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Darlington Walker of Jamaica & Europe
Posted by: isis (ID *****1034) Date: April 26, 2009 at 15:01:52
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Im Researching the Walker & Darlinto families who travelled to, Jamaica. The Walker family originated in the Falkirk, Stirling, Clackmannan, area of Scotland ( 2/3's of european settlors in Jamaica came from Scotland).

I am tracing the ancestors of Ralph Walker (1749-1824) & Elzabeth Darlington. Ralph Walker was a surveyor in St Ann (Jamaica surveyed , book) who became an Architect & Civil Engineer & wrote a Treatise on Magnetism, & designed the West & East India Docks in London. He had previously been in the navy & was a landowner at Bolton, St Ann, Jamaica. He returned from Jamaica around 1793 to start work on the Docks & present his treatise on magnetism. He died in Poplar, London. He had an English & Jamaican family. His parents were James Walker & Helen May of Sheardale near Falkirk. His parents married in Clackmannan near Falkirk in 1745.

The oldest Jamaican Walker descendent I've found is
Ralph (Apfell) Walker, Ralph Walker & 1749's son & his mother Elizabeth Darlington, baptised late, in St Ann in 1830 on the same day as his brother William Darlington Walker, and sister Margaret Edwina Walker who married a Benjamin Scott in St Ann. There is also a James Darlington Walker who died around 1877-88 who may be his brother. According to Ralph Apfell Walkers Marriage records he was born about 1815. Their mother was Elizabeth Sarah Darlington. I think her parents were Sarah & William Darlington in Jamaica.

Elizabeth Darlington was a landowner in St Ann, Jamaica. Her approx dates are 1790-1845 but she could be older than that. She may have emigrated to London or American as a result of inheriting property on the death of Ralph Walker. Her father may have been a William Darlington & she may have been born in Europe.

Ralph Apfell Walker, Jamaica died in 1888 in St Ann Jamaica & is buried at St Johns Church,St Ann, together with his 2nd wife Anna Walker nee Coombs & his sons Ralph Darlington Walker & Harold Francis Walker (my g Grandfather)who lived at springmount & bellevue, st ann. I also understand that some of his family lived in Green Valley. There is a Coombs family including Alfred, Richard & William Coombs who were mixed race landowners in St Ann around the Pleasant Hill area.

His 1st wife was Charlotte Williams who had 2 children , Ralph Walker who died young & Elizabeth Walker. Elizabeth married George Mais. They lived at Springmount. He was a bookeeper for the Pringle family.

Helen May's parents were George May & Ciceley Carmichael. Cicely's father I believe was John Carmichael.

Ralph Walker 1749-1824 was also in the St Ann
middlesex regiment of Foot around 1790 he was a captain at Sea. His siblings were George Walker, Helen Walker who married Alexander Reddock in Alloa, Clackmannanshire (& had issue) & James Walker of Mumrills (Falkirk area) the father of James Walker 1781-1862 a civil engineer & President of ICE. His grandchildren included James Ralph Walker (also a civil engineer), & Charles Walker. Who started life in East London.

The family also seems to be connected to the Melville family

The Apfell middle name is a bit of a mystery as normally this indicates an ancestors name, however I found records that show a Charles Phillip Apfell (Apple) made Ralph Walker his heir in his will. So Elizabeth Darlingtons son inheritedthat middle name.

Is anyone connected with these families as I have alot of detail. Also looking for more Darlington's. I also wonder whether the May family is a mispelling of Mais. Im tracing back to the 1700's with the Walker family, can you help?

Other connected family names, May, Chandler, Tulloch, Dixon, Wilson (all of whom orginally came from the same area in Scotland). Sir Ralph Abercromby was also a family friend of James Walker also from Tullibody Clackmannshire.

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