Robert H Walker

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ROBERT H. WALKER, now living retired, was engaged in farming throughout his active years on the place in Rayburn township, Armstrong county, which he still occupies. He is a native of Allegheny county, Pa., born Feb. 16, 1835, son of James and Jane (Bigham) Walker.

James Walker, the father, was born in Pennsylvania, in either Washington or Allegheny county. Some time after his marriage he moved to Kittanning, Armstrong county, with his family, which then consisted of seven children: Henry (now deceased), Minerva Jane, James (deceased), Robert H., Amanda and Adeline, twins (the latter deceased), and John (deceased). After a residence of five years in Kittanning, Mr. Walker located on the place now owned by his son Robert, in 1856, and followed the carpenter's trade in addition to farming. He left that place to live in Bethel township, where he spent the remainder of his days, dying June 3, 1880, at the age of seventy-six years. His wife died, Jan. 24, 1874, at the age of seventy-three. Mr. Walker always belonged to the U. P. Church.

Robert H. Walker came to his present home with his family, and four years later married. In those days the place was overgrown with underbrush, which added to the hardships of preparing land for cultivation in those days of primitive appliances. Under his father's tuition he learned the carpenter's trade, and the house and barns now on the property are the work of his hands. The tract originally comprised 160 acres, 110 of which are still owned by Mr. Walker. He has made his home there continuously, and throughout his active years carried on general farming successfully, becoming one of the well-to-do farmers of his section. As a citizen he has been useful to the community in various capacities, holding several important local offices. In his political views he has always been a Republican. In church connection he is a Baptist.

On Feb. 16, 1859, Mr. Walker married Elizabeth Lockheart, who was born in Indiana county, Pa., Aug. 19, 1835, daughter of Thomas Lockheart, of that county, who later settled in Boggs (then Valley) township, Armstrong county. Mr. and Mrs. Walker have had the following children: James T., Elmer E., Minerva Jane, Margaret (deceased), John, Robert (deceased), Elizabeth (deceased), Mattie (deceased), Harry White (deceased), William Grant (deceased), Amanda and Carrie.

Source: Page 670, Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present, J.H. Beers & Co., 1914
Transcribed September 1998 by James R Hindman for the Armstrong County Beers Project
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