Bio  & Obit

Matthew was born August 2, 1854 to Ancil and Caroline ( Underhill ) Walker, in Pierce County, Ga. He died January 11, 1929 in Polk County, Florida and is buried at Mt. Olive Cemetery there. He married ( #1 ) Mary Jane WHIDDEN...December 15, 1873 at Polk County. Mary died at the Florida State Hospital Nov. 15, 1901. Matthew married  (# 2 )  Rosalia ( Rosa ) Roberts, daughter of Sherod Roberts, Just three months later on February 1902.

Matthew had a flock of sheep and cattle and was a preacher at Primative Baptist Church. He also had two or three other churches he served. When his brother Joel Walker was found murdered, his remains were collected and retained by Matthew until his own death, where then the bones were to be buried with him.

Matthew was living in Polk County in 1885 coming from Orange County. The family can not be found in 1870 on a census, but are believed to be living in Polk County at the time. The 1870 Polk County census was severly flawed. The census taker for that year only canvased a small area of Polk County and inserted fake names to compensate for his lack of work ethic. This information was given to me by someone at the Polk County Historical Museum. In 1920 after the death of his brother, Hampton, Matthew moved the family into his own home for a period of time.

Matthew and Mary were the parents of seven ( 7 ) children, Barney Bartow, Rosa Bell, Lilly Caroline, Emma, Harney, Maggie and Nora. A son Enoch was born to his marriage with Rosa. The 1910 census shows a Rosa Albritton, adopted daughter, eight years old.

Matthew Walker's death certificate states he died from Nephritis. His obituary states he died after his "third stroke of paralysis".

Source: Matthew's death certificate, Mary's death card,, family knowledge and interviews, cemetery records, newspaper articles, marriage records, census records, and obituary.

Author: Linda Flowers
Submitted: May 26, 2012

Note: Matthew was brother to my Great Grandfather, Carl ( aka C. W.., aka Kyle Walker.


 M. Walker aged 75 years, died Friday morning at five o'clock after an illness of a year or more, suffering a third stroke of paralysis. The remains were prepared for burial by Mortician Henderson of the Success Furniture Company and interment at Bradley unction burying ground Saturday morning, Elder J. T. Hancockand Elder Mathews being in charge of the funeral service.

 Mr. Walker leaves to mourn his passing, his wife and six children, three sons and three daughters as follows: B. B. and E. N. Walker, Fort Meade; H. H. Walker, Sarasota; Mrs. R. B. Wetherington of Lakeland; Mrs. Emma Kicklighter of Tampa; Mrs. Joe Lewis of Plant City; and other relatives, including three brothers, C. W. Walker of Fort Myers; John Walker of Fort Meade, and D. H. Walker of Dairon, Ga. and two sisters, Mrs. Sam Johnson, Fort Meade and Mrs. M. L. Rowell of Tilghman.

The obituary of Matthew Walker appearing in the Fort Meade Leader ( newspaper ) of Polk County, Fl., on January 17, 1929.
Transcribed and submitted : May 26, 2012 by Linda Flowers.
( Linda is a county coordinator for the FLGenWeb Project, Inc.- she maintains Citrus Co., - Marion Co.,  and   Pinellas Co.,  

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