This is my working hypothesis - the way I see it as of this moment!!
Walton House, Gates Co.
William Walton, son of William
Walton and his wife Hannah (?) ______,
was born circa 1718, probably in King & Queen County, VA.
William Walton and Rachel
Hunter were married in Chowan Co, NC circa
He was Vestryman of St
Pauls Parish from 1755 until his death.
In 1760 William Walton
was Captain of the Militia in Chowan County, North Carolina.
He signed his will 24 November, 1771 in
Chowan Co, NC in what is now Gates County.
Rachel Hunter, daughter of Isaac
Hunter and his wife Elizabeth Parker was born circa 1732 in Chowan County, NC.
She married 2nd by 1781 Matthew
& Rachel Small deeded land in 1781 [Gates Co] to James Gregory...500 pds---
300 acres, including several tracts of land, beginning at mouth of Maple
Branch, up branch to marked gum on William Cowpers line, to a red oak, a
corner tree, N to James Costen's line and on his line to Jesse Spivey's
line, to Thomas Walton's line and along his line to M--- Swamp and
down swamp... signed William Walton and Rachael Small
Wit: John Granbery and Rachal Garrett
Rachel Small & Matthew Small witnessed Demsey Costens will 21 Aug
Aug. 1783 Rachel's son Timothy Walton was chosen as guardian by Nancy and Selah
Walton her youngest two daughters.
Rachel Hunter Walton Small died 1703/4 in Hertford County.[1826
depostion by Mills Jernigan in the estate file of Daniel Hunter [d 1797] of
Granville Co NC ]
..."that he was well acquainted with Rachel Small, who lived in
Hertford County & died intestate some time about the year 1803 or 1804.
That he has always understood & believes that the said Rachel was the
sister of a certain Daniel Hunter who lived & died in the County of
Granville.. . that he has also understood that the said Rachel was married
in her youth of a man by the name of Walton & after the death of her
first husband & after she had become an old woman she married a certain
Matthew Small, who died leaving his wife the said Rachel. That he has been
from earliest infancy acquainted with Ann Jones who he has always understood
is one of the children of Rachel Small deceased by her first husband Walton.
That the said Ann married James Jones Esquire of Hertford County who died in
the year 1816. That the said Ann is now living in Hertford County."
Children of William Walton and Rachel
1. Timothy Walton ca 1749 - ca 1821
Hertford/Bertie Co, NC
married 1st ? Garrett
died bef 1791
married 2nd 28 Feb 1791
Milly Outlaw (Bourbon
Timothy Walton lived very close to James Jones - possibly at Pine Tree.
married 3rd 1818 Mrs. Mary Wilkins d 1822
2. Rachel Walton ca
1751 - Bertie Co
married bef Nov 1771 Jesse Garrett
ca 1735 - 1797 Bertie Co
married 1st 30 Jan 1756 Rachel Blanchard
(Timothy Walton, Bm)
married bef 1804 Abram Rhodes
3. Sarah Walton ca
1753 - 1807 moved to Bertie Co ca 1781
married 1st 1772 Frederick Lassiter ca 1750 - 1787
Moses Lassiter and Judith Eason
had married 1st ca 1770 daughter of Abner Eason had sons Jethro & Robert
married 2nd 1788 David Standley died 1795 Bertie Co
4. Mary Walton ca 1757 [6 June 1760] - ca 1810 Pitt Co [age about 50 at
married 1774 Jacob Eason died bef Nov Ct 1778
on jury Nov ct 1777;
9 Feb 1779 inventory Bertie Co
married 24 Sept 1779 Bertie
Co Solomon Cherry
ca 1755/60 - ca 1810 Pitt
[age about 50 at death]
5. William Walton 1760 - 6 March 1816 Carthage
married Hertford Co
Dec 1783 Sarah Jones June 1763 - 30
May 1840 Carthage TN
Box Graves of Capt William Walton and wife Sarah, Carthage,
6. John Walton ca 1761 - 1798 Chowan
married bef 1782 Leah
Garrett dau of Thomas
Chowan Estates Leah Walton, widow of John Walton 1800 NCHGR Vol 2 -272
7. Thomas Walton ca 1762- nfi
8. Isaac Walton
1 February 1763 - 28 August 1840 Sumner Co TN
married 1st 1783 Catherine Perry 1764 - 6 September 1824
dau of Josiah
married 2nd 1825 Elizabeth Mansker
9. James Walton ca 1765- Gates Co
married 1786 Mary Walton ca 1766 -
1822 Bertie Co
10. Ann [Nancy] Walton 1766 - 1842
married ca 1787 James Jones 1765 -
Pitch Landing Hert. Co NC
11. Celia [Selah] Walton ca 1769
- single in 1807
married bef 1823 Mr. Jones
In the name of God Amen The Twenty fourth day of November One thousand Seven hundred
and Seventy one I William Walton in Chowan County and Province of North Carolina being
very sick and weak in body, but of perfect mind and memory thanks be given unto God, and
as touching such worldly Estate wherewith it has pleased god to bless me in this life I
give, demise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form To Wit --- Item: in
the first place I give and bequeath to my son Timothy
Walton all my land lying on the Water Swamp
to the westward of a Line to be run beginning at James Costen's corner tree a pine
standing near a place called great pond, and to run a straight course dew South to my
outside line, I say to him and his heirs forever. I likewise give to my said son
Timothy Walton the one third part of my copper still and one gun to him & his heirs forever.
