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The 3 Ezekials

I decided to create this page for my 3 Ezekial Walkers.  I have gathered so much information over the last 10 or so years on the three ancestors I felt they demanded a page in my website all for themselves.

1. Ezekial Walker born 1795?

'Ezechial son of Henry Walker of Rottington, yeoman and Ruth his wife.  Born February 11th'.

My first Ezekial Walker was born 1795 at St.Bees in Cumberland. We think he didn't start out as a mariner but according to records he had a few occupations before he took up the seafaring trade and possibly dabled in both occupations.  He eloped with Anne Merry to Annan in Scotland who was five years older than Ezekial and married in 1815, the old family story goes that he got the maid in the 'family way' and eloped and married her against his families wishes but apart from eloping and Ezekial, according to his father's will being disinherited, I have never been able to prove the story that Anne Merry was the maid. Anne was from a seafaring family herself and possibly how Ezekial got started out in Maryport.

Ezekial left his home and life in St.Bees and started a new life in Maryport. There aren't a great deal of ways to track people in those early days but the most common is through parish and census records, also directories and in our case mariners records.  When Ezekial's daughter Ruth was born in Maryport in1816 his occupation was given as 'husbandman'. The family seemed to move around in the first few years, their son Henry was born at Ginns, Whitehaven in 1821 and Ezekial's occupation was give as a labourer, possibly in the nearby mines.

'Ruth daughter of Ezekiel and Anne Walker, Maryport, Husbandman' .

'Henry son of Ezekiel and Anne Walker, Ginns, labourer'. 

Ezekial's third child Ezekial junior was born in the Isle of Man at Marown, why Ezekial and Anne were in the Isle of Man we don't know.  Anne Walker (nee Merry), Ezekial's wife was from a family of mariners who also had ties with the Isle of Man, as her sister Jane was born in the Isle of Man, so perhaps mining being a strong industry and family ties were part of the reason for the couple being there.

Ezekial and Anne had two sons born at Marown, Ezekial junior born 1827 and John Walker born 1830 at Marown, Isle of Man.  John we know nothing of, so perhaps he died at an early age.

Ezekial is noted in Maryport Shipping, 1840 as 'master' of the galiot 'Mary' and the vessel is owned by the 'master and others'. A Galiot is described 'as a type of two masted merchant ship used between the 18th and 19th century for trade around the northern European coast'.  Apparently 'flat bottomed' and very easy to manouver around in the shallow coastal waters.

By 1841 the family are residing in Nelson Lane, Maryport.  Ezekial is away on the census night, possibly at sea Anne his wife is at home and says she 'is of independant means' and their daughter Ruth is now 25 and still unmarried. Their son Ezekial Junior is now 14 and no doubt already learning his trade at sea.

In 1851 we find Ezekial and Anne in Senhouse St, Maryport.  Ezekial is then aged 56 and occupation is given as agricultural labourer.  Anne is aged 60 and is given as 'home duties' the same as Ruth their daughter who remained a spinster and never married.

Ezekial died in 1856

Cumberland Paquet - Ist April 1856
At Maryport on Sunday last, the 30th ult, Mr. Ezekial Walker, aged 61 years, son of the late Mr.Henry Walker of Rottington, near this town.

Anne, and two sureties, John Glaister and Ezekial's brother John Walker of Whitehaven, signed a surety for Anne at Maryport on the 12th day of November 1856 to say that the inventory of all his goods and chattels were under twenty pounds. 

Anne Walker was alone and on the 1871 census residing at 52 King St, Maryport and died 29 October 1871 at Maryport.  Anne and Ezekial are both buried together in the Maryport cemetary.

(The Walker Graves at Maryport Cemetary).

A lonely site with no headstones.  What happened to the headstones we don't know, even if they were buried with headstones, they may have been removed over the years or may have not had any in the first place due to being of a 'non-conformist' religion 'Primitive Methodists'. 

 

2. Ezekial Walker born 1827

Many, many thanks to my good friend Dorothy, who wrote and gave me most of the info below.  Without her tireless effort in the PRO in London, I would never have had any of these records and be still wondering where Ezekial sailed. 

My second Ezekial Walker was born in Marown, Isle of Man as discussed above. He married Agnes Ranken, where, unknown, we think Scotland as she was from Tranent near Edinburgh.  They had 6 children all born Maryport, Anne, Elizabeth, Henry, Ruth Ezekiel and Janet. 

By 1861 his father and his sister Ruth had both died, his mother Anne was still alive and he was now married to Agnes Ranken in Maryport.  Their first child was not yet born and we find Ezekial on the 1861 Census.

1861 Census taken on the night of the 7th of April 1861
Ezekiel Walker  Vessel: Sea Bird
Married and aged 33   Mate of the vessel 'Sea Bird' Born at Maryport.

The Family are on the 1871 Census as residing at 107 Nelson St, Maryport.  Ezekiel must have been at sea on this census as he is not present, just Agnes Walker aged 56 'seamans wife' and his three daughters, Anne, Elizabeth and Ruth, Ezekiel and Janet born after this census.  To date I don't have any photos of this Ezekiel but I do have a discription of him from his registered mariners ticket issued at Maryport when he signed on in 1844.

Ezekiel Walker born at Isle of Man, 21st day of November 1827.

Issued at Maryport, 13th day of December 1844

His capacity is described as an 'apprentice', his height: 5ft 11/2 ins, his hair was light brown, his complexion fair, his eyes were grey and he had a scar on forehead.  He first went to sea as an apprentice in the year 1842 and when he is not employed resides at Maryport.  It says he can write and the age when he was ticketed was 17.

