He married Betsey Bunker, 9 July 1812, in Athens, Somerset County, Maine.(1446) Betsey was born 25 July 1796, in Pittsfield, N.H..(1447) Betsey(1448) was the daughter of Francis Bunker and Betsey. Betsey died 6 September 1889, in Mankato, Blue Earth County, Minnesota.(1449) The Wallingford genealogy says she died in 1867 and is buried in Mankato, Minnesota(1450) , but the Revolutionary War pension file under her husband's name states clearly that she died in 1889, and applied for a pension in 1867. Shackford says that she died on the Pacific Coast at the age of 103, which would be in 1915. A pencilled note in the margin of the copy at the NEHGS in Boston says that this is not true.(1451) The letter from Winthrop Alexander to the author of the Wallingford genealogy gives the exact date and place and notes "This is strictly correct and anything else is wrong."
Jonathan inherited his father's homestead in Rochester in his 1771 will. While still living in Rochester he enlisted on 3 July 1780 in the militia as part of the New Hampshire Line during the Revolutionary War, serving as a private in Captain Timothy Emerson's Company of militia in Col. Thomas Burdett's Regiment. This group was raised to go to the defense of West Point, and Jonathan was present at the time when Benedict Arnold tried to turn the fort over to the British and his treason was discovered. He was discharged on 26 October 1780.
He moved to Athens, Maine in 1797, where he was enumerated in the 1800 census of "Kinsmans Town so-called" (now Athens).(1452) The 1810 census(1453) finds him still in Athens, living alone, five names away from the family of Francis Bunker from which came his future wife. He was married two years later, two days after his 50th birthday, and had his last child at the age of 71(1454).
In the 1820 census of Athens, Jonathan is living with three girls under the age of ten, one girl aged 10-16, and one woman aged 16-26. The latter is likely his wife, the three youngest his daughters Mary, Harriet, and Elizabeth, and the middle child is probably a relative or some kind of domestic help. His occupation was checked in the 'Agriculture' column.(1455)
In 1830 he was still in Athens with one son and five daughters.(1456) Ten years later his Athens household had two sons and four daughters.(1457) Between 1840 and his death Jonathan and Betsey moved deeper into central Maine to the town of Howland, where he died in 1847. Betsey is found there three years later in the 1850 census living in the family of 35-year-old Daniel T. Bunker, who is presumably a relative, probably a younger brother or nephew. Betsey was aged 54, born in N.H.(1458) None of the Wallingford children are living with them.
Betsey applied for a bounty land warrant as a Revolutionary War widow at Porter, Maine in 1855. On 7 March 1867 she applied for a pension from Mankato, Minnesota, while living with her married daughter Betsey Durkee.(1459)
On 10 June 1858 Betsey and her son John N. Wallingford, residents of Nicollet County, Minnesota, purchased public lands from the government in the town of Faribault, Minnesota. Betsey's land was in "the North West quarter, of the North West quarter, of election Thirty Two, in Township One hundred and Nine North, of Range Twenty seven West, in the District of lands formerly subject to sale at Winona, now Faribault, Minnesota, containing Forty Acres." Her son's land was also in Faribault, but not continguous.(1460)
Betsey was enumerated in the 1860 census of Mankato, Minnesota. Her son John and family were living in Mankato as well.(1461)
Jonathan Wallingford and Betsey Bunker had the following children:
304 i. Mary6 Wallingford was born probably in Athens, Maine say 1814.(1462) No female of her age was living in her father's household in the 1840 census of Athens, Maine.
305 ii. Harriet Wallingford was born in Athens, Somerset County, Maine 21 December 1815.(1463) Harriet died 5 March 1888, in Athens, Somerset County, Maine.(1464) She married Charles Toot Whittier.(1465) They may have been married by the time the 1840 census was taken, as no daughter of her age is living in her father's household at the time. All the information on her currently comes from a single source, a letter from Winthrop Alexander to Charles Wallingford, the author of an unpublished Wallingford genealogy. Alexander wrote citing several errors and corrections and used Wallingford's numbering scheme to say where the errors were. Unfortunately we don't know precisely to whom these numbers refer and have to guess in some cases. The data on Harriet may pertain to someone else, but appears to be this Harriet as it is included with other data for her parents family and we know that Harriet was born in 1815.
306 iii. Elizabeth Wallingford was born probably in Athens, Maine about 1818.(1466) She married second, Benjamin Durkee.(1467) They may have been married by the time the 1840 census was taken, as no daughter of her age is living in her father's household at the time. Revolutionary War pension files in her father's name mention that her mother, in 1867, was living in Mankato, Minnesota with her married daughter Betsey Durkee, and that this daughter was aged 60 in 1878.(1468) That would mean she was born about 1818 rather than the 1824 given by the Wallingford genealogy, and that she must have married a man named Durkee.
Charles Wallingford(1469) says that she is the Elizabeth Wallingford who married, on 1 March 1840, Charles Wingate, but Shackford(1470) says that it was the Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas and Anne (McCrillis) Wallingford who married Wingate. Shackford is more likely to be correct here. Elizabeth daughter of Jonathan would likely have lived in the area of Athens, Maine with her father, while the other Elizabeth was down in the Berwick area. From the death record of Julia (Wingate) Stevens in Rochester(1471) in 1892 we know that her mother Elizabeth Wallingford was born in Berwick. In addition, one of the sources of information used by Shackford was Mrs. Laura A. Wallingford, who married a grandson of Thomas and Anne (McCrillis) Wallingford.
+ 307 iv. Jonathan Wallingford was born 19 November 1820.
308 v. Sarah Wallingford was born probably in Athens, Maine say 1822 to 1825.(1472) In the 1830 census of Athens, Maine her father had, in addition to other children, one daughter aged 5-10, one of whom may have been Sarah. In 1840, she may have been one of the two girls aged 15-20. Either she or her sister Abigail probably died young. Might she be the Sarah Wallingford "of Berwick" who married, 21 July 1854, in Berwick, Ivory Henry Hayes.(1473) See the "Unconnected Individuals" appendix for more on this couple. She may also be the Miss Sarah Wallingford who married Charles P. Stevens in Lebanon on 4 May 1851.(1474) Neither is all that likely, however, given that she grew up in Athens, Maine and there were several other Wallingford families in the Berwick and Lebanon areas.
309 vi. Abigail Wallingford was born probably in Athens, Maine say 1822 to 1825.(1475) In the 1830 census of Athens, Maine her father had, in addition to other children, one daughter aged 5-10, one of whom may have been Abigail. In 1840, she may have been one of the two girls aged 15-20. Either she or her sister Sarah probably died young.
310 vii. Louisa Wallingford was born probably in Athens, Maine say 1827.(1476) In the 1830 census of Athens, Maine her father had, in addition to other children, one daughter under the age of 5 who was may have been Louisa. In 1840 there was one daughter aged 10-15.
311 viii. Lydia Wallingford was born probably in Athens, Maine say 1833.(1477) She was probably the daughter aged 5-10 enumerated in her father's household in the 1840 census of Athens. She may be the Lydia Wallingford living in the household of Henry and Abigail (Libby) Mason in Porter, Maine during the 1850 census.(1478) That individual was listed as 19 years of age and born in Maine. Abigail (Libby) Mason was her first cousin, daughter of her father's sister Lydia.
She may be the Lydia Wallingford who married H.C. Tibbets and died in 1875. Tibbets was born in Maine in 1828 and lived in Blue Earth County, Minnesota, which is where Lydia's family moved.(1479)
+ 312 ix. John Noble Wallingford was born 4 July 1833.