Thomas Walker (slave trader)

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Thomas Walker
Henbury, Bristol, England
at sea
Cause of deathMurder
OccupationSlave trader
SpouseCatherine McLelland
Children2 sons, 1 daughter, including George E. Walker
Relatives David Davis Walker (grandson)
George Herbert Walker (great-grandson)
George Herbert Walker Jr. (great-great-grandson)
George H. W. Bush (great-great-great-grandson)
George W. Bush (great-great-great-great-grandson)

Thomas Walker (1758–1797) (a.k.a. Beau Walker) was a British slave trader.


Early life

Thomas Walker was born 1758 in Henbury, now a suburb of Bristol, England. [1] [2]


Walker worked as a slave trader, when Bristol was one of the three major slave trading ports in Britain. [2] He served as a slave ship Captain and was resident slave trader who operated in the Sierra Leone region of West Africa. [2]

He did much of his slave trading at Bunce Island, a British slave castle in the Sierra Leone River, owned at that time by the Company of John & Alexander Anderson, based in London. [2] He was involved in at least eleven slave trading voyages between 1784 and 1792, taking African captives from Sierra Leone to the British West Indies and the United States. [2]

Personal life

On 22 February 1785, Walker married Catherine McLelland (17701806) at St. Andrew's Church in Clifton. [2] She died on 18 October 1806, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, a decade after her husband, leaving their older son as the guardian for his sister and a younger son, George E. Walker (1797–1864). [2]

Death and legacy

Walker was murdered in 1797 at sea in a mutiny. [2] He is an ancestor of two U.S. presidents, George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush. [2]

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  1. Baptismal record
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 "George W. Bush's Great-Great-Great-Great-Grandfather Was a Slave Trader". Slate . 19 June 2013.