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Ernest Wiley & Lydia Ansell Walker Photo Album

This house was located on Bells Island Rd.  The Ernest Walker Cemetery is located in the side yard of where this house once stood.  A brick home is located there now.


Dempsey Walker


Elmer Marchant Walker holding Elmer Milton "Burr" Walker & Ernest Ansell "Pigum" Walker, his grandchildren.

Dempsey Walker, son of Caleb Walker & Abigail Douglas, was born Mar. 21, 1813 & died Sept. 25, 1890.  He was first married to a Mary (1822-1853) before 1840.  According to the 1850 census, they had 3 children: William, Elizabeth & Susan.   He married Henrietta D. Marchant in Currituck Co. on Dec. 16, 1855.  The 1860 census shows that they had sons named Elmer M. & Gideon C. WalkerDempsey wrote his will on Jan. 1, 1890 just 8 months before he died. Elmer Marchant Walker, son of Dempsey & Henrietta Marchant Walker, was born Aug. 7, 1856 & died Nov. 7, 1926 [see death certificate].  He was first married  to Virginia M. "Jennie" Simmons on Feb. 20, 1881 and they had 2 sons named William E. and Benjamin Virginia Walker. Elmer's second wife was Alice Coulter Wiley whom he married on Oct. 2, 1884 and they had twins in July 1888 named Ernest Wiley Walker & Essie Walker and a son named Roy Elmer Walker in 1900.


Ernest Wiley Walker and his father, Elmer Marchant Walker


Alice Coulter (Wiley) Walker

Ernest Wiley Walker, son of Elmer Marchant Walker & his 2nd wife, Alice (Wiley) Walker, was born July 31, 1888 and died Dec. 8, 1961 [see death certificate & obituary].  He married Lydia Ansell [see death certificate], daughter of Edward Wilson Ansell & Martha Etta "Mattie" Ansell, in 1916. They had the following children:
   1) Ernest Ansell "Pigum" Walker - b. 1917 d. 1981.  He married Margaret Merle Daniels of Wanchese, NC on Nov. 4, 1939.
   2) Elmer Milton "Burr" Walker - b. Mar. 10, 1919 d. ???.  He married Rosalie Wilkens.
   3) Edward Bryan "Big Boy" Walker - b. 1920  d. ???
   4) Elwyn "Gruffy" Walker - b. 1922  d. 2003 [see obituary]  He married Pauline Dunton.
Alice Coulter Wiley was born in East Port, Maine in 1859 to Ephraim Wiley and Harriett (Coulter) Wiley.  When Alice was 5 years old she and her family moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota by wagon train and made their home there.  Alice came to Currituck in 1883 to visit her mother's sister, Caroline Coulter, who had come to Currituck earlier as a school teacher. Alice married Elmer Marchant Walker in 1884 and together they raised his two sons by his first marriage and they had 3 children of their own: Ernest Wiley Walker and Essie Walker, twins that were born July 31, 1888, and Roy Elmer Walker  who was born Jan. 15, 1900.  Alice died in Elizabeth City, NC on Apr. 1, 1953 [see death certificate].


Left to right: Ernest Wiley Walker (1888-1961), Elwyn "Gruffy" Walker (1922-2003), Elmer Milton "Burr" Walker (1919- ????), Ernest Ansell "Pigum" Walker (1917-1981), Lydia (Ansell) Walker (1898-1955), & Edward Bryan "Big Boy" Walker (1920-????)


Samuel T. Ansell As a young
West Point Cadet
[photo provided by Sallie Abraham]

Roy Elmer Walker
(1900-1968)
(see death certificate)
Never married

Brigadier Gen. Samuel Tilden Ansell, son of Henry Beasley Ansell and Lydia (Simmons) Ansell was born Jan. 1, 1875.  He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 1899.  His first assignment after graduation was to Puerto Rico, and later he was transferred to the Philippines. He had two assignments as an instructor at West Point in the Department of Law; the first during 1902-04 and the second during 1906-10. He also was an instructor in the National Guard in 1908. He was selected to attend the University of North Carolina in 1904 and 1906. Because of his performance as the Assistant Judge Advocate during 1911-12 and as the Acting Judge Advocate during 1917-19, Ansell received a Distinguished Service Medal in 1919.  He resigned in 1919 as a brigadier general.  He married Elmeda Tracy of Washington, DC on Feb. 16, 1904.  In 1920 he was living in Washington, DC as a lawyer.  He died on May 27, 1954 in Washington, DC and is buried in U.S. Military Academy Cemetery at West Point, New York.

April 2010 comment by Samuel A. WalkerA West Point site indicated that he may not have been an academic standout as an undergraduate but went on to lay the groundwork to reform a then-draconian system of military jurisprudence.  He was controversial, receiving the Distinguished Service Medal for his service in WWI and then being shown the door due his efforts to reform the system.  Modern commentators on the JAG system credit his work for providing the modern system of military justice, but I donít believe he received any public accolades during his lifetime.  He jousted in court with Huey Long and seems to have enjoyed something of a flamboyant career.


Left to right: Lydia (Ansell) Walker, Ernest Wiley Walker, Alice Coulter (Wiley) Walker & Roy Elmer Walker

Photos kindly submitted by Marla Walker Beasley.  Portions of the information given above came from the Currituck Co. Heritage Book; pgs. 431-434.  No part of this document may be used for any commercial purposes. However, please feel free to copy any of this material for your own personal use and family research.