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.