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Samuel Walker & Hadessa Lavina Caldwell

Headstone for Samuel and Hadessa Walker.
Headstone for Samuel and Hadessa Walker. Photograph courtesy of Dr. Frederick Raymond Elder.

Samuel Walker and Hadessa Lavina Caldwell are my Great-great-grandparents. They are buried in the graveyard of St. Canice’s Church, Eglinton, County Londonderry.


Caldwell Walker, 1884-

Son of Samuel and Adesa (nee Caldwell) Walker. Caldwell was born 31 March 31st, 1884 at Tamnaherin, Eglinton, County Londonderry. According to the 1901 Census, he was living with his elder brother George on the Old Strabane Road and training to become a draper. He later moved to Randalstown and worked as a draper. He married Agnes Hanna on September 13th, 1910 in the Cunningham Memorial Presbyterian Church at Cullybackey, County Antrim. I have confirmed two children born to Caldwell and Agnes. Samuel George Crawford McKee Walker was born July 23rd, 1912 in Randalstown, County Antrim. Doughlas Haigh Glenn Walker was born December 23rd, 1914 in Randalstown, County Antrim.

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In The Arrol, Arroll and Arrell Families eBook, there’s mention of an additional son.

2-8-9 MARTHA ARRELL, b 31 Dec 1918 at Oldtown, Deerpark, Castledawson. She m on 14 Aug 1945 to Caldwell Creg Walker at Bellaghy Presbyterian Church. ‘Cal’ was a salesman who was living on New Street in Randalstown when he married. He was the son of Caldwell Walker, a draper. MARTHA was a nurse. They had: 1) Herbert, who m Margaret Adams and resided in Bellaghy. Herbert was a laboratory assistant in a hospital. Herbert and Margaret had Richard Walker; and 2) Allen, a farmer in Randalstown. Allen m 12 Jun 1990 to Elizabeth Bowes in the Kilbride Presbyterian Church.

Source: eBook – The Arrol, Arroll and Arrell Families

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Mary Lavina Walker

Mary Lavina Walker (1916-1981)
Mary Lavina Walker (1916-1981)

Mary Lavina Walker was married to Thomas Stewart Elder on 24 July 1941 at Faughanvale Presbyterian Church in Eglinton, County Londonderry. This engagement portrait was taken in 1937.

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Thomas Stewart Elder & Mary Lavina Walker


My father’s parents, Thomas Stewart Elder and Mary Lavina Walker, are buried in Faughan Vale Presbyterian Church near Eglinton, Co. Londonderry. The flowers on the left marks their grave. The grave on the right with a marble border is where Mary Lavina Walker’s parents are buried.