John Walker

Died 24th September 1849


                           Above: An 1882 advertisement for the business of the “third” John Walker

John Walker was a 72 year old cordwainer, or shoe maker when he died on 24th September 1849. He was living in Union Court off Clayport Street, one of the worst areas of Alnwick.

John was born in Scotland, and married a Dorothy from Ford. Two (youngest) sons, John and Richard were both born in Wooler. They both became shoe makers like their father. They were all recorded on the 1841 census confirming that they were then living in Union Court, Alnwick.

John Snr died on the second day of the cholera outbreak and was buried in a mass grave at the rear of St Michael’s Church, along with five other victims that day.

The rest of the Walker Family were all still together in 1851, in Union Court, but in 1857 Dorothy was living in Ogle Terrace when she died age 76. We think Richard died in 1859 as there were no more records for him.

By the following census in 1861 John Jnr. was married to Jane (
Redpath), and had four young children. They were living in Green Batt and he was still a shoemaker. By 1871 John was listed as a ‘late’ shoemaker, so we assume he was retired, or perhaps he was suffering ill health. He died the following year in 1872, age 52.

There were seven children living now in Chapel Lane, and his eldest son, a third John (b1853) became a cabinet maker. This John, before 1881 ran the White Hart Inn, in Market Place as well as being a part time furniture salesman, (See over for 1882 advert), possibly from a warehouse behind the Inn. He then left Alnwick and became a fruit farmer, at East Brunton and his son became a music teacher.

1849 Cholera Outbreak
Ann Allison George, Susan and Isabella Anderson Ann Appleby John Douglas Arnott John Balmer Ann Bamburgh Isabella Bell Jane Berkley Sarah, Robert, Sarah Black Dorothy and Jane Brankston Ann Brown Isabella Burn Elizabeth Burnett Sarah Burnett Mary Carr Thomas Carr John Cavenah Julia Dixon, Appalina Cooper Harvey and Catherine Cross Edward Davis George and Jane Davison William Dick John and Sarah Dickman Isabella Dixon Adam Dixon Rebecca Dobbs John Douglas Jane Douglas Jane Duncan Robert Duncan Ann Egdell Ralph Emmerson Ann Fawdon, Ann Fawdon Mary Ann Featherstone Henry and Ellen Mary Ferguson Isabella Flannaghan George and Eleanor Forster Robert Gardner Elizabeth Gray Dorothy Grey Robert Grey Thomasine Grey Mary and Henry Hedley Mary Henderson James and Ann Hindmarsh William Howey Ann Hudson, Ann Hudson George Hume, Alice Hume John Hunter Dorothy Jameson, Jane Jackson Joseph Jamison Thomas Jeffrey Elizabeth Jobson Mary Joicey James Keen, Margery Keen Frances Laing George Lindsay, John Lindsay Catherine Lockey James Lockey Ann Lough Patrick Macone Margaret Marshall Mary Maule Latitia McLaughlin James McMillan Thomas McMillan Neil McNab Elizabeth Mennim Catherine Metcalf Ann Middlemas Margaret Millar Mary Mills Margaret Moffit Jane Morrison Ann Nesbitt Ann Newton John Newton James Paxton Ann Pearson Mary and Isabella Pickard George Pike Rebecca Quin Mary and William Ramsay George Reed Thomas and Ann Robarts Michael Sanderson James Skelly George Slight Elizabeth Smails John Smith Sarah Smith John Snowdon Jane Snowdon Robert Stansfield John Stocker Robert Tate Dinah and Charlotte Tate George Taylor Grace and Jane Taylor Mary Thew Thomas Thompson Jane Thompson Henry Tinson John Walker Robert Wallace Alice Wardhaugh John and Robert Wardle Thomas Wilkinson James Williams Mary Wilson Elizabeth Wood Appendix-James Wood