* 
  • Children:
    • Jane Walker Moore (1712 - 1793)*
    • Samuel Walker (1714 - 1793)*
    • Alexander Walker (1716 - 1784)*
    • Joseph Walker (1722 - 1806)* 
  • Burial: Nottingham Cemetery in Nottingham (Chester County), Chester County, Pennsylvania, USA
    • Married Katherine Rutherford abt. 1701 in Ireland. She is also buried here.
    • Children: Elizabeth, John, Alexander, Joseph, William, Esther, Mary, James, Thomas, Jane & Samuel.
    • His headstone no longer exists but he is recorded in the cemetery records.


  • Birth: abt 1677 Scotland, Wigtownshire, Wigton
  • Death: SEP 1734 PA, Chester Co
  • Grave: 1734 Nottingham Meeting House
  • Aged: 57.7 years
  • Alternate Name: John Walker
  • John and Katherine first migrated to Newry, Northern Ireland along with their children and John's nephew, John (Son of Alexander).
  • They all later migrated to America.
  • Name: John WALKER
  • Title: II
  • Sex: M
  • Death: 1734
  • Burial: Cemetery of the Nottingham Meeting house
  • Education:
  • Emigrated from Scotland via Newry, Ireland
  • Religion: 1726/28.
  • Gun maker John (Bill Willis, CompuServe Roots Forum Gilbert pgs 24-29.)
  • Its probably not accurate to describe any of the Walkers as "Irish". In truth, they were Scotch Irish; their acquaintance with Ireland consisted of no more than a 20 year residence in the Ulster plantation before the family removed to the New World.
  • The family came to Ireland from Wigton Scotland between 1705 and 1726 and left from Newry, Ireland 1726/28.
  • John II settled near Newry Ireland, migrated to new World 1726/1728, settled on the Ocotaro Watershed, in PA.
  • John and Katharine are buried in the cemetery of the Nottingham Meeting house.
  • "The John Walkers landed at a Maryland port on the Chesapeake Bay.
    • From there they immediately traveled north to Chester County in Pennsylvania, which was a staging area and something of a displaced persons camp for their compatriots.
    • This was the second substantial migratory move the couple had made. Both were natives of Wigton, a community in the southwestern lowlands of Scotland, which by the time the Walkers reached adulthood was so depressed that people were its chief export.
      • John and Katherine left in 1700 or thereabouts to relocate in Ulster, across the Irish Sea. There they remained until they had enough resources or had become convinced that they must go to America.
    • Few personal records of the couple survive, but since they were lowland Presbyterian Scots living in Ulster, it is almost certain that they had little hope of improving their situation in the north of Ireland."
      • They came with eight children, 3 daughters, 5 sons, 2 nephews and 1 son-in-law, John Campbell, Duke of Argyll who married the eldest daughter, Elizabeth.
  • John Walker (2), born in Wigton, Scotland,
  • married Katherine Rutherford January 07, 1702, in Scotland.
  • From Scotland he moved his family and settled near the town of Newry, Ireland.
  • He and family with three of his brother Alexander's children left Strangford Bay in May 1726 (another record says 28 or 300 on board a vessel commanded by Richard Walker, and landed in Maryland August 02.
  • He transported his family and settled in Chester Co., Pa., where he died in September, 1734;
  • his wife died in 1738;
  • both buried at Nottingham Meeting House in Chester Co., Pa.
  • Most of the family left Pa. And settled in Rockbridge and adjoining counties in Virginia. John Walker contemplated such a move, and had been to Virginia a short time previous to his death and selected a farm upon which he erected a small building.
  • Katherine Rutherford was a daughter of John Rutherford and Isabella Allein.
  • Their eleven children were:
    • Elizabeth Walker born april 1703 married John Campbell in Ireland;
    • John Walker born 1705 married Ann Houston in 1734;
    • James Walker born 1707 married Mary Guffy in 1737;
    • Thomas Walker (died young);
    • William Walker (died young);
    • Jane Walker born 1712 married James Moore 1734;
    • Samuel Walker married Jane Patterson;
    • (3)Alexander Walker b.1716 & d. 1784/5 married Jane Hammer in 1747;
    • Ester Walker (died young);
    • Joseph Walker married 1st. Nancy McClung; 2nd Grizelda McCosky;
    • Mary Walker (no account of her)1



  • From Scotland, John Walker II moved his family and settled near the town of Newry, Ireland.
  • He and his family along with three of his brother Alexander's children, left Strangford Bay in May 1726.
  • He transported his family and settled in Chester County, PA where he died in September 1734;
  • his wife died in 1738.
  • Both are buried at Nottingham Meeting House in Chester County, PA.


