Another post in a series in the challenge of posting about 52 ancestors in 52 weeks by Amy Johnson Crow
My 2nd great uncle Abraham Walton was born December 31, 1844 in Deputy, Jefferson County, Indiana to Isaiah and Eliza Jane (Hall) Walton. Abraham was the fourth of ten children, nine of whom lived to adulthood. The tenth was still born or died soon after birth and was soon followed in death by Eliza. He was the third of seven boys in a farm family that had lived in southern Indiana for over 30 years. Abraham was one of four Abrahams in that area; he had a grandfather, uncle and cousin also named Abraham. (This picture is a replacement since my cousin Gilbert Maupin was kind enough to point out that I had used an incorrect picture of Abraham. Sorry for the confusion, I’ll do better in the future.)
The 1850 US Census shows that Abraham was living with his mother and father and five siblings in a household which included his grandfather and an uncle. They lived on a farm in Graham Township in Jefferson County but by 1860 they lived on a farm in Lancaster Township, Jefferson County and his grandfather had died. Between the 1860 and 1880 censuses I can find little trace of Abraham. However, his obituary, posted as a copy from “The Nebraska Signal” in 1936 on his Find A Grave memorial (# 39473776), states that he was a student at Lancaster Baptist College (long since ceased to exist and no records are available) when the Civil War broke out and later he enlisted in Company K, 82nd Infantry of Indiana. He was actually the third of Isaiah’s sons to serve in the Civil War (Merritt also in the 82nd Infantry and Dudley in the Cavalry). Amazingly, all three survived the war and returned home.
According to his obituary, at sometime between 1865 and 1880, Abraham went to Iowa where he took up his trade as carpenter. Then, he farmed near Edgar and Fairfield in Clay County, Nebraska. The 1880 US Census shows that he farmed in Sheridan County, Kansas near the town of Hoxie. Joining him on that farm were his brothers James, Lucius, John Parker Hale and George. The obituary tells us that after several years on the farm he went to Colorado working as a carpenter and cabinet maker. By 1895 he was once again in Kansas and the 1900 US Census shows he was in Hoxie, Sheridan County, Kansas working as a hotel clerk and living with the hotel manager as a boarder.
By 1903 Abraham’s health apparently took a turn for the worse and on March 30, 1903 he was admitted to the Leavenworth, Kansas U.S. National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers. It is unclear from the record exactly why he was admitted and why he was discharged more than eleven years later on December 30, 1914. But we do learn that he was 5 ft 9 in tall with dark complexion, dark eyes and grey hair. After his discharge his residence was in Hoxie, Kansas and he listed his sister Rhoda (Walton) Rowlison as his nearest relative. We also learn that his pension started at $ 17, then raised to $ 18, after Dec 4, 1919 it was $ 30 and finally $ 50. We can also surmise by the 1910 US Census showing he was a hotel clerk in Kansas City, Missouri that he was not a resident of the Home during all (or any?) of that time. Possibly he received medical care on an out-patient basis.
The 1915 Kansas State Census shows Abraham still in Kansas and I have not been able to find him in the 1920 US Census. By 1930 he has retired to live with his nephew Benjamin Walton in Geneva, Fillmore County, Nebraska. Later he went to live at the Nebraska State Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Home in Milford, Seward County, Nebraska. It was there on August 21, 1936 that Abraham died. His body was brought to Benjamin’s home and he was buried in the Geneva Cemetery. At the time, his only surviving sibling was his brother Lucius who was living in Twin Falls, Idaho and died less than a year later.
Source Citation: Year: 1850; Census Place: Graham, Jefferson, Indiana; Roll: M432_154; Page: 244A; Image: 494. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1850 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2009. Images reproduced by Family Search. Original data: Seventh Census of the United States, 1850; (National Archives Microfilm Publication M432, 1009 rolls); Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29; National Archives, Washington, D.C.
Source Citation: Year: 1860; Census Place: Lancaster, Jefferson, Indiana; Roll: M653_270; Page: 883; Image: 587; Family History Library Film: 803270. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1860 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2009. Images reproduced by FamilySearch. Original data: 1860 U.S. census, population schedule. NARA microfilm publication M653, 1,438 rolls. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.
Source Citation: Year: 1880; Census Place: , Sheridan, Kansas; Roll: 397; Family History Film: 1254397; Page: 336B; Enumeration District: 312. Source Information: Ancestry.com and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 1880 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010. 1880 U.S. Census Index provided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints © Copyright 1999 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved. All use is subject to the limited use license and other terms and conditions applicable to this site. Original data: Tenth Census of the United States, 1880. (NARA microfilm publication T9, 1,454 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C.
Abraham Walton Obituary; The Nebraska Signal; 131 N. 9th Street, Geneva, NE, 68361; 1936
Source Information: Ancestry.com.. Kansas State Census Collection, 1855-1925[database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2009. Original data: 1895 Kansas State Census. Microfilm reels K-1 – K-169. Kansas State Historical Society. Original data: 1915 Kansas State Census. Microfilm reels K-1 – K-271. Kansas State Historical Society.
Source Information: Ancestry.com. U.S. National Homes for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, 1866-1938[database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2007. Original data: Historical Register of National Homes for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, 1866-1938; (National Archives Microfilm Publication M1749, 282 rolls); Records of the Department of Veterans Affairs, Record Group 15; National Archives, Washington, D.C.
Source Citation: Year: 1930; Census Place: Geneva City, Fillmore, Nebraska; Roll: 1280; Page: 16B; Enumeration District: 0013; Image: 714.0; FHL microfilm: 2341015. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1930 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2002. Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1930. T626, 2,667 rolls.