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Robert Craighead Walker

14 October 1821–5 June 1894

Born 14 Oct. 1821 at Elizabeth, Allegheny Co., Pennsylvania.[1] Son of John Walker and Diana Craighead.[2] Attended Washington College, 1842–1845, in Washington, Washington Co., Pennsylvania.[3] Married first Elizabeth Gillespie Blaine, 30 Sept. 1845.[4] Enlisted in the U.S. Army, 3 Oct. 1861; promoted to the rank of major, 29 Nov. 1862; and retired, 3 Sept. 1874.[5] Widowed, 3 Mar. 1885.[6] Associate editor of the Herald in Helena, Lewis and Clark Co., Montana Territory, 1885.[7] Married second Elizabeth Wheland, 24 Nov. 1886, at Helena.[8] Father of Margaret Blaine Walker Salisbury, dear friend of EBW.[9] Died 5 June 1894 in Salt Lake City.[10] 

 

[1] Utah, Division of State Archives, Military Records Section, Records of Veterans with Federal Service Buried in Utah, Territorial to 1966, Robert C. Walker, microfilm 485495, DGS 4236478, image 605/1349, FHL. “Major Robert C. Walker,” Salt Lake Tribune, 6 June 1894, 4. “Family Tree,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org, accessed 15 May 2020), Robert Craighead Walker (L7FN-HB4). 

[2] Salt Lake Co. Management and Archives, Death Records, 1849–1966, p. 97, Robert C. Walker, DGS 4139830, image 196/223, FHL. “U.S., Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889–1970,” database, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com, accessed 15 May 2020).

[3] Catalogue of the Officers and Students of Washington College, Washington, Pa. 1843–1844 (Washington, PA: John Bausman, 1844), 11. Catalogue of the Washington Literary Society, of Washington College, Washington, Pa. from Its Formation February 22, 1814, to July 1st, 1847 (Washington, PA: Grayson & Ruple, 1847), 22. “Major Robert C. Walker,” Salt Lake Daily Tribune, 6 June 1894, 4.

[4] “Major Robert C. Walker,” Salt Lake Daily Tribune, 6 June 1894, 4. “U.S., Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889–1970,” database, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com, accessed 15 May 2020).

[5] “Major Robert C. Walker,” Salt Lake Daily Tribune, 6 June 1894, 4. Utah, Division of State Archives, Military Records Section, Records of Veterans with Federal Service Buried in Utah, Territorial to 1966, Robert C. Walker, microfilm 485495, DGS 4236478, image 605/1349, FHL. “U.S. Civil Ward Soldier Records and Profiles, 1861–1865,” Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com, accessed 15 May 2020), Robert Craighead Walker. “Washington News and Gossip,” Evening Star (Washington DC), 7 Sept. 1874, 1.  

[6] “Death of Mrs. Walker,” Helena Weekly Herald (Helena, Montana Territory), 5 Mar. 1885, 7. “Death of Mr. Blaine’s Sister,” Daily Picayune (New Orleans), 8 Mar. 1885, 14.  

[7]  “J. G. Blaine’s Brother-in Law,” Ogden Daily Herald (Ogden, Utah Territory), 11 May 1885, 3.  

[8] “Major Robert C. Walker,” Salt Lake Tribune, 6 June 1894, 4. “An Early Morning Marriage,” Helena Independent (Helena, Montana Territory), 24 Nov. 1886, 4.

[9] EBW, Diary, 5 June 1894. “J. G. Blaine’s Brother-in Law,” Ogden Daily Herald (Ogden, Utah Territory), 11 May 1885, 3. 

[10] Utah, Division of State Archives, Military Records Section, Records of Veterans with Federal Service Buried in Utah, Territorial to 1966, Robert C. Walker, microfilm 485495, DGS 4236478, image 605/1349, FHL. Salt Lake Co. Management and Archives, Death Records, 1849–1966, p. 97, Robert C. Walker, DGS 4139830, image 196/223, FHL. EBW, Diary, 5 June 1894.