Margaretta Walton Family Papers, 1812-1961

(4 boxes; 2 linear feet)

RG 5/ 159


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Abstract
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.

Background note:
BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTROICAL 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 and a birthright member of Fallowfield Monthly Meeting. Her parents were farmers and active Quakers; their diaries reflect their work with Indians in New York State and other visits accompanying Quaker ministers, including Joseph Kersey.

In 1854, Margaretta married Jesse Pusey Walton (1825-1859), a distant cousin. After his death from consumption, she devoted herself to Quaker service and worship. As well as serving as a visiting minister, she served as clerk of the Monthly, Quarterly, and Yearly Meeting. In the last two decades of her life, she lived with her brother George's family, first with George and his wife, and later with their son, Joseph Solomon Walton, who became headmaster at the George School in 1901.

Scope and content
SCOPE AND CONTENT 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.

Arrangement
Arrangement The collection is divided into seven series:


Added entries

Subjects
  • Diaries
  • Ministry of women -- Society of Friends
  • Pennsylvania -- Quakers
  • Quaker women
  • Quakers -- Diaries --19th century
  • Quakers -- Pennsylvania -- Bucks County
  • Quakers --Social life and customs
  • Sermons -- Quaker
  • Society of Friends --Ministry of women --19th century
  • Travel -- Quakers
Additional Authors and Contributors
  • Fallowfield Monthly Meeting of Friends
  • Griscom, Sarah M., 1839-1895
  • Hull, Hannah Clothier, 1872-1958
  • Kersey, Jesse, 1768-1845
  • Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of Friends (Hicksite: 1827-1955)
  • Walton, Jesse Pusey, 1825-1859
  • Walton, Joseph S. (Joseph Shoemaker), 1792-1876
  • Walton, Margaretta Walton, 1829-1904
  • Western Quarterly Meeting (Society of Friends)
  • Whittier, John Greenleaf, 1807-1892
Credits
Processed by: FHL staff
Date: 1963
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Inventory

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE RECORDS
Notes
Note to Researchers: To request materials, please note both the location and box numbers shown below:

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)

Ohio 1836 Box 1

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

Philadelphia 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.
1834 Box 2

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
Box 2

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.
1854-1872 Box 2

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.
1892-1904

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.
8/10/1890 Box 3

Sarah Griscom
re: preparations for opening year at the George School.
8/29/1894 Box 3

J. Dunbar Wright
Describes "beautiful Japan."
5/1/1898 Box 3

A.D. Sharpless
re: the uniting of Instruction and Household Committees at the George School.
8/9/1899 Box 3

Hannah Clothier
re: her engagement to Dr. William I. Hull.
7/20/1898 Box 3

Sarah Cooper, referring to the death of How. Jenkins
re: the death of Howard Jenkins.
10/14/1902 Box 3

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.
1852-1883

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.
1848-1853 Box 3

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)
Box 4

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.
1812-1903

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.
Box 4

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.
1778 Box 4