Abraham Walton in Woodstock, Maine

Earlier we saw that Abraham moved from Wayne to the Woodstock – Paris area, probably before 1800. He married Mary (Polly) hutchinson on 01 Jan 1798 and in April of 1799 their son Abraham was born. Polly’s father, Ebenezer, came to Paris from Fayette and in April of 1799 bought a lot in northern Paris at the outlet of Moose Pond and there built a set of mills.

“North Paris Mills.
About the beginning of the present century, Ebenezer Hutchinson
came here from Fayette, and built the first mills at North Paris.
These were situated on the outlet of the Moose pond — the
grist-mill on the west side, on the site of the present mill, and the
saw-mill on the east side, on the site of the present manufactory of
chairs. Stephen Chase, in his diaiy, speaks of his purchase of
boards of Hutchinson, January 8, 1802. These mills were opera-
ted by Hutchinson and his sons until about 1812, when he, with his
sons’ families — the Waltons, Colburns and the Jordans, who had all
intermarried with the Hutchinsons — emigrated to Ohio, where he
died in 1828.”


“In the sketches of mills, it is stated that Ebenezer Hutchinson
built a grist mill on Moose Pond stream about the beginning of the
present century. In the list of earty purchasers of land, on page
seventy-six, it is stated ‘April 2, 1799, Ebenezer Hutchinson of
Walton’s Plantation, bought of Stephen Robinson of Paris, the
southerly’ part of lot numbered 27-28 in the 6th range.’ Walton’s
Plantation now constitutes a part of the town of Woodstock, and
consisted of a few lots run out on the south end of what was after-
wards the grant to Gorham Academy, and known as “Smith’s Sur-
vey’ .” Several Walton families were among the first settlers here,
and hence the name. Hutchinson came to this section from Fay-
ette, and he, the Waltons and several other neighboring families
emigrated to Ohio. This emigration occurred about the year 1812.
The mills were a great convenience to the surrounding region, and
did a profitable business. Mr. Hutchinson sold the mills to Stephen
Washburn, …”
“Lapham, William Berry, and Silas Packard Maxim, History of Paris, Maine, from its settlement to 1880: with a history of the grants of 1736 & 1771: together with personal sketches, a copious genealogical register and an appendix (Paris, Me.: Printed for the authors, 1884)”

from page 133 of a history of Woodstock, ME

“The First Death

The first death in town was that of a child of Abram Walton. Mr. Walton
settled on one of the lots in the east part, which was run out by Smith.
He felled trees and burned them in the autumn. The next spring, he built
a log hut and moved in with his family. He junked and piled his piece in
early summer, and set fire to it. While it was burning, his little daughter,
three years old, wandered away from the house, and was burned so
severely that she died. Her name was Ellen Walton. It is said by some
that this occurred the year before the Bryant brothers made a settlement
in the west part, upon the grant to Dummer Academy. Walton and Hutchinson,
who came in with him, did not remain many years, but moved away, the
former going west and the latter building a mill at North Paris.”
“Lapham, William B., History of Woodstock, ME., with Family Sketches and An Appendix, Portland, ME, Stephen Berry, Printer, 1882”

The daughter Ellen was Abraham’s second child, born in 1802 and died in 1805. Life was tough in those days and tradgedies such as this certainly made it much harder. But, these strong souls carried on. In fact, Abraham and Polly had six more children after Ellen’s death, three of whom were born in Maine. As stated in the excerpt above, the Waltons and Ebenezer Hutchinson left Maine about 1812, but probably not in 1812 since Abraham’s son Isaiah was born in February 1812 and it’s unlikely they would have made the journey with that young of a child. In addition, in the above cited history of Woodstock, it states on pgs 26-27,

“The next meeting was held on the eighth day of March, 1813. At this meeting
all the old officers were re-elected, except the Collector of taxes. This office
was set up at auction and struck off to Cornelius Perkins, the lowest bidder.
Abraham Walton and Morton Curtis were accepted as the Collector’s sureties.”
“Lapham, William B., History of Woodstock, ME., with Family Sketches and An Appendix, Portland, ME, Stephen Berry, Printer, 1882”

So, it appears that Abraham did not leave Woodstock until probably spring of 1814 to begin his journey to Indiana.


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