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..
My Relative Ralph Walker, (it may be a different Ralph Walker), was born in Jamaica in approx 1822 . He has 3 children baptised St Anns Jamaica.
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.
Additionally I obtained this info from The 1940's Who's who of Jamaica:
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.
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, jamaicanfamilysearch.com 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.