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Frank Griswold Walton (1857-?)
Born in Ohio, law practice in Bay City.

1905 biography. - Added Oct., 2010.

History of Bay County, Michigan - Augustus Gansser (1905)


Justice of the peace and attorney-at-law, located at West Bay City, Michigan, was born at Chardon, Geauga County, Ohio, March 5, 1857, and is a son of Dr. Andrew J. and Caroline F. (Griswold) Walton.

The Walton family is very old one and has many distinguished members. According to a history which has been carefully compile by the brother our 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, on of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, was a member of this family. Another noted member was Izaak Walton, whose quaint old “Comleat Angler” has been the guide and inspiration of several generations of fishermen.

James Walton, the paternal grandfather, was born at Saybrock, Ohio, the family having probably been established in that State in the time 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 settled 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 occasions. He was a noted shot, having true eye and steady nerve requisite for a sharpshooter. Our subject recalls many instances of his unerring aim. He was a member of the U. S. Grant Post, No. 57, G. A. R., at Bay City, and the branch known as the Walton's command was name 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 also to Blanchard Chapter, R. A. M., and his wife belonged 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 Griwold, 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 Civil Law in Spain and Spanish America” is standard work.

Our subject attended the common schools of his native county and began to turn his attention to music while still a schoolboy. His talent was such as to make it seem expedient for him to devote his whole attention to that science and he continued its study and practice after the family removed to Almont, Michigan, where he was elected leader of the band. In 1879 he came to Bay City as first cornetist of the old Knight Templar Band, of which he continued a member until it was disbanded. After settling here, Mr. Walton was led to take up the study of the law and under the encouragement and direction of the late John W. McMath he prepared for the bar and was admitted to practice on December 12, 1893. During the years 1895 and 1896 he served as circuit court commissioner and was city comptroller of West Bay City during 1898, 1899 and 1900. In the spring of 1904 he was elected justice of the peace for a term of four years and has given efficient service in that position ever since. For a number of years he served as member of the Board of Supervisors and has also been city assessor of West Bay City. Politically he is a stanch Republican and is prominent in all party movements.

In 1883, Mr. Walton was married to Isabella Murdock, who was born at Almont, Lapeer County, Michigan, and was a daughter of John Murdock of that place. Mrs. Walton died September 4, 1904, leaving three children; Nora Bele, Clifford F. and Anna V. Mrs. Walton was a beloved member of the Westminster Presbyterian Church, of which Mr. Walton was also a member.

For many years our subject has been connected with the leading fraternal organizations. He belongs to Wenona Lodge No. 256, F. & A. M.; Blanchard Chapter, R. A. M.; Bay City Commandry, No. 26, K. T.; Othello Lodge, No. 116, Knights of Pythias; Phoenix Tent, No. 8, Knights of the Modern Maccabeees; Royal Arcanum; Independent Order of Foresters and the Musicians' Union, No. 127.

For more than 20 years, Mr. Walton was a successful band leader. The Third Regiment and Walton's military bands were under his leadership and he has visited many parts of the country with these well-known organizations. He has also been a teacher of instrumental music and has had pupils from all over the State.

Additional Notes.

    1883 - Michigan Marriages: Almont, Lapeer, Mich.

  • Marriage on Aug., 28, 1883 - Frank G. Walton, b. 1857 Ohio and Isabelle Murdock, b. 1858, Aylmr, Ontario.

    1896 – Michigan Births: West Bay City.

  • Daughter Anna V. was born in Aug. 8, 1896.

    1897 - American Lawyer Monthly Journal, Jan-Dec. 1897.

  • Bay City, Mich. -- Frank G. Walton and Charles W. Hitchcock have formed a partnership.

    1906 - Michigan Marriages: Bruce, Bay, Mich.

  • Date: January 9, 1906.
  • Groom: Frank G. Walton, lawyer, b. 1858, Chardon, Ohio, son of Andrew J. Walton and Caroline F. Griswold.
  • Bride: Maggie A. Phelps, b. 1860, Almer, Canada, daughter of William W. Griswold and Anna Mitchell.
  • Official: F.W. Goodkin, minister.
  • Witnesses: Mrs. Geo Howgt and Frank Seanson.

    1910 - Census: Bay City, Bay, Mich.

  • Walton, Frank G. - b. 1857 Mich. - divorced.

    1910 - Michigan Marriages: Romeo, Crawford, Mich.

  • Date: Dec. 22, 1910.
  • Groom: Frank G. Walton - b. 1860 Ohio, son of Andrew J. Walton and Carolina F. Griswold.
  • Bride: Ella Grace Startweather - b. 1877 Mich., daughter of W. Starkweather and Chamberlain.
  • Official: F.J. Walker, clergyman.
  • Witnesses: Mrs. E. Starkweather and J. W. Buell.

    1911 – Michigan Marriages: Detroit, Crawford, Mich.

  • Daughter Nora Bell, age 26, married Clem J. Roy Keyport, age 26, on Sept. 6, 1911.

    1924 – Michigan Marriages: Wayne Co., Mich.

  • Son Clifford, age 33, married Grace E. Abbot, age 29, on Jan. 21, 1924.
Related Pages & Notes

Related Pages:
Walton, Andrew father
People Referenced
Abbot, Grace E. (d-inlaw)
Berdan, (colonel
Buell, J.W.
Chamberlain (m-inlaw)
Griswold, Caroline F. (mother)
Griswold, Maggie A. (2-wife)
Griswold, Timothy (g-father)
Griswold, William W. (f-inlaw)
Goodkin, F.W.
Hitchcock, Charles W.
Howgt, Geo. Mrs.
Keyport, Clem J R (s-inaw)
McMath, John W.
Mitchell, Anna (m-inlaw)
Murdock, Isabella (1-wife)
Murdock, John
Penn, William
Phelps, Mr.
Seanson, Frank
Starkweather, E. Mrs.
Starkweather, Ella G. (3-wife)
Starkweather, w. (f-inlaw)
Walker, F.J.
Walton, Andrew J. (father)
Walton, Anna V. (dau)
Walton, Clifford F. (son)
Walton, Clifford S. (bro)
Walton, Frank G. (subject)
Walton, George
Walton, Izaak
Walton, James (g-father)
Walton, Nora B. (dau)
Subjects Referenced
Almont, MI
Bay City, MI
Bay Co. poor farm
Berdan sharpshooters
Chardon, OH
Civil War
Cleveland, OH
Detroit, MI
Lapeer Co., MI
Middletown, CT
Saybrook, OH
Washington, DC
Westminster Presbyterian
West Bay City, MI
Western Reserve Med Col
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