The Waltons were a Quaker family from Byberry, Pennsylvania, and the Philadelphia area. The lines represented in this collection
were descended from Benjamin Walton (1701-1753) and Rebecca Homer Walton (d. 1783), of Abington Monthly Meeting and Byberry.
The business papers chiefly are from Israel Walton, whose grandparents were Benjamin and Rebecca Walton. Israel Walton (1789-1831)
was the son of William and Lydia (Thornton) Walton of Byberry, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania. He married first Susan Townsend
(1793-1848) and second Maria Houston (d. 1878). Their daughter, Susan Biddle Walton (1851-1927) was married in 1875 to William
Warrington Their daughter, Margaret Houston Warrington, who provided genealogical information on the family, was married in
1904 to Nathan Leeds Jones. Their daughter, Ann, was a graduate of Swarthmore College (1942), as was her husband Charles Copeland
Other papers represent the Walton line descended from another son of Benjamin and Rebecca Homer Walton, Benjamin (1735/6-1820).
This line descended through Nathan Walton (1763-1823), whose son, Lewis (1789-1861) married Elizabeth Hall Neal. Their son,
Edwin Walton (1830-1911) was an active member of Fallowfield Monthly Meeting and an educator. He married Mary Dent Clayton
(1832-1915) whose diary (1877-1878) is included in the collection. His sister, Emmaline Walton (1834-1913) was a Quaker poet
and elder of Fallowfield Monthly Meeting. Edwin and Mary D. Walton's son, Edwin Clayton (E. C.) Walton 1866-1952), settled
in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, where is he was a civic leader and sold real estate. Both of his daughters were Swarthmore College
SCOPE AND CONTENT
The collection includes business and estate papers, mostly of Israel Walton (1789-1863), a diary of Mary D. Walton (1832-1915)
which includes a roll book of Fallowfield Monthly Meeting First Day School, albums and verse by Emmaline Walton (1834-1913)
and others, and family memorabilia.
The collection is divided into five series:
Biographical and genealogical, including the diary of Mary Walton
Piece books and albums