472. Noble7 Wallingford (John Noble6, Jonathan5, Peter4, John3, John2, Nicholas1) was born in Minnesota about 1857. (1860 and 1870 census) Noble died probably before July 1934. The death notice in the New York Times that is likely for his wife Edna calls her a widow.
Edna was born about 1860/61, in Missouri. This is based on the 1870(2767) and 1880(2768) censuses. Living with Edna and Noble Wallingford in 1880 was 13-year-old Eva Gilliland, listed as Noble's sister-in-law. This is the only evidence thus far to Edna's maiden name, but it could be something other than Gilliland. The 1870 census shows a 9-year-old Edney M. Gilliland in the family of John R. and Martha A. Gilliland of Napa, California, who are surely the correct family. In 1870 John and Martha were said to have been born in Missouri, but in 1880 Edna and Eva's father and mother were said to have been born in Kentucky and Virginia, respectively. There is no daughter Eva listed in the 1870 census, despite the fact that she should be there, aged about 4. There is a Stella C., age 4, and a Mina G., age 2, as well as a Annie E. age 14, but no other daughters. The family appears to have moved from Missouri to California between 1904 and 1907. The 1860 census(2769) found them in the township of Millwood, Missouri, which may be where Edna was born. Edna was the daughter of John R. Gilliland and Martha A..
Edna died 22 or 23 July 1934, in Seattle, King County, Washington. A notice in the July 24th New York Times reads: "Seattle, July 23 -- Mrs. Edna Mae Wallingford died yesterday at her home here. She was the widow of John Noble Wallingford, pioneer real estate man, after whom the Wallingford district was named."(2770) This is incorrect, as she was the widow of John Noble's son Noble.
When the 1880 census was taken Noble and Edna were living with their infant son Richard and Edna's sister Eva Gilliland on Oak St. in Napa City, California. Noble was employed as a lumberman.(2771) A year-and-a-half later the following notice appeared in the December 23, 1881 Los Angeles Times:
"Noble Wallingford, a policeman, was arrested at Napa Monday charged with arson, in having fired his house, which was burned a few weeks since. The grand jury lately found eleven indictments against the same person for criminal offenses in his office."(2772)
At present it is unknown as to what happened with his case beyond this point. Sometime in 1882 or 1883 they may have been living in Portland, Oregon, as their son Royal was born there at that time. Their son John was born in 1885 or 86 in California. By 1889 he was back in Seattle, living with his father at 1428 3d St. The city directory of that year says he was in the real estate business. The 1890 directory shows him on his own at 1512 4th St. and he was a partner with Harry W. Dietrich in the 'Wallingford & Dietrich' real estate loans and investments company, located in 3 Haller Building in Seattle.(2773)
Thus far it hasn't been possible to locate them anywhere in the 1900 census using the indexes at HeritageQuest. In 1903 he was "of Seattle" Washington, but engaged in mining in Alaska(2774) , and his son Donald was born in Alaska about that time as well, so in 1900 he may have been living in the wilds of Alaska and simply not visited by the census taker. The 1910 census finds them in Seattle. Noble's occupation is illegible. The street they live on is difficult to read as well, but appears to be something like Albi Avenue.(2775) The 1920 census finds them at 4201 10th Avenue N.E. in Seattle with their son Donald. Noble was employed as a real estate agent.(2776)
Noble Wallingford and Edna Mae Gilliland had the following children:
658 i. Richard8 Wallingford was born in California in January 1880. His entry in the 1880 census is difficult to read. His age appears to be 4/12 and in the column listing month of birth for those under one year of age it appears to read 'June'. The census was taken on June 9th, so if born in June the age wouldn't be 4/12. It must read "Jan" but looks more like 'June'. Richard died before April 1910. Richard likely died at some time before the 1910 census was taken. In that census his mother was said to be the mother of four children, only three of whom were then living. The other three are accounted for in the 1910 census.(2777)
+ 659 ii. Royal E. Wallingford was born about 1882/83.
+ 660 iii. John G. Wallingford was born about 1885/86.