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Oliver, a name used by both the Sykes and Walkers, was an unusual given name in the Birstall and Batley parish records. There were very few children named Oliver in the parish records.
Robert Walker and Elizabeth Siddle named a son Oliver in 1839. Oliver Walker died at age 5. George Sykes and Sarah Walker (the daughter of Robert Walker and Elizabeth Siddle) named their first son, Oliver in 1847. While it is not impossible, it seems strange that George and Sarah would have named their first son for Sarah's brother who died at such a young age. It seems more likely that there was a more significant reason for using the name.
There are no Olivers (surnames) listed in the indexes of marriages or baptisms from 1724 to the mid 1800s, for either Birstall or Batley parishes (the parishes connected with Robert Walker) with the exception of the marriage of Nancy Oliver to William Walker in Birstall parish in 1781.
The IGI lists tons of Ann/Nancy Olivers born in Yorkhsire in the appropriate time frame.
Since it is quite possible that Oliver was a surname used as a given name I am trying to track other Olivers that are connected to Walkers.
There are two possible Walker connections to the name Oliver:
If there is a connection to other Walkers who used the name Oliver it has to be at least at or before Robert Walker was born c. 1805.
I pursued other Oliver/Walker connections which led no where. However, I am including the research in the event that someone else might be interested in it.
Nancy Oliver and William Walker, Adwalton mason, Son of James Walker Adwalton Mason
The most intriguing Oliver/Walker connection is the marriage of Nancy Oliver to William Walker. They names sons both James and Robert and they lived in Adwalton.
Birth of William Walker: William Walker was the son of James Walker Adwalton, mason:
Birth of Nancy Oliver: Unknown
Thomas Walker has a son Dan who's son Thomas named one of his sons Oliver in 1809.
Anthony, George, Matthew, and Richard Walkers And Their Connections To The Name Oliver
Two Birstall tombstone inscriptions connect Anthony, George, Matthew, and Richard Walker to the name Oliver. In this case, Elizabeth Walker baptized in 1826, the daughter of Richard Walker, corn miller marred an Oliver. Although I did not find the marriage record, this family is not closely connected to Robert Walker born Mirley 1805.
Here lies the remains of ELEANOR the wife of ANTHONY WALKER of Brownhill in Batley
|Note: Anthony and Eleanor do not appear to have had children. There is a gap of 68 years between the death of Anthony Walker and the death of Sarah Ann, the daughter of Richard and Emma Walker. Sarah Ann, Elizabeth Oliver and Eliza were the great grand daughters of Anthony's brother, George.|
Sacred to the memory of GEORGE WALKER of Moit Mill|
Who departed this live June 19, 1785 age 78 years.
Also SARAH his wife who died May 6 1776 age 63
THY MEMORY OF THE JUST IS BLESSED
Also of MATTHEW WALKER the son late of Moit Mill who died June 14, 1819 age 73 years
LET ME DIE THE DEATH OF THE RIGHTEOUS AND LET MY LAST END BE LIKE HIS
Also of ELIZABETH the daughter of RICHARD WALKER of Carlinghow Mill and Granddaughter of
the above said MATTHEW and SARAH WALKER who died April 14, 1829 age 3 years and 8 months
These are Birstall parish tombstone inscriptions, yet Eleanor was listed as the wife of Anthony Walker of Brown Hill in Batley
A combination of the YAS parish records and the tombstones indicates that:
George and Anthony (listed on the two tombstones) were the sons of Richard Walker.
Marriage of Richard Walker: There are two marriages listed for Richard Walker in Birstall parish on the IGI:
Children of Richard Walker in Birstall parish from YAS:
** Listed on the second tombstone above.
Walker Tombstone "Brownhill in Batley"
The following tombstone is also for a Walker from Brownhill, Batley Parish. Brownhill was the "address" of Anthony Waler who died in 1796. See first tombstone above.
Here lies the body of ELIZABETH the wife of THOMAS WALKER of Birstall
This records indicates that:
Walker Tombstone Birstall Smithies
The following tombstone is for a Walker from Birstall Smithies. The potentially interesting thing about this tombstone are the names Matthew and Anthony names that were not generally popular in the parish but were used by the Walkers in the first two tombstones listed above.
In Memory of WILLIAM WALKER of Birstall Smithies
And MARY his wife
HE DIED the 23rd of April 1769 age 76 years
SHE DIED the 31 of October 1787 age 76
Also SIX of their SONS: MATTHEW, WILLIAM, ANTHONY
WILLIAM, JOSEPH and ABRAHAM who all died in their infancy
And of their DAUGHTERS: ANNE and SARAH the FORMER of
Whom died June 11, 1783 age 42, the LATER June 4 1806 age 40.
THE YAWNING GRAVE AND LETTERED TOMB
Birth of William Walker: William s Richard Walker of Birstall Smithies baptized 29 July 1694 |
Death of William Walker:
Death of Mary Walker:
Wood Connections to Oliver
There are two Wood Tombstones with connections to the name Oliver.
In memory of PRISCILLA the wife of BENJAMIN WOOD of Nova
AN INDUSTRIOUS WIFE, A FRIEND SINCERE
Also of the above named BENJAMIN WOOD
The tombstone record and the IGI indicate:|
Birth of Benjamin Wood: Benjamin Wood was born circa 1774 to John Wood.
In loving memory of HANNAH the beloved wife of EDWIN WOOD of Birstall
The tombstone record and the IGI indicate:|
Miscellaneous Tombstone Inscriptions For Wood|
Sacred to the memory of HANNAH MARY the wife of CHARLESWORTH WOOD of Birstall
Note: These are the wife and son of Charlesworth Wood. Charlesworth was the son of Benjamin and Priscilla Wood.
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