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WALKER, WESLEY CLARK

WALKER, WESLEY CLARK (1822–1900). Wesley Clark Walker, farmer, Confederate officer, surveyor, and state representative, was born near Selma, Alabama, on April 22, 1822. He was the son of Andrew J. and Nancy (James) Walker. After reaching adulthood in the early 1840s, Walker immigrated to Arkansas, where he married a woman named Lucinda. This couple had three sons. In about 1849 he brought his family to Texas. They lived for a short time in Hopkins County before settling near Greenville in Hunt County. Walker established himself there as one of the leading citizens of the community. In May 1852 he was a founding member of the Masonic Lodge at Greenville.

From 1853 to 1855 Walker represented Hunt County in the Fifth Texas Legislature and served on the Indian Affairs and Internal Improvement committees. In 1854 he helped establish, and was elected first Worshipful Master of, the Bethel Masonic Lodge in Ladonia in Fannin County. Walker received a land grant of 239 acres in northeast Hunt County in 1857 and established a relatively profitable homestead there. When the Civil War began, Walker volunteered for service in the Confederate army and was elected lieutenant in Capt. A. J. Hefner’s cavalry company from Hunt County. Following the war, Walker returned to Hunt County and resumed his leadership in the community. In addition to farming, he was a surveyor in the late 1870s and served as county commissioner in 1878. After the death of his wife in 1865, he married Anna Goff in 1866. This couple had three sons and six daughters. Walker died in Hunt County on January 18, 1900, and was buried at Sonora Cemetery in Fairlie, Hunt County, Texas.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: 

June J. Applen and Hattie K. Pompa, “Honorable Mention”: Early Families of Hunt County, Texas, Volume I (St. Louis: Ingmire Publications, 1981). Frances T. Ingmire, Archives and Pioneers of Hunt County, Texas, Volume 1 (Creve Coeur, Missouri: Frances T. Ingmire, 1976). Kelly Cemetery Hunt County, Texas (http://www.cemeteries-of-tx.com/Etx/Hunt/cemetery/kelly.htm), accessed November 10, 2014. The Ladonia Historical Preservation Society, Bethel Masonic Lodge (http://www.rootsweb.com/~txfannin/masonicbethel.html), accessed November 10, 2014. Sonora Cemetery K-Z, Hunt County, Texas (http://www.cemeteries-of-tx.com/Etx/Hunt/cemetery/sonoraK-Z.htm), accessed November 10, 2014.

Aragorn Storm Miller
Aragorn Storm Miller

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