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Oliver Walker

Birthdate: (60)
Birthplace: New York, New York, USA
Death: Died in Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, USA
Cause of death: Cholera or inflamation of the lungs
Place of Burial: Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of William Walker and Leah Walker
Husband of Nancy Cressy Walker
Father of John R. Walker; Hannah Walker; William Cressy Walker; Mary Ann Walker Johnson; Alfred Walker and 5 others

Occupation: Farmer, owned 200 acres of land in Haun's Mill, Caldwell County, Missouri
Managed by: Della Dale Smith-Pistelli
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About Oliver Walker

Oliver Walker was born in New York City, New York, July 11, 1782, to William and Leah Walker. February 8, 1803, he married Nancy Cressy, daughter of William Cressy (or Cressie) and Hannah Townsend, born in New Brunswick, New Jersey, January 20, 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 was 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 March 27, 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 was baptized by Zebedee Coltrin (June-September) per 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.

According to the testimony of Isaac Leany, in a Mormon Redress Petition, signed April 20, 1839, in Quincy, Illinois: "On October 29, 1838, we sent three men to the house of Oliver Walker to make a treaty with three men which they would send to the same house to meet them, and on going to Walker's they met ten men with each a rifle instead of three without arms, however, peace prevailed and a treaty was soon made and agreed upon. Unfortunately the peace didn't last and the Haun's Mill Massacre occurred shortly after that." (from Family

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. 1842 Oliver Walker Nauvoo City Tax List.

Oliver Walker died April 13, 1843, from cholera (inflammation of the lungs age 60 yrs, 2 months, 2 days, Nauvoo Sexton records) in Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois and was buried and remembered in the Old Nauvoo Burial Grounds, in Nauvoo, Illinois.

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.

Nancy R. 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 was Nancy living at the time?

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.

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.

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 at age 89.

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

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

Oliver Walker was a Justice of the Peace in Randolph County, Indiana. They then moved to Missouri.

Oliver Walker owned 100 acres of land about 3 miles from Haun's Mill, Caldwell County, Missouri.

30 October 1838 - Even though his efforts failed, Oliver Walker played a role as peace maker at the time of the Haun's Mill massacre.

1834 Horace Martin Alexander married Oliver's daughter Nancy Reader Walker in Randolph County, Indiana - They were married by Nancy's father Oliver Walker, Justice of the Peace.

Oliver died of cholera, he died at age 69 yrs, 2 mos.

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Oliver Walker's Timeline

July 11, 1782
New York, New York, USA
May 13, 1804
Age 21
New York City, New York, New York, USA
Age 22
New York, NY, USA
June 26, 1807
Age 24
New York, New York, USA
December 13, 1808
Age 26
Essex, New York, USA
November 7, 1810
Age 28
Essex, NY, USA
May 7, 1812
Age 29
Essex, NY, USA
January 10, 1814
Age 31
Essex, NY, USA
March 10, 1816
Age 33
Dayton, Montgomery, Ohio, USA