Thomas Walker [1821-1871] and Sarah Shaw

Father: Thomas Walker, Tanner, of Flookersbrook
Mother: Catherine Lightfoot Walker


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 1.1.7 Thomas Walker, 1821-1871 (age 50)
                b: 12 Feb 1821, Chester
                c: 12 Mar 1821, St. Oswald’s Church, Chester
                m1: Sarah Shaw, 17 Jul 1849, St John’s Church, Chester
                m2: Susan Wade, widow, 2 Dec 1857, Cathedral Church, Bangor, Caernarfonshire
                d: 9 Aug 1871, Qeeen’s Head Inn, Seller Street, Chester (age 50)
                cause of death: haemoptysis, bronchitis, syncope (fainting)
                b: 12 Aug 1871, Overleigh Cemetery, Chester

                m1: Sarah Shaw of Seller Street, Chester
                b: 1825, Chester
                c: 18 Jul 1825, St Peter’s Church, Chester
                m: 17 Jul 1849, St. John's, Chester
                d: 8 Feb 1857, Queen’s Head, Seller Street (age 30)
                b: 12 Feb 1857, Overleigh Cemetery, Chester in same grave as Thomas
                Cause of death: diseased liver and heart and dropsy
                Parents: John and Jane Shaw

                m2: Susan Bailey Wade, widow
                b: abt 1810 or 1813, London
                m: 2 Dec 1857, Cathedral Church, Bangor, Caemarvonshire (North Wales)
                d: 12 Dec 1887, 118 Rann Street, Lady Wood, Birmingham, home of her
                                step-daughter Katherine Mary Jones (nee Walker)
                b: 14 Dec 1887, Overleigh Cemetery, Chester
                Cause of death: cerebral apoplexy
                Father: Thomas Bailey
Children of Thomas Walker and Sarah Shaw Thomas Henry William Walker
             m: Sarah Over
                    John Lightfoot Walker
             m1: Catherine Cowan Greenwood
             m 2: Hannah Dimelo(w) Parton    William Alfred Walker
             b: Seller Street, Chester
             c: 7 Jan 1857, St John’s Church, Chester
             o: 1871, Draper, Chester (age 18)
             m: He is believed to have married and moved to Canada    Katherine Mary Walker
             b: Seller Street, Chester
             c: 7 Jan 1857, St John’s Church, Chester
             m: 29 Aug 1882, St Peter’s Church, Chester
             d: 20 Feb 1903, Ladywood Road, Birmingham (age 48)
             m: Alfred Jones
             b: Abt 1860, Llanfoist, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire

                    Children of Katherine Mary Walker and Alfred Jones
                  Alfred Jones, b: 1883
                  Katherine Ann Jones, b: 7 Sep 1884, d: 23 Jan 1945,
                                                              Unmarried (age 61)
                  William Percy Jones, b: 6 Jun 1890, d: 19 Apr 1975 (age 85)

Note on Thomas Walker's Will: Will was dated 2 August 1871, and was proved 22 Sept 1871. He was described as Innkeeper of the Queen's Head Inn, Foregate Street, Chester. His executors were his son Thomas Henry William Walker, and "my wife's son-in-law" George Northcroft, Building Surveyor of Liverpool. The Will refers to his wife, Susan, as living and leaves the business for her to carry on with the children. It refers to their daughter (Katherine Mary) as being unmarried.

Queens Head Inn
Queen's Head Hotel

Notes on The Queen's Head Hotel, 1 Seller Street and 137 Foregate Street.
Along with the Ring O' Bells and Grosvenor Park Hotel, it was demolished to make way for the Inner Ring Road. Their site is now occupied by the Grosvenor Court offices and the City Road roundabout.

The licencee in 1840 was Elizabeth Meakin. It was listed in the Chester Trades Directory in 1850 when the licencee was John Shaw, Slater's Directory 1855, licencee Jane Shaw and the Post Office Directory of Cheshire in 1857, licencee Thomas Walker (who was still there in 1871).

Janet Leece Note: "Sarah's father, John Shaw, was innkeeper at the Queen's Head before Thomas Walker so I believe that Thomas must have taken it over after John and his wife Jane had both died."

1857: Queens Head, Seller Street, Chester: Seller Street used to run into Foregate Street at one time although now various buildings have been pulled down and new roads have been built so it doesn't do so any more.

1864: Queen's Head Commercial Hotel, Chester (different names in the street directories but the same place). An ad in the 1864 street directory advertises the following:

                                "Queens Head
                                COMMERCIAL HOTEL
                                Foregate Street, Corner of Seller Street, Chester
                                Thomas Walker, Proprietor
                                Wines, Spirits, Ales & Porter of superior quality. Well aired beds"

Ref: "The Lion Brewery Co. Chester"  -  Author, Alfred Barnard, Cheshire Record Office SF/663/1 Chester Library, p. 66.34.
"The Seller Family owned a brewery on Foregate Street and a number of Public Houses in Chester and elswhere in Cheshire for most of the 19 Century. The Business, known as E.R.Seller & Co., was sold to Albion Brewery Co., Wigan in 1891 and to Threlfalls Brewery, Liverpool in 1919. In 1919 the licensed estate comprised of The Queens Head, The Old Queens Head, the Ring O' Bells, and the White Lion, all in Foregate Street"

1851 Census - 123 Seller Street, Chester

Name Rel Age Birth Year Status Occupation Born
Thomas Walker Head 50 1821 Mar Interest of landed property Chester
Sarah [Shaw] Wife          
Thomas H W son 1        

1871 Census - St. John District 6, 1 Foregate Street - Queens Head Inn

Name Rel Age Birth Year Status Occupation Born
Thomas Walker Head 50 1821 Mar Licensed Victuller Chester
Susan Wife 56 1815 Mar   Middlesex, London?
Marg Bailey Sis-in-Law 54 1817 Un Housekeeper Middlesix
John L. Walker Son 19 1852 Un Apprentice Ironmonger Chester
Alfred Ed Walker Son 18 1853 Un Draper Chester
Catherine M. Dau 16 1855 Un   Chester
Alice Robert Serv 19   Un Domestic Servant Wales

[Connie's Note] He owned stocks in the United Kingdom, Wales and India [LT&T]

Note: Photos and family information provided by Janet Leece, Great Granddaughter of Thomas Henry William Walker. He was the oldest child of Thomas Walker (1821-1871), brother to Elizabeth Walker Pickering [2x Great Grandmother of Connie Pickering Stover].