The wanderlust and need to get away from too much civilization must have been strong with the Walton men, and some of the women. Several migrated to Maine which was very much a wilderness. Others moved around in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. In the late 17th and early 18th centuries most of New England was wilderness by any definition.
“Walton is an old English name derived from ‘wold’, a wood, and ‘ton’, a town. The Waltons came to America from England at a very early date. Three brothers, Moses, Joshua and William, with their nephew Reuben, came to Maine as early settlers.”
Page 31 from “History of the Town of Wayne, Kennebec County, Maine, From it’s Settlement to 1898” Maine Farmer Publishing Co. Augusta, Maine 1898
The three brothers were sons of Samuel and Rebecca and the nephew was almost certainly their brother Reuben’s son Reuben. There is evidence that two other brothers Davis and John lived in Maine near Wayne. Davis died in 1798 in Winthrop and John in Fayette in 1823. Other sons of Reuben, namely Benjamin, Jonathan and Simeon moved to and died in Maine.
Continuing on pages 31 and 32:
“William took up a lot of land lying partly in Wayne and partly in Favette, “bounded on the north by lot 32, east by Jacob Lovejoy’s westerly line, west by west line of the Plymouth patent and to extend so far south as to contain one hundred acres.” His first wife was Hannah Littlehale, who was the daughter of Abraham Littlehale. He was born Jan, 23, 1725, in Dunstable, Mass. He was a soldier under Gen. Wolfe at the taking of Quebec. He was also a soldier in the Revolutionary War. His name appears upon the payroll of Captain Joseph Boyinton’s company in Col. Wade’s regiment. His height is given as ”five feet six inches, dark complexion with dark hair and eyes.” The rugged old man walked all the way from Dunstable, now Tynesborough, to Wayne, to see his daughter. He stopped in Wayne for a season and helped his son-in-law in clearing his farm. Drains, which he dug, are plainly to be seen on the meadow now owned by his great-great-grandson. He died in 1810, aged 85.”
“The children of William Walton and Hannah were Abraham, William, Benjamin and John. Abraham removed to Ohio, William and Benjamin removed to Peru. John stayed in Wayne. William Walton married for his second wife Mehitable Lyons. Their children were Sarah. Sophia and Rufus. Sarah married Sylvanus Blackwell in 1806. Sophia married Nathaniel Atkins. Rufus married Hannah Braley. John Walton married Lucy Blackwell and settled on a lot south of his father’s. In 1805 William Walton sold out to his son John and removed to a lot taken up at an early date by his son Abraham near the Fayette line and southwest of G. P. Taylor’s. Here he lived with his son Rufus till he moved to Fayette Mills.”
“William Walton died Apr. 15, 1823, at an advanced age. John Walton had sons Nathaniel, born Feb. 21, 1798, and John, born Mar. 15, 1802, and daughters Mary, Sarah, Henrietta, Mehitable and Hannah. John, Jr., removed to Belfast. He married Mary Whalen, had four sons and three daughters. Nathaniel Walton married Caroline Fish of Leeds. The children were Lucy A., Jeremiah D., Martha M. and George W.”
From “History of the Town of Wayne, Kennebec County, Maine, From it’s Settlement to 1898” Maine Farmer Publishing Co. Augusta, Maine 1898
So, a rather large contingent of Waltons were in Maine during the 1800s and a good deal of research awaits to track down most of them. Nathaniel’s son George W. Walton actually took part in writing the “History of the Town of Wayne…” from which the above material was quoted.
In the map below, the yellow stick pins show the location of most of the towns in Maine in which the Waltons lived. There are probably more but at present these are the known locations in the early 1800s.
The book states that “Abraham removed to Ohio…” but that is quite a simplification of the facts. In fact, prior to leaving for Ohio, Abraham moved to Woodstock, Maine which is west of Wayne in present day Oxford County. He either moved there with, or met there, Ebenezer Hutchinson, the father of his soon to be bride, Mary (Polly) Hutchinson. The first six of his nine children were born in Woodstock.