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The youngest daughter of George R. and Lillias J. McCorkell was Lillias Catherine, born 21 September 1890 near Scammon, Kansas. Catherine had two full older McCorkell brothers, John (1884) and Riley (1886), that grew to maturity. To later family members, Kate's brothers and sisters were a little confusing. She also had other McCorkell half-siblings who grew to maturity and were the issue of her father's first two marriages: Samuel (1853), Jerome (1858), Nora (1863), Mary (1864) and Gifford (1874). In addition, she also had some Ketchum half-siblings from her mother's first marriage: Minnie (1875), Elizabeth (1877) and Hester (1880) and a step-brother Harry (1872). Catherine went by the knickname of Kate or Katie the majority of her life.

Katie spent her younger years on the farm near Scammon, Kansas and then in 1896 her parents moved to nearby Joplin, Missouri where it was reported she attended Lafayette grade school and Joplin high school. After high school graduation, Kate attended one year at Oklahoma A & M College in Stillwater, Oklahoma -- now Oklahoma State Univ. During this first year at college, she met KENNETH DANFORTH WALKER at church in Seneca, Missouri. Katie's second daughter, Mary, later reported he was singing "The Holy City." Kate and Kenneth were married in Joplin on 17 August 1912. This was just two years after Katie's father, George R. McCorkell (1830-1910), a Civil War soldier, passed away and was buried in the old Baptist cemetery in Joplin (now across the street from a shopping mall).

Kenneth D. Walker, the son of Thomas Earl Walker, was born 18 April 1891 in Wyandotte, Oklahoma. He was of English and Indian heritage. After childbirth, his mother passed away around 1900, when he was nine years old. Family tradition has stated that after his mother's death, Kenneth was placed in an Indian school until it was time to attend college. His commencement announcement from Chilocco Agricultural School in Chilocco, Oklahoma on 17 June 1908, indicated he was in a class of only seven graduates that followed an 'academic' major. The others majored in either 'industrial' or 'Domestic' studies. Kenneth was a member of the Wyandotte Indian Tribe. Some of the other student's tribes were: Chippewa, Hopi, Peoria, Pottawatomie, Sioux and Winnebago.

   "My great-grandfather [Thomas Earl Walker] was Indian and English descent. He owned one of the largest homes in Wyandotte, Kansas at that time and now known as Kansas City, Kansas. One of his grandfather's was the first white man who was chief of the Indians. He became chief in this way. He was stolen by the Indians when a small boy. After he had grown up, he made chief of the tribe. His name was Adam Brown."



   Lillias Catherine McCorkell, or Katie as she was known most of her life, was born 21 September 1890 at Stiltson, near Scammon, Kansas and was the thirteenth child born to her father, George Riley McCorkell (1832-1910). She was the third child to result from her father's third marriage in 1883 to Mrs. Lillias (Burton) Ketchum. George had lost his second wife, Jane Gifford (1836-1880), a few years before and had buried her in Galena, Kansas. Lillias Ketchum had lost her husband in 1881 and had probably moved in with her Burton parents in McCune, Kansas. Her father passed away in 1882 and then she met George McCorkell. She might have been concerned that another man might not want a bride with four children but George himself was a family man and had four or five of his children still in the home. They evidently overcame the 'large family' problem and were married on 7 November 1883 in Cherokee, Crawford County, Kansas.

   The combined families grew up on their farm in Stiltson, near the mining town of Scammon, Kansas. George & Lillias' McCorkell children were: (1) John Franklin (1884), (2) Riley Burton (1886), (3) Leona Susan, born on 11 March 1889 and died on 2 November 1889 - lived seven months and twenty-two days, buried in Scammon's Lune Elm cemetery, (4) Lillias Catherine (1890), (5) Claude Eric (1892) and then (6) Anna Opal, born 5 October 1894, lived three months & ten days, died January 1894 and was buried in Lune Elm cemetery.

