George M. Walker


    G. M. Walker, a physician and druggist of Soddy, was born in 1847, and is a son of Harvey and Sarah Walker. He was born in Lookout Valley , and in 1856 moved to the State of Arkansas . In 1858 his father moved to Texas and left our subject at Cane Hill to finish his education. In 1861 the trouble between the States caused him to leave Cane Hill and join his father in Texas . In 1863 he enlisted in the Confederate Army, in the Fourth Missouri Cavalry. His company operated principally in Missouri and Arkansas .      He participated in the following battles: Arkansas Post, Jenkinson Ferry and Poison Spring; went on a raid through north Arkansas and south Missouri; thence through the Indian Territory, the Cherokee and Choctaw Nations, and went into winter quarters on Red River. He was in all the severe skirmishes and minor engagements in which his command took part. He was captured at Arkansas Post, and three days afterward made his escape. In 1865 our subject was surrendered with the army of E. Kirby Smith, in Texas, and went from there to Honduras, with a company composed of some of the chief officers commanding in the trans-Mississippi department, but returned in the fall of the same year, when he again joined his father in northwest Texas, and left there for this State where he arrived in 1866. In 1868 he attended a course of lectures at Louisville , Ky. In 1869 he was at McMinnville and went to Beersheba Springs, where he completed his studies in the Latin language under a private instructor; he then traveled one year. While engaged in the life insurance business, in 1871, he married Margaret Hackwarth, daughter of Jasper Hackwarth, of Marion County , and in the fall of the same year, 1871, located near Soddy. Margaret presented him with one child, Thomas Dick. Mrs. Walker died in September, 1880, and in November, 1882, Dr. Walker married M. M. Clift, who was born in 1861. She is a daughter of R. B. Clift, of Hamilton County . This union resulted in the birth of two children - both girls: Sallie (deceased) and Tinque Nay. Dr. Walker is a Democrat, a Master Mason, and in 1880 was appointed notary public, which position he now holds. Mrs. Walker is a member of the Presbyterian Church at Soddy. Our subject's father was of English and his mother of Scotch descent. His grandfather, Walker, came from Virginia , settled in Warren County (now Grundy), and was one of the earliest settlers in that region. His father and mother were Baptists.
Goodspeed's "History of East Tennessee" 1887
1880 US Census, District 12, Hamilton Co., TN; Page 114.