Philip  Walker

Portrait of Philip  Walker Headstone Photograph

Philip Walker

A Soldier in the
Army of Texas
Arrived at San Jacinto
April 22, 1836
Born in South Carolina
March 11, 1815
Died in Johnson County, Texas
July 11, 1897

His Wife
Elizabeth (Cooper) Walker

Born in Tennessee
October 21, 1827
Died in Johnson County, Texas
July 22, 1868

Erected by the State of Texas
Full Name: Philip  Walker
Location: Section:Republic Hill, Section 1 (C1)
Row:S  Number:17
Reason for Eligibility: Republic of Texas Veteran 
Birth Date: March 11, 1815 
Died: July 11, 1897 
Burial Date: Reinterred October 31, 1937 

WALKER, PHILIP (1815~1897) Philip Walker, Republic of Texas veteran, was born in Chester District, South Carolina on March 11, 1815. Shortly after his birth, Walker and his family moved to New Market, Alabama. In 1835, Walker and a friend, Joseph Burns, worked their way down the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers from Paducah, Kentucky to Natchitoches, Louisiana. From there, they walked to San Augustine, Texas, where on September 28, 1835, they joined Vehlin's Colony and made application for land.

During Texas' fight for independence, Walker and Burns joined Captain William Ratcliff's Company of San Augustine Volunteers. While marching to San Jacinto, Ratcliff resigned and formed his own company, while Leonard Mabbitt was elected captain of Walker's group. Even though both groups marched all night, they arrived at San Jacinto at 10 o'clock in the morning on April 22, 1836.

After leaving the army, Walker received 640 acres of land in Shelby County. In 1855, he moved to Johnson County, Texas and died there on July 11, 1897.

Walker married Elizabeth Cooper of Shelby County, who was born in Murfreesboro, Tennessee on October 21, 1827, and died on July 22, 1868. The Walkers were buried in Oakland Cemetery, west of Grandview in Johnson County, but were moved to the Texas State Cemetery on October 31, 1937, by the William B. Travis Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas.

Philip and Elizabeth had six children: James H., Martha Ann, Solon S., Sarah Jane, James Hemphill, who became Commissioner of the General Land Office and who is also buried in the Texas State Cemetery, and Josie E.

Information taken from biography compiled by Louis W. Kemp and the San Jacinto Monument website,

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