   By 1896, George was nearing his retirement years, sold his farm and moved his family to nearby Joplin, Missouri. They were reported to have lived on Chestnut Street. Young Katie was attending the Joplin Public Schools and was in grammer school at Lafayette and later graduated from Joplin High School. The family was constantly decreasing in size as her brothers and sisters grew up, married and moved away. Hester Ketchum married Fred Steinbrook when they still lived in Scammon. In 1899 Lizzie Ketchum married Allen Thompson in Joplin. Minnie Ketchum had a seven-year-long engagement with Newton Wilson that ended with his sudden death. She was later working in Joplin when she met and then married Allen Bobo in 1900. John McCorkell married in 1907 to Leona Buzzard of Seneca. Finally, Riley McCorkell married Laura Lankford of Seneca in 1908. In 1910 George contracted to buy a new house but only lived to enjoy it a few months as he passed away on 23 March 1910. He was buried nearby in Joplin's old Baptist cemetery.

   Most of Katies' older siblings had married and migrated westward, except for John's and Riley's families. Katie went to college at Oklahoma A & M in Stillwater, Oklahoma (later known as Oklahoma State University). During her first year, she met Kenneth Danforth Walker in a Seneca church. LILLIA CATHERINE McCORKELL and KENNETH DANFORTH WALKER were soon married on 17 August 1912, in Joplin. Katie only attended college that first year and was very busy during the next few years raising her children: MYONZA (1913), MARY (1916), BETTY (1918) and KENNETH (1922). All were born in Oklahoma except for Kenneth who was born in Joplin. Katie's daughter recalled a story told and retold when the family went for a ride in their new touring car. The top was down and the young children were in the back. The road was kind of bumpy and after a while they discovered that Betty was gone. They turn around and retraced their path. An Indian lady had seen Betty fall out and thought it was funny that 'White people' had 'lost' their baby. Katie and Kenneth Walker soon migrated westward to Montana where Kenneth was working with the Indians. They returned to Joplin after a short while because the altitude was too high for Katie. In Joplin, Kenneth managed the Wildwood Farms. In 1929, they migrated to southern California and first lived with her half-brother Gifford McCorkell, near Minnie Bobo's store but when Kenneth got a job in the Long Beach shipyard, they eventually settled in the Los Angeles suburb of Downey.

   In 1962, Katie and Kennie invited many friends and relatives to their Fiftieth Wedding Anniversary dinner at a Maywood restaurant on August 17th. Kenneth Walker passed away on 4 May 1974 and was buried in Riverside's Olivewood cemetery. Katie (McCorkell) Walker passed away on 2 Dec 1975 and was also buried at Olivewood cemetery.

   Mary (Walker) Holt-Lilien (1916) was the only one of her brother and sisters to remain in the Los Angeles area. She first married Clarence Holt and had two children, Janet (1940) and Marizane (1942). Sometime after her first husband's death, she remarried to Benjamin Lilien in 1967. Mary has been a strong supporter of family tradition and has motivated many to attend the annual family picnics. Ben Lilien has annually cooked, carved and served ham at each September family picnic. Mary remains in contact with many of the Ketchum-McCorkell midwestern and west coast family members. For many years, Mary would also annually visit the family cemetery in Riverside and place flowers on each descendant's grave. In their retirement years, Mary and Ben Lilien are happy pursuing their hobby of collecting and restoring all sizes of automated music devices, as well as supporting their favorite charities.



"My father's ancestors were of French, English and Indian descent. My father was born at his home in Wyandotte, Okla. His name is KENNETH DANFORTH WALKER - date of birth April 18, 1891.

"Life History: My father had an elder brother but he died at the age of two years. One year later my father was born. When he was nine, a baby sister was born. She died at the age of three days. This leaving my father, the only child. At the age of nine, his mother died. Her death was caused from childbirth. Three days later the baby died. After her death, his father put him in an Indian School. When he had finished, he went to college. [Pictures were placed on pages within the booklet.] Graduated from an Indian School [Chilocco Agricultural School, Chilocco, Oklahoma - 1908]. Graduated from College [Oklahoma A & M, ca 1912].

"My Father's Father's-Side: My great-grandmother was related to CARTIER. He was the great French explorer. She was French and Indian, born in a teepee in a sugar-making camp in Canada. She was educated by the Catholics in a large seminary in the East. [Her name was] MYONZA MARY WILLIAMS. My grandfather was born in Wyandotte, Kansas, which is now called Kansas City, Kansas. His play was the same as a girl -- he played with dolls, made houses and played with girls. When still a small boy, he moved to Okla., and a large home was built on his mother's Indian ground. He spent the largest part of his life in this home. He was married and had a home of his own, lived their until his wife died, then went back to his old home. My grandfather had two brothers and four sisters. His youngest brother was the one to get the large home in Okla., as he had never married. He died and his [estate] has never been settled. A few years after his death, my grandfather came to Calif., and is living with his only child which is my father. [My grandfather's name was] THOMAS EARL [WALKER].

