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From Tessa Goldhamer, Denver, Colorado, 4th great granddaughter of Harriet Bisbee and Henry Harrison Walker.
This message should attach the etching/drawing of the Walker residence in Aurora, IN, which I have from my mother. She told me that she got it from her aunt, Eva Lou Walker. I think the hand written date of "1812" is wrong. It is in my mother's writing and she did not have direct knowledge of the house. The date seems unlikely since the records of that era indicate that Henry Harrison and Harriet did not move to Aurora, IN until the mid 1830's. My guess is that the drawing is of the family home constructed mid century and inherited by John Walker when his father and mother, Henry Harrison and Harriett, died at the end of the 1870's. So the drawing itself is probably from about 1880 showing a house constructed earlier.
James Arnold probably took this drawing with him when he and his brother, John, left Aurora to join their father, Henry (Harry) Chisman Walker, to work at his brickyard in Radford, VA. I haven't sorted out the dates on that yet but it was probably during a boom in Radford reported to be in the mid 1880's I have 1964 correspondence from Harry Walker, who was the son of the brother John. The 1964 correspondence was to Aunt Eva indicating the move to Radford.
In the August 5, 1964 correspondence there is a mention of the Bisbees. The direct quote is as follows: "Grandpa's people on his father's side were the Bisbees one of whom (William) was the founder of Bisbee Arizona. Junus was a portrait painter of some renown and we had three paintings of his in the family for years. These paintings were of members of the Walker family but we lost a lot of things in the fire. (Note: earlier in the letter Harry wrote that a family factory in Keansburg burned on July 2, 1901.) One of the most valuable was the appointment of the post mastership of Aurora to Grandpa Walker signed by Abraham Lincoln."
|Owner/Source||Tessa Goldhamer, Denver, Colorado|
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