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Born July 28, 1785 in Bath, England. Part of Walter's early life was spent in Ireland, and he was married at Fermoy, to Mary Ann Shannon, a young lady of much intelligence, who belonged to an Irish family. Walter emigrated to America in the year 1819 and after spending a few weeks in the city of Baltimore, came to St. Clair County, IL and settled about two miles southeast of O'Fallon. The journey from Baltimore to St. Louis was made by wagon. He was in comfortable circumstances and he and his wife brought with them to this country ample supplies of money, and every convenience that could make their life in the new country comfortable. He died on November 26, 1866. His wife died four days afterwards, on the 30th. Their deaths undoubtedly resulted from the shock occasioned by the sudden death of their son, A. J. in a threshing machine accident. They were advanced in years, and after the sad accident they sank into a nervous fever, from which they never recovered. The elegant two-story home that A.J. and his parents had built in 1860 was refurbished in mid 1990. It is now The Mansion at Lake Pointe, a place of fine dining in a cultivated atmosphere.


October 27, 2002

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