"My great-grandfather was [of] Indian and English descent. He owned one of the largest homes in Wyandotte, Kansas at that time. One of his grandfather's was the first white man who was chief of the Indians. He became chief in this way. He was stolen by the Indians when a small boy. After he had grown up, he made chief of the tribe. His name was ADAM BROWN. [Adam Brown married a Zane daughter. His grandson was] ISAIAH WALKER.

"My Father's Mother's-Side: My great-grandmother was born at Logan county, Ohio. She died at the age of 30 years, having but one child. [Her name was] MARY UNANGST. Her mother died when she was but seven days old. Her father carried her on his back and in his arms as he worked in the field. Her father was fond of her, as he had cared for her so long. [Her name was] CORA ZANE. Great-grandfather lived to be a very old man. He was related to Zane Gray's mother. [His name was] ISAAC ZANE."




   The children, and their descendants, of Katie & KENNETH D. WALKER can claim a blood connection to the Wyandotte Indian Tribe of Oklahoma. The records at the Quapaw Area Field Office in Miami, Oklahoma will validate that in 1963 Kenneth D. Walker had a "3/32nd degree," his children (Myanza, Mary, Betty & Kenneth) had 3/64th, and grandchildren (Janet & Marizane Holt, George & Betty Zane Smith, Bert & Joyce Walker and Kathryn Parkerton) 3/128th, etc. This branch of the Walker family also claim descent from the ZANE family that lived in Virginia and later on, in Wheeling, West Virginia. The most notable of this family was Ebenezer Zane, who was born 7 October 1747 in the Potomac Valley of Virginia and passed away 19 November 1812, at the age of 66. He was buried at Martins Ferry, Ohio in the Walnut Grove Cemetery.

"Born in the Potomac valley on October 7, 1747, EBENEZER ZANE started westward at the age of twenty, accompanied by two of his four brothers, SILAS and JONATHAN. They arrived at the mouth of Wheeling Creek on the Ohio River in 1769, and founded the town of Wheeling the following year. Having chosen a strategic spot for a settlement, near the head of navigation in the Ohio River, Ebenezer Zane soon gained title to all of the land where Wheeling now stands, and became the recognized leader of the new settlement. He won his military title of colonel during what is known as Dunmore's War, a brief outbreak which centered in the Wheeling district. During this War Colonel Zane was made disbursing agent of militia at Wheeling and as such was virtually in command of Fort Finncastle, which he re-named Fort Henry two years later in honor of Governor Patrick Henry after Virginia had renounced her allegiance to Great Britain. He further displayed his military leadership in the defense of that fort in 1782, the battle having been termed the last of the American Revolution. It was during this famous siege that Colonel Zane's sister, BETTY, ran the gauntlet of Indian arrows to replenish the fort's powder supply and win for herself an immortal place in frontier history. . . .

"The sound of the woodman's axe shattered the silence of the Ohio wilderness during the summers of 1796 and 1797 as a small party of trail blazers under Colonel Ebenezer Zane opened a rich new land to civilization. . . . A road across the Ohio Country was needed in 1796 because the region was at last open for legal settlement. Both France and England had kept the region closed to emigrants. [Ebenezer Zane petitioned Congress for authorization to build a road through Ohio and across the wilderness between Wheeling and Maysville.] Acting with a speed that is unfamiliar to present-day legislators, Congress granted him the contract on May 17, 1796. . . .

"With the contract from Congress in his pocket, Colonel EBENEZER ZANE picked his crew of workmen. He selected his brother JONATHAN for his knowledge of the trails. He took both JONATHAN and his son-in-law, JOHN McINTIRE, as principal partners in the labor and profit of the venture. WILLIAM McCOLLOCH was doubly related: he was a nephew of EBENEZER ZANE's wife, ELIZABETH McCULLOCH ZANE, and his wife was the halfbreed daughter of EBENEZER's brother ISAAC and his Wyandot Indian wife. JOHN GREEN, EBENEZER RYAN, JAMES WORLEY, and LEVI WILLIAMS have also been listed among the laborers. An Indian named TOMEPOMEHALA gave his knowledge of Indian trails to the expedition. . . .

