Margaretta Walton Family Papers
Scope and Contents
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.
- Walton, Margaretta, 1829-1904 (Person)
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Collection is open for research
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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.
2 Linear Feet (4 boxes)
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.
The collection is divided into seven series.
- Diaries and journals
- Business papers
- Sermons by Margaretta Walton
- Reference Material
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donor: George A. Walton, 1963
The collection was given by George A. Walton, grandnephew of Margaretta and Jesse Pusey Walton.
The following materials, originally part of the collection, have been recatalogued:
- Marriage certificate, 4/13/1854, Margaretta Walton to Jesse Walton, filed in Chart Case
- Diaries and Correspondence, Margaretta Walton, 1829-1904, compiled by George A. Walton and J. Barnard Walton, 1962.
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.
- Walton, Margaretta, 1829-1904 (Person)
- Fallowfield Monthly Meeting of Friends (Contributor, Organization)
- Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of Friends (Hicksite : 1827-1955) (Contributor, Organization)
- Walton, Margaretta, 1829-1904 (Contributor, Person)
- Griscom, Sarah M., 1839-1895 (Contributor, Person)
- Hull, Hannah Clothier, 1872-1958 (Contributor, Person)
- Whittier, John Greenleaf, 1807-1892 (Contributor, Person)
- Kersey, Jesse, 1768-1845 (Contributor, Person)
- Walton, Joseph S. (Joseph Shoemaker), 1792-1876 (Contributor, Person)
- Walton, Jesse Pusey, 1825-1859 (Contributor, Person)
- Margaretta Walton Family Papers, 1812-1961
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