The Face of Vera Althea Tryon aka Mrs. Harold M. Walker of Manchester NH (1892-1942)

An undated photograph of Vera Althea Tryon, probably taken at her 8th grade graduation circa xxxx in Manchester NH.

An undated photograph of Vera Althea Tryon, probably taken at her 8th grade graduation circa 1905 in Manchester NH.

Vera Althea Tryon stands frozen in time, with her hands clasped delicately around a diploma.  She wears a white, ruffled summer dress.  Her hair is pulled back, and tied with a large white silk bow. She wears elbow high white gloves.  Around her throat she wears a cameo necklace. Her clothing and accessories are typical at the turn of the 20th century.

This is probably a formal photograph of Vera’s eighth grade graduation (taken about 1905 when she would have been 13 years old) in Manchester, New Hampshire.  She grew up at 96 A Street where her family was still living in 1910.

Vera Althea Tryon was the oldest of two children of  George & Luella (Greene) Tryon. Her father was a clerk, having worked in a grocery store, and then later a furniture store in Manchester, New Hampshire.  In 1917 she married Harold Melvin Walker, a printer who worked his trade in Manchester, as a pressman in the printing office of the Amoskeag Manufacturing Company.  They lived in mill housing–at 30 Payson Street (1932) but moved to 477 Canal Street (1937-1940).  By 1942 they removed to 528 Belmont Street in Manchester, New Hampshire.

Vera (Tryon) Walker died in July of 1942 at the age of 50.  She left behind a grieving husband and son. She is buried in Elmwood Cemetery in Methuen MA, beside other Tryon family members.

=====GENEALOGY of VERA A. (TRYON) WALKER of Manchester NH=====

William Tryon and Mary Steele of England and Weathersfield CT

Joseph Tryon & Lydia Bird

Benjamin Tryon (1715-?) and Rebecca Hurlbut

David Tryon (1762-1836) and Elizabeth Lewis

William Tryon, son of David & Elizabeth (Lewis) Tryon, b Feb 1784 in Clarenceville, Quebec, Canada; d 31 Dec 1864 in Moira, Franklin Co. NY; m. by 1806 to Sarah Scott, dau of Thomas & Anne (Willloughby) Scott. She b. abt 1789 in Canada, and d. abt 1870 in Moira/Brushton, Franklin Co. NY [rootsweb genealogy]
Children of William and Sarah (Scott) Tryon:
[A family sheet on states other children: Philander, Maria M. Lydia, Sally, Orilla, William, Paulina, Susan, Rebecca, Richard, Nancy and Mary/Polly]
1. +James William Tryon, b May 1824 in Philipsburg, Missiquoi, Quebec, Canada

