Roch Robert Walling

Male 1833 - 1907  (73 years)


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  • Name Roch Robert Walling  [1
    Born 29 Apr 1833  Chateauguay, Quebec Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 6 Apr 1907  Ogdensburg, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried St Mary's Cemetery, Ogdensburg, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I9919  My Genealogy
    Last Modified 28 Jul 2020 

    Father Nicholas Christophe Walling,   b. 17 Apr 1795, Montreal, Quebec Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Oct 1854, Saint Zotique, Quebec Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 59 years) 
    Relationship unknown 
    Mother Charlotte Elizabeth Newcomb,   b. 10 Jul 1812, Boucherville, Quebec Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Sep 1846, Coteau, Quebec Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 34 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 26 Jan 1829  Lachine, Quebec Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Family ID F24  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Hannah Fogarty,   b. 1834, Ottawa, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Jun 1889, Ogdensburg, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years) 
    Married 26 Oct 1854  St Mary's Cathedral, Ogdensburg, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
     1. Elizabeth Walling,   b. 5 Dec 1855, Ogdensburg, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Jan 1918, Ogdensburg, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years)  [natural]
     2. Nicholas Timothy Walling,   b. 26 Apr 1858, Ogdensburg, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 1897 and 1900, Detroit, MI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 38 years)  [natural]
     3. William Christopher Walling,   b. 1860, Ogdensburg, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Aug 1892, Nankin, MI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 32 years)  [natural]
     4. Annie Walling,   b. 30 Aug 1865, Ogdensburg, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Apr 1913, Syracuse, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 47 years)  [natural]
     5. Mary Walling,   b. 23 Mar 1873, Ogdensburg, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Feb 1948, Ogdensburg, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 28 Jul 2020 
    Family ID F21  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Roch Robert Walling
    Roch Robert Walling

  • Notes 
    • - Robert Walling was born in 1833 at Chateauguay, Quebec, the son of Nicholas Christophe Walling, 1795-1854 and Charlotte Elizabeth Newcomb, 1812-1846. Robert's mother died when he was 13 and his father remarried in 1850 when Robert was 17. About 1853 at age 20, Robert left the family behind at St. Zotique, Quebec, about 25 northeast of Massena, NY, and came to Ogdensburg where he soon met Hannah Fogarty, the 17-year-old daughter of Irish immigrant Timothy Fogarty (1809-1904.) Timothy was a carter who delivered goods by horse-drawn wagon, and later became a well-known and respected mail carrier beetween Ogdensburg and Prescott, Ontario. Robert and Hannah married Oct. 26, 1854 at St. Mary's Church in Ogdensburg, just two weeks after his father died at St. Zotique. In December of the following year, 1855, their first child, Elizabeth Walling was born. She was followed by Nicholas Timothy Walling April 26, 1858, and William Christopher, born in 1860. In the 1860 census, Robert was working as a painter and the next year, was apparently drafted and was enlisted in the Union Army Aug. 30, 1861. He was assigned to the 50th Engineering company and trained as an artificier - in charge of the upkeep and repair of small arms. Robert served his full three-year enlistment and was discharged Sept. 20, 1864 at Elmira, NY. He returned to his family in Ogdensburg where daughter Annie was born Aug. 30, 1865. By 1870, Robert had put his military training to use and was working as a machinist at the John Glass Machine Shop on Lake Street. The family was residing in the Town of Oswegatchie, next door to his wife's parents and his wife's sister Anna's family. On March 23, 1873 the couple had their last child, Mary Walling. In 1875, Robert placed an announcement in the Ogdensburg Journal that he had opened a lock and gunsmith shop on Water Street where he was "prepared to do all kinds of repairing on sewing machines, umbrellas and parasols with saws straightened, set and filed." The next year he relocated his shop to the corner of Greene and State Streets. In the 1880 census, the family is living on New New York Avenue and by 1886, Robert had again relocated his shop, to the corner of Catherine and Division Streets.

      - Chateauguay St-Joachim, 1833: April 30, baptize Roch Robert, of legitimate marriage of Nicholas Chrotophe Walling and Elizabethy Newcomb, the godmother being Rosalie Walling (Robert's sister by his father's earlier marriage.)

      - Robert Walling arrived in Ogdensburg prior to 1854 while his widowed father and young siblings remained in Quebec. He married Hannah Fogarty in Ogdensburg Oct. 26, 1854, less than two weeks after his father died (Oct. 14) at St. Zotique, Quebec. In 1861, the couple had three children including newborn William, yet, Robert enlisted for the Civil War Aug. 30 of that year and served until September, 1864. He likely was drafted.

      - 1860 U.S. census, Ogdensburg 2nd ward: Robert R. Walling is 27, born 1833 in Canada and is a painter. He is living with wife Hannah (25), daughter Elizabeth (4) and son Nicholas (2). Parents were both born in Canada, children were both born in New York state.

      - 1863 Ogdensburg city directory: Walling, Robert, 50th Rgt., h. NY Ave & Spruce.

