Rev. Walker Tolliver, in his Own Hand
In His Own Hand: Rev. Walker Tolliver, Pastor of Zion Baptist Church
transcription is an autobiographical note by Rev.
Walker Tolliver, first full-time pastor of Zion
Baptist Church in Harrisburg, PA. A photocopy of his
original handwritten document was found among papers
of H. T. Mitchell, youngest child of Hattie Wise
Tolliver and Walker Tolliver. H. T. Mitchell
turns ninety-three in November 2006. Although Walker
reckoned that he was born in 1860, earlier documents
indicate that he was born in 1854. He left Virginia
for Pennsylvania circa 1880-1890. The original
surname of the Virginia family, Taliaferro, has been
spelled variously as Toliver or Tolliver.
Nelson T. Allen was the first pastor of Third Zion
Baptist Church in Woodson, Virginia. This
church was founded in 1871 by former members of St.
John Baptist Church in Milford, Virginia. In
the 1870-1910 census rolls, James Wright of Caroline
County is listed as a black farm laborer or farmer.
Before moving to Harrisburg, Walker Tolliver also
was employed as a farm laborer in Madison, Virginia.
In 1897, Rev. J. Wallace was among the invited
speakers at the laying of the
cornerstone of Zion Primitive Baptist Church
in Harrisburg, PA, now The Greater Zion Missionary
The current address of The Greater Zion Missionary Baptist Church is 212 North Progress Avenue, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 17109. Their website is www.tgzmbc.org
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