James William Tryon, son of William & Sarah (Scott) Tryon, b May 1824 Philipsburg, Missiquoi, Quebec Canada, d 28 January 1909 in Lowell MA; m. abt 1850 to Eliza Daveno/Deveno, dau of Peter Deveno. She b 31 Aug 1831 in Burlington Vermont and d 18 May 1913 in Manchester NH. During the Civil War he was a Private, Company I 2nd NH Volunteers, 12 Nov 1863 to 19 Dec 1865, 2 yrs 1 month 6 days. 1890 census shows he has lumbago. She was buried Edson Cemetery, Lowell MA, 20 May 1913. [genealogy]
1870 US Census > MA > Middlesex Co. > Lowell
James Tryon M 47 Canada Teamster
Eliza Tryon F 38 Vermont
Wallace Tryon M 20 NY works in woolen mill
Lizzie Tryon F 18 NY works in woolen mill
Mary Tryon F 15 NY works in woolen mill
Nellie Tryon 12 NY at school
Willie Tryon M 3 NH home
[more not related, boarding]
1880 US Census > MA > > Lowell
James Tryon self M 55 Canada Conn — Driver Ex-Team
Eliza Tryon wife F 48 VT Canada Canada Keeping House
Wallace Tryon son M 30 NY Canada Canada Carpenter
Willie G. Tryon son M 12 NH son at school NH
James McCoy other M 63 nh Boarder NH Butcher
1900 US Census > NH > Hillsborough > Manchester
DeMoulfried, Charles R. Head W M Apr 1857 43 married 24 yrs [abt 1876] England England immigrated 1872 naturalized Proprietor Furniture
DeMoulfried, Nellie E. Wifew W F Oct 1860 39 married 24 yrs 5 ch 5 living NY NY Vermont
Dimoulpied Clara O. dau W F Nov 1876 23 single Can-Fr England NY imm 1877
DeMoulfried, Walter, son W M nov 1878 21 single MA England NY
DeMoulfried, Mabel L dau W F Dec 1880 19 single MA Eng NY
DeMoulfried Lizzie E. dau W F May 1882 17 single MA Eng NY
DeMoulfried Chas Kenneth son W M Oct 1898 1 single MA Eng NY
Gresley Edwin H. boarder W M NOv 1869 30 single Can Eng Eng imm 1891 naturalized — Furniture
Gresley, Arthur B roomer WM May 1875 25 single Can Eng Eng imm 1897 alien clerk furniture
Tryon, James father in law W M May 1824 76 married 50 yrs NY Can-Fr Can-Fr
Tryon Eliza mother in law W F Aug 1831 68 married 50 yrs 1 ch 1 living Vermont Can-Fr NY
Children of James W. & Eliza (Daveno) Tryon:
1. Wallace Tryon, b March 29, 1850 NY, d. 26 June 1915 Lowell MA, buried Edson Cemetery; married, widowed, carpenter; In the 1900 Census living in Lowell MA a carpenter with wife Clara [Miller] b 1860 MA (4 ch 4 living) and son Arthur W. Tryon b 2 Feb 1883 Lowell MA [other ch were Maud A. Tryon b 11 March 1886; Royal George Tryon b 22 Feb 1893 who m. 21 April 1917 in Lowell MA to Mary Gertrude Miller dau of Alfred & Elizabeth (Murphy) Miller; Robert M. Tryon b abt 1893 who m. 29 Nov 1917 to Rebecca R. Robinson dau of Charles & Alice (Richards) Robinson; Ruth A. Tryon b abt 1895 who m. 3 Oct 1917 to Albert Long, son of Elias W. & Ella (Coy) Long.
2. Lizzie Tryon, b abt 1852 NY; d. 19 Aug 1871 age 20 in MA of smallpox
3. Mary A. Tryon b abt 1856 NY; m. 15 March 1879 in Lowell MA to James F. Gordon, son of Joseph & Martha S. (?) Gordon. He was b abt 1855 in Maine. In 1920 living in Lowell MA with grandson Henry W. Sullivan age 5 [b 1915 in MA] MA MA [Henry W. Sullivan b 21 May 1914 in Somerville MA, son of Henry W. & Ethel L. (Gordon) Sullivan. Mary had 4 children: Edward, Grace M., Henry L. and Ethel.
4. Nellie A. Tryon b 26 Oct 1857 Moria, Franklin Co. NY, d. 1 January 1948; m. 6 Ja 1876 in Lowell MA to Charles DeMoulfried, son of Joseph & Sophie DeMoulfried. [Owners of DeMoulpied’s Furniture & Carpets on Elm Street, now location of Collector’s Heaven 669 Elm Street] [deMoulfried genealogy]
5. +George William “Willie G.” Tryon, b abt 1868 Suncook NH