  • The list of ancestors are placed  in chronological order with whatever information I could obtain.
  • Most of the records come from military, birth, death, and ship log records.
  • You should be happy to know that we are from Scotland and have a strong history of being warriors.
  • One of our Grandfathers fought in the American Revolution, and we have been here in the USA for over 279 years. 


  • George Walker was born 1625 in Wigton Scotland. This is all the information I have thus far about Grandfather George.

John  Alexander Walker

  • * Birth: ABT. 1650
    • Death: 1734 in Wigton, Scotland
    • Marriage:  Jane Mcknight  b: 1654 in Wigton, Scotland     
    • Children
      • 1. John Walker II Born: ABT. 1677 in Wigton, Scotland; Death: SEP 1734 in Chester County, Pennsylvania
      • 2. Alexander Walker b: 1682 in Wigton, Scotland; Burial: Nottingham, Chester County, Pennsylvania

Marriage: John Walker II & Catherine Rutherford b: 1682 in Ireland          

  • Married: 7 JAN 1701/02
  • Children
    • 1. Elizabeth Walker b: APR 1703 in Wigton, Scotland
    • 2.  John Walker b: MAR 1704/05 in Wigton, Scotland
    • 3. James Walker b: 17 MAR 1706/07 in Wigton, Scotland
    • 4. Thomas Walker b: 1709 in Wigton, Scotland
    • 5. William Walker b: 1711 in Wigton, Scotland
    • 6. James Walker b: 17 MAR 1711/12 in Newry, County Down, Ireland
    • 7. Jane Walker b: MAY 1712 in County Down, Ireland
    • 8.  Samuel Walker b: 25 DEC 1714 in Newry, County, Down, Ireland
    • 9.  Alexander Walker b: 19 MAY 1716 in Newry, Ireland
    • 10. Esther Walker b: 1718 in Newry, Ireland
    • 11. Joseph Walker b: 15 JUL 1722 in Newry, County Down, Ireland
    • 12. Mary Walker b: 1723 in Newry, County Down, Ireland


Indian Tragedies Against the Walker Family

  • From the unpublished manuscript, Indian Atrocities Along the Clinch, Powell and Holston Rivers. John Walker and his wife Katherine Rutherford, first lived at Wigton, Scotland, later moving to Newry, Ireland, from whence they sailed from Strangford Bay in May 1726, landing in maryland in August of that year. Soon he was settled in Chester Co., PA, where he died in 1734. His wife, Katherine died the same year. Most of the family of John Walker, the immigrant, moved from Pennsylvania and settled in Augusta and Rockbridge Counties in Virginia, and from there they scattered westward. Among the children of John and Katherine Walker was John Walker, Jr.; who settled on Clinch River in what is today Russell Co. and Jane Walker who married James Moore and settled in Rockbridge Co. John Walker, Jr., born 1705, married Ann Houston in 1734. He first settled in Augusta Co., and later with the Hays family moved to Rockbridge Co. and settled on a stream still known today as Walker’s Creek. From Walker’s Creek he moved to Clinch River in present Russell Co., VA, where he settled in 1773 at the "sink" of Sinking Creek on a 300 acre tract of land which he named "Broadmeadows". This land was surveyed and entered for him in old Fincastle Co., April 2, 1774. At this time he was a man of some 68 years and surely must have followed his children in their wanderings to the Virginia frontier. In spite of his advanced age he still lived to see a son and son-in-law killed by Indians, and a daughter and grandson carried away into captivity, dying in 1778 before their return.


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The first data we have of John Walker II is the statement by White, 1902:3 that he married Katherine Rutherford In Wigton, Scotland, in March of 1702. Both John and Katherine's parents are believed to have been Presbyterian Covenanter's. Though good, solid evidence is lacking, there is speculation that both families fled Scotland to escape persecution, settling temporarily in the Netherlands with other Scot Presbyterian Covenanters. This would explain their absence in the 1685 Parish rolls of Wigtonshire. The presumption here is that the families returned to Wigtonshire during the Glorious Revolution of 1688. Whether they knew each other is uncertain, as the only direct evidence we have of a connection between them is the marriage of John and Katherine in 1702.