"Colonel Zane's advance appraisal of the importance of his Trace was soon borne out. Opened in 1797, with ferries in operation, it became a post road the following year, with the result that Kentucky and the entire middle south were brought closer to the big easter markets such as Baltimore, Philadelphia, and New York.

"history relates that there has not been a full-blood Wyandot Indian since 1820. It was a habit of the tribe to adopt their white captives instead of killing them. The practice was based not altogether on humane motives; the old chiefs knew that the adopted members would help the tribe to accept quicker the white man's culture. One of these captives was ISAAC ZANE, son of WILLIAM ZANE of Philadelphia, whose father had come to America with William Penn in 1682. ISAAC, age 11, with his brother, JONATHAN, 9, were captured by the Wyandottes in 1782. While the Indians permitted JONATHAN to be ransomed, they would not release ISAAC. Chief Tar-he, head of the tribe, had taken a fancy to the blond, blue-eyed lad and he was taught to live like an Indian. When he was 18, ISAAC ZANE married Tar-he's daughter, the princess MYEERA, and spent the rest of his life laboring for peace between the Wyandotte tribe and the United States. The story of his escape attempts before he fell in love with the princess is as dramatic as any fiction ever written. MYEERA'S brave rescue of ISAAC as the Delawares were about to burn him at the stake is a colorful part of Ohio history.

"One of ISAAC ZANE's grandson, JAMES ZANE, with his wife, MARY ANN, were with the Wyandottes when they moved to Kansas in 1842. MARY ANN ZANE, grandmother to the present Chief ZANE, was 26 years old at the time. She recalled much history to pass on to her grandson. The Wyandottes today can thank MARY ANN ZANE for the advantage they have in the battle for the 2 acres of land in the heart of Kansas City's business district."

Eliza Conley fought and finally won her battle to have the Wyandot tribal burial grounds, in the middle of Kansas City, Kansas, declared an historical site. Modern-day Wyandottes once thought the two acres were worth millions but found it was only forth around $295,600 in a 1959 appraisal. The city offered to accept ownership and maintenance of the cemetery in 1965, if it was a gift. The Wyandotte Tribe refused this generous offer.




[L. CATHERINE-6 (1890), GEORGE R-5 (1832), ANDREW C-4 (ca 1789), SAMUEL-3 (1759), SAMUEL-2 (ca 1720's), WILLIAM-1 (ca 1696) or JAMES-1 McCORKLE (ca 1694)] LILLIAS KATHRYN McCORKELL, b 21 Sep 1890 (near Scammon, KS), L (1900 (Moffet St., Joplin, Jasper Co., MO), 1929 (Arlington, CA), >1929 (Downey, CA)) d 2 Dec 1975 (CA), bur Olivewood Cem; m KENNETH DANFORTH WALKER 17 Aug 1912 (Joplin, MO) [b 18 Apr 1891, son of Thomas Earl Walker, Educ (Okla. A. & M., major - agriculture), O (ca 1900 managed Wildwood Farms (Joplin, MO), >1929 Naval Shipyards (Long Beach, CA), d 4 May 1974 (CA), bur Olivewood Cem (Riverside, CA)], children:

1F   MYONZA KATHRYN, b 17 July 1913 (Wyandotte, OK)

2F   MARY CECILE, b 17 Apr 1916 (Wyandotte, OK)

3F   CORA ELIZABETH (BETTY Z.), b 2 Feb 1918 (OK)

4M   KENNETH TAURINE, b 17 Jul 1922 (Joplin, MO)


[MYONZA K. WALKER-7 (1913), L. CATHERINE-6 (1892), GEORGE R-5 (1832), ANDREW C-4 (ca 1789), SAMUEL-3 (1759), SAMUEL-2 (ca 1720's), WILLIAM-1 (ca 1696) or JAMES-1 McCORKLE (ca 1694)] MYONZA KATHRYN WALKER, b 17 July 1913 (Wyandotte (Indian Territory), OK), L 1992 (Fresno, CA), d 14 July 20121; m HOWARD F. PARKERTON 5 Nov 1938 (Los Angeles, CA) [b 6 Mar 1911 (New York City, NY), son of Howard Francis & Harriet (Green) Parkerton, O (Machine Parts Co.), d 20 Jan 1978 (Fresno, CA) "cancer of the Esophagus," cremated & ashes scattered at sea (Carmel, CA)], Children:


Myonza - 2012
"The sole living descendant of L. Catherine Walke
is her first-born child Myonza Kathryn Parkerton.
A picture on her 98th birthday." [by Bert Walker]

1F   KATHRYN ANN, b 14 Apr 1947 (Los Angeles, CA)

1. Note: "My Auntie 'Onza' Parkerton died last year at 97, just 3 days before her 98th birthday. So, now all of Kate and Kenneth's kids have passed on." - By BettiZane Smith-Thorpe.