George William Tryon, son of James William & Eliza (Daveno) Tryon, b. abt 1868 Suncook NH d 12 January 1940 in Manchester NH; m. 26 September 1890 in Nashua NH to Luella Greene dau of James Greene. She b abt 1871 in Yonkers NY or in NJ; d — after 1940. In 1923 Luella is mentioned in a newspaper report of the Amsterdam NY Daily Democrat of the annual convention of the grand lodge of the state of New York, Independent Order, Daughters of St. George, opening at the Pythian temple as guests of the Alexandra lodge. She is shown as “Grand Vice President, Luella Tryon of Manchester, NH.”
1910 US Census > NH > Hillsborough > Manchester > 96 A Street
George W. Tryon Head M 41 NH Clerk Groceries
Luella Tryon wife F 39 MA
Vera A. Tryon dau F 18 MA
Elise M. Tryon dau F 17 MA
Nellie E. Tryon dau F 15 MA
1920 US census > NH > Hillsborough > Manchester > 654 Pine Street
Tryon George W Head M W 50 M NH KY VT Salesman Furniture Store
Tryon, Luella wife F W 49 M NJ England England
Tryon, Nellie dau F W 25 single MA NH NJ Brush Maker, Brush Factory
1940 US Census > NH > Hillsborough > Manchester > 97 Penacook Street
Luella Tryon Head F 69 NJ 4 yrs of HS widow
Margaret O’Dowd Niece F 17 NH
Children of George & Luella (Greene) Tryon:
1. +Vera Althea Tryon, b. 30 March 1892 in Lowell MA
2. Elise May Tryon, b. 7 April 1893 in Lowell MA; m. 14 March 1916 in Manchester NH to Benjamin George Mason, son of Benjamin & Bertha (George) Mason. He b. abt 1893 in Keeseville NY
3. Nellie E. “Helen” Tryon was b. 28 Sep 1894 in Lowell MA, and died 13 May 1922 in NH; she married Thomas K. O’Dowd.

Vera Althea Tryon [see her photograph at top of page], dau of George & Luella (Greene) Tryon was b 30 March 1892 in Lowell MA, and d. 17 July 1942 in Manchester NH. She m. 27 Aug 1917 in Manchester NH to Harold Melvin Walker, son of Melvin & Sarah Jennie “Jennie S.” (Morgan) Walker. He b 27 Sep 1890 in Manchester NH, and died 14 March 1960 in Woodbridge, Prince William Co. VA at the age of 69. His occupation was a printer. He registered for the WW1 draft, stating he worked as a Pressman in the Amoskeag Mfg Co. Printing Shop. He was of medium height, slender build, blue eyes, light brown hair. She is buried in Elmwood Cemetery in Methuen MA.  [Walker Genealogy]
1920 Manchester City Directory
Walker, Harold M. (Vera) printer bds 477 Canal
1930 US Census > NH > Hillsborough > Manchester
Harold M. Walker Head M 29 NH
Vera A. Walker wife F 28 MA
Harold M. Walker Jr. son M 11 NH
1932 Manchester City Director
Walker, Harold M. (Vera A.) (A) h 30 Payson
1937 Manchester City Directory
Walker, Harold M. (Vera A) r 477 Canal
1940 US Census > NH > Hillsborough > Manchester > 477 Canal Street
Walker, Harold, Head W M 50 married 8[th grade] NH printer textile
Walker, Vera F W 47 married 8 NH NH
Walker, Melvin Father M W 85 widow 8 Canada
1942 living at 528 Belmont Street, Manchester NH
Child of Harold M. & Vera A. (Tryon) Walker:

Class of 1936 Central High School photograph

Class of 1936 Central High School photograph

1. Harold Melvin Walker Jr., b 31 January 1919 Manchester NH, died June 1981 in Virginia, age 62. He was a graduate of Manchester NH’s Central High School, Class of 1936B. He enlisted in US Army, 21 Nov 1942 at Fort Myer VA; married, 1 yr of college, apprentice to printing trade., height 65, weight 136. He married and had two children.

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5 Responses to The Face of Vera Althea Tryon aka Mrs. Harold M. Walker of Manchester NH (1892-1942)

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  2. Robert C Walker says:

    this is my grandmother who I never met . thank you for this posting.Robert C Walker

  3. Debby says:

    Thanks for this, it adds a little bit to my history. I was wondering where Clara deMoulpied fit in. Nice to see the Tryon connection as well, since she was a great great grandmother.

    • Janice Brown says:

      So glad you found a connection Debby. That is why I write these stories so that hopefully people related can find their relatives.

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