I just saw a post by blogger Amy Crow (http://www.nostorytoosmall.com) in which she offered the challenge to write about a different ancestor each week for a whole year – 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks. Well I’ve decided to take that challenge to heart and to conquer it. It’s been over a year since I posted to this blog and I’m not sure why. Probably because I get lazy and it becomes all about do it tommorow. So, here goes since this is pretty much the end of the first (not full) week of 2014.
I’ve talked about my 9th great grandfather the Reverend William Walton. He came to New England in about 1635 and his past in southern England is poorly documented. No real information about his father, mother or siblings exits. But, it seems to me that many times, people left their parents behind to make the trip to America and sometimes some or all of their siblings came with them. Frequently the siblings all settled in or near the same location initially and then began to spread out. This brings me to someone who just may be one of Rev William Walton’s siblings – George.
In 1639 George Walton was in Exeter and Dover in 1648. He died in Dec 1685 (at more than the age of 70) in Great Island (later known as New Castle, NH). Apparently nothing is known about his past in England but with the timing of his appearance in New England and location it is easy to imagine that he was a sibling of our William and came over at the same time. With his wife Alice, George had sons George, Shadrach and Dorcas and a daughter Mary. Shadrach was a counsellor at New Castle in 1716 and died 3 Oct 1741 at age 83. He also had a grandson Benjamin (from Shadrach) who graduated from Harvard College in 1729.
One of the things I want to do this year is to investigate George more as well as some other Waltons who may be related but for which I have no information. Henry was in Boston and had sons Job (1639) and Adam (1643). John was in Portsmouth in 1640 and Thomas was a representative in Weymouth in 1636.
Information on these individuals came from:
Savage, James; A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England, Showing Three Generations of Those Who Came Before May, 1692, on the Basis of Farmer’s Register; vol. IV; Boston: Little, Brown and Company; 1862
Farmer, John; A Genealogical Register of the First Settlers of New England; Carter, Andrews & Co.; Lancaster, MA; 1829
Mather, Cotton; Magnalia Christi Americana; 2nd ed. 2 vols. 8vo; Hartford, CT; 1820
Winthrop, W.; History of New-England; (ed. James Savage); 2 vol. 8vo; Boston, MA; 1825 & 1826