[KATHRYN A. PARKERTON-8 (1947), MYONZA K-7 (1913), L. CATHERINE-6 (1892), GEORGE R-5 (1832), ANDREW C-4 (ca 1789), SAMUEL-3 (1759), SAMUEL-2 (ca 1720's), WILLIAM-1 (ca 1696) or JAMES-1 McCORKLE (ca 1694)] KATHRYN ANN PARKERTON, b 14 Apr 1947 (Los Angeles, CA), L 1992 (Fresno, CA); m ELLWOOD MICHAEL GREEN, div "after 23 years," Children:

1M   MICHAEL HOWARD, b 11 Nov 1970?, L 1992 (Salem, OR)



[MARY C. WALKER-7 (1916), L. CATHERINE-6 (1892), GEORGE R-5 (1832), ANDREW C-4 (ca 1789), SAMUEL-3 (1759), SAMUEL-2 (ca 1720's), WILLIAM-1 (ca 1696) or JAMES-1 McCORKLE (ca 1694)] MARY CECILE WALKER, b 17 Apr 1916 (Wyandotte, OK), L 1992 (Baldwin Hills, CA); m1 CLARENCE HOLT 10 Dec 19?? [b >1903, son of George & Maude (Sullivan) Holt, O (Bank Accountant), died], m2 BENJAMIN LILIEN 10 Dec 1967 [b 6 Sep 1911 (Russia), son of I. and Fanny Peck, 1913 immig. (America), L 1923 (Los Angeles, CA), O (L. A. Meat Company, ret'd), Hobby (antique music machines)], Children:

1F   JANET SUE, b 31 Jul 1940 (South Gate, CA)

2F   MARIZANE IRENE (Hoppi), b 3 Jul 1942 (Los Angeles, CA)

Note: In 2005, Mary Lilien is now the matriarch of the living Ketchum-McCorkell descendants.

Mary C. (Walker) Hol.t-Lilien (1916 - 2006)


[JANET S. HOLT-8 (1940), MARY C. WALKER-7 (1916), L. CATHERINE-6 (1892), GEORGE R-5 (1832), ANDREW C-4 (ca 1789), SAMUEL-3 (1759), SAMUEL-2 (ca 1720's), WILLIAM-1 (ca 1696) or JAMES-1 McCORKLE (ca 1694)] JANET SUE HOLT, b 31 Jul 1940 (South Gate, CA), dau of Clarence & Mary (Walker) Holt, L 1993 (Tarrytown, NY); m1 WILLIAM SLEMKO 29 Dec 1961 (Los Angeles, CA) [son of Daniel Adrian & Mildred (Slemko)

Ben's funeral at Forest Lawn, L.A., CA

Szlemko], m2 RICHARD DAVID GETLER 25 Dec 1978 (Roslyn, NY) [b 4 Apr 1951 (Brooklyn, NY), son of Morris W. & Helen (Einhorn) Getler], Children:

1F   KIERSTEN SUZANNE, b 26 Oct 1965 (Los Angeles, CA); m ADRIAN BORYS OBUCH 24 Jul 1993 (Los Angeles, CA) [30 yrs, UCLA medical student] [by Janet & Bill]

2F   ERICA NOELLE GETLER, b 10 Nov 1968 (San Francisco, CA)

3M   DANIEL MIKHAIL BEN GETLER, b 25 Dec 1985 (Joshua Tree, CA)[by Janet & Richard]

Note: On July 28, 2006, a neighbor said Mary died about a month ago!




