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Walton Family Papers

 Collection
Identifier: SFHL-RG5-160
The collection includes business and estate papers, mostly of Israel Walton (1789-1863), a diary of Mary D. Walton (1832-1915) which includes a roll book of Fallowfield Monthly Meeting First Day School, albums and verse by Emmaline Walton (1834-1913) and others, and family memorabilia.

Dates

  • 1725-1930

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

0.5 Linear Feet (1 box)

Overview

The Waltons were a Quaker family from Byberry, Pennsylvania, and the Philadelphia area, including Swarthmore. The lines represented in this collection were descended from Benjamin Walton (1701-1753) and Rebecca Homer Walton (d. 1783), of Abington Monthly Meeting and Byberry. The collection includes business and estate papers, mostly of Israel Walton (1789-1863), a diary of Mary D. Walton (1832-1915) which includes a roll book of Fallowfield Monthly Meeting First Day School, albums and verse by Emmaline Walton (1834-1913) and others, and family memorabilia.

Biographical / Historical

The Waltons were a Quaker family from Byberry, Pennsylvania, and the Philadelphia area. The lines represented in this collection were descended from Benjamin Walton (1701-1753) and Rebecca Homer Walton (d. 1783), of Abington Monthly Meeting and Byberry.

The business papers chiefly are from Israel Walton, whose grandparents were Benjamin and Rebecca Walton. Israel Walton (1789-1831) was the son of William and Lydia (Thornton) Walton of Byberry, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania. He married first Susan Townsend (1793-1848) and second Maria Houston (d. 1878). Their daughter, Susan Biddle Walton (1851-1927) was married in 1875 to William Warrington Their daughter, Margaret Houston Warrington, who provided genealogical information on the family, was married in 1904 to Nathan Leeds Jones. Their daughter, Ann, was a graduate of Swarthmore College (1942), as was her husband Charles Copeland Martin.

Other papers represent the Walton line descended from another son of Benjamin and Rebecca Homer Walton, Benjamin (1735/6-1820). This line descended through Nathan Walton (1763-1823), whose son, Lewis (1789-1861) married Elizabeth Hall Neal. Their son, Edwin Walton (1830-1911) was an active member of Fallowfield Monthly Meeting and an educator. He married Mary Dent Clayton (1832-1915) whose diary (1877-1878) is included in the collection. His sister, Emmaline Walton (1834-1913) was a Quaker poet and elder of Fallowfield Monthly Meeting. Edwin and Mary D. Walton's son, Edwin Clayton (E. C.) Walton 1866-1952), settled in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, where is he was a civic leader and sold real estate. Both of his daughters were Swarthmore College graduates.

Arrangement

The collection is divided into five series:
  1. Biographical and genealogical, including the diary of Mary Walton
  2. Correspondence
  3. Business papers
  4. Manuscript writings
  5. Piece books and albums

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession information:

Donor: Unknown, date unknown

The collection represents two lines descended from Benjamin and Rebecca (Homer) Walton. One line came down through their son, Benjamin, whose descendant was Lewis Walton. His son married Mary D. Walton, and his daughter was Emmaline Walton. The other line descended from the son of Benjamin and Rebecca, William, to their son, Israel Walton, through his daughter Susan who married William Warrington, then their daughter Margaret who married Nathan Leeds Jones. Their daughter, Ann Comfort Jones, and her husband, Charles Copeland Martin, were both graduates of Swarthmore College, Class of 1942. Descendents of the other Walton line also attended Swarthmore College in the twentieth century, and Edwin Clayton Walton was a Swarthmore resident and developer.

General

  1. Byberry Waltons, by Norman Walton Swayne, 1958

Processing Information

Formerly cited as Walton and Thomas Families Papers, RG 5/160. The information concerning the source of these papers was lost, and sometime before 1967, the Walton papers were catalogued and stored with a smaller collection of papers concerning the Thomas family, apparently unrelated. In October 2000, the two collections were catalogued as separate Record Groups.

Creator

Title
Walton Family Papers, 1725-1930
Author
FHL staff
Date
2000
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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