|HISTORICAL ANCESTRY OF JAMES & SOPHRONIA HARTSELL
Biographical Sketch of James F. Cook
From "History of Fayette County, Indiana, 1917", Frederic Irving Barrows, Editor.
(Has information on William Walker.)
On October 1, 1880, James F. Cook (age 23) was united in marriage to Frances C. Walker, who was born in Jennings township, this county, on a farm one-half mile east of her present home, daughter of John and Mary (Berry) Walker, both natives of this state, the former born in this county and the latter in the neighboring county of Union. John Walker was born on a pioneer farm just east of Mr. Cook's farm, in Jennings township, in 1828, son of William and Fannie Walker, prominent among the early settlers of Jennings township. William Walker, who was born in Virginia, came to Indiana in the early days of the settlement of this part of the state and settled in this county, establishing his home in Jennings township at a point not far from the present home of Mr. Cook. He was an energetic and enterprising pioneer and became the owner of two thousand three hundred acres of land in this county. John Walker, his son, farmed all his life in Jennings township, where he was the owner of about two hundred and twenty acres of land. He married Mary Berry, who was born near Dunlapsville, over in Union county, a daughter of David and Elizabeth Berry, pioneers of that section. John Walker died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Cook, in Jennings township, on February 18, 1913, and his widow is now making her home in Brownsville, over in Union township.