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Margaretta Walton (1829-1904), eminent Quaker minister of Ercildoun, Chester County, Pennsylvania, left an extensive series of journals (1846-1902) describing her spiritual growth, travels in the ministry, and family life. She was the daughter of Joseph Shoemaker and Abigail (Mann) Walton, a birthright member of the Society of Friends, and the wife of Jesse Pusey Walton. In addition to her ministry, she also served as clerk for her Monthly, Quarterly, and Yearly Meetings. The Walton family was a long-time Quaker family, with many generations of the family active in Quaker concerns. Margaretta Walton devoted her life to Quaker ministry and affairs, and her correspondence reflects this, with accounts of Monthly, Quarterly, Yearly, and other types of meetings and of the messages of ministers. The collection contains diaries and correspondence of Margaretta Walton and her husband, Jesse Pusey Walton; business papers and memorabilia; sermons; and related papers. Correspondents include Hannah Clothier Hull, John Greenleaf Whittier, and Sarah M. Griscom. Also included in the collections are journals (1836-1853) of her father, Joseph Shoemaker Walton, who was companion to several traveling Quakers ministers, especially Jesse Kersey.
Additional Authors and Contributors
Ser. 1. Diaries and journals, 1836-1902
|Margaretta Walton||1846-1902, with gaps||(23 items)||Box 1|
|Jesse Pusey Walton (husband of Margaretta)||1855-1858||(3 items)||Box 1|
|Joseph Shoemaker Walton (father of Margaretta) journals
Includes notes on his travels as companion of itinerant Friends' ministers to the following places:
|1836-1853, with gaps||(11 items and fragment)|
|To Indians of New York State, Cattaraugus||1845||Box 1|
|New York, Long Island, Nantucket||1841||Box 1|
|Baltimore Yearly Meeting||1850||Box 1|
|East Wellville (Ohio?)||1852, 1853||Box 1|
|Warrington and Centre Quart. Mtg., in company with Eliz. Newport and Hannah Lukens||1853||Box 1|
|Across the Allegheny Mountains||n.d.||Box 1|
Ser. 2. Memorabilia, 1834-1865
|Margaretta Walton memorabilia, 1834-1865, including:|
|Grammar book English Grammar...Originally Compiled for the Use of West-Town Boarding School, Pa.
By John Comly. Published in Phila., Kimber & Sharpless.
|Copy book||1841||Box 2|
|Piece books||1841, 1848||Box 2|
|Autograph book||1847||Box 2|
|Phrenology of M. Walton, written by John L. Capen||5/17/1865||Box 2|
|Quotations from Scripture and other sources||Box 2|
|Jesse P. Walton memorabilia, including:|
|2 English composition books||1845||Box 2|
Ser. 3. Business papers, 1850-1900
|Will (copy) of Margaretta Walton||2/9/1900||Box 2|
|Business and financial correspondence of M. Walton||1855-1901||Box 2|
|Business papers of Jesse P. Walton||1850-1856||Box 2|
Ser. 4. Sermons by Margaretta Walton, ca. 1866-1900
|Sermons by Margarette Walton||ca. 1866-1900|
Ser. 5. Pictures, n.d.
|Margaretta Walton||(3 pictures)||Box 2|
|Margaretta Walton and husband, Jesse P. Walton||(3 pictures)||Box 2|
|Margaretta Walton, Jesse P. Walton and David Walton, father of Jesse||(2 pictures)||Box 2|
|Margaretta Walton in a group picture||Box 2|
|Margaretta Walton and the "4 boys" (grandnephews?)||Box 2|
|Joseph S. Walton, father of Margaretta||Box 2|
Ser. 6. Correspondence, 1812-1961
|Correspondence sent, 1849-1904:|
|to: Relatives and a few others
Includes diary of Margaretta Walton's Virginia trip with Hugh and Anne T. Foulke (8/1868), and letter from Jesse P. Walton to Joseph S. Walton, her father.
|Relatives and others||1880-1900||Box 2|
|Her niece, Abigail Foulke
Includes letter containing a brief description of a wedding in the Clothier family home, 2 letters from Abigail Foulke to Margaretta Walton, and 6 letters from various authors to Abigail Foulke.
|Correspondence of Jesse P. Walton and Margaretta||1849-1854||Box 3|
|Correspondence received, 1847-1902|
|from: John G. Whittier||3/8/1881||Box 3|
|John G. Whittier||4/26/1889||Box 3|
|H. Clothier (Hull)
Describes scenery on visit to Alaska.
re: preparations for opening year at the George School.
|J. Dunbar Wright
Describes "beautiful Japan."
re: the uniting of Instruction and Household Committees at the George School.
re: her engagement to Dr. William I. Hull.
|Sarah Cooper, referring to the death of How. Jenkins
re: the death of Howard Jenkins.
|Blanche Early||1899-1902||Box 3|
|Family circle||1861-1900||Box 3|
|Lydia Foulke (sister)
Includes a description of the Polyglot Petition against intoxicating liquors and opium, and a copy of a note from Phillips Brooks to Whittier on his 84th birthday.
|Friends of school days||1847-1854||Box 3|
|Edward Hopper||1879-1889||Box 3|
|Mann family||1853, 1859||Box 3|
|Anna Mary Martin and other cousins||1846-1853, 1901, 1902||Box 3|
|Preston family||1893-1901||Box 3|
|New York Waltons
Includes photograph of J. Dunbar Wright.
|Sharpless family||1879-1900||Box 4|
|Deborah Stubbs (niece)||1895-1900||Box 4|
|Letters of tribute to Margaretta Walton and condolence to Joseph Walton and family after death of Margaretta Walton. By various authors, 1904-1905. Includes:|
|Letter from Dean Elizabeth Powell Bond||5/10/1904||Box 4|
|Memorial prepared by Fallowfield Monthly Mtg., read and approved by Western Quarterly Mtg. held at London Grove||1/23/1905||Box 4|
|Memorial from the Friends' Intelligencer, by J. Rushmore||5/21/1904||Box 4|
|Letters by various authors, 1957-1961, regarding M. Walton. Includes:|
|Correspondence of George Walton and Olive Floyd re: book on Phoebe Anne Thorne||Box 4|
|Copy of picture by Charles Yardley Turner "Moved by the Spirit,"
The speaker in the picture is thought to have been Margaretta Walton (See letter from Esther F. Sharples to George Walton, 1/20/1958)
|Letters by Joseph & Abigail Walton et al.
Includes letters from the Walton family from Cattaraugus. Recipients include Deborah F. and William Wharton, Solomon and Sarah Pusey.
|2 journals of visitation by Joseph S. Walton and Jesse Kersey
Visits were to New Jersey and Virginia Meetings, 1840, and Maryland and Virginia Meetings, 1850.
|1840, 1850||Box 4|
|Minute for Joseph S. Walton as companion for Ruth Pyle, visiting Friend||10/20/1836||Box 4|
|Statement by Friends to Indians, Council House||10/4/1847||Box 4|
Ser. 7. Reference Material, 1778, n.d.
|Miscellaneous papers kept for reference by M. Walton
Mainly Verse by authors.
|Ten Year Club Articles of Agreement||Box 4|
|Facsimiles of 2 letters by George Washington and one by Mary Pemberton
re: permission to send supplies to Quakers imprisoned at Winchester, Va.