Tuesday, May 26, 2015


With my entry for Week #21 of the 2015 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge, I turn to the
family of my 5x great grandmother Mary Walton, wife of Francis Upton. Mary has an
interesting group of ancestors, starting with the immigrant ancestor William Walton.
I have a double descent from Rev. William and his wife, Elizabeth.

Reverend Walton was a well known figure in the Bay Colony so I was able to find a lot
of entries about him on the internet, although most are repetitions of the same source
material. Here is information from The Walton Family Records, written by Josiah Proctor
Walton in 1888: 

1. Rev. William Walton was born in England about 1598. He entered Emmanuel College, Cambridge, England, February 18, 1G17 or '18, and took his degrees in 21 and '25. Became a clergyman; came to America before 35; stopped awhile at Hingham, Mass., and afterwards settled at Marblehead, Mass.


1. John, born 1627, in England.

2. Elizabeth, born 1629," Married Lot Conaut.

3. Martha, born 1632,"

4. Nathaniel, born 1636, in Hingham, Mass

5. Samuel 2, born 1639, in Marblehead. He married Sarah Maverick. In 1674, a householder.

6. Josiah, born 1640; killed by lightning at sea.

7. Mary, born 1644, in Marblehead. Married Robert Bartlett.

I received the following note and extracts:

Emmanuel College, Aug. 5, 1895. Dear Sir:—The only information I can find about your 

ancestor, the Rev. William Walton, is that he entered this college on the 18th day of February, 
1617 or '18. There is no information as to his age or county. Yours sincerely,

J. B. Peace, Bursar.

"Sarah Maverick, daughter of Elias and Anne (Harris) Maverick, and niece of Moses Maverick 

of Marblehead, married Samuel Walton of Marblehead, born June 5, 1639. The date of the 
marriage is not known, though he is recorded as a householder in Marblehead in 1674.

"Samuel Walton was the third son of the Rev. William and Elizabeth Walton.

"Rev. William Walton was a native of Seaton, Devonshire, and was educated at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, but came to New England in 1635, settling in Hingham, but removing to Marblehead 

in 1639, where he was the minister of the town till his death in 1668.

"So far as known, Samuel and Sarah (Maverick) Walton had three children—Samuel, John and 


"The daughter married Jonathan Townsend, of Rumney Marsh. The latter died in middle life, 

and Samuel Walton assisted his daughter in administering on the estate.

"In 1707, Nathaniel Walton, brother of Samuel, in his will bequeathed £5 each to his brother, 

Samuel Walton, and his two sons, Samuel and John, and they receipted for it in 1712.

"John Walton3, ( Samuel2, the Rev. William) married Mary and settled in South Reading, near 

Wakefield. Children: John, born, 1710; Josiah, 1711; Mary, 1714; Abigail, 1716 (married Benjamin Howard); Jonathan, 1718; Jacob, 1720; Nathan, 1729; and Isaac, 1733. D. H. B."

"Lot Conant married Elizabeth, daughter of Rev. William Walton, of Seaton Parish, Devonshire, 

England, where his daughter was baptized Oct. 27, 1629.

"Lot Conant's daughter, Martha, married Luke Parkins, May 31, 1688, in Salem or Topsfield, Mass.

"Martha was born in Beverly, Aug. 16, 1664. She died in Plympton, Jan. 2, 1754, aged 90."


Walton Family Records, 1598-1898: With Its Intermarriages, the Oakes and Eatons, 1644-1898 and the Proctor Family, 1634-1898 (Google eBook)  Josiah Proctor Walton, Muscatine, Iowa, 1888

My second line of descent is through the marriage of Elizabeth Walton to Lot Conant, and then
through their daughter Martha Conant's marriage to Luke Perkins. That line is on my Dad's
paternal side, which was another cousin link between his parents when they married.

As I said, Reverend Walton was well known in the Colony, and I'll discuss that in my next post.

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