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Walker, Abner

Born: 1796-08-10 Lexington, Kentucky

Died: 1851-06-24 Warren County, Illinois

Before moving to Illinois, Walker was a farmer in Adair County, Kentucky. He married Jane Damron in 1829 and in 1830, they moved to Illinois. He settled in Morgan County for a time, but by 1832, he had moved to McDonough County, where he built and operated a grist mill and a sawmill. In 1842, Walker hired Logan & Lincoln in order to file for bankruptcy in the federal court. In 1849, he moved to Greenbush, in Warren County, where he operated a hotel. He died a year later, during a cholera outbreak that also caused the death of two of his seven children. Religiously, Walker was a Presbyterian. Politically, he was a Whig.

History of McDonough County, Illinois (Springfield, IL: Continental Historical, 1885), 103, 105, 986, 999, 1021; William L. Snapp, Early Days in Greenbush with Biographical Sketches of the Old Settlers (Springfield, IL: H. W. Rokker, 1905), 13, 23, 109; U.S. Census Office, Sixth Census of the United States (1840), McDonough County, IL, 215; In re Walker, Martha L. Benner and Cullom Davis et al., eds., The Law Practice of Abraham Lincoln: Complete Documentary Edition, 2d edition (Springfield: Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, 2009), http://www.lawpracticeofabrahamlincoln.org; U.S. Census Office, Seventh Census of the United States (1850), Warren County, IL, 71; Gravestone, Greenbush Cemetery, Greenbush, IL.