[from Cousin Paula Bisera]


[MARIZANE I. HOLT-8 (1942), MARY C. WALKER-7 (1916), L. CATHERINE-6 (1892), GEORGE R-5 (1832), ANDREW C-4 (ca 1789), SAMUEL-3 (1759), SAMUEL-2 (ca 1720's), WILLIAM-1 (ca 1696) or JAMES-1 McCORKLE (ca 1694)] MARIZANE IRENE (Hoppi) HOLT, b 3 Jul 1942 (Los Angeles, CA); m JACK LILIEN 5 May 1963 (Los Angeles, CA), Children:

1M   PETER, b 31 Oct 1966 (Chicago, IL)

2F   DENISE, b 12 Nov 1968 (Philadelphia, WI)

3M   JACOB, b 10 Dec 1970 (Madison, WI)


[C0RA. ELIZABETH ZANE WALKER-7 (1918), L. CATHERINE-6 (1892), GEORGE R-5 (1832), ANDREW C-4 (ca 1789), SAMUEL-3 (1759), SAMUEL-2 (ca 1720's), WILLIAM-1 (ca 1696) or JAMES-1 McCORKLE (ca 1694)] CORA ELIZABETH ZANE (BETTY Z.) WALKER, b 2 Feb 1918 (OK), L 1992 (?), d 2010, age 92; m GEORGE TANT SMITH ["Buddy", b 18 Dec 1921 (Rio Vista, TX), Military (WWII - Air Force, pilot, captain, ret'd), O (Airlines)], Children:


1M   GEORGE TANT, Jr., b 13 Aug 1943 (Orange Co., CA); m ROBERTA 12 Nov 19?? (Tucson, AZ)

2F   BETTI ZANE, b 1949 (Brook General, San Antonio, TX); m1 THORPE (Sonora, CA)

Note: "HI, there....I stumbled on this page quite by accident. And there was a full account of my family history!  My mother was Betty Zane Walker Smith, 3rd daughter of Kate McCorkell & Kenneth Walker).  I'd love to find out more about this website. Plus, I have some updates and family photos that I'd love to add."


[GEORGE T. SMITH-8 C. ELIZABETH WALKER-7 (1918), L. CATHERINE-6 (1892), GEORGE R-5 (1832), ANDREW C-4 (ca 1789), SAMUEL-3 (1759), SAMUEL-2 (ca 1720's), WILLIAM-1 (ca 1696) or JAMES-1 McCORKLE (ca 1694)] GEORGE TANT SMITH, Jr., b 13 Aug 1943 (Orange Co., CA); m ROBERTA 12 Nov 19?? (Tucson, AZ), children:

1F JUSTINE SMITH, b 1971 [from George & Roberta]

2M WILLOW, b 1971 [stepson]

3M KALANI [stepson]


[BETTIZANE SMITH-8 C. ELIZABETH WALKER-7 (1918), L. CATHERINE-6 (1892), GEORGE R-5 (1832), ANDREW C-4 (ca 1789), SAMUEL-3 (1759), SAMUEL-2 (ca 1720's), WILLIAM-1 (ca 1696) or JAMES-1 McCORKLE (ca 1694)] BETTI ZANE (BZ) SMITH, b (Brook General, San Antonio, TX); m THORPE (Sonora, CA), children:

1F WREN, b 1980, [stepdaughter]


[KENNETH T. WALKER-7 (1922), L. CATHERINE-6 (1892), GEORGE R-5 (1832), ANDREW C-4 (ca 1789), SAMUEL-3 (1759), SAMUEL-2 (ca 1720's), WILLIAM-1 (ca 1696) or JAMES-1 McCORKLE (ca 1694)] KENNETH TAURINE WALKER, b 17 Jul 1922 (Joplin, MO); m IDA GALE BOZARTH 16 May 1944 [b 23 Nov 1924(Santa Ana, CA), dau Fredrick & Joyce Gaynor (Jones) Bozarth], Children:

1M   BERTRAND T., b 6 Nov 1944 (Tehachapi, CA), Educ (Cal-Poly, Pomona), L (Redding, CA), Occup (Professor Emeritus, College of the Redwoods)1

2F   JOYCE GALE, b 9 May 1947 (Upland, CA)

1. Bert Walker, email <>, 12 April, 2012, "The sole living descendant of L. Catherine Walker is her first-born child Myonza Kathryn Parkerton. Attached [above] is a picture on her 98th birthday." [Deceased before 2013.]



