1860's Mason Walker Tintype Photo, Sand Springs, Williamstown, Mass
On front: "Grandmother Walker's Father, Sand Springs, Williamstown Mass" is handwritten in old pencil across photo. Nothing is written on reverse. Photo type: Original Vintage Victorian American Tintype Photograph. Photographer: Unmarked, Unknown.
Found in Public Genealogy Records:
From the "North Adams Transcript" Newspaper 1907: "MASON WALKER DEAD AT AGE OF NINETY-ONE, Had Been Life-Long Resident of Town and Was Its Oldest Resident. Funeral tomorrow: Mason Walker of the Sand Springs road in the White Oaks, an old and respected resident, died yesterday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. William Godfrey of the Henderson road, at the age of 91. He had been in failing health for some time, due to advanced age, and a short while ago went to live with his daughter. Mr. Walker was the oldest resident of the town so far as is known. He was a native of the town and was the son of Francis Walker and Olive Walker, who were well known residents for many years. He married Sarah Ann Goodell Walker about 60 years ago and about the same time built the house on the place on the Sand Springs road, where he had since lived and which had become very dear to him. He was industrious and saving in his younger days and not only owned the place, but had laid aside enough to care for him through the remainder of his days. He was a kind and pleasant neighbor, genial and hospitable and always willing to lend a helping hand to a friend in trouble. He leaves two children, Henry H. Walker and Mrs. William Godfrey, both of this town. His wife died a few years ago. The funeral will be held tomorrow at 2 o’clock in the Church of Christ of the White Oaks. Reverend A.E. Hull will officiate."
Mason Walker 1817–1907, born and died in Williamstown MA
His Father: Francis Walker 1777–1839, born to Joel Walker 1745-1822 and Rhoda Taft Walker 1749-1801.
His Mother: Olive Sipperly Walker 1780–1840, also seen as Olive Sheppy, Olive Shippee, and Olive Shippey. She was born in Maryland.
Alfred . Walker 1803–1883
Joel A. Walker 1804–1851
Unknown Child Walker 1805–1810
Mary Walker 1810–1871
Clarissa Walker 1817–1859
Mason Walker 1817–1907
His Wife: Sarah Ann Goodell 1830–1905, known as Sally Goodell
Her parents were Ziba Goodell 1805-1872, the son of Ziba and Naomi Fowler and Elizabeth Balcom Goodell 1807–1879, also known as Elizabeth Betsy Goodell.
William Henry Walker 1847–1938
(He was known as Henry H. Walker, married Elizabeth Upton Hathaway)
Mary Ann Walker 1848-1925
Unnamed Baby Girl born 1849
Hyland S. Walker 1850–1881, Hyland Walker
Mason Walker in the US Civil War Draft Registrations Records 1863-1865
Birth Year: abt 1822
Place of Birth: Massachusetts
Age on 1 July 1863: age 41
Residence: Williamstown, Massachusetts
This is a wonderfully and carefully signed tintype photo of Mason Walker. The area called Sand Springs in Williamstown MA, was known in history as a hot spring in use by Native American American Indian tribes for its healing powers. Mason Walker lived his life in the Sand Springs area. At the turn of the 20th century it was a resort and sanitarium and the source of the sparkiling water used in the famous brand "Sand Springs Ginger Ale."
This Berkshire Walker family has strong early settler, pioneer and Revolutionary War roots in the Williamstown. The photo depicts a Civil War era Mason Walker, wearing woolen pants with a military stripe. It was found in Chester, Windsor County, Vermont with a wide range of 19th c. New England family Photos, although none other of this Walker family. It is a beautiful piece. This family has DAR SAR Daughters of the American Revolution ties.
Size: 2.5 x 4 inches
Note: The original is sold, but you may still purchase large, detailed and intimate 300 dpi high resolution scans of front and back, sent immediately via email. Please check our site carefully, as many may be related to each other that we are unaware of. Click scan to place in your cart. Thank you, enjoy! ~debra (please also join me at Ancestorville Genealogy on facebook. contact info on top bar)
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