NORTHERN NEW YORK
Genealogical and family history of northern New York: a record of the achievements of her people
in the making of a commonwealth and the founding of a nation.
New York: Lewis Historical Pub. Co. 1910.
Transcribed by Coralynn Brown
The Walton family settled early in New York state. Jacob and John Walton were soldiers in the revolution from New York state. The New York City family of Walton was even, in colonial days, of great wealth and social standing, and several of the men were distinguished. In 1790 Abraham, Gereard Henry and William Walton were heads of this branch of the family in New York City; Elisha Walton, of Granville, Washington county, had one son under sixteen and one female, doubtless his wife, in his family.
(I) Oliver Walton, said by family tradition, to be of Dutch descent, lived in Essex county, N.Y., and died in the town of St. Armond, near Bloomingdale.
Oliver, Alfred, George, Rufus, Lucinda and Mary.
(II) Rufus, son of Oliver Walton, was born in Keene, Essex county, N.Y., Aug. 20, 1809, died at Brighton, Franklin county, N.Y. 1883. He had a common school education. He was a prosperous farmer and lumberman. He spent his last years, after he retired from business, in the homes of his children.
He was a Republican in politics and served the town on the board of assessors.
In religion he was a Methodist.
He married Jane Rork, born in Ireland, Dec. 10, 1819, died in 1861, daughter of John and Jane Rork. She came to this country with her parents when she was only two years old.
1. Daniel, a solider in the civil war.
2. William, killed in the service during the civil war.
3. John O., mentioned below.
4. Wesley, lives at St. Armond, N.Y.
5. Joseph Orrin.
6. Margaret Ann.
7. Fannie Amelia, lives in Bloomingdale.
Rufus Walton married (second) Mrs. (Russell) Webster, a widow.
(III) John Oliver, son of Rufus Walton, was born in Keene, Essex county, N.Y. Dec. 22, 1842. He was educated in the public schools of St. Armond's, N.Y., whither the family moved when he was a child and at the schools in Saranac Lake. In his youth and early manhood he followed farming. Then he learned the trade of mason, and worked as journeyman and master mason in this trade for a period of thirty years, in St. Armond and vicinity.
He enlisted from Malone, N.Y., March 15, 1865, in Company G, One Hundred and Ninety-third Regiment, New York Volunteers, under Captain S. W. Ainsworth. He served on patrol duty and was commissary sergeant on detached duty for six months. He was mustered out at Harper's Ferry, Virginia, Jan. 18, 1866.
After the war he settled at St. Armond and followed his trade. In 1897 he was appointed mail messnger to carry the mail to and from the railroad station at Bloomindale in the town of St. Armond. In 1907 he resigned and retired from active life, and is now living with his children at Lake Placid, N.Y.
In politics he is a Republican; in religion a Methodist.
He married, Sept. 8, 1864, Sarah A. Mussen, born at Odletown, Canada, June 6, 1844.
1. William Allison, mentioned below.
2. Frank Grant, born at Bloomingdale, N.Y. Jan. 29, 1867; is in the hardware business at Lake Placid, N.Y.; married Nellie Brown; children: John, Francis, William and Donald.
3. Carrie Eveline, born at Bloomingdale, Feb. 11, 1869; married Marian D. Trumbull, a merchant of Saranac Lake, N.Y.
4. Sarah Gertrude, Oct. 29, 1872; married Roy McNeil, who is in business in Florida; child, Herbert McNeil.
5. Rufus, March 10, 1878; a plumber at Lake Placid; married Lizzie Adams; child, Ruth.
6. John Scot, Sept. 3, 1879; clerk in the Adirondack National Bank at Saranac Lake; married Gertrude Evans; child, Philip.
7. Lillian, April 16, 1882; lives with father at Lake Placid.
(IV) William Allison, son of John Oliver Walton, born at Bloomingdale, N.Y. Kan. 11, 1865. He was educated in the public schools of his native town. When thirteen years old he started to learn the trade of tinsmith in the employ of R. H. McIntyre, with whom he continued as apprentice and journeyman for about eight years. He had stores in Blooingdale and Saranac Lake. In 1889, in partnership with Michael J. Callanan, he formed the firm of Walton & Callanan, which bought the stores of Mr. McIntyre. In 1894, after five years of prosperous business, George Starks was admitted to the firm and after that all the business of the firm was done at Saranac Lake in the store now (1910) occupied by the Adirondack Hardware Company. The firm name was changed to Walton, Starks & Company, and in 1900, after Mr. Walton sold his interests, the name became Starks & Callanan. Mr. Walton then entered partnership with H. H. Tousley and bought the block on Main street, where his business is now located. For six years the firm continued as Walton & Tousley, and in 1906 the business was incorporated and is now Walton & Tousley, Inc., Mr. Walton being presdent and general manger. The firm deals in hardware, plumbing and heating.
In politics Mr. Walter is a Republican, and he is active and influential in public affairs. For five years in succession he was town clerk; for four years he was supervisor of the town, and he has been a member of the village board of trustees. He was for four years a member of the board of water commissioners of the village. He is an appraiser of the Building and Loan Association.
He belongs to White Face Mountain Lodge, F.A.M., of Saranac Lake. He is active and prominent in the Methodist church and secretary of the society.
He married in 1889, Jennie S., born in Ray Brook, daughter of Duncan and Lydia (Ames) Cameron.
Mildred, died in childhood.
Marjorie, died in infancy.
Nathalie, born at Saranac Lake, June, 1899.
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