Aida (Overton) Walker

Ada Wilmore (Overton) Walker (1880 - 1914)

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Ada Wilmore (Aida) Walker formerly Overton
Born in Manhattan, New York, USAmap
Wife of — married in Manhattan, New York, USAmap
Died in Manhattan, New York, USAmap
Profile last modified | Created 10 Mar 2015
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Aida was born Valentines day 1880 [1]. The daughter of Moses Overton and Paulinia Whitfield. She was born and grew up in New York City. At age fifteen, she joined John Isham's Octoroons, a black touring group in the 1890s [2]. In 1898, she joined the company of Bert Williams and George Walker a famous comedy team, and appeared in all of their shows. George Walker and Aida Overton married on June 22, 1899 [3] they became one of the most admired African American couples on stage. In August 1904 they performed in the Royal Palace in Buckingham England in front of King Edward.

Death Announcement
October 11, 1914



They had great success for the next 10 years with the Williams and Walker Company. While on tour with Bandanna Land , Aida's husband collapsed. George Walker returned to Lawrence, Kansas, where his mother took care of him. While he was away, Aida took over many of his songs and dances to keep the company together. In early 1909, Bandanna Land [4] was forced to close, and Aida retired from the stage to care for her husband. In 1909 she returned to the stage in Bob Cole and J. Rosamond Johnson's Red Moon, and she joined the Smart Set Company in 1910. Aida also began touring the vaudeville circuit as a solo act. Her husband George Walker died in January 1911, two weeks after her husbands death Aida signed a two year contract to appear as a co star with S. H. Dudley in another all black traveling show[5].

In the early 1910s, Aida became ill and had to stop most of her touring and stage performance. In 1908 she began organizing benefits to aid different institutions such as the Industrial Home for Colored Working Girls. Aida now took an interest in developing the talents of younger women in the profession. She produced shows for two such female groups in 1913 and 1914 the Porto Rico Girls and the Happy Girls. She taught them to produce original dance numbers and insisted that they wore stylish costumes on stage.

Aida Overton Walker died suddenly of kidney failure on October 11, 1914, in Manhattan, New York, USA[6][7] Aida is buried in Cypress Hills Cemetery in Brooklyn [8]


See also:

Census

1880 New York, New York [9]

1900 Borough of Manhattan, Election District 8-9 New York City Ward 25[10]

1910 Manhattan Ward 12, New York [11]

Sources

  1. "New York, Births and Christenings, 1640-1962," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FDYB-MXH : accessed 10 March 2015), Overton, 14 Feb 1880; citing BIRTH CERTIFICATES, MANHATTAN, NEW YORK, NEW YORK, reference ; FHL microfilm 1,322,151.
  2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_William_Isham
  3. "New York, Marriages, 1686-1980," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/F63J-H9W : accessed 10 March 2015), George William Walker and Ada Wilmore Overton, 22 Jun 1899; citing reference ; FHL microfilm 1,504,065.
  4. http://www.glopad.org/pi/en/record/production/1001185
  5. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sherman_H._Dudley
  6. Index to New York City Deaths 1862-1948. Indices prepared by the Italian Genealogical Group and the German Genealogy Group, and used with permission of the New York City Department of Records/Municipal Archives. Certificate Number:29491
  7. "New York, New York City Municipal Deaths, 1795-1949," Database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2WMR-Y96 : accessed 28 June 2015), Ada Overton Walker, 11 Oct 1914; citing Death, Manhattan, New York, New York, United States, New York Municipal Archives, New York; FHL microfilm .
  8. Find a Grave - Find A Grave Memorial# 115047819
  9. "United States Census, 1880," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MZ6S-6P7 : accessed 10 March 2015), Pauline Overton in household of Moses Overton, New York, New York, New York, United States; citing enumeration district 174, sheet 68A, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 0874; FHL microfilm 1,254,874.
  10. "United States Census, 1900," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MSK8-R69 : accessed 10 March 2015), Pauline Reed, Borough of Manhattan, Election District 8-9 New York City Ward 25, New York County, New York, United States; citing sheet 6A, family 140, NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,241,111.
  11. "United States Census, 1910," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M53N-PMZ : accessed 10 March 2015), Ada O Walker in household of Pauline Reid, Manhattan Ward 12, New York, New York, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 502, sheet 17A, family 305, NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,375,033.


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