1860's Mason Walker ID'd Tintype Photo, Sand Springs, Williamstown, MA
On front: "Grandmother Walker's Father, Sand Springs, Williamstown Mass" is handwritten in old pencil across photo. Nothing written on reverse. Photo type: American Tintype Photograph. Photographer: Unmarked, Unknown.
Found in Public 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 and Olive Walker, who were well known residents for many years. He married Sarah Ann Goodell 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
Father: Francis Walker (1777–1839)
His parents were Joel Walker (1745-1822) and Rhoda Taft Walker (1749-1801)
Mother: Olive Sipperly Walker (1780–1840)
Also seen as Olive Sheppy, Olive Shippee, Olive Shippey, 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)
Wife: Sarah Ann Goodell (1830–1905) (Known as Sally Goodell)
Ziba Goodell (1805-1872) son of Ziba and Naomi Fowler
Elizabeth Balcom (1807–1879) (Elizabeth Betsy Goodell)
William Henry Walker (1847–1938)
also known as Henry H. Walker, married to 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 Records1863-1865
Birth Year: abt 1822
Place of Birth: Massachusetts
Age on 1 July 1863: age 41
Residence: Williamstown, Massachusetts
A wonderfully and carefully signed tintype photo of Mason Walker. Sand Springs, in Williamstown MA, was known 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 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. Found in Chester, Windsor County, Vermont with a wide range of 19th c. New England family Photos, although none other of this family. A beautiful piece.
Size: 2.5 x 4 inches
Note: Hello from ~debra. I have spent years collecting over 10,000 ID’d lost family photos & paper from US flea markets & antique shops. I do the best gen research I can, but am always open to corrections. This is an original antique item, not a reprint. A new high quality rigid sleeve is included for extra protection, especially during shipping. You may buy a piece alone, or large intimate 300 dpi scans of the front and back sent immediately via email, or both. Please search carefully, as they are often found together and many may be related. I also invite you to join me at Ancestorville Genealogy on facebook. Thank you, enjoy! ~Debra Clifford (contact info on top bar)
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