McDonough County, Illinois
Birthdays, Parties & Reunions
BIRTHDAY - Dinner Honors 89th Birthday
Mr. and Mrs. Neal Wallick of Colchester hosted an 89th birthday dinner on Sept. 17, for George Aten of Augusta.
In attendance were: Mr. and Mrs. Rex Aten from Ramsey, N.J.; Robert Aten from Fairfield, Calif.; Sloan Aten from Bushnell; Mr. and Mrs. Russell Aten from Bushnell; Dale Jones from Macomb; Mr. and Mrs. Richard Aten from Macomb; Mary Kost from Vermont; Sue Blyth from Val Parsio, Ind.; and Jean Gainey, Rick Bruce and Madlyn Christine from Viola.
Rushville Times, page 5, column 4
Wednesday, October 4, 2000
The descendents of John WALKER of Wigtown, Scotland, who was born about the year 1650, who are living in this locality, will hold a reunion here August 24th. John WALKER married Jane McKNIGHT in about 1671 and they had two sons, John and Alexander. There is no record of the latter except that his three sons came to America with John. John WALKER married Katherine RUTHERFORD in 1702 at Wigtown, Scotland. He then moved to Neury, Ireland and in 1739 came to Chester Co., Penn. He died in 1734 and was buried at Nottingham Meeting House. Their children moved to Augusta and Rockbridge Counties, Virginia; then to Adair and Woodford Counties, Kentucky and then to Morgan, Mason, Menard, and McDonough Counties, Illinois. (August 25 issue contains a long list of descendents of John WALKER from all over McDonough County and neighboring counties, plus these from Hamilton, Iowa: Wm. H. WALKER, William F. WALKER, Louie E. WALKER, Birdie WALKER, Walter WALKER, Roxey WALKER, Harlen WALKER, and Lena WALKER.)
August 26 - William A. WALKER of Hamilton, Marion Co., Iowa, and daughter are here visiting with his brother-in-law, W. T. BORRKING. Mr. WALKER is a Civil War veteran, serving with Co. B., 16th Illinois. Additional WALKER family history recounted at the family reunion: William WALKER, the provisional Governor of Nebraska, was a son of William WALKER of Virginia who was captured by the Delaware Indians in 1381(sic) when he was but 11 years old, and carried to the wilds of Ohio Territory. His son, born in 1800, received his education in this tribe and also spoke many other languages. He became chief of the Wyandotte and in 1843 went to Kansas with his tribe and remained there until his death in Kansas City in 1874.
Mrs. J. B. WHITE of 630 Humboldt Ave., Kansas City, desires additional information on this family.
[Macomb Daily Journal, Tuesday 25 July 1899 - Submitted by K. Torp]