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Mary Walker (Morris)

Birthplace: Merionethshire, Wales
Death: March 22, 1747 (79)
Tredyffrin, Chester County, Province of Pennsylvania
Place of Burial: Wayne, Chester County, Pennsylvania, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of John Morris and Unknown Morris
Wife of Lewis Walker
Mother of Joseph Walker; Elizabeth Hamer; Hannah Evans; Enoch Walker; Abel Walker and 3 others
Sister of John Morris, Sr.

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About Mary Walker

"Lewis Walker married Mary Morris, whom he had met during the voyage, at Haverford meeting house in February 1693. They lived for several years in Radnor, and many of their children were born there. However, on one of his hunting trips, Lewis Walker saw a densely wooded hill, beyond which was a pleasant valley with plenty of water and fertile soil. The Schuylkill was close at hand so that harvests could be floated to city markets. He bought a farm in the Great Valley and the family moved there, though Mary Walker was reluctant to leave the security of Radnor for the remote wilderness that was to be their home. Lewis Walker is considered to be the first settler of Tredyffrin township. The name is Welsh --Tre or Tref (town) and Dyffrin or Duffryn (a wide valley). In old writings, the township was sometimes called Valleytown or Valleyton; the latter name appears in a Deed by which Lewis Walker later conveyed some of his land to Llewellyn Davis in 1708.

The first Walker house was made of logs. After it burned, a stone house replaced it, and the property was named "Rehobeth". The house was built near one of the many springs on the property, high on a sunny slope where walnut and sycamore trees grew. It was an unusually large dwelling, well-suited for holding meetings. One of the lower rooms was divided by a movable partition so that the men and women of the Meeting could hold their separate monthly meetings for business.

As the Walker's eight children grew and married, nearly all of them lived on farms near Rehobeth. Married children of other Friends in the Valley also lived on land given or bequeathed to them by their parents. It was extremely important to Pennsylvania Friends to acquire as much land as possible."

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Lewis was 6’4” and met Mary on the voyage to PA. died Dec 23, 1728, at Rehobeth (p. 21) ( says he died Dec 14, 1728, but this was the date he signed his will and Dec 23 is engraved on his grave marker in the Valley Meeting burial ground.) married April 22, 1693, Haverford Meetinghouse, to Mary Morris, born 1667, died 1747, (her will was probated Mar 19, 1747, pp. 31, 35). They moved from Radnor to Chester Valley, the 1st settlers in Tredyffrin township, in 1705; Lewis owned 1000 acres (purchased from William Penn, beginning in 1702) and built the first stone residence at Valley Forge, by 1705, calling it Rehobeth.

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Mary Walker's Timeline

April 22, 1667
Merionethshire, Wales
February 26, 1693
Radnor, Chester County, Province of Pennsylvania
February 27, 1696
Radnor, Chester, Pennsylvania, USA
August 7, 1696
Radnor, Chester County, Province of Pennsylvania
November 15, 1699
Philadelphia County, Province of Pennsylvania
April 3, 1701
July 17, 1703
Radnor Township, Delaware, Pennsylvania
March 7, 1705
Radnor, Chester, Pennsylvania, USA