Item: I give and bequeath to my son William
Walton the plantation whereon I now live and
all the Land thereunto belonging to the before mentioned Line, I likewise give him
One-third part of my still both of them to him and his hears forever, I likewise give to
my son William Walton one gun to him and his heirs forever.
Item: I give and bequeath to my son John
Walton all my land lying in the Timber
pocoson joining William Gibsons line and
John Jones line I say to him and his heirs
forever, I likewise give to my said son John
Walton the one third part of my copper still
and one nice gun to him and his heirs forever - - ---- -- - - -
Item: I give and bequeath unto my daughter Sarah
Walton my negrue boy named Mingo to her
and her heirs forever.
Item: I give and bequeath unto my daughter Rachel
Garrett my negroe Boy named Jack and ten
sheep together with what she has already received and that to be her full share of my
Estate to her and her heirs forever.
Item: I give and bequeath to my Daughter Mary
Walton my Negro girl named Lucy to Her
and Her Heirs for ever -----
Item: I give and bequeath unto my daughter
Ann Walton my negroe Girl named Patt to her
and her heirs forever,
Item: I give and bequeath unto my daughter Celia
Walton one negroe girl named Kate to her
and her heirs forever - - - - -- - - - - -
Item I give and bequeath to my Three sons Thomas
Walton, Isaac Walton & James Walton a
Negroe wench called Saul and her Increase, likewise a negroe boy named Dick to be
equally divided amongst them, when my said Son Isaac Walton comes of age to them
and their heirs forever.
Item: I give and bequeath unto my well beloved wife Rachel Walton my two negroes named
Duke & Hager to her and her heirs forever.
Likewise my will and desire is that all the rest of my Estate not before given be equally
divided according to the act of distribution Between my Wife Rachel Walton
and my ten children by name Timothy Walton,
William Walton, John Walton, Thomas Walton, Isaac Walton, James Walton, Sarah Walton, Mary
Walton, Ann Walton & Celia Walton.
I likewise, constitute, make and ordain my two Sons Timothy Walton and William Walton
my whole and sole executors of this my last will and testament And I do hereby utterly
disallow, revoke and disannul every other testament wills, legacy, and bequeaths and
executors by means in any ways before named, willed, and bequeathed, ratifying and
confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament In witness whereof I have
here unto set my hand and did the day and year above written. William Walton
Signed, sealed, publish and pronounced in the presence of:
Palatiah Walton, Charles Rountree, James
Freeman, Jurat, Jno Agav
Walton House, Gates Co.
Of the Walton house, historian Thomas T Waterman said:
copied from Forgotten
Gates by Thomas R Butchko 1991.
"It is outside the normal
trend of North Carolina architecture, for many of its features are foreign to the area. It
would seem to have been built by artisans from the Delaware River region, perhaps from
Salem County, New Jersey . . .The brickwork of the south wall is of exceptional interest as
it is enriched with a pattern of glazed headers has undeniably New Jersey character. There
are two great lozenges centered on the wall, one above the other, and between them a tile
bearing the initials of the builder and the date 1755. This is among the richest brick
patterns in North Carolina, and exceeds anything in Virginia.
The interior of the Walton House is equally interesting; it has a central hall and a large
room on either side; the stair does not ascend from the hall but from the right hand room,
and the upper flight projects into the hall. The end walls of both rooms are paneled with
a simple series of panels, but the most significant feature of the design is that the
chair rail of the room reoccurs on the doors. While this is common in Maryland and in the
Delaware River country, no example whatsoever seems to exist in Virginia. The conclusion
is easy to reach that the house is not of Virginia provenance."
The interior of this house is now displayed in the Museum
of Early Southern Decorative Arts in Winston-Salem, NC as the Gates County
From the Vestry Minutes of St Pauls Parish
(Transribed by R P Fouts)
16, 1755 William Walton elected to Vestrythree year term; Present 17 June
1755; 5 July 1755 at Constants Chappel; 9 Aug 1755;
125 Present Sept 6 at Constants
126 Present 18 Oct 1755 at Constants Chappel;
25 Oct 1755 they appointed
128 Present 27 Dec 1755; 129 Present April 24, 1756; 131 Present 22 May
1756; 132 Present 3 June 1756 & 5 Sept 1756; 136 Present Jan 20 1757; 137 Present 7
May 1757; 140 Present 3 Sept 1757; 143 Present 11 Mar 1758; 145-147 William Walton
again elected for three year term 6 June 1758;
Present 29 July & 9 Sept & 23 Dec
1758; 149-155 Present Sept 1759; Nov 1759 & Jan 26 1760;
Present on 10 April 1760 and
it was ordered that Major Demsey Sumner and Capt
William Walton be appointed Church Wardens
for this Year. Adjourned to meet at the Church at July court. Demsey Sumner, William Walton, C. W.;
Sept 15 1760
William Walton re-elected to Vestry
Present 27 Sept 1760; Demsey
Sumner & William Walton appointed Church
Wardens for the year.
