Featured Gravestone – John Walker

Section:  Methodist Episcopal

Material:  White marble

Misc.:  Stone features a classical urn beneath a willow tree.  Stone has the usual darkening, lower edge is partly embedded in the earth, some blurring of carving due to erosion, text is legible..

Inscription:  John Walker, Died Jan. 14th, 1832, Aged 53 years, 14 days, Then a member of Assembly from the County of Clinton.

John Walker was a native of Worcester, Massachusetts.   A printer by trade, he moved first to Colchester, Vermont, then to Rouses Point, near Champlain, New York, where he also served as a Deputy United States Customs Officer.  He died in Albany while serving in the New York State Assembly and, following his death, fellow members of the Assembly wore black armbands as a “testimony of respect.”  His widow, Sarah Fitch Walker, outlived him by almost forty years and is buried in Rouses Point.

The following is an account of Assemblyman Walker’s death as printed in the Albany Evening Journal:

Sudden Death of a Member of the Legislature. The Hon. John Walker, a member of the from the county of Clinton, was found dead in his bed at the Merchants Exchange about half 11 o clock this forenoon.  Mr W has been in feeble health for several weeksm but was in his seat yesterday, and retired last night after passing the evening in cheerful conversation with his friends, as well as he had been during the session.  His absence at the breakfast table was not remarked nor was he missed until Mr. Wright had occasion to open his room door, when he was discovered lying on his side, without the distortion of a muscle, and apparently in a quiet sleep.  But upon attempting to awaken him, it was discovered that he had fallen into the sleep of death!  The spirit had departed.  Doct. Maxwell, who visited the remains, informs us that Mr. Walker’s death was occasioned by the rupture of a blood vessel near the heart, and that he died without any consciousness of his situation.

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