Walker, James O., Ferrisburgh, was born in Ferrisburgh, Vt., in 1840, and is one of the prominent farmers and businessmen of this town. He took to farming in early life, in which he has been very successful. In 1882 he commenced the business of the buying and selling of hay, straw, and grain, and is now one of the present firm of Booth & Walker, having receiving depots at Vergennes and New Haven, Vt. He now owns and occupies his grandfather’s old homestead. He was married in 1867 to M. M. Beady, of Charlotte, Chittenden county, Vt. They have a family of two children — Jennie and Zuriel. James O. Walker was a son of Zuriel and Mary (Johnson) Walker. She was born in Connecticut and died in 1875. He was born in Ferrisburgh, Vt., and died in 1872. They had a family of ten children — three daughters and seven sons, six sons of whom are now living. Zuriel Walker was a son of Obadiah and Betsey (Tupper) Walker, who were born in Connecticut and married at Bennington, Vt., and became early settlers of Ferrisburgh, Vt. Obadiah Walker was a member of the State Legislature for eight years, and enjoyed the unbounded esteem and confidence of his fellow citizens. His son Zuriel Walker represented Ferrisburgh in the Legislature in 1832, ’33, and ’34, and was a member of the State Senate in 1848 and ’49. He was a justice of the peace for twenty-five years, town clerk for thirteen years, and also held other numerous offices.
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