Indentures of apprentices

Maryport, 23rd of April 1844, WALKER Ezekiel, 16/41/2 James Ismay, ship 'Ocean'.

His voyage on the ship 'Ocean' was to Quebec and back to Maryport and notes the master was James Ismay. He served on many voyages and was an apprentice till 1855 on the ship 'Ocean', after 1855 he is then noted then as 'seaman' then later 'able seaman'.  Ezekial sailed all over the world, on ships such as, Philidelphia, James Pilkington, India, Nonpariel all of which I have his records.

Liverpool to Bombay on the James Pilkington

"A Bad Trip"

The James Pilkington left Liverpool on June 12th 1855 and was at Bombay on Thursday 6th of September. Some of the crew had piles and scurvy and were off duty. Three days later..., seven men were off duty with symptoms of cholera. By September 11th nine men were sick and the captains handwriting was becoming illegible! A fight amongst nine of the crew drove him to desperation and he complains of wilfull disobedience. The next day October 5th one man refused his duty and four men were sentenced to four weeks imprisonment for fighting and insubordination. Five more men rebelled and were imprisoned before the end of the month, three refused duty again and were brought before the police constables. Three men were imprisoned in November.

By November 23rd they begun the return voyage to Liverpool. Five men were off duty with 'venereal desease', then dysentry hit the crew and one Robert Hughes died on the 6th of January. An inventry was made of his clothing (including eight pair of flannel drawer, twenty pair of trousers, one pair of braces, etc etc) and "his body was comitted to the deep". They reached Liverpool on the 27th March, 1856 and on April 2nd Ezekial was discharged with his "good for ability and conduct.

Ezekial also sailed on the 'India' which left Liverpool on the 13th April and arrived at Quebec in the 12th June 1856 and then returned to its final destination, Waterford on the 13th July 1856.

Ezekial died 14th June 1885 on board the ship 'Hippolyte' Off the Coast of Maryport aged 57 of heart desease and his wife Agnes was present when he died. His occupation was given as 'master mariner' of 107 Nelson Street, Maryport.

Lloyd's Register for 1882--1885 describes the Hippolyte as follows:-
Ship no: 64070. Brig. Wooden sailing vessel. Master:  ----. Tonnage: 158. Length: 93.1. Breadth: 25.0. Depth: 11.9. Built: ----.  Builder: ----.  Owner: E. Walker.  Home port: Maryport.

This is a brig similar to what the Hippolyte would have looked like. A brig is described as

'a two-masted sailing vessel square-rigged on both masts'

In the ship's Crew Agreements of 1881, Ezekiel Walker of Nelson St, Maryport, describes himself as the Hippolyte's Master, but says he has no Master's certificate. His ship is employed "In the General Coasting Trade of Great Britain and Ireland". He says the ship in which he served in 1880 was the Senhouse of Whitehaven.

The Hippolyte made four return journeys between Maryport and Londonderry in the first six months of 1881, taking 8 or 9 days to complete a one-way trip. She made four more trips in the second half of the year.  Previously, in 1879, the ship was owned by J.S. Smith of King St, Whitehaven. Her last voyage of that year, with Smith as Master, ended at Maryport on Dec 31, 1879.

 

3.  Ezekial Walker born 30 April 1871

Ezekial Walker was born on 30th April,1871 at 107 Nelson St, Maryport and was my GGrandfather and my Grandmother, Agnes Graham Walker's father. How could he not be a mariner with two generations of mariners before him and residing at Maryport.  We don't really know much about him as a boy but no doubt he would have gone to sea with his father Ezekial at a young age to learn the trade. 

As a young man Ezekial sailed on many ships and served in the Royal Naval Reserve 1895 - 1900.  The RNR was ' a reserve of up to 30,000 men recruited by the Admiralty from among merchant seamen and fishermen through local shipping officers, who could be called upon for service in the Royal Navy in times of emergency'.

In 1896 we now know Ezekial deserted from the ship Beemah but more than half the crew deserted on the previous voyage and a note said that on the voyage before that the whole crew and the master deserted, so the owners and conditions must have been terrible for that to happen.

Ezekial was awarded the Long Service and Good Conduct in 1912 and was awarded the 'Good Conduct medal' in 1917. 

We know by the above photo what Ezekial looked like and his description on his naval papers was he was 5 ft 8 ins much taller than his father who was only 5ft 11/2 ins and he had a great tattoo of Faith, Hope and Charity on his left arm, fair hair and blue eyes. I have a lock of his hair given to me out of his family bible and it is very blonde, so I can confirm this fact.  The photo left would have been Ezekial when he was a young man possibly in the days of the RNR at Maryport.

 

Ezekiel was born in Nelson St but in his naval papers gave his address as 15 Jane St,  Netherton, and later on the 1901 census he is with his family as this address so he must have moved here at a later time. Ezekial married Mary Anne Jones in the Primitive Methodist Chapel at Maryport 10th April 1895 and gives his place of residence as Senhouse St., Maryport.

Ironically Ezekial survived the war and all his naval career to be killed on the 8th November1921, after a fall from scafolding at the Maryport Gas Works, where at the time he was elevated about 21 feet in the air on a plank suspended by ropes, painting condensors. The newspaper headlines of the time reported "Fall From Scaffolding"  'Fatal End to Accident at the new Gas Works'.  His address was given at the inquest as 16 Elizabeth Street, Netherton, Maryport.  The Coroner's verdict was 'death from accidental causes' and 'no blame could be attributed to his fellow workers'.

 

 

 

The Walker house at 15 Jane St, Netherton

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