Being a history of the Walker migration through the East Midlands.
Joseph Walker was b. c. 1782, and acc. to the 1851 census, he was a shoemaker from Chesterfield. In this census, he was a pauper living in the Spittlegate Workhouse in Grantham.
He m. Elizabeth Breedon 10 Oct. 1808, at Bottesford. She was b. 25 May. 1786 in Bottesford. Bottesford straddles the Leicestershire - Lincolnshire border and appears in the Grantham archives.
The 1841 census only shows Joseph living "On the Green" at Bottesford, and his son Joseph jnr. who was living with the Challands family.
The parish records show that Elizabeth d. 22 Nov. 1838 at Bottesford, as did the other male children; John (1809 - 1836) husband of Ann Bailey, William (1815 - 1824) and Robert (1818 - 1832). A daughter, Ann, was also b. 27 Jul. 1812 and m. George Rose.
The children of John and Ann were; Sarah Ann (1829 -), Thomas (1831 - ), William (1833 - ), and Robert (1835 - 1838).
The child of Ann and George was Mary Rose.
Joseph jnr. (1825 - 3 Sep. 1852) m. Sarah Gibson on 18 Jul. 1844. She was b. 1817 in Easthorpe. The eldest child, Ellen Gibson, was b. 1840 in Easthorpe, though in later censuses she is shown with the name Ellen Gibson Walker.
The next child, Thomas, was bap. 10 Jul. 1844. Note that Joseph and Sarah m. 8 days later.
The rest of the children were as follows; William (13 Oct. 1846 - ) husband of Emma and father of Mary Ellen (1870 Somercotes, Derbyshire - ), Ann (9 Oct. 1848 - ), and John (11 Oct. 1850 - ).
The 1851 census shows the family living at Queen Street. Joseph jnr. was a journeyman tilemaker (pauper).
He is named in "The Book of Bottesford" by M. Honeybone pp.49, 74, Barracuda Press, Buckingham, published in 1989. It describes that he was "a tilemaker at a brickyard in
Beckinthorpe near Bottesford, who was making these (Bottesford Blue) tiles in 1830."
Joseph jnr. died of disease of the liver 2 years later at only 27, and afterwards the family moved to Somercotes in Derbyshire. Note that Joseph snr. had originally been from Chesterfield himself so this is almost certainly not a coincidence.
The family turn up in the Somercotes census in 1861. However, Thomas has disappeared for the 1871 census. My best guess is that he took the King's Shilling around 1867, since later he gives his occupation as Soldier on his marriage certificate. He m. Sarah Rhodes, the wid. of James Bowyer, on the 13th Jul. 1881 at St Marks Church, Nottingham.
Their son John William was b. 14 May 1885 in Nottingham. Thomas became a labourer, and ended his working life as a Colliery Banksman in Somercotes. He d. 2 Mar. 1904, Alfreton.
John William received an award from the Derbyshire Education Committee in 1908/9 for obtaining a second class in the 2nd stage of Mining at Riddings Centre. That allowed him to be a Colliery Deputy.
He m. Sarah Degg 22 Apr. 1911 at the UMC, Alfreton. Sarah (25 Sep. 1890 Shirland - 23 Jan. 1953 Chesterfield) was the dau. of Henry Degg and Alice Ensor (Sometimes spelled Ensoe and also known as Ensor Saint).
Their children were Thomas (6 Jul. 1911 Somercotes - 1961), Henry aka. Harry (26 Mar. 1913 Somercotes - 1975), and William (7 Jun. 1918 Oakerthorpe - 2 Sep. 1982 Barrow in Furness).
John fought in the Great War, but must have been injured, since his death certificate showed that he died from paraplegia and septicemia, from which he had suffered for 7 yrs., on 4 Jul. 1923, St Martins Home, Cheltenham. His name was added to the War Memorial at Somercotes.
The Cheltenham Chronicle and Gloucester Graphic carried the obit. on Sat., Jul. 7th, 1923 on pg. 2. It reads,
"WALKER-July 4th at St. Martin's Home, Cheltenham, John William Walker, late R.A.M.C., beloved husband of Sarah Walker, of Oakerthorpe, Derbyshire, aged 38 years."
Sarah had another son, Roy, on 19 Oct. 1927. His father was not named. Roy studied at Bradford University and later emigrated to Australia, where he had a family. He d. 1980 in Queensland.
Sarah m. again, to Henry Walker, a farmer, as she is described as his wid. on her death cert.
William was a fireman, then engine driver, and finally a station supervisor on the railway. He was also a Royal Engineer in the 2nd World War.
His first wife was Marjorie Sybil Dean, whom he m. 25 Sep. 1937 in Morton. They div., and he later m. Lilian Haigh of Prestwich on 19 Jul. 1947.