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Margaretta Walton Family Papers

 Collection
Identifier: SFHL-RG5-159
The Walton family was a long-time Quaker family, with many generations of the family active in Quaker concerns. Margaretta Walton devoted her life to Quaker ministry and affairs, and her correspondence reflects this, with accounts of Monthly, Quarterly, Yearly, and other types of meetings and of the messages of ministers. The collection contains diaries and correspondence of Margaretta Walton and her husband, Jesse Pusey Walton; business papers and memorabilia; sermons; and related papers. Correspondents include Hannah Clothier Hull, John Greenleaf Whittier, and Sarah M. Griscom. Also included in the collections are journals (1836-1853) of her father, Joseph Shoemaker Walton, who was companion to several traveling Quakers ministers, especially Jesse Kersey.

Dates

  • 1812-1961

Creator

Limitations on Accessing the Collection

Collection is open for research

Copyright and Rights Information

Copyright has not been assigned to Friends Historical Library All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in to the Director. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Friends Historical Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by reader.

Extent

2 Linear Feet (4 boxes)

Overview

Margaretta Walton (1829-1904), eminent Quaker minister of Ercildoun, Chester County, Pennsylvania. The collection contains diaries and correspondence of Walton and her husband, Jesse Pusey Walton; business papers and memorabilia; sermons; and related papers. Also included in the collections are journals (1836-1853) of her father, Joseph Shoemaker Walton, who was companion to several Quaker ministers.

Biographical / Historical

Margaretta Walton (1829-1904), eminent Quaker minister of Ercildoun, Chester County, Pennsylvania, left an extensive series of journals (1846-1902) describing her spiritual growth, travels in the ministry, and family life. She was the daughter of Joseph Shoemaker and Abigail (Mann) Walton and a birthright member of Fallowfield Monthly Meeting. Her parents were farmers and active Quakers; their diaries reflect their work with Indians in New York State and other visits accompanying Quaker ministers, including Joseph Kersey.

In 1854, Margaretta married Jesse Pusey Walton (1825-1859), a distant cousin. After his death from consumption, she devoted herself to Quaker service and worship. As well as serving as a visiting minister, she served as clerk of the Monthly, Quarterly, and Yearly Meeting. In the last two decades of her life, she lived with her brother George's family, first with George and his wife, and later with their son, Joseph Solomon Walton, who became headmaster at the George School in 1901.

Arrangement

The collection is divided into seven series.
  1. Diaries and journals
  2. Memorabilia
  3. Business papers
  4. Sermons by Margaretta Walton
  5. Pictures
  6. Correspondence
  7. Reference Material

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession information:

Donor: George A. Walton, 1963

The collection was given by George A. Walton, grandnephew of Margaretta and Jesse Pusey Walton.

Related Materials

See also:
  1. RG 5/158, Joseph Solomon Walton Papers
  2. RG 5/157, George A. (George Arthur) Walton Papers

Separated Materials

The following materials, originally part of the collection, have been recatalogued:
  1. Marriage certificate, 4/13/1854, Margaretta Walton to Jesse Walton, filed in Chart Case

General

  1. Diaries and Correspondence, Margaretta Walton, 1829-1904, compiled by George A. Walton and J. Barnard Walton, 1962.

Processing Information

The papers were sorted, labeled, and annotated by the donor who also donated the Joseph Solomon Walton Papers, RG5/ 158, and whose own papers were given to Friends Historical Library by the George School (George A. Walton Papers, RG 5/ 157). The order and the folder units and titles have been retained, with papers organized chronologically within each folder.
Title
Margaretta Walton Family Papers, 1812-1961
Author
FHL staff
Date
1963
Language of description
English

Revision Statements

  • 2016: This electronic finding aid was updated in Summer 2016 by Abdulrezak Kemal in preparation for importing into ArchivesSpace, to conform to current markup standards and the ArchivesSpace data model.

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