   The youngest daughter of George Riley McCorkell and Lillias Jacinth (Burton), LILLIAS CATHERINE McCORKELL, was born on 21 September 1890, in Stiltson, near Scammon, Kansas. Catherine or Katie, as she was nicknamed, had several half-and-full siblings as both of her parents had been married before. This was George's third marriage and Lillie's second marriage. George McCorkell had nine children from his first two marriages and a total of six from his third marriage. Lillias had three Ketchum children from her first marriage and two step-children. She married George McCorkell in 1883. McCorkell children were born between 1851 and 1894 -- a span of approximately fourty-three years. Describing their various relationships was a little confusing, so the children just said, "This is my brother or this is my sister."

   Katie lived her early developmental years on the farm near Scammon but in 1896, the family moved to Joplin, Missouri. She attended the Joplin public schools and graduated from Joplin High School. She attended one year of college in Stillwater, Oklahoma at Oklahoma State University. She met KENNETH DANFORTH WALKER for the first time when he was singing a solo in a Seneca church. He was also attending the same college/university and they married one year later on 17 August 1912.

   The Walker family had a large home in Wyandotte, Oklahoma and young Kenneth was raised by his father after the death of his mother, which occurred soon after the birth of her third child; however, Kenneth was the only surviving child. According to family tradition, Mr. Thomas Earl Walker, born in Wyandotte, Kansas (now known as Kansas City, Kansas), sent his son to live in an Indian boarding school in Chilocco, Oklahoma. The Walkers have traced their ancestry back through many generations of multiple ancestors who have married prominent individuals within the Wyandotte Indian Nation.

   A grandson of Adam Brown & his Wyandot wife was Isaiah Walker. Isaac Zane, one of the earlier Zane's, was reported by family tradition to have married Wyandot (Bear Clan) Princess Myeera. Izaac R. Zane also attempted to resolve title to some Ohio and Michigan land bordering Lake Erie that originally belonged to the Wyandotte Indian Tribe. A copy of the agreement has been reprinted in this chapter. If he had resolved the land dispute, he would have received one-half title to the land. If he didn't, he wouldn't received anything. Kenneth D. Walker was reported to descend from French, English and Indian ancestry.

   The history of the McCorkell family was reported to have originated in Scotland, with migrations possibly through Ireland and/or England before immigrating to American around 1730. They migrated from Pennsylvania to Virginia and westward through Kentucky, Indiana, Kansas and Missouri. George Riley McCorkell's surname was originally 'McCorkle,' but it apparently evolved into the current spelling either during or after the Civil War. The spelling of the last name evidently remained the same for other members of George's family. (For more detailed early McCorkle/McCorkell information, see Chapter six.)

   A lot of changes had occurred within Katie's large family between her birth and college. Many of the older siblings were marrying and migrating westward. Her two full-brothers, John and Riley, were married in 1907 and 1908 and lived nearby in Seneca, Missouri. In 1910, her father, George R. McCorkell, passed away and was buried in the old Baptist Cemetery near his last home in Joplin. Most of the family had migrated to either the Pacific northwest (Reno, Nevada and near Sacramento, California) or to Southern California (Arlington, near Riverside and El Cajon, near San Diego). Her old brother, John McCorkell, went to the Northwest for a government job in 1913 and after nine months, sent for his wife and family. In 1914, they went to Riverside and found employment. Katie's mother was visiting one of her Ketchum daughters, Minnie Bobo, in El Cajon and Lillie made the decision to live in Riverside and not to return to Missouri. She encouraged her daughter Lizzie to also move to Riverside, which she did soon after. About this time, Minnie and Allen Bobo moved their family to Arlington from the San Diego area of California. Unfortunately John soon contracted pneumonia, which soon turned into tuberculosis. The John McCorkells soon returned to Seneca, Missouri, after spending the summer near Denver, Colorado. In 1917, John passed away while in a Denver, Colorado sanitarium. He was brought back to Seneca and buried in the local Baptist cemetery. John was probably the first descendant of George's third McCorkell family to migrate to the Arlington/Riverside area of southern California.

