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Ralph Walker 1749-1824 James Walker,Scotland Jamaica England Scientist Engineer

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Ralph Walker 1749-1824 James Walker,Scotland Jamaica England Scientist Engineer

Posted: 16 Apr 2007 5:36AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Francis, Darlington, Dicks,Dickson,Coombs, Mais,Errington,Pringle, Williams & Apfell
Hello I'm tracing , Walkers & Darlingtons in Jamaica including Ralph Walker 1749-1824 James Walker,Scotland Jamaica England Scientist Engineer

Does anyone have any info on Ralph Walker 1749-1824, who was a scientist, engineer & inventor of a new compass, he also built the West India Docks in England. He was also a merchant Seaman.

He may have had a child with Elizabeth S Darlington

The Ralph Walker who lived between 1749-1824 born in Born at Tullibody in Clackmannanshire Scotland . He may have also been the surveyor mentioned in Jamaica Surveyed. I found out that a James & George Walker also came from this area.

He worked in England but he was also a West Indian Planter in Jamaica. I'm trying to find out if he had family in St Ann, County of Middlesex, Jamaica, England or Scotland. He spent over 10 years in each of these places.

I am trying to see if he's linked to my Great Great Grandfather in Jamaica.

My G G grandfather Ralph Walker, (it may be a different Ralph Walker), was born in Jamaica in approx 1822 . He has 3 children baptised 5 Apr 1830 St Anns Jamaica.
1. Ralph Apfell Walker (My g g grandfather)d.1888.
2. William Darlington Walker
3. Margaret Edwina Walker

Their mother is Elizabeth S. Darlington, who I would be be very interested in getting further details.

Ralph Walker baptised in 1830 (possibly b 1822) married twice:

1. Charlotte Williams
Children 1.Ralph Darlington Walker who dies young.
2. Eliza Jane

He then remarries. His next wife is Anna Maria Coombs.

There's a Walker family plot in St John's church, St ann's bay, Jamaica. In the church there is a stained glass panel with a dedication to my great grandfather Harold Walker on it. In St John's cemetry, in this church,(The dicks, Dickson family is also burried here, they are apparently related) the Walker family has 5 family members in the family plot here:

The headstones say :

Ralph Walker passed away 12 Apr 1888 (My great great grandfather )
Anna Maud Walker Born 20 Dec 1880 Died 9 Feb 1908 (sister of Harold & Ralph)
Anna Maria Walker Died 1900 (maiden name Coombs/ Coombes) (My great grandmother)
Ralph Darlington Walker Born Jan 1877 Died 2nd Sep 1956 (My great uncle & son of Ralph Walker, brother of Harold Walker)

Harold Francis Walker Born 27 sep 1878 Died 20 Aug 1956(My Great grandfather, brother of ralph darlington walker,son of Ralph walker & Anna Maria Walker.

Additionally I obtained this info from The 1940's Who's who of Jamaica:

Walker. Harold Francis. Planter and Penkeeper. Born St.Ann. Sept. 27. 1878, son late Ralph Walker, penkeeper and Anna Maria Coombs, his wife: Educated Elementary Schools and privately; Bookkeeper (1896-1906), Overseer, Frontier and Friendship Banana Estates. St. Mary 1900-17. Cranbrook, St. Ann 1917-18. Roaring River 1919-20: superintendent, St. Ann properties late Hon. Sir John Pringle, K.C.M.G. 1920-23: Religion: Episcopalian: Recreations: Gardening, Care of Animals and Reading :Address: Spring Mount. Salislbury P.O., St. Ann."

There are lots of Walkers & Coombs in St Ann. There is also a William Carr Walker in Bamboo, I don't know how we are related. A Ralph Walker in 1600-1700's also married a Mary Valentine.There is also Henry Walker from 1600's , Robert Walker. There are alot of Eliza(beth) Walkers & Rebecca & Eleanor Walker's & Sir Noel Walker in the 1700-1800's. These families were continually travelling from Jamaica to England , Scotland & USA due to trading. A John Walker was the editor of the Jamaican Gleaner in 17-1800's in Jamaica.

Our Walker family is connected to Sir John Pringle in Springmount. The English , Charles Francis Walker & James Walker apparently had lands in St Ann Jamaica.I don't know if we are related but , we worked with their family. Their family were Barons in East Riding/ Hull Yorkshire, England, UK. They had many Doctor James Walker 's who trained in Edinburgh & worked internationally.

There are many English & Scottish place names in Jamaica, which you may have mistaken for being from Europe if you have a missing relative. i.e there are many Walkers in Kingston & St Ann Jamaica, St Ann is in the County of Middlesex on the old JA maps, they also have Newcastle Edinburgh castle. Many merchants or seaman had businesses &/or families there.There were many Doctors in the Walker families in Jamaica. There were also Admirals including James Walker who became governors of the country.

It is estimated that 1/3 of the white settlors in Jamaica were Scottish. There were also Jewish, Irish, German, Lebanese & chinese settlors.

I also have the wills of 3 x's james walkers (including James Darlington Walker) in jamaica from 1700's onwards which I haven't transcribed yet. In their Wills it mentions their origins as Banff in Scotland.

I'd recommend Jamaica Family Search, if you want more info on Walkers & other European families, who lived or worked in Jamaica. It has transcribed wills, church, marriage, baptism, births & cemetery , newspaper, records etc. Their records go back to the 1600's I've got alot of help from this.

Other names that are linked to our family line are Francis, Darlington, Dicks,Dickson,Coombs, Mais, Errington, Williams & Apfell. There is a Vernon Apfell who is a prominent black Dr in Jamaica the 1800's & Rachell Apfell, I've seen her picture online, on the Vernon Family website.

If anyone is interested in tracing the Walker, Darlington line in Jamaica, please email me or post here, I have lots of info.


Looking forward to Sharing Information!

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