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Nancy Walker (Cressy)

Birthdate: (91)
Birthplace: New Brunswick, Middlesex, New Jersey, USA
Death: December 17, 1871 (91)
Minersville, Beaver , Utah, USA (Old Age)
Place of Burial: Plot B-228, Minersville, Beaver, Utah, USA
Immediate Family:

Daughter of William Crissie or Cressy and Hannah Leah Townsend Cressy
Wife of Brigham Young, President of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and Oliver Walker
Mother of John R. Walker; Hannah Walker; William Cressy Walker; Mary Ann Walker Johnson; Alfred Walker and 5 others

Occupation: Married Oliver Walker February 8, 1803. Oliver died in 1843. Nancy married Brigham Young 1846 in Illinois.
Managed by: Richard Frank Henry
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About Nancy Cressy Walker

Oliver Walker was born in New York, New York 11 July 1782 to William and Leah Walker. In 1803 he married Nancy Cressy, daughter of William Cressy and Hannah Townsend, born in New Brunswick, New Jersey 20 January 1780. They had ten children, 37 grandchildren, and at least 124 great grandchildren.

Their first three children John R., Hannah, and William Cressy, were born in New York City 1804, 1805, and 1807. The family is next in Essex, Essex County, New York, where Mary Ann, Alfred, Sarah, and Julian were born in 1808, 1810, 1812, and 1814. Then they moved to Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio where Dionitia and Nancy Reeder Walker were born in 1816 and 1817.

Oliver purchased land in Winchester, Randolph County, Indiana 27 March 1819, in Section 22 SW 1/4 and Section 28 N 1/2, then Section 21 SE 1/4 and Section 22 SW 1/4 in May 1819.

1820 Census Greensfork Township, Randolph County, Indiana Oliver Walker 011311-2112.

1823 May 16, daughter Eveline born in Winchester, Randolph County, Indiana.

1824 February 27, daughter Mary Ann Walker married Mahlon Johnson in Winchester, Randolph County, Indiana.

1825 March 1, son John Walker married Susannah Ennis in Winchester, Randolph County, Indiana.

1830 Census White River Township, Randolph County, Indiana Oliver Walker 00002010-001200001.

1831-Oliver is baptized by Zebedee Coltrin (Jun-Sept) Missionary journals of Levi Hancock and Zebedee Coltrin. The companions were in Winchester, Randolph County, Indiana during July and August 1831 and there they "raised a large branch of the Church....we then went to Winchester and stopped at the county seat on the head waters of the White River. We saw there a schoolmaster and introduced the Gospel to him. He was so well pleased with the message that he spread the news as fast as possible and called a meeting. After the meeting he wanted to be baptized, so we went to the water with him and baptized him. Soon after this we were happy to hear that nearly all the people wanted to hear us so we went to the court house and got permission to hold a meeting there. After this meeting we were able to baptize several others."

1831 December 1, Oliver Walker listed in Far West Records from a meeting in Winchester, Randolph, Indiana.

1832 February 16, son William Cressy Walker married Rachael Wright in Randolph County, Indiana.

1834 September 14, marriage of daughter Nancy Reeder Walker to Horace Martin Alexander by Oliver Walker, Justice of the Peace in Randolph County, Indiana.

1834 December Meeting in Kirtland at the School House in high council, Oliver Walker pronounced faithful.

1836 August 16 Oliver Walker from Randolph County, Indiana purchased land in Section 12 along Shoal Creek, Caldwell County, Missouri.

1836 December Oliver Walker purchased land in Section 1 along Shoal Creek, Caldwell County, Missouri where he makes his home.

1838 September 4, both daughters Eveline Walker and Dionitia Walker married by Brigham Young at Oliver’s home on Shoal Creek, Caldwell County, Missouri.

1838 September 29 Oliver Walker gives Kirtland camp pumpkins and shelled beans-owns 100 acres of land 3 miles east of Haun’s Mill on Shoal Creek, Caldwell County, Missouri.