Sometime after their marriage John and Katherine moved to Newry, Ireland (White, 1902:3. The exact timing of this move is not known. (White, 1902:32 does not mention the places of birth of most of their children, and for most of them, statements seen in many genealogies that they were born in Wigton, or in Ireland, are based purely on guess work. However, she does give the place of birth of their daughter Jane in 1712 as "Down County, Ireland". Taking that at face value, this implies that that the move to Ireland was prior to this date. Whether it was immediately after their marriage or a few years later, we do not know. The first of John and Katherine's children would have begun to reach marriagable age in the early 1720's. Their eldest daughter, Elizabeth, married in, Ireland, but White's discussion of this is amgbiruous (see Extended note 3, under Children). Their second eldest child is believed to be John Walker III (c1705-c1776) who White 1902:6 tells us married in America in1734.

The family came to America in 1726 White 1902:3 settleing in what is now Cecil County Maryland, near the town of Rising Sun, on the Nottingham Lots. (See FAQ's). At different locaitons in her work White indicates different arrival dates for the family, some as late as [need to track down the variations here.]

The death of John II seems rather sudden, coming as it does just after he has returned from Virginia, getting ready to relocate his family. This does not sound like the circumstances of a man who knows he's nearing the end of his life. Rather, it sounds like a sudden illness, or perhaps an accident resulted in his death. We will probably never know the cause of death, especially if its accidental, but one possibility that comes to mind is that he died in an epidemic. Perhaps he contracted something while at home in Old Chester Co, or perhaps it was something contracted during his travels to Virginia. Linda Parsons (September 11, 2006) has drawn our attention to the fact that an epidmeic of yellow fever ravaged Virginia in 1734. It is possible that John II was one of its victims. Further research as to where this epidemic struck may be helpful.

White 1902 tells us that John and Katherine were buried in the cemetery of the the Nottingham Meeting House in Chester Co, Pennsylvania. The exact location of the cemetery has been confused by the border dispute between Pennsylvania and Maryland. At the time the family came to America the Nottingham MH was within the area claimed by Pennsylvania. When the boundary dispute was finally resolved (need date, and Wikipedia reference to Mason Dixon line) the boundary between Pennsylvania and Maryland was a few miles further north of the MH. Examination of the records of the Presybterian Hiostorical Society in Philadelphia has led to the conclusion that MH the Walkers attended was that in Rising Sun.

John II is identified as the son of John Walker I = Jane McKnight, of Wigton, Scotland (White 1902:2). White based her early family history on a document commonly referred to as the "Joel Walker Record". White 1902(2) states:

"Joel Walker, of Ohio...kept a record of the Walker family, and from this Andrew Walker of McDonough Co, Ill, made a copy in 1856. This record covered a period of one hundred and fifty years, and furnished the foundation for the present work. The Joel Walker record states that "in the Walker ancestry the name extend back only three generations, when it looses itself in the Rutherford family then farther back than we have any authentic inforamtion of the Rutherfords in the line of ancestry are the Alleines."

John Walker II of the Wigton Walker lines probably born about 1682, in Wigton, Scotland. The c1682 DOB is based on the assumption that he was about 20 years of age when he married Katherine Rutherford (?-?) in 1702. We no direct evidence for John's presence in Scotland, other than the information provide in White, 1902 based on family tradition collected by Joel Walker (?-?) during the first part of the 19th century. In 1688 a Church of England parish census was conducted in Scotland; its purpose seems to have been to help identify opposition to the James II. John II's parents were Presbyterian's, and would likely have been numbered among the opposition. As such, they might have avoided being ennumerated. Some have suggested that the family had fled to the Netherlands, only to return during the "Glorious Revolution of 1688". with William of Orange and wife Mary II, daughter of James II Evidence for this is slim, but the idea is at least consistent with John II's marriage to Katherine Rutherford, whose family is also thought to have been in the Netherlands. Direct evidence for any of this is limited, but it is a reasonable idea, and would explain the absence of the family in the 1688 parish rolls.

White's history of the family states that John Walker "moved his family [from Wigton] and settled near the town of Newry, Ireland. The presumption is that they secured land in Ireland in reward for service to William and Mary in the Willamite Wars. Direct evidence for this is lacking, but Katherine's family is frequently identified as having received land for such service. If John II's parents had indeed returned to Scotland during the "Glorious" of 1688, as some have suggested, then it is not at all unreasonable for them to have received Irish land at the end of the [Williamite War in Ireland|Willamite War]]. The date for the move to Ireland is not clear. If the move occurred in response to land availability following the Willamite Wars, then we would expect the move to have occurred shortly after their marriage. However, based on the POB given by White for John and Katherine's children, we would expect the move to have occurred prior to 1712.