Pres. on 20 Oct 1760; 6 Dec 1760; William Walton
C. W. ordered that the Vestry meet at Constants Chappel on Easter Monday Next. "To 2
s pd Wm Walton Church Waren."
Present Apr 27, 1761; Pres. 9 Oct
1761; 12 May 1762 --
" Ordered that William
Walton keep Mary Floyed
at 6 sh 11d pr month Clear of the Parish untill some other Person will keep her for less
Present 26 Oct 1762 in Edenton;
157 The Test "I do declare that I believe that
there is not any Transubstantiation in the Sacrament of the Lords Supper; or in the
Elements of Bread and Wine at or after the Consecration thereof by any person whatsoever,
the Decleration to wit: I will not oppose the Doctrine, Discipline, and Liturgy of the
Church of England, as by Law established. (signed by) William Walton.
Present 25 April
Re-elected 1 Aug 1764. Present 1 Aug 1764.
158 Present in Edenton 23 Oct 1764--
Processioners again appointed.
160 Present 23 April 1765; 163-165 Present 27 Jan 1766 at
Edentonordered that William Walton be allowed five pounds fifteen shillings for keeping
Present 27 Oct 1766;
27 April 1767 William Walton repeated &
Subscribed the Test as Vestry men. 168 27 Oct 1767 Present; 170-175 Present 27 Oct 1768;
21 March 1769;
29 April 1769 Capt William
Walton present; Vestry chose Capt William Walton & Samuel Johnston Esq. Church Wardens for the present year.
Present 19 Sept
1769, 21 March 1770;
elected to vestry again on 16 April 1770, Q. on 28 April;
June 1770 "Capt William Walton late Church Warden produced his accot. proved and
allowed, Ballance Due Him - Three pounds nine shillings and four pence." Order that
he be paid.
On 29 1770 it was ordered that Capt.
William Walton be allowed at the rate of six
pounds pr. year for keeping Judith Mainer.
In April 1771 the vestry chose Col. Thomas Bonner to fill the room of
177 Sept 18, 1771 Capt William Walton present.
178 April 1, 1772 the vestry proceeded to choose a vestry man instead
of Mr William Walton deceast and according chose Mr William Boyd.
25 October 1755 -- Ordered That Robert
Lasiter and Moses Lasiter
Procession all the Lands Included from Meherrin Swamp beginning at Jacob Hunters
Mill up the Said Swamp to The piping Branch so along The said branch to The Main Road and
Down The said Road to Aaron Blanshards Old Road and a Long the Said old Road to Bennets Creek
road up the said Road to Bennets Creek Bridge and thence up Bennets Creek to the Mill on
Procession Docket 1756 --North Carolina, Chowas CountyPersuant to an Order of
Vestry bearing date the 25th Day of October last, for the Processioning of lands We have
agreeable thereto Processioned James Hinton, William Hayse, David Fulks, John Walton,
Gabriel Laceter, Jeshom Laciter, Maxemelion Minshee, Richard Minshee, Aaron Blanshard,
Micajah Blanshard, Timothy Walton, William Walton Sen, William Walton Junr, James Costen,
Thomas Holt, Richard Bond, John Laceter, James Brown, Joseph Measel & Aaron Measel
s Lands. Robert Laceter, Moses Laceter.
Hofmann, Lord Granville to: Patent Book II--446 pg 105
William Walton 22 January 1763 341 acres in Chowan County, joining
corner, Bonds corner, the head of Staffords Branch, Robt. Laciter,
and James Costen original: /s/ (not given) Wits: (names not given) examined
by: Tho Blount and W
Churton surveyed 22 January 1763 CC: Palatiah Walton, Edmund Walton, Elisha Hunter, Surveyor (?)
Vestry Minutes - 7 May 1775 -- Ordered that
Rachel Walton be allowed twenty nine
shillings for keeping Mary Ward one month & twenty three days.
Vol A 1776-1783 Gates Co, NC
84 Nov 5, 1781 - William Walton and Rachel
Small to James Gregory - 500, - several
tracts containing 300 acres joining William Cowper, James Costin, Demcy Costin, Jesse Spivey, Thomas Walton and Meherin Swamp.
William Walton, Rachel Small
Wit: John Granberry, Rachel Garrett