1838 October, Oliver tries to negotiate peace before Haun’s Mill Massacre. 1838 October 30, Haun’s Mill Massacre, son John Walker and son-in-law Mahlon Johnson survive.

1840 October 10, charges against Oliver Walker by David Fullmer, put off until April. 1840 Green County, Illinois Oliver Walker, as justice of the peace, marries a couple. He owns property on Block 65, Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois. 1

1842 Oliver Walker Nauvoo City Tax List.

Oliver Walker is buried in the old Nauvoo Burial Grounds, Nauvoo Illinois, 1843, April 17, Oliver Walker dies of cholera (inflammation of the lungs age 60 yrs, 2 mo, 2 days, Nauvoo Sexton records) in Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois and is buried and remembered in the Old Nauvoo Burying ground.

1843 June 14, wife Nancy’s Administrator’s notice for claims against estate to be paid by August 1, 1843, Probate court Hancock County.

Oliver Walker name on memorial at Nauvoo burial grounds1846 February 6. Nancy Walker takes out her endowments in the Nauvoo Temple, the work is done vicariously for her husband Oliver, she is sealed for eternity to him, and for time to Brigham Young. She married Brigham Young in 1846 in Nauvoo, IL.

Nancy Reeder Walker monument at Winter Quarters

1847 Daughter Nancy Reeder Walker Alexander dies at Winter Quarters, leaves three children.

1848 Nancy Walker crosses plains in Brigham Young’s Company, Amasa Lyman Section, James H. Rollins Fifty, leaving Winter Quarters last of June with daughter Eveline Walker Rollins’ family and son-in-law James Henry Rollins’ mother Keziah Keturah Van Benthuysen Rollins Burk, and Horace Alexander’s three children, arriving in October 1848.

1850 Census Utah, Utah Territory Dionysia with Amasa Lyman family. Where is Nancy?

1851 Nancy Walker goes with daughter Eveline and son-in-law James Henry Rollins to settle San Bernardino, California. During an earthquake there, Nancy was “carried from the house for it appeared the walls would shake down. We were all very frightened. Great faults opened in the valley.” By grand daughter Melissa Keziah Rollins Lee.

1857/8 Nancy Walker returned from San Bernardino to Utah with Rollins family, “refused to ride in wagon at a steep hill." But as she began walking, “the fat little lady stumbled and rolled right down to the bottom of the hill. We were alarmed for her safety, but grandma got up laughing, and suffered no injury.” By grand daughter Melissa Keziah Rollins Lee.

1860 Census Parowan, Iron, Utah Territory Dencia Lyman 45 Seamstress, Nancy Walker 80.

1868 December 30 Nancy Walker made wedding dress for grand daughter Melissa Keziah Rollins and attended her wedding to John Lee. At this time she was 89 years old.

1870 Census Minersville, Beaver, Utah Territory, Dionisia Lyman 54 Midwife, Nancy Walker 90.

December 17, 1870, Nancy Walker died and was buried in Minersville, Utah at age 91, twenty-seven years after her husband Oliver's death in Nauvoo, Illinois.


She married Oliver Walker 8 Feb 1803. They had 10 children before he died.

Deseret News Obituary: 07 Feb 1872, Died, Minersville, 17 Dec 1871, Nancy Walker, born Newark, New Jersey, 20 June 1780.

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Nancy Cressy Walker's Timeline

January 20, 1780
New Brunswick, Middlesex, New Jersey, USA
May 13, 1804
Age 24
New York City, New York, New York, USA
Age 24
New York, NY, USA
June 26, 1807
Age 27
New York, New York, USA
December 13, 1808
Age 28
Essex, New York, USA
November 7, 1810
Age 30
Essex, NY, USA
May 7, 1812
Age 32
Essex, NY, USA
January 10, 1814
Age 33
Essex, NY, USA
March 10, 1816
Age 36
Dayton, Montgomery, Ohio, USA