   In the meantime, Katie and Kenneth Walker had also migrated to Montana on a job to work with the Indians but due to family health, they soon returned to the Joplin area. Kenneth then got a job managing the Wildwood Farms in Joplin. Katie and Kenneth began having children: MYONZA (1913), MARY (1916), BETTY (1918) and KENNETH (1922). The family remained in the general Joplin area until 1929, when Lillias and Minnie convinced them to migrate to Riverside, California. Of course, another motivating factor was Betty's health. Their local doctor had told them to move to a dryer climate. Katie was the last of the older midwestern McCorkell's to migrate to Riverside. Upon arriving in Riverside, they temporarily moved in with Gifford McCorkell, Katie's half-brother. As soon as they were established and Kenneth had a permanent job at the Long Beach shipyards, they moved nearby to Downey. This was near Katie's younger brother, Claude McCorkell, his wife Laura and their children.

   Katie and Kenneth's children grew up and married. Myonza married Howard Parkerton who eventually owned and operated a cotton machine parts company in Fresno, California. Mary married Clarence Holt, who was a bank accountant. Betty married George Smith, who was a pilot in the Air Force. Kenneth married Ida Bozarth. All had children who in turn grew up and married. In 1962, Kate and Kenneth Walker celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary with a dinner at a Maywood restaurant. They enjoyed their retirement years and in 1974, Kenneth Danforth Walker passed away and was buried in Riverside's Olivewood cemetery. About a year-and-a-half later, Lillias Catherine (McCorkell) Walker passed away in 1975 and was also buried in Olivewood cemetery.

   Mary (Walker) Holt remained in the general Los Angeles area and after her husband passed away, remarried to Ben Lilien. Mary was a strong advocate of family history and recalled the traditional McCorkell Family Picnics began on the west coast when Lizzie (Ketchum) Thompson said it was too bad they didn't have them anymore. Mary recalled that she and Mary (Bobo) Addleman contacted various family members (Ketchum, Bobo McCorkell) and that they began having the annual family get-togethers on the west coast, as well as in Seneca, Missouri/Miami, Oklahoma. As the family evolved, various family members have assumed the responsibility for managing the September picnics. In addition to the picnic itself, another 'institution' has been the ham that Mary and Ben Lilien bring, carve and serve. It just wouldn't be the same without Ben's presence. Ben and Mary Lilien are enjoying their retirement years while remaining active with hobbies and participating in various charities.



   LILLIAS CATHERINE McCORKELL, was born 21 September 1890 in Stiltson, near Scammon, Kansas. She was the twelfth child born to George Riley McCorkell and an issue of his third wife, Lillias (Burton) Ketchum, whom he married in 1883. Lillias Ketchum had recently been widowed and had three young daughters and one step-son still in the home. George raised his large family on the farm near Scammon until 1896, when he moved the family to Joplin, Missouri. George purchased a large home a few months before he passed away in 1910. Catherine (1890) attended the Joplin city schools and graduated from high school. She attended one year of college at the now Oklahoma State University. She met KENNETH DANFORTH WALKER in a Seneca, Missouri church, heard him sing a solo and fell in love. She married him in 1912. The Walker family are descendants of French, English and Indian ancestry. One ancestor was reported by family tradition to have been an Indian chief. The Zane family are also ancestors and one was reported to have been related to Zane Grey's mother.

"[Thomas E. Walker, Kenneth Danforth Walker's father,] . . . was three-sixteenths Wyandot Indian, a member of the Big Turtle Clan in the tribe that was assigned a reservation in what is now Ottawa County, Oklahoma, in 1867. . . . His ancestors on both sides of the family were prominent as chiefs and leaders of the Wyandot from early colonial times, his great uncle, William Walker having served as chief of the tribe and as the first Governor of Kansas Territory, in 1854."

   Kenneth and Catherine attended the same university and Kenneth later received his degree. They raised a family of four children: MYONZA, MARY, BETTY and KENNETH. Kenneth (senior) worked in agriculture and in 1929 moved to Riverside, California. He soon settled in Downey, which was close to his job at the Long Beach shipyard. They lived their lives in the general Los Angeles area and enjoyed sixty-two years of marriage. Kenneth passed away in 1974 and not long after, his wife Katie passed away in 1975. Both are buried in Olivewood Cemetery in Riverside, California. All their children married and had children of their own. Only Mary (Walker) Holt-Lilien remained in the local Los Angeles area. She has long been a strong supporter of family tradition and has consistantly motivated others to attend the annual west coast family picnics. Mary and her second husband, Ben Lilien, are now enjoying their retirement years by actively pursuing hobbies and participating in their favorite charities.


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