Another post in a series in the challenge of posting about 52 ancestors in 52 weeks by Amy Johnson Crow
Elizabeth Walton, my 8th great aunt, was born on October 27, 1629, in Seaton, Devon, England to the Reverend William and Elizabeth (Cooke) Walton. She was the second of nine children born to William and Elizabeth. When she was less than five years old the family left England to settle in the New World. Besides the parents, at least three children made the voyage; Elizabeth, her older brother John and younger sister Martha. Another sister, Jane, born February 18, 1634 either died before the voyage or on the ship while traveling. A long sea voyage must have been very scary for adults who were not sailors or members of families which associated with the ocean. For a child of five it must have been both terrifying and exciting!
By late 1635 the family had settled in Hingham, Massachusetts (then known as Barecove) and in September of 1635 her father was one of 29 men who drew house lots and were given land for grazing. The family house was probably situated near the water and a small cove which for the last 300 plus years has borne the name “Walton Cove”.
By 1637 Elizabeth and her family had moved to Marblehead, MA (which was then part of Salem). It was there that she grew to womanhood, probably lending a hand with the care of the house and younger siblings. At the age of 20 Elizabeth married Lot Conant, the oldest son of Roger and Sarah (Horton) Conant. Roger was the first Governor of Massachusetts and the subject of the week 10 post. Elizabeth and Lot married in 1649, lived in Beverly, Essex County and had ten children, all of whom appear to have reached adulthood.
Elizabeth’s husband Lot died September 29, 1674 leaving her with seven children under the age of 15. One can only speculate how she managed to survive and raise her children under those conditions. I’m sure that Lot left her the house and some contents and that she at least had a place to live. Elizabeth’s father-in-law Roger Conant also lived in Beverly. He did not die until 1679 and probably helped provide for Elizabeth and his grandchildren.
At any rate, on Jan 10, 1681 Elizabeth married Andrew Mansfield in Lynn, Essex County Massachusetts. Andrew died on Nov 29, 1683 in Lynn leaving Elizabeth once again a widow. At this time she was only 54 years old and her youngest child Rebecca was only twelve years old. I have found no record of and no indication of her date or place of death.
- Source Information: Ancestry.com. U.S., New England Marriages Prior to 1700 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2012. Original data: Torry, Clarence A. New England Marriages Prior to 1700. Baltimore, MD, USA: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2004.
- Conant, Frederick Odell, M.A.; A History and Genealogy of the Conant Family in England and America, Thirteen Generations, 1520-1887; Privately Printed; Portland, Maine; 1887.
- Cutter, William Richard; New England Families, Genealogical and Memorial; Third Series, vol 1; Lewis Historical Publishing Company; New York; 1915
- Google Earth Screenshot; Hingham, Massachusetts and Area; taken May 10, 2014.