Ephraim Walters Jr. was my husband’s 4 times great grandfather on his mother’s side. He was born on May 27, 1776 in Fayette Co, PA and died in the same city on 17 April 1865. I wonder what he was really like in real life, because judging by his photo he looks like the grumpiest man alive!
According to the book Centennial Portrait and Biographical Record of the City of Dayton and of Montgomery County, Ohio Pub: A. W. Bowen & Co. 1897:
“Ephraim Walters, also a native of Fayette county, was born in 1776, was reared a farmer, and, while still a young man, also engaged in trading, and as early as 1800 floated flour to New Orleans, La., on a keel-boat. In 1803 he married Miss Elizabeth Ache, daughter of a Dunkard preacher, and thenceforward confined himself to agricultural pursuits, and died at the ripe old age of ninety-one years.”
In 1803, (when he was 27) he married Elizabeth Ache (1778-1848) who was 25 at the time.
The two had 7 children:
Hannah (1820-1904)-married David Hibbs (she is my husband’s maternal 3 times great grandmother)
Ephraim III (1813-1903)
as well as Michael, John, and Elizabeth (the last three died as infants)
I wish I knew more about who this man was. I have found him on the 1850 census in Fayette Co. (working as a farmer) as well as on the 1860 census in the same place (retired and living with his son Ephraim)
Sometime between 1848 when his wife Elizabeth died and the 1850 census he remarried a woman named Harriet Tarr Hesth (who was about 23 years younger than him).
Ephraim died on April 17, 1865 in Fayette Co, PA.
I wish I knew more about who this man was, was he really as grumpy as his photo might indicate? I found this second photo of him online and he looks just as irritated! This photo was found at: http://www.garberiowa.com/walters-family-garber.html
And Finally here is a scrapbook page about him, I still need to do his write up page, but I have the photo one done at least!