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Below is a sample of a family biography included in Portrait and Biographical Record of Clay, Ray, Carroll, Chariton, and Linn Counties Missouri and published by Chapman Bros. in 1893.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details in a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.


ALEXANDER W. WALKER, a retired farmer and Notary Public of Bogard, Carroll County, has ever been a loyal and thoroughly respected citizen, both in times of peace and war. His ancestors emigrated from England and Scotland to the United States during the seventeenth century. His maternal grandfather, Warfield Shirley, who was born in Virginia, attained the rank of Captain in the War with England in 1812, in a Kentucky regiment, where he displayed the qualities of a true and valiant soldier. The paternal grandfather, Alexander Walker, was also a native of the Old Dominion. Our subject is a son of Edmon and Mary (Shirley) Walker, and was born in Adair County, Ky., September 28, 1838.

Mr. Walker, of this sketch, was the eldest son in a family of eight children, and from early years was of great assistance to his father in the work of attending to his farm. When eleven years of age he removed to Jefferson County, Iowa, with his parents, in which State they remained for two years. In 1851 our subject located in Macon County, Mo., where he lived for five years. His education was that of the common schools, which he supplemented by judiciously selected reading and study. In the spring of 1857 he settled upon a farm in Carroll County. In 1860 he crossed the plains to the gold fields of the Rocky Mountains, and returned in time to take a part on the side of the Union in the War of the Rebellion. From 1867 to 1882 he was a citizen of Fairview Township, Livingston County, Mo., and was elected Assessor, Collector and Justice of the Peace; he was also Postmaster at Cavendish, Mo., for three years, and Census Enumerator in 1880 and 1890. He has resided in Carroll County since 1882, and in Bogard since 1892.

In 1862 our subject enlisted in the defense of his country, becoming a member of the Twenty- third Missouri Infantry, and serving until January, 1865. He took part in many engagements, and was with Sherman on his celebrated march to the sea. In 1864 he was promoted to the rank of First Lieutenant, and was Acting-Adjutant of the regiment at the battle of Atlanta and during the march to the sea. After returning from the South in 1865, Mr. Walker married Miss Susan, a daughter of Smith Campbell, of Livingston County, Mo. Of their union has been born three sons and three daughters, and the family circle is still unbroken. They are as follows: Edmon S.; Sidney E; Mary A., wife of W. E. Thomas, of Bogard; Nellie, who is the wife of Warren Rosenberry, of Carroll County; Albert and Winnie. 

This family biography is one of 555 biographies included in Portrait and Biographical Record of Clay, Ray, Carroll, Chariton, and Linn Counties Missouri published in 1893.  For the complete description, click here: Carroll County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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