According to White 1902: John Walker

and family with three of his brother Alexander's children left Strangford bay in May, 1726...on board a vessel commanded by Richard Walker, and landed in Maryland August 2. He transported his family and settled in Chester Co., PA, where he died in September 1734. His wife died in 1738. Both are buried at Nottingham Meeting House in Chester Co, PA.
RisingSunLocationMap Location of Rising Sun, Cecil Co, MD Most of the family left Pennsylvania and settled in Rockbridge and adjoining counties in Virginia. John Walker [II] contemplated such a move and had been to Virginia a short time previous to his death and selected a farm upon which he erected a small building." Map of Virginia highlighting Rockbridge County Rockbridge Co. VA Our understanding of this family is based almost entirely upon the information contained in White 1902, who in turn based her information on the early history of the Wigton Walker family on the Joel Walker Record (JWR). Joel is identified as the son of Samuel Walker (1714-1793), and grandson of John II. White does not tell us specifically what information in her family history came from the JWR. No copy of this document has been located as far as is known. Little information on the family prior to their appearance on Borden's Grant in Virginia, has been confirmed independently of White 1902.

There are a number of specific facts given by White 1902. The following lists key data for the family of John II and Katherine Rutherford for which independent confirmation is needed. Also shown is what is known to support (or refute) information in White 1902.

Marriage of John II to Katherine Rutherford in Wigton 7 January of 1702. Marriage records for this period either do not survive, or do not include a marriage between John Walker II and Katherine Rutherford. In part, this may be because the Walkers and Rutherfords were Presbyterians, and did not conform to the State approved Church of England. Several researchers have reported having searched records in Wigtonshire, and have not reported finding any record related to this marriage, or the children of John II and Katherine. Records have been located that may relate to the marriage(s) of John II's brother Alexander, and the birth of some of his children (see Alexander I (c1682- ?). These data are accepted by some researchers as confirmation of some of the information in White, but other researchers do not consider the information defiitive. Relocation of the family from Wigton, Scotland to Newry, Ireland sometime after 1705. Irish records have been searched a limited extent by various Walker researchers. Definitive data on the family in Newry has not be identified. [Need summary of what has been found.] Some idea of the date of the relocation from Wigton to Newry can be obtained by looking at the pattern of DOB/POB records in White 1902 for the children of John II and Katherine, as well as his nephews and niece who came to America with him

  • Elizabeth Walker b. 1703
  • John Walker III b 1705
  • James Walker b 1707
  • Thomas Walker (died young)
  • William Walker (died young)
  • Jane Walker b. 1712 County Down, Ireland]].
  • Samuel Walker b. 1714
  • Alexander Walker b. 1716
  • Esther Walker (died young)
  • Joseph b. 1722 near Londonderry, Ireland
  • Mary Walker (died young?)

Emigration from Ireland to America in May 1726, departing from Stranford Bay on a ship "commanded by Richard Walker". Samuel Walker b. 1714, came with father from Newry about 1734 Children of Alexander 1

Alexander John Eleanor Arrival of the family in Maryland on 2 August, 1726. Settlement in Chester County, Pennsylvania Establsihment of a farm in Virginia in 1734 Death of John II in September 1734, and burial in the graveyard of the Nottingham Meetng House in Chester Co. MD. Death of Katherine Rutherford in 1738, and burial in the graveyard of the Nottingham Meetng House in Chester Co. MD. Working back 150 years from the date of the Andrew Walker copy of the JWR, takes us to the early 1700's, consistent with the marriage of John II in 1702, and the birth of John III in 1705. It is likely that these events, the identity of John II's parents, and the identity of his wife, were preserved in the JWR. No information has been recovered that confirms most of what is in White 1902 regarding this family.



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John married Katherine on January 7, 1702 in Scotland. They moved to Newry, Ireland. Then in 1730 they came to America and settled in Chester County, Pennsylvania.


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Captain John Alexander Walker, II's Timeline

December 10, 1675
Scotland, United Kingdom
Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
November 1699
Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
April 1703
Wigton, Wigtonshire, Scotland (United Kingdom)
Wigton, Wigtonshire, Scotland
March 5, 1704
Wigtown, Wigtownshire, Scotland, United Kingdom
Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
March 17, 1707
Wigton, Cumbria, England, United Kingdom
Down, Ireland