Marvin Arnold Walker — Another Ron Bos Genealogy Mystery

Marvin Arnold Walker — Another Ron Bos Genealogy Mystery


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Marvin is the older boy in the photo Photo- Courtesy Ron Bos

From Ron Bos—Here is a bit of a mystery:
In 2002 I bought a property at Kilmarnock. While doing renovations, I discovered a grave marker type of stone buried under rubble under the porch with “Martin A. Walker 1908-1930″ engraved in the marble. It’s about 2’ x 1’ x 4” thick. For 16 years I couldn’t figure out who Martin (Marvin) Walker was.



That is the stone I found under the porch at Kilmarnock. I’m curious to know what stone is on his grave at Hillcrest ?The year of death is wrong on both the stone and the grave information at Hillcrest. He died January 7th 1931. On his death certificate they corrected 1930 to 1931 in 3 different places.

Through research by my good friends Holly and Garth Dixon this past week, we have determined that the stone belongs to Marvin Arnold Walker 1908-1930. Marvin was born in Temiskaming Ontario in 1908 to Anson S. Walker and Ethel Elbott Walker. He had two sisters and three brothers, Hazel, Julie, John, Howard and Cecil. The family settled on Con 9 in Balderson where Anson Walker was listed as a cheese maker in the 1921 census. They were Methodist.
On January 7th 1931 Marvin Walker died in a mining accident in Kirkland Lake. He was originally buried in Lombardy, but is now buried at Hillcrest cemetery in Smiths Falls.
The mystery is, what is the connection to Kilmarnock? In the time frame Marvin lived, my property was owned by Albert Newsome and Margaret Muir Newsome. They had a daughter named Elizabeth Newsome who married Robert Shields, and a ward named Flora Sweetin who never married. Both girls were 20+ years Marvin’s senior in the year of his death. The house was left to Elizabeth & Flora on Albert Newsome’s death in 1930.
I’m hoping there are surviving family members that may shed light on the mystery.






The Sons of Anson & Ethel Walker

1921–Carleton Place, Ontario, Canada–Left to right: Howard, Cecil, Marvin, John




                             Other Rob Bos Mystery

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Can anyone tell me what this is ?
It appears to be a dairy product stamp. It’s 7” wide, 1/4” thick and feels like it is made of lead.

Answer- We found these were cheese stampers that they used to stamp the cheese rounds with. Keep them coming Ron!!


Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read. Also check out The Tales of Carleton Place.

Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in The Townships Sun andScreamin’ Mamas (USA)



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About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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