About Minerva Walker
From Washington County News Times, July 16, 1908:
[Not an Obituary] Five generations gathered last Thursday when Mrs. Minerva Walker, of near Banks, and her descendents met to have pictures taken at Bryant's studio. They were: Mrs. Melissa A. Armentrout, Mrs. Ansavilla Bledsoe, Mrs. Jane Strohmier and infant son, Charles Strohmier, all of this county. Mrs. Walker born Jefferson County, Missouri, March 22, 1828 and lived in Missouri 19 years. In 1847, with her father, Ammon Knighten, five brothers and one sister, crossed the plains by ox team to Oregon. Since lived continuously in Washington on the same DLC near Banks taken up by her and her husband, Robert Walker in '49. Mrs. Walker is past 80 years enjoying splendid health. She lives alone.
July 19, 1908; Oregonian, p 9 (photo) Forest Grove, Or., July 18
Herewith are shown five generations of the Walker family, pioneers and natives of Washington County. Mrs. Minerva Walker, who located on a donation land claim near Banks in 1849, is a great-great-grandmother. With her in the picture are her daughter, Mrs. Melissa A. Armentrout; her granddaughter, Mrs. Ansavilla Bledsoe; her great-granddaughter, Mrs. Jane Strohmier, and her great-great-grandson, Charles Strohmier.
Mrs. Minerva Walker was born in Jefferson County, Missouri, March 22, 1828, and lived in Missouri 19 years. On May 10, 1847, with her father, Ammon Knighten, five brothers and one sister, she emigrated to Oregon with ox teams, since which time Mrs. Walker has lived continuously in Washington County, and is still living on the donation land claim which was taken up by herself and husband, Robert Walker in 1849.
Mrs. Walker, who is past 80 years of age, is still in splendid health. She lives alone and does her own housework.
From Forest Grove Times, October 5, 1911:
Mrs. Minnie Walker, aged 83, died Tuesday following children survive: Mrs. Melissa Armantrout and S A Walker, Forest Grove; Mrs. E J Lyle, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho; James Walker, Hood River; Robert M Walker, West Fall; William G Walker, with whom the decease resided on the home place. Mrs. Walker, with husband Robert Walker took up a homestead near Banks in 1849. Mr. Walker died in 1892. Mrs. Walker has since resided on the homestead.
October 6, 1911; Oregonian; p 6 "Mrs. M. Walker Passes" Forest Grove, Or., Oct. 5
Mrs. Minerva Walker, one of the earliest settlers in Washington County, died after but a few hours' sickness at her home at Roy, five miles northeast of this city, Tuesday evening.
She was born in Van Buren County, Missouri, March 22, 1828. In 1847 she came with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ammon Knight(en), to Oregon, crossing the plain by ox team. They settled in Washington county, on the Dilley farm, near the Watts schoolhouse. In 1849 she was married to Robert Walker, who crossed the plains in 1844. The same year the young couple settled on an donation land claim at Roy, where they had made their home continuously ever since. Mr. Walker died in 1832.
Mrs. Walker is survived by the following children: Samuel A. Walker and Mrs. George Armentrout, Forest Grove; Mrs. E. J. Lyle, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho; Robert M. Walker, West Falls, Or.; James L. Walker, Hood River, and William G. Walker, on the home farm. Funeral services will be held at the old home at Roy, Saturday, at 1 o'clock. Rev. L. F. Smith, pastor of the Methodist Church at Banks, will conduct the services and interment will take place in the Banks cemetery.
Divorce record (1879): http://genealogy.state.or.us/detail.php?id=511910
Minerva Walker's Timeline
March 22, 1828
Jefferson, Missouri, United States
January 2, 1850
Washington, OR, USA
October 3, 1911
Forest Grove, Washington, Oregon, United States
Washington, Oregon, United States