Andrew J. Walton (1829-1886)
Former supervisor of Bay County poor farm.
1905 Excerpt from bio. of son, Frank G. Walton. Added Aug. 2008.
History of Bay County, Michigan - Augustus Gansser (1905)
ANDREW J. WALTON ------
The Walton family is a very old one and has had many distinguished members. According to a history which has been carefully compiled by the brother of our subject, it originated in England where the record of its coat of arms may still be seen. In the days of William Penn five brothers of the name settled in Pennsylvania. George Walton, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, was a member of this family. Another noted member was Izaak Walton, whose quaint old "Compleat Angler" has been the guide and inspiration of several generations of fishermen.
James Walton, the paternal grandfather was born at Saybrook, Ohio, the family having probably been established in that State in the of his father. As one of the early pioneers, he subsequently came to Michigan, where he died in 1896, aged 92 years. His son, Dr. Andrew J. Walton, was born in 1829, at Saybrook, Ohio, and died May 1, 1886, in Bay County, Michigan. He graduated in medicine from the Western Reserve Medical College, at Cleveland, Ohio, having prepared himself during the time he officiated as sheriff of Geauga County. In 1873 he came West and settle at Almont, Lapeer County, Michigan, where he devoted all his time to the practice of his profession until 1879, when he removed to Bay City. Shortly after locating here, he was appointed keeper of the Bay County Poor Farm, a position he held for a number of years until the death of his wife caused him to resign. During the Civil War, Dr. Walton enlisted in Colonel Berdan's famous regiment of United States Sharpshooters, and remained in the service three years, being wounded on several occassions. He was a noted shot, having the true eye and steady nerve requisite for a sharpshooter. Our subject (Frank Griswold Walton) recalls many instances of his unerring aim. He was a member of the U.S. Grant Post, No. 67, G.A.R., at Bay City, and the branch known as Walton's command was named in his honor. Like the majority of the intelligent and responsible men of his day, he was a Mason, entering into fraternal relations at Chardon, Ohio. At the time of his death he was a member of Bay City Lodge, No. 129, F.&.A.M., of which he was past master. He belonged to Blanchard Chapter, R.A.M., and his wife belong to the affiliated Order of the Eastern Star.
The death of his wife was a great blow to Dr. Walton, one from which he never recovered. She was a daughter of Timothy Griswold, and was born at Middletown, Connecticut. They had two sons, -- Frank Griswold and Clifford Stevens. The latter is a prominent attorney at Washington, D.C., who has gained considerable fame as a government translator. His translation from Spanish of the "The Civil Law in Spain and Spanish America" is a standard work.
1886 Death. Contributed by Jim Petrimoulx - Nov. 2005.
Bay City Tribune - May 2, 1886.
WEST BAY CITY.
Death of Andrew J. Walton, After a Long and Painful Illness.
Andrew J. Walton, a veteran of the war of the rebellion, died yesterday morning at 1:30 o’clock at the residence of his son, Frank G. Walton, on the corner of Carrie and Moore streets, in the Third Ward. Deceased had been suffering for the past year with a cancer in his face, which baffled the best medical skill and finally resulted in his death. He was aged 57 years, 2 months and 20 days and leaves two sons, Frank G. And C. S. Walton, the former a resident of this city and the latter a clerk in the navy department in Washington. His wife died about six years ago and was buried at Pine Ridge cemetery, Bay City.
Andrew J. Walton was born in Saybrook, Ohio, February 10, 1829, and removed to Hudson, Mich., with his wife and two children, in 1860. At the breakout of the rebellion he enlisted in the Bordan sharpshooters and served throughout the entire four years, when he was honorably discharged. He was wounded several times on the battlefield, but not seriously. About eight years ago he removed to Bay City, and for two years had charge of the Bay County poor farm. His wife died in the last year of his residence at the farm, and since that time he had been making his home with his son in this city. He was a member of U.S. Grant post, G.A.R., and also of Bay City lodge No. 129, F. & A. M.
The funeral will take place this afternoon at 2:30 o’clock from the residence under the auspices of Bay City lodge, F. & A. M. The Grand Army posts of both cities will attend in a body.
1828 - (Parents) James Walton married Adaline Stephens at Saybrook, OH. (Marriage record, Astabula Co., OH)
Griswold, Timothy (F-in-law)
Stephens, Adaline (mother)
Walton, Andrew J. (subject)
Walton, Clinton S. (son)
Walton, Frank G. (son)
Walton, James (father)
Bay City, MI
Bay City lodge #129, F.& A.M.
Bay Co. poor farm
G.A.R. U.S. Grant post
Pine Ridge cemetery