      - 1865 N.Y. state census, 4th ward: Robert Walling is 33 years old and is living with his wife, hannah (30), and
      children Eliza (9), Nicholas (6) and William (4). There is also a boarder, John NcNicol (55) and a servant, Mary NcNicol (16).

      - 1869 Ogdensburg city directory: Walling, R., machinist, 129 NY Ave.

      - 1870 census: Robert Walling is 38 years old, and is working as a machinist. He was born in New York state. Both his father and mother were foreign born. He is living with his wife Anna (36), daughter Elizabeth (15), son Nicholas (12), son William (10), and daughter Anna (5). All the children were born in New York state. They are residing in the Town of Oswegatchie and neighbors include Anna (Hannah Fogarty's) parents, Timothy and Martha Fogarty, and, Anna's sister Margaret, married to Antoine Paquette.

      - 1880 census: Robert is 46 years old and living on New York Avenue with his wife Hanna (45) and children Anna (14), Mary (8) and Nicholas (22). The census indicates that Robert was born in New York, his father was born in Germany and his mother was also born in New York state.

      - 1883 Ogdensburg city directory: Robert resides at 131 NY Ave.

      - 1900 census: Robert is 68, widowed, and residing with daughter Mary Walling, 26.

      - 1905 New York State census: Robert is 74 and living at 146 N.Y. Avenue with his daughter Mary and son-in-law John Lauthier. Robert worked as a blacksmith and as a machinist. Says he has been in the U.S. for 68 years.

      - Ogdensburg city directories:
      1883-84 Walling Robert, machinist, 131 New York ave.
      1885-86 Walling Robert R., machinist, h 139 New York Avenue
      (Also with him are children Nicholas, Annie and Mary)

      - Death record: Robert R. Walling died 7 Apr 1907. He was son of N.C. Walling and Elizabeth Newcomb. He was widowed. Cause of death was apoplexy. He is buried in the Catholic Cemetery.

      - St. Mary's Cemetery: Gravestone reads "Robert R. Walling Co. B 50 N.Y. ENG 1833-1907"

      - In a statement taken Jan. 15, 1898, Robert declares that he was married to Hannah Fogarty in Ogdensburg, N.Y. and that his wife is dead at this time. His children are Eliza (born 5 Dec 1855), Timothy (b. 26 Apr 1858), Annie (b. 30 Aug 1865) and Mary (b. 23 March 1872).
      - Declaration for pension dated Feb. 28, 1907 states that Robert was born April 29, 1831 at Chatauga Province of Canada. Since leaving the service his places or residence have been Coto Landing, Canada, Fort Covington, New York and Ogdensburg, New York.
      - Enlisted Aug. 30, 1861 at age 19 as a private; on Sept. 6, 1861, assigned to Company B, 50th Engineers, N.Y. Infantry for a term of three years. He was promoted to Full Artifcier on March 1, 1864, and discharged Sept. 20, 1864, at Elmira, N.Y. He was born at "Shatagay", Canada.

      - St. Mary's Church, Ogdensburg: Walling - Fogarty marriage, 1854: "Oct 26 Robert Walling to Hannah fogarty. Witness Timothy McCormick and Eliza Wilson.

      - Notice in the St. Lawrence Republican (10 Apr 1907 - page 7, col. 6) which reads "Walling, in this city, April 6, 1907, Robert C. Walling, aged 75 years.

      - Robert worked for a time at the John Glass Machine Shop on Lake St. as a machinist until he "hurt" himself in May 1896. By the 1865 census he was a painter. During the Civil War he was an artificer (a skilled mechanic.)

      - Daily Journal Oct. 19, 1858: Robert Walling, a painter working for Child and Bowen, fell from the new building of Mr. Parish on the corner of Washington and Morris Sts. in Ogdensburg Oct. 19, 1858. He fell 30 feet, breaking through 2 scaffolds as he went down.

      - In 1900 census Robert Walling says he arrived in U.S. in 1860 when he was 40, and that his father was born in Germany and his mother in Canada. His father, Nicholas, was in fact born in Boucherville, Quebec, but perhaps he was referring to his grandfather, Christophe Welling, who indeed was born in Germany.

      - Advertisement from June, 1875: I have just opened a lock and gun smith shop In the wooden building, on Water street, Hay Market Square, where, I am prepared to do all kinds of repairing or sewing machines, umbrellas and parasols. Saws straightened, setand filed. R. R. Walling

      - Advertisement from August, 1876: R. R. Walling, thanking his numerous friends for their liberal patronage, begs to inform them that he has removed his Lock and Gun Smith Shop to the corner of Green and State streets, in part of the store occupied by Thomas McGirr, where he is prepared to do all kinds of repairing of locks, guns, umbrellas, sewing machines. etc, with neatness and dispatch, and at the lowest living prices.

      - Advertisement from March, 1886: General Rrepairing: R. R. Walling, general mechanic in all branches of machinery, would inform the public that he has opened a shop at the corner of Catherine and Division Sts., around the corner from the National Hotel, where he is prepared to do all classes of reapairing that may be brought to him, safe locks, guns, sewing machines, umbrellas, parasols and saws, straightened, set and filed and locks of all descriptions and sizes fitted, All work done